An Act of Love

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 1999 - Fiction - 308 pages
31 Reviews
They used to be a happy family. Then her daughter accused his son. . .of rape.

Writers Owen and Linda McFarland have been incredibly happy for seven years. During that time they've worked hard to make his son Bruce and her daughter Emily part of a real family on their Massachusetts farm. Now handsome Bruce is a high school senior with a girlfriend he is crazy about. Pretty Emily is a sophomore at the same boarding school.

Then shortly before Thanksgiving, Emily tries to kill herself.

Confined to a private hospital, a sullen, angry Emily says Bruce raped her. He swears he didn't. One of them is lying. Finding out the truth may tear apart a lifetime of illusions, and a marriage-- in a story about stepfamilies and secrets, trust and love that will touch your heart...

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Ick - I did not like the ending - seemed to easy - Goodreads
Thayer's bland prose style doesn't help. - Kirkus
Caution: it has some sex scenes. - Goodreads
It has a surprise ending. - Goodreads

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This was a happy surprise! The story involved a great mystery (which child do you believe), several twists in the story line which kept me on my toes, as well as a celebration of the resiliency of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
28
Section 3
40
Section 4
58
Section 5
69
Section 6
86
Section 7
98
Section 8
105
Section 10
151
Section 11
164
Section 12
190
Section 13
201
Section 14
210
Section 15
247
Section 16
260
Section 17
269

Section 9
139

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About the author (1999)

Nancy Thayer is the author of ten novels, including Three Women at the Water's Edge, Everlasting, and Belonging. She lives in Nantucket, MA.

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