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Even Now

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Even Now

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Susan S. Kelly's award-winning debut novel, How Close We Come, told a deeply affecting story of two best friends, and of what happened when their seemingly unbreakable bond was threatened. Here her newest novel reveals a different aspect of women's friendships. In this tale, a close friendship gone wrong years earlier still has the power to make a woman question herself and her life...Even Now

When her husband, Hal, accepts a teaching position at a private school in the tiny North Carolina town of Rural Ridge, Hannah Marsh views her family's move as a chance to return to a simpler, sweeter way of living. Contentedly married for seventeen years and the mother of two children, she nevertheless has a nagging sense that something is absent from her life. Then, at a casual neighborhood dinner, Hannah encounters someone she thought she'd never see again: Daintry O'Connor, a ghost from her childhood.

As children, Hannah adored and idolized the more worldly, daring Daintry, even envying Daintry's adoption into a large and lively Irish family. She truly believed that they would be Best Friends Forever. But forever ended abruptly, leaving behind feelings of abandonment, betrayal, anger, and too many unanswered questions. Now, suddenly confronted with the adult Daintry—a successful, stylish investment banker married to an Episcopal priest—Hannah feels the old wounds painfully reopening.

As the two women become a part of the daily life of the mountain village, Hannah struggles to understand why Daintry still exerts an extraordinary hold on her—even as she finds herself dangerously drawn to Daintry's husband, Peter. When Peter makes it clear that he shares the attraction, a chain of events is set in motion that could affect them all.

A novel that explores the elusive mysteries of faith, memory, and the tenuous bonds of love, trust, and friendship, Even Now asks whether a relationship can survive changes-and the changing perspectives of time. Is it possible for two women to rediscover what they have both lost? Or is the true test of friendship knowing when to let go.

Even Now
by Susan S. Kelly

  • Publication Date: July 30, 2001
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books
  • ISBN-10: 0446527629
  • ISBN-13: 9780446527620