Cold Spring Harbor, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Evan Shepard is a young man with a chequered past when he first meets the Drakes, after his car breaks down outside their house.

Behind him, he has a troubled adolescence, a failed marriage and a little daughter, but his meeting with the quiet and beautiful Rachel heralds a new start.

However, after their swift marriage, things don't work out quite as planned and the stresses of living with Rachel's family, in their shared house in Cold Spring Harbor, begin to take their toll on the new couple.


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Cold Spring Harbor was Yates' final novel, written in 1986 but set between the two World Wars. Evan Shepard, a young man with a 'busy' past, meets the Drakes when his car breaks down outside their house in Manhattan. Falling in love with young Rachel Drake, he anticipates that their marriage will herald a new start in his life, but when they move back to his home town of Cold Spring Harbor the pressures of sharing a home with his wife's family begin to take their toll.This novel lacked some of the poignancy and raw emotion of Revolutionary Road and Easter Parade, and I didn't fall in love with characters as much as I have in Yates' other books, but it was still a novel that I didn't want to put down from page one.3.5 stars - a good read, but by Yates' own standard, not a great read.

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