A long ago love story threatens to change the lives of three generations of women in New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer’s stunning novel—now available for the first time as an eBook!
Though Diane Randall’s jewelry business is a great success, her marriage is not, and she finds herself growing lonely as her children near adulthood. Meanwhile, her eighteen-year-old daughter Julia is falling dangerously in love, and Diane’s mother, Jean, is relishing her newfound freedom as a single woman in Europe. Distracted by their individual concerns, the three women are ill-prepared for the crisis that suddenly appears on Diane’s doorstep in the form of a handsome FBI agent asking about an explosive secret that’s layed buried for decades.
At the start of World War II, Jean was a young woman in love who made a fateful mistake, one that may now tear apart her family. Diane finds herself drawn into an illicit affair that threatens to erupt into scandal, while Julia’s own dramatic antics endanger her life. Meanwhile, Jean is desperate to keep hidden painful memories she’s guarded for so long. These three extraordinary women find that only by facing down secrets and lies can they face the future.
Includes a captivating preview of Nancy Thayer’s upcoming novel Nantucket Sisters!
Praise for the novels of Nancy Thayer
“The queen of beach books.”—The Star-Ledger
“Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.”—Elin Hilderbrand
“Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating.”—Houston Chronicle
“One of my favorite writers.”—Susan Wiggs
“Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments, inside stories and shared histories that build families.”—The Miami Herald
“Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”—Dorothea Benton Frank
With quiet intensity, Thayer ( Everlasting ) tells an engrossing story of three generations of proud and rebellious women. As a girl, Jean Marshall had seemed the epitome of virtue and obedience, qualities demanded by her naval-officer father and status-conscious mother. While a student at Radcliffe in 1939, however, Jean starts to write for a pacifist literary review and begins an erotic relationship that leads to some heady cloak-and-dagger machinations whose astonishing reverberations will be felt 50 years later. Eventually, she marries someone suitable and becomes a full-time mother, drawing disdain from her talented daughter, Diane, who vows her life will never be as dull as Jean's. Diane builds a custom jewelry business, winning world renown, but she incurs the hostility of her own daughter, Julia, who has felt abandoned during crucial times. Julia has her own way of striking back and precipitates a crisis. The story, ever fluid, gracefully incorporates details of 1930s Washington society and insights into the process of jewelry design. Although the characters never become quite lifelike and their dialogue is just a little too glib, a series of well-integrated surprises sustains reader interest. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo; Literary Guild selection.