Playing in Real Time
In a beautiful but disheveled country manor, Henry Eldon knows it is time to make good on a promise. He hires Ellen Quinlan to reveal a mural's secrets.
Ellen, an accomplished art restorer but insecure in her own art, gratefully runs from London and her problematic relationship. She hopes to restore both the mural and her lost confidence.
As she is drawn into the mural she finds herself drawn into Henry's life and circle of friends. She learns how Henry survived a World War II Prisoner of War camp but returned home wounded by a grief he could not heal. From Henry's one piano student, David, she also learns that Henry was a celebrated jazz pianist in London's Soho but could no longer allow himself to play.
As Ellen's friendships grow, so do her feelings for David. She finds her heart opening to new possibilities until David's ex-wife returns hoping to rebuild their on-again, off-again relationship. Ellen, like Henry, looks to the mural in hopes that the past might heal the present.
Playing in Real Time is a story about life, love, and continuing on when it seems as if all is lost.
"Gillen conjures a rich atmosphere… many readers will warm to the novel’s sympathetic characters and thoughtful ruminations.
A charming, quiet novel…” Kirkus Reviews
Playing In Real Time
is a novel about life, love, and continuing when it seems as if all is lost. From the trauma of war, to the exuberant joy of jazz, this novel will leave you uplifted. Buy now