The Heart of Everything

The Heart of Everything

by Mike Cleary


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"The Heart of Everything" The first time Magnus Flaherty, a swaggering, young Irish actor, hears that intriguing expression is in Paris in 1967. He and Maggie Leyton, a perky, headstrong daughter of a Hollywood screenwriter, thanks to a chance encounter in a theater line, dance through a twelve-hour romantic idyll replete with museum visits, park strolls, bistro dining and champagne at the Ritz. They part at midnight with her whispering, "This is the heart of everything." He doesn't hear that expression again until forty-eight years later. Enjoying a drink in a Berkeley, California bar, Magnus overhears a genial young man with insurmountable wedding woes use the term. It results in a magical reunion with Maggie Leyton and an opportunity to rekindle their short-lived Paris relationship. But sticky and challenging situations arise that require their attention. Taking pity on the young man intent on getting married despite parental objections results in them becoming accidental wedding planners. Then there is the floundering Shakespeare theater that needs rescuing. Magnus is recruited as a director to stage what becomes one of the more outrageous productions of As You Like It? Through it all, Magnus and Maggie come to terms with their long dormant-relationship and what for them is the true meaning of the heart of everything.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977908957
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Mike Cleary is a longtime Bay Area radio personality. While some may remember him as a Top Forty DJ or as host of a successful children's TV show, he is, perhaps, best known as being the Mike of Frank and Mike in the Morning. The highly rated show ran for years on KNBR in San Francisco. In 2007, he was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
A proud neatnik, Mike has a fondness for colorful socks, pocket-squares, Martinis and memorizing Shakespeare. To date, no one, not even a family member, has asked him to recite any of the Bard's stuff he's committed to memory. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have recently retired from long distance running and now enjoy long distance walking. Their longest to date, a clockwise stroll around the island of Manhattan.
Mike and Mary Ann's family include two wonderful daughters, two terrific sons-in-law and three special grandsons. They reside in Piedmont, California.

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