It gives me great pleasure to host Bethany Turner today! Congratulations, Bethany, on being Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author. As well as being on my blog today with her Spotlight post, I am also hosting Bethany as part of my Pay it Forward week, and that post is live today as well, so do be sure to check that out too. Lets all support Bethany and give her a week to remember! Take it away, Bethany!
Meet the Men of the Abigail Phelps Series
NAME: George Clooney
ROLE: Best friend/frequent co-star of Abigail Phelps
HE MET ABBY… In April of 1978
IN GEORGE’S WORDS: “When you’re old and gray and alone and not understanding why John and Chris don’t fight over you anymore, I’ll still visit you. And we’ll sit together and watch Out of Africa and Bolero and reflect on your golden days. I won’t even bring my 22-year-old girlfriend around, because I am your best friend and don’t want to make you feel bad about yourself.”
IN ABBY’S WORDS: “He had loved me unconditionally. Since we met, I would look at George and I would see the best parts of myself, because that is what George saw. I would see happiness and nostalgia and security. Suddenly, when I looked at George I saw the doctor telling me that in spite of their best efforts, Sergei could not be revived. When I looked at George I saw the phone, not ringing, as I waited for news about the whereabouts of the Piper Saratoga. When I looked at George I saw Chris walking out of the Ivy and out of my life, taking our daughter with him. So, except when absolutely necessary for work purposes only, I chose to no longer look at George.”
ROLE: Ice Dancing partner/friend/occasional love interest of Abigail Phelps
HE MET ABBY… In Vienna, just prior to the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships.
IN CHRIS’S WORDS: “I’m so tired of you being everything. When you aren’t in my life, I’m better by the world’s standards. I function, which is something I can’t seem to do when you’re around. But it’s empty. Completely empty. Every emotion I feel and every action I take is half-hearted at best. All I do is function. I don’t laugh. I don’t live. I don’t love. And I’m tired of it, Abigail. I have tried to purge you from my heart time and again, and it’s useless. My heart only exists to love you.”
IN ABBY’S WORDS: “I’ve lost Sergei, and I’ve lost John, and the pain has been so intense that I didn’t know if I could survive it. But if I ever lost you, I know now that I wouldn’t want to survive it, Chris. I love you, and I want you, and I need you. So much more than I ever knew.”
NAME: John F. Kennedy Jr.
ROLE: Abby’s First Love
HE MET ABBY… In the spring of 1980 on the campus of Brown University.
IN JOHN’S WORDS: “I screwed up royally, time and again, and somehow we have still managed to make it this far, and you have found room in your heart to love me. And I loved you before we even got your books picked up off the ground after you tripped over those tree roots, on day one. I’d never known anything like the pull I felt to you, and I still feel it. All these years later, it’s stronger than ever.”
IN ABBY’S WORDS: “I was saying goodbye to John, the first man I loved. I stared out at the ocean, remembering sailboats and kayaks and summer days which John and I spent together, but I also couldn’t help but think of the Piper Saratoga, spiraling into the very waters that were gently rushing to the shore and running away just as tenderly as I cried. I was heartbroken, but suddenly I was strangely at peace.”
NAME: Sergei Grinkov
ROLE: Abby’s Russian pairs skating partner/first husband
HE MET ABBY… In Sarajevo, 1984, hours after Bolero. It was quite some time before they could speak without the assistance of an interpreter.
IN SERGEI’S WORDS: “Abby, I know I many times forget things, little things like jokes. But I never forget how much I love you and how lucky I am. I just wanted to say that. Also, by time we get home that milk will be very bad. Do not drink it.”
IN ABBY’S WORDS: “George had accurately deciphered what I was looking for back in 1985, as we sat at the Oscars. He said then that I was seeking something, someone, entirely different from all I had known. He certainly hadn’t put a name to it, but finally I knew. Even then, my heart was preparing itself for Sergei Grinkov.”
NAME: Robert Redford
ROLE: Abby’s co-star and good friend
HE MET ABBY… In 1984 when she auditioned for Out of Africa.
IN ROBERT’S WORDS: “‘John and Daryl seemed to hit it off, didn’t they?’ Bob took a sip of his scotch but never took his eyes off of me. I probably would have spit out my drink if it wasn’t too good to waste, but I did choke on it a little bit, which was every bit as humiliating. “Did they? I guess I didn’t notice.’ He leaned forward. ‘You forget. Everything you know about acting, you learned from me.’ He was smiling kindly. ‘I’m not buying it.’”
IN ABBY’S WORDS: “There are still times when I feel like the world is unraveling, and nothing gets me functional again more quickly than calling up Bob and asking him to dinner. I used to joke with him that I was going to write a play called Dinner With Redford, and it would just be him on a stage, sitting at a two-person table facing the audience. There would be roses and candles on the table, and a bottle of wine close by, and Bob would spend two-and-a-half hours eating and talking to the audience, and at the end everyone would walk away feeling like they had a little more direction in their lives.”
NAME: Colin Firth
ROLE: Abby’s Darcy – on film and in life
HE MET ABBY… In 1994 when she auditioned for Pride and Prejudice.
IN COLIN’S WORDS: “Well, no one has any control over chemistry. But I think a tomato could have played Mr. Darcy and had chemistry with Abby. Truthfully, I think I was in love with her from day one, but you know, she was married and had a baby. As off limits as they get. But we did reconnect later, and things were a bit different. We got very close. And now I consider her a close friend, and I will be there for her always. She knows and I know that I’m supporting her and she isn’t going through any of this alone”
IN ABBY’S WORDS: “If you didn’t know it before, you know it now: I really am insane! Colin Firth. I believe now, as I did then, that he is truly one of the best people on the planet. He is kind and humble and intelligent and hilarious and talented beyond measure. Colin has the best walk in the world. He moves his shoulders in just the right way – a combination of class and strength and masculinity and sexuality. If I could have sat down and created, one piece at a time, the perfect man for me, choosing each physical, emotional, and mental characteristic, I would have created Colin Firth. So I must have been out of mind because I just couldn’t bring myself to fall in love with him.”
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Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/seebethanywrite
I’ve Loved These Days – Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSWE6U4
Scenes From Highland Falls – Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSX6HD2
Two Thousand Years – Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSYL5UQ