A woman sits on a city bus, reflecting on her life — do both need change in direction? Is it possible that a single pea left on plate can change one’s future? What dark secrets are revealed by an old suitcase? And will the surprise for Christine go according to plan?
Playing upon a myriad of sentiments and emotions, Eileen Thornton's A Surprise for Christine is a collection of twelve sweet, lighthearted, and romantic stories sure to brighten even the darkest of days.
I had never seen my friend Christine looking so low. She was normally such a cheerful person, always bouncing back no matter what the trouble. But I had to admit, being made redundant at twenty-seven was pretty depressing on its own without having her boyfriend leave her for some brassy blonde.
Making my way to meet Jean and a few other friends, I wondered if there was anything I could do to put the smile back on her face. Normally she joined us at these Monday evening get-togethers, but tonight she had promised to help her mother with some dressmaking.
Naturally the others were sorry to learn that Christine's boyfriend had left her.
“Isn't that just like a man to kick you when you're down?” said Jean.
I agreed, adding it would be nice if we could do something to cheer her up. “Does anyone have any suggestions?”
The girls sipped at their drinks, while giving the matter some thought.
“What about a party?” said Ann at last.
“I don't know; is she really in the mood for…?” Jean began.
But I quickly interrupted. “Hang on, that's a good idea. It's Christine's birthday next Saturday, why don't we give her a surprise party?”
“Well, if you're sure. I just wonder if she'll want so much fuss at the moment.” Jean sounded doubtful.
“Of course she will,” I replied. “Fuss is exactly what she needs. Throwing this party will show how much we all care. But we only have until Saturday so we need to set out a plan of action.”
By the end of the evening it was agreed that we would hold the party in the community hall. Being on the village green and close to the duck pond made it the ideal setting for a summer party.
Already translated. Translated by Pedro Pablo Perez Aguero