Between Husbands and Friends: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Now available for the first time in audio, this poignant novel by New York Times best-selling author Nancy Thayer tells the engrossing story of two women, two families, and a shocking revelation that changes everything.
When Lucy West and Kate Cunningham meet, the two spirited young women recognize kindred spirits in each other. Both Lucy and Kate married early and lack complete confidence in the brave new world of mothering. As their friendship deepens, their lives become fully intertwined. With husbands and children in tow, they spend glorious summers together in a large house on Nantucket island, sailing and feasting on lobster - and when their husbands are back on the mainland, the two women even get a chance to kick up their heels. The closest of allies, Lucy and Kate share their highs and lows, their joys and darkest secrets.
Or so Kate thought. One summer, in the midst of a devastating family crisis, Lucy reveals a truth she has long kept hidden from her best friend. And in the aftermath of this astonishing revelation, the lives of the Wests and the Cunninghams will never be the same.
Praise for the novels of Nancy Thayer
“The queen of beach books.” —The Star-Ledger
“Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.” —Elin Hilderbrand
“Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating.” —Houston Chronicle
“One of my favorite writers.” —Susan Wiggs
“Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments, inside stories and shared histories that build families.” —The Miami Herald
“Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.” —Dorothea Benton Frank
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 2 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 07 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #141,353 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This book explores the relationships between Kate and Lucy ~~ two women with two children and their husbands. It is a complicated relationship burdened with secrets and dreams. When Lucy finds out that her son is diagonosed with cystic fibrosis, the relationships began to unravel.
I would have given this book a five ~~ but when Lucy blurted out her great secret, it was written very awkwardly and there wasn't enough depth into the story to give the readers why she panicked like she did. And Lucy was way too pact with her husband's trangressions with her best friend ~~ if it was me, despite me making the same mistake seven years earlier ~~ I would still be raging and fighting for my husband instead of taking everything passively and hiding my head.
Other than that, this book is well-written and enjoyable!! I really hated to put it down ~~ as I want some answers to my questions! But it is thoroughly enjoyable! I highly recommend this book to anyone with an afternoon off from work. It's one of those lazy days to spend on this book. Take it out to your hammock and swing in the spring breeze while reading this book!
Protagonist Lucy West married young and, although she loves her husband Max, she is vulnerable to other men. Her character is tested as she decides to whom she owes more loyalty---her husband or her best friend Kate. Over the course of a ten-year friendship, husbands are swapped and friendship is tested to its limits as Thayer takes the reader back and forth in time in this soap operaesque saga set in Nantucket and surroundings.
What could have been a strong book on the power of friendship falters slightly by forced situations that are wrapped up a bit too neatly for this reader's taste. Still, this is a worthwhile story, though not as intriguing as Thayer's earlier effort, THREE WOMEN AT THE WATER'S EDGE, which I would whole-heartedly recommend.
This novel is no exception. She writes convincingly of what it's like to be a mother of young children. In one chapter, the main character, Lucy, is sitting in her attic, seeking some much needed solitude, and thinking that while she is happy with her life, could she have done more with it. Should she have? She wonders what her beloved aunt, an adventerous free spirit would think of her life today if she were still alive. She also captures perfectly the longing that women feel to find that perfect friend, someone they "click" with instantly and can let loose and be themselves without fear of censor or judgement.
The only flaw in this book is the soapy plot involving the paternity of Lucy's son and using a potentially fatal genetic disease to propel the plot forward. This has been done in countless novels, including Daybreak by Belva Plain, who used it much more effectively.
Aside from that minor quibble, this is a good book to enjoy while lazing in the sun on a warm summer day.
Ms. Thayer introduces us to two famlies; the West family and the Cunnighams, and their kids. Lucy West and Kate Cunningham have been friends for years and carry each other secrets.Their husbands have also become great friends along with their children; so one can imagine what their wonderful August vacations are like. Through an inheritance of a home in Nantucket island from Lucy West's aunt, they are able to enjoy the sea, sun, sailing and relaxing, along with tasty meals of lobster and corn which they adore.
The characterisation is great. Ms Thayer makes you feel like they are part of your family and you start to cherish and care for their lives. But aren't these families a little too perfect? Some will say yes, other will say no; they are indeed families and friends like that.......perfect.
When you get into the story you will see how a fine friendship like theirs can sometimes turn awry over one brisk mistake; a slight brush with infidelity. It's a short novel but worth it in many ways so I have given it five stars. Thanks for your lovely book Nancy Thayer.
October 22nd 2001
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I would love to give this a four star rating but the story line for me had a slow start. I am glad that I didn't give up on it. It also was very wordy in parts; so much so that I have to admit I skimmed and skipped parts of it. I still was able to grasp the beauty and upsetting nature of this story and I do not feel as if I missed out on anything.
I will read other books by this author.