An Act of Love

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 1999 - Fiction - 308 pages
3 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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User Review  - wareagle78 - LibraryThing

A quick read, but a facinating one. Thayer takes us into the hearts of a woman and her daughter as their family is torn apart by rape. Thayer's recreation of the accounts was dramatic and vivid, and the victim's anguish and contradictory feelings well explored. Read full review

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

Novelists Owen and Linda McFarland have been married for seven years. During that time, they have been incredibly happy together and have worked hard to make their blended family feel loved. Living on ... 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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