Goodreads: Can you marry young and remain faithful all your life? Will marriage fulfill your deepest desires? Is a secret the same as a lie? To whom should you be most loyal, your best friend or your spouse? These are some of the questions troubling Irene West, the wife of goodhearted Max West, the editor of a small town Massachussetts newspaper. The Wests’ best friends are the glamorous Cunninghams; their four children are friends, too. For ten years the two families vacation every August in Irene’s summer house on Nantucket. In August one of the children is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetically-based disease that will force Irene to expose all the secrets she’s been hiding.
Ope’s Opinion: First let me say I am a Nancy Thayer fan. So I went into this book with high expectations. It was a slow start and I thought I was going to have my first disappointment with Thayers books. Keep reading, it just keeps getting better and better.
Nancy Thayer’s build of the friendship between Lucy and Kate was believable. You could see the two of them grow together, trust each other and share things no one else would be a part of. There is so much that binds these two women and their families, that is hard to separate them.
There are several twists and turns throughout the book that if I shared them, it would ruin the story. It is worth reading to see where it goes and how everyone deals with the secrets and lies . You will want to have time set aside to be able to just keep reading…