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Eileen Goudge challenges our most cherished illusions about which truths are sacred ... and which are not. At its core, Blessing in Disguise is a story of redemption and reconciliation, one that will speak to every woman who has loved and lost . . . and is finding the courage to love again. Meet three remarkable women, each at a crossroads in her life, who must struggle with her conscience and ith the passionate heart ache of second- around love: race Truscott is the daughter who re- her father's shocking secret... only to disjr that she has opened a Pandora's box even ic could not have anticipated. In her biography of her father, a famous civil-rights senator, she raises questions about a disturbing death from the past. Was her father guilty of killing Ned Emory, the husband of his black secretary? Only one other person knows what really happened- and she won't talk. . . . Nola Emory, the secretary's daughter, was a witness to the killing . .. but is guarding a dark secret of her own. An architect on the brink of a brilliant career, she is anonymously designing a memorial to the dead senator, one that Truscott's widow can never know she created.. .. Cordelia Truscott has devoted years to her dream of building the Eugene Truscott Memorial Library. But will her efforts turn to dust when the scandal she's kept under wraps is unleashed? A Southern lady to the core, she must look for answers, not in the hide bound traditions of her childhood, but in the future-and in the rare beauty of her lush Georgia garden, where a man whose passion she never expected is waiting for her. . . . While Grace wrestles with her own past, she is caught up in the romance and heartbreak of a new love and a modern-age struggle to meld his children and hers into a new family. With Blessing in Disguise, Eileen Goudge transcends her previous bestsellers Garden of Lies and Such Devoted Sisters with this refreshingly realistic and moving tale of a family torn by conflict and bound by a love that is put to the ultimate test. EILEEN GOUDGE is the author of the international bestsellers Garden of Lies and Such Devoted Sisters. She lives with her husband, the agent Al Zuckerman, in New York City.
When the two grown daughters of Elizabeth Marshall discover an old diary of their mother's in her attic, it comes as a shock to learn that the true love of Elizabeth's life was not their father. This is the mystery the two daughters must unravel as they stay up late reading the words penned by Elizabeth so long ago. Their mother can't give them the answers: After a massive stroke, she lies mute and near death in a nursing home. Only the pages of her diary can provide clues to what really happened. In a richly detailed journey into the past, we see Elizabeth lose her heart to one man while remaining devoted to another. Finally, she must choose between the stable, loyal Bob. . . and the electrifying and unpredictable A. J. , who spent time in juvenile detention as a teen. When a suspicious fire in the neighborhood is linked to A. J. , Elizabeth is faced with another dilemma: She's the only one who can clear A. J. 's name, but to do so would ruin her reputation. Surprisingly, it's Bob who comes to the rescue, forcing Elizabeth to make perhaps the most painful decision of her life. . . . The Diaryis a love story. It's also the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and her daughters.
"Rosie and Abigail are like family," Ina Merriweather used to say. That is, until the day Ina abruptly cast out her housekeeper, Rosie, and her fifteen-year-old daughter Abigail. Abigail felt deeply betrayed, especially by Ina's daughter Lila, who was her closest friend. Only Lila's twin brother Vaughn, with whom Abigail had been exploring the joys and heartaches of first love, showed any compassion. Now, twenty-five years later, an old score is about to be settled...and an old love rekindled. Abigail is now a self-made woman who has built an empire out of the homemaking skills she learned from her mother. When Lila, who married well and for decades lived the glittering life of a Park Avenue socialite, suffers a tragic reversal of fortune, an opportunity to right an old wrong lands squarely in Abigail's lap. Lila seeks the help of her childhood friend, but learns that the only opening available at the moment is as her housekeeper and Lila has no choice but to accept. At the same time, Abigail is coping with the fallout from a fire in her Mexico factory, which took the life of an innocent girl, whose mother, Concepción Morales, now seeks the rich señora she holds responsible for her daughter's death. In a collision of fate, Abigail, Lila, and Concepción are thrown together and must unite to save one another...and themselves.
When Sylvie Rosenthal exchanges her newborn daughter for another baby during a hospital fire, hoping to hide her own secret, the lives of two families are impacted.
What does it mean to be a family? New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge's engaging new novel is a powerful adventure into the heart of marriage, motherhood, and four friends who discover they may be the best family they ever had. Fifteen years after graduation, best friends Jay, Franny, Emerson, and Stevie meet at their college reunion. Life has taken each of them in different directions -- Jay is a married man with a baby on the way while Franny yearns for a child as she searches for love in all the wrong places. Divorced single mom Emerson is drawn to a man who challenges everything she's come to believe about finding a once-in-a-lifetime love. And Stevie's life has recently been rocked by a shocking revelation -- the answer to a family secret that will shatter everything she believes about herself. Now the bond between the foursome takes a surprising twist, one that changes how each feels about family and friendship. One thing is certain: They will all find their heart's desires in the last place they imagine -- as they discover that family is less about blood ties than the warm embrace of ones who accept them as they are. "Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave," praises Nora Roberts -- and nowhere do Goudge's bestselling storytelling talents shine brighter than in Immediate Family.
Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are sisters who have known hardship from an early age. Without guidance from their neglectful mother, their only aid came from an unlikely source, a retired exotic dancer by the name of Miss Honi Love. When the girls' mother was sent to prison, Miss Honi tried unsuccessfully to save them from being separated and sent into foster care. Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her sister. The owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay, she was lucky enough to have been adopted by a loving couple. Unbeknownst to her, Kerrie Ann has suffered a very different life. Bounced from one foster home to the next, she ran away as a teenager before becoming a drug-addicted single mother. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of the little girl who was taken from her. Neither sister's expectations are met when they're finally reunited. But as the two sisters engage in the fiercest battles of their lives, they are at last drawn together despite their differences, restoring belief in the unshakable bond of family.
What if you could live the life you've always dreamed of -- but never pursued? What if your choices -- married or single, career or motherhood, city or country -- could be made all over again? Bestselling author Eileen Goudge ponders "what might have been" in this tender, provocative tale of two best friends who exchange lives -- and discover the surprising places where their deepest joys and satisfactions live. Jessie Holland is a journalist on the rise in New York City -- and she wouldn't trade her walk-up apartment or her 2:00 a.m. sushi takeout for anything. Only lately, she's been in search of a hot story, and praying her career isn't cooling off. When her editor at Savvy magazine poses a compelling question -- can you ever really go home again? -- Jessie spins the fantasy into a feature story. Could she return to her western hometown and be truly content? Can a bona fide New Yorker exchange her subway pass for an SUV and find happiness? Erin Delahanty appears to have an enviable life as the owner of a popular bed & breakfast in a picturesque Arizona town. What's less visible are the escalating fights between Erin and her husband, Skip, and the tensions that are affecting their teenage daughter. When Skip unexpectedly leaves her, Erin turns to her best friend Jessie for comfort -- and is handed a stunning proposition: Come live in Manhattan for six months, while Jessie runs the inn and steps into her shoes. Neither woman has anything to lose: Jessie's romance with recently divorced news bureau chief Jonathan Silver is at a crossroads, while Erin needs time to sort out her marriage. But the choices and challenges they face in their new worlds take them both by surprise....What began as a daring magazine article will change both women forever. Can you go home again? Find out in this surprising and emotionally compelling novel from one of the freshest and most original storytellers of our time.
This is the first in the Carson Springs Trilogy. While a wedding is taking place, a dark-haired dark-eyed runaway girl lurks in the background.
In 1954, revengeful over a man and her film prospects, Dolly Drake mailed a letter that ended her sister Eve Dearfield's movie career. Now in 1966, following Eve's death, her daughters, Annie and Laurel, have come to New York to develop their professions. But the sisters fall in love with the same man, and his decision will have serious consequences for all of them.
The latest Carson Springs novel is a captivating tale of mothers and daughters, tangled family ties, and tested love. The lush sun-kissed California valley that Eileen Goudge introduced in Stranger in Paradise is a world unto itself, peopled with unforgettable characters struggling with life and love, happiness and regret. At the center of the eagerly awaited Taste of Honey, one woman, Gerry Fitzgerald, chooses to confront her past-and the daughter she gave up twenty-eight years before. Claire Brewster, a successful attorney engaged to her childhood sweetheart, is rocked to the core when Gerry calls out of the blue to introduce herself on Christmas Day. Despite the tearful objections of her adoptive parents and her own fears about what she might discover, Claire agrees to make the trip to Carson Springs, a journey that also proves to be one of self-discovery. With the help of her dear friend Kitty Seagrave (yes, that Kitty from One Last Dance), Claire learns to let go of old perceptions as she leaves her safe, well-trodden path, tentatively embraces her new family, and makes a bold step toward the career of her dreams. But the road to change gets even rougher when a new man enters her life and she's torn between two loves. As Gerry struggles to nurture a bond as fragile as a cobweb, she must still come to grips with the realities of being a single parent, a challenge made even more daunting by a teenage daughter as headstrong as she, who has no intention of welcoming Claire into the fold. Gerry also finds that her love affair with world- renowned symphony conductor Aubrey Roellinger has become more consuming by the day. It takes an accident that nearly claims the lives of her best friend, Sam Kiley, and her unborn baby to give Gerry the courage to let go of old fears and take the final leap into the unknown.
The impending marriage of Rose's capable and caring son to Rachel's emotionally troubled daughter threatens to uproot a lifetime of buried secrets. Once again the two women and their families are pitted against each other...just as Rachel learns that her mother, Sylvie, is dying. Despite her failing health, Sylvie must choose between the intricate web of lies behind which she shields her loved ones -and a truth that will shatter them all. Her impossible decision will thrust Rose and Rachel into the heart of a blaze that is on the verge of consuming everything they hold dear, as they are brought full circle by a fate more powerful than blood, marriage-even love. Thorns of Truth is a sequel to Garden of Lies.
Years after Ellie's baby is stolen, after infertility and failed adoptions, another possibility arises, but Ellie is unaware that the birth mother is her long-lost daughter.
Even after her death, former actress Monica Vincent still holds center stage. Her sister Anna has been accused of her drowning. Dealing with Monica, hasn't been easy. Anna has worked for her ever since the accident that robbed Monica of her ability to walk. Monica is a selfpitying, verbally abusive alcoholic, and there have been times when the mousy overweight sister was furious with her, but even so, could Monica's own sister hold her head under the water until she stopped struggling?
From theNew York Timesbestselling author and one of the most compelling and insightful writers of contemporary fiction comes a powerful story about love and redemption, and what one woman will do to overcome the personal tragedy that has stripped her of all she held dear. Alice Kessler spent nine years in prison for the attempted murder of the drunk driver who killed her eldest son. Now she has returned home to Gray's Island to reconnect with the son she left behind. Her boy, Jeremy, now an angry teenager, is falsely accused of rape, and so mother and son are united in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence. At the same time, Alice must battle the man responsible for putting her behind bars, who has since become the mayor of her hometown. She is aided by Colin McGinty, a recovering alcoholic and 9/11 widower, also recently returned to the island following the death of his grandfather, a famous artist best known for his haunting portrait entitled "Woman in Red," which just so happens to be of Alice's grandmother. As Alice and Colin are drawn into a fragile romance of their own, the strange destiny that connects them gradually comes to light. In a tale that weaves the past with the present, we come to know the story behind the portrait, of the forbidden wartime romance between William McGinty and Eleanor Styles, and the deadly secret that bound them more tightly than ever in their love for each other. A secret that, more than half a century later, is about to be unburied.
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