At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and
once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has answered an ad to tutor the
teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a summer in their
oceanfront New Hampshire cottage. But when the Edwards’ two grown sons, Ben and
Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a
destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for
her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened.
the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into the human
heart, Shreve weaves a story about marriage, family, and the supreme
courage it takes to love.
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