Book Review: ‘A Rendezvous to Remember’

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Yes, I know the authors of a new book, “A Rendezvous to Remember: A Memoir of Joy and Heartache at the Dawn of the Sixties“.

I had no idea, however, that I would so enjoy their story… full of everything from mystery and conflict to family secrets, politics, hormones, history and almost poetic descriptions of places in the U.S. and Europe. I looked forward to every sitting. I climbed mountains with them. I suffered heartache with them. I was in bed with them. Lovely.

The story’s authors are Ann Garretson (Marshall) and Terry Marshall, two long-time friends, who met in college. They shared everything as friends. Ann knew about Terry’s romances. Terry knew that Ann had met a young West Point graduate, Jack Sigg, introduced to her through her brother. This young man and Ann had only seen each other in person three times, but had started a letter-writing romance. Terry was encouraging this coupling at first..that is, until he realized that his good buddy “Annie”…also was… a girl, and he himself was falling in love with her.

The problem? Ann had agreed to meet Jack Sigg in Europe for a tour and vacation and opportunity to get to know each other. (not necessarily in the biblical sense; this was the early 1960s). Terry, on the other hand, wanted Annie for his own. The story, told alternately by Ann and Terry, recounts their thinking and activities before, during and after Ann’s “Stingray Summer”. (Ann traveled in Europe with Jack Sigg in a Stingray.)

I was so enamored of the book, I volunteered to host an interview of the authors during a February Zoom meeting of Writers of Southern Nevada. I only captured 15 minutes the interview, but I think you’ll enjoy meeting the authors. They have written a lovely book.


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