Nancy Thayer – Between Husbands and Friends: A Novel

88. Between Husbands and Friends: A Novel by Nancy Thayer (1999)
Length: 241 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 15 September 2014
Finished: 16 September 2014
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 15 September 2014
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

Having married young, Lucy West – wife of Max West, the editor of a small-town Massachusetts newspaper – found herself occasionally troubled by a variety of doubts and questions which flitted through her thoughts. Will marriage fulfill your deepest desires? To whom should you be most loyal, your best friend or your spouse? Is a secret the same as a lie? and Can you marry young and remain faithful all your life? were just some of the unanswerable questions which still went through Lucy’s mind from time to time. Lucy loved her family dearly, but she couldn’t help feeling that there was so much more to life that she was missing.

Every August for the past decade, the West and Cunningham families have spent summers together sharing a summer house on Nantucket. As both couples are best friends, they are delighted to know that their four children are friends as well. When they first met each other in their early twenties, Lucy West and Kate Cunningham were vivacious young women who found their lives as wives and mothers incredibly limited. Both women shared a certain restlessness; a personality trait that they recognized in each other and which led to some pretty wild times together that their husbands knew nothing about. 

So, Lucy kept Kate’s secrets from her husband Chip. And through the years of their friendship, those secrets had steadily accumulated. Lucy even had some secrets of her own to keep.

Then one summer a pivotal event forces Lucy to disclose the secrets she’s been hiding. And now everyone must sift through the tangled beds of love and lies to discover where desire has ultimately led them. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; I find Nancy Thayer to be a thoughtful and emotional author, writing poignant stories and creating characters that really resonate with me. I give this book a definite A+! and will absolutely be keeping it on my bookshelf to read some time soon again. 

A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight


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