When Kelly MacLeod becomes a Massachusetts Family Court judge, she is determined to do what is right. But what is right when one's deepest personal emotions clash with the law?
Anne Madison, a respected state reformer with political aspirations, wants custody of her 12-year-old adopted daughter Tessa, as does Randall Madison, a prominent physician. Tessa, caught between warring parents, on the brink of her own sexuality, wonders who her birth mother is, and tries to please those she loves at a cost that just might be too high.
How does one balance public service with private desires? What does it mean, legally and emotionally, to be a family? How does one move past anger and sorrow toward compassion and wisdom? How do adults learn to temper their own wills with the best needs of the child?
In order to must answer these questions, Kelly MacLeod must judge her new and mysterious lover, her own past, and the complications of many kinds of love.
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Rave Reviews For the Novels of Nancy Thayer
"This novel addresses current issues like surrogate motherhood, divorce and child custody in highly readable prose..." --Romantic Times
Between Husbands & Friends
"Two Massachusetts families live out a decade of births, deaths, secrets and infidelities in this moving 12th novel from Thayer....Readers...will appreciate [Thayer's] detailed, realistic records of motherhood, child-rearing and domestic routine in Sussex and Nantucket." --Publisher's Weekly
"Nancy Thayer explores the complicated terrain of family relationships with perception, and the labyrinth of the human heart with compassion. Between Husbands & Friends is compelling testimony to the power of women's friendships and is brimful of passion and hope."--Anne D. LeClaire, author of Grace Point
"A clear-eyed look at a friendship between two couples...Thayer [has] insights into the tangled webs woven by friendship."--Kirkus Reviews
"To make things really interesting, Thayer squeezes as much tension, drama, and tragedy as she can into the novel."--Booklist
An Act of Love
"I just couldn't put it down . . . I couldn't guess who was telling the truth."
"Anyone who wants to get inside the skin of a contemporary woman simply has to open Nancy Thayer and start reading."--Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
"Thayer [creates] a moving chronicle of one family's pain."-Publishers Weekly
"A brilliant novel ...The four main characters and the support cast come across as genuine, real people struggling to deal with the cataclysm that has left them all raw and in near ruin. In the hands of a magician like Nancy Thayer, the story line is less soap and more genuine, turning this into a classic reading experience that should not be missed by fans of relationship novels."--Harriet Klausner, Painted Rock Reviews
"Gripping...captivating." --Houston Chronicle
"An...engrossing tale, meticulously detailed...with [Thayer's] trademark compassionate realism." --Publishers Weekly
Young, brilliant, and engaged to the perfect guy, Kelly Macleod feels ready to begin her new appointment as a Massachusetts judge. With all her dreams coming true, Kelly never envisions what might go wrong...
Then a chance meeting with a man at a cemetery awakens an unexpected passion in Kelly. Agreeing not to reveal their real names to each other, Kelly and the stranger begin an affair. But Kelly's lover is really Randall Madison, a doctor on the brink of divorcing his wife, Anne, a well-known political candidate who will stop at nothing to gain custody of their daughter. In the courtroom, as well as the bedroom, his life will unexpectedly dovetail with Kelly's. And as a secret from Kelly's own past re-emerges, she must make a life-changing decision, as a judge-and as a woman.
A spellbinding novel about betrayal and desire, Custody looks at today's families, children caught between warring parents, and the price men and women pay for love....
"Gripping...riveting and complex...Thayer's accessible style and gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters only makes Custody all the more captivating a book."
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