A blockbuster New York Times bestseller: A wife takes a shocking step to protect her marriage from the consequences of her own infidelity . . . Sylvie wants to be a good wife to Gerald, who offers the privileged life she could only dream of, growing up. When they wed eight years ago, the country was in the throes of the Depression, and she thought she’d made the right choice. She wants to please her new husband, and bear his children. But no matter how hard she tries, she cannot give him her whole heart. She thinks something is wrong with her until Nikos, the earthy Greek handyman, shows her what real passion is—and gives her a child. Sylvie knows Gerald will never accept the newborn, with her black eyes and dark hair, and she despairs until a fire in the hospital gives her a way out. In the confusion she switches her daughter for another’s, a bold act that resonates through the decades and culminates in one of the most passionate love stories portrayed in contemporary fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Eileen Goudge including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
At age 11, Conway left the arduous life on her family's sheep farm in the Australian outback for school in war-time Sydney. ``A lively curiosity and penetrating intellect illuminate this unusually objective account of the author's progress from a solitary childhood--the most appealing part of the narrative--to public achievement as president of Smith College and now professor at MIT,'' noted PW. FICTION REPRINTSFICTION REPRINTS . GARDEN OF LIES Eileen Goudge. NAL/Signet, * A woman switches her daughter with the child of a woman who dies in a fire. Although Goudge uses some stale plot devices, according to PW , this is a ``highly readable story of secret loves and tangled lives.''
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Captivating Strong but Vulnerable Characters
In order to benefit from reading Thorns of Truth it is essential that you read Garden of Lies first. One can’t resist becoming addicted to the incredible female characters Rachel and Rose who are switched at birth. Author Eileen Goudge brilliantly develops multidimensional characters who show brilliance, compassion, strength and vulnerability. The male characters Max, Nikola,Eric will also captivate you as their strengths and weaknesses evolve. You will wait hungrily to find out if the women ever discover their true identities . Controversial subjects are approached from religious fanaticism and subsequent intolerance, abortion, domestic abuse, infidelity, and military service in Vietnam. This book is similar to Woman in Black. All have several features in common. Women who evolve into independent women and fear of dependency upon men who might interfere with their growth are themes in all. My only slight complaint is that all 3 books have a dramatic fire which tests the character’s strengths, values, and motivations. All that said I do not hesitate to recommend this stimulating emotional rollercoaster which will leave you satisfied but hungry for more.
Not a good read
I almost did not finish this book 2 or 3 times out of boredom. The book appeared to have a decent plot at the beginning. The story dragged on and the writing was not good. If you like romance novels, it might be ok.