Overview

Now available for the first time as an eBook, this luminescent novel by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer enthralls with a story of difficult choices, complicated loves, and hard-won triumphs.
 
At the age of forty-six, Daphne Miller is a first-time homeowner, a divorced college administrator whose daughter has moved in with her father. On a dirt road in the green mountains of southern ...
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My Dearest Friend

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Overview

Now available for the first time as an eBook, this luminescent novel by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer enthralls with a story of difficult choices, complicated loves, and hard-won triumphs.
 
At the age of forty-six, Daphne Miller is a first-time homeowner, a divorced college administrator whose daughter has moved in with her father. On a dirt road in the green mountains of southern Vermont, Daphne has at last found a home of her own. It may be tiny, but the rustic cottage is hers, and she’s determined to make it perfect.
 
Just down the lane, Jack Hamilton and his young family move in. The newly appointed English professor Jack has long dreamed of teaching at his prestigious alma mater, but his wife Carey Ann is terribly unhappy in rural New England. As Daphne takes Carey Ann under her wing, Jack suppresses his growing attraction for his new neighbor and the two become friends. But for Daphne, this increasingly complex friendship brings back the painful memories of a previous betrayal. Now at an unexpected crossroads, Daphne must let go of the woman she has become—and reach out for the woman she longs to be.
 
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
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though this timely romantic novel by bestselling author Thayer Stepping ; Three Women at the Water's Edge starts out slowly, it turns into a winner. Divorcee Daphne Miller is the mother of a 16-year-old daughter who takes off abruptly for California to live with a father she has not heard from for 14 years. Deprived of child support payments, Daphne moves into a country shack. Once a college professor like her ex-husband and two married swains, she is now a lowly but plucky department secretary. Flashbacks reveal her best friend's betrayal and its impact on Daphne's marriage, and counterpoint her slow recovery during which Daphne again allows friends to play key roles in her life. Despite Thayer's penchant for overly detailed and repetitious descriptions, her portrayal of Daphne's renewal as a woman capable of life on her own makes for engrossing and, at times, inspiring reading. Sept.
Library Journal
The book opens with a flashback of the unfolding of a deep friendship between confused young bride, Daphne, and a warm, nurturing, home-loving German woman, a virtual evangelist for the importance of home and hearth. The reader comes to the realization long before Daphne reveals it that her ``dearest friend'' is actually hard at work stealing her husband. Daphne, now 46 and lonely after the death of her lover and her daughter's sudden decision to live with her father, finds herself in the ironic position of potentially destroying another marriage to find her own happiness. Thayer is the author of several contemporary romances, including last year's Spirit Lost LJ 9/15/88, and Morning LJ 1/88, which deals with women's ability to conceive, artistically as well as literally. As with her earlier works, the plot and writing are often contrived, but this will entertain readers looking for a modern romance with some insights into human relations.-- Nora Rawlinson, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553391015
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 40,490
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives in Nantucket.
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