By Barbara Delinsky
Long island occasions bestselling writer Barbara Delinsky is understood for her evocative, emotionally resonant books. Now, for the 1st time in hardcover, comes her vintage novel a girl Betrayed, a story with the entire hallmarks of her outstanding talent.Laura and Jeff Frye have a cheerful twenty-year marriage and incredible teenagers. With a profitable catering enterprise in addition, Laura has every little thing she may ask for. Then Jeff mysteriously disappears, and Laura's photograph excellent lifestyles is shattered.Laura keeps that the Jeff she knew could by no means depart voluntarily. yet what in regards to the Jeff she did not be aware of? As her husband's many secrets and techniques come to gentle, Laura left with a stunning photograph of the guy she married.Shaken to the middle, Laura appears to be like for methods to carry her family members jointly and rebuild her existence. What she unearths is a power she by no means knew she had -- and a love she notion she had misplaced ceaselessly. With an totally compelling plot and writing that unerringly is going instantly to the basic concerns of the guts, this unforgettable tale can provide every thing that readers have come to like in Barbara Delinsky's novels.
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A lifelong academician, she was not only the head of her department but a high muck-amuck in professional organizations, all of which made her a hard act to follow. Laura often wondered if that was why she herself had dropped out of college. Maddie had been appalled when she did and only slightly less appalled when Debra had finally gone off to school and Laura had started selling cherry cheesecake out of her home. That had been ten years ago. When that small business evolved into a catering service, Maddie was hardly impressed.
She tried to think back thirty-six hours, but she’d been busy getting herself and her thoughts organized for the day, while Jeff had been dressing. ” All his suits were dark. Dark and sedate, which was the image he chose. ” “No. Jacket and trousers. White shirt. ” It was a fair guess. Most of his shirts were white, most of his ties striped. Debra returned with the picture and handed it to Laura, who held it for a minute, studying Jeff’s face. It was a kind face and a dependable one, two qualities that had drawn her to him from the first and hadn’t changed.
His bed was narrow, a simple wood frame that accommodated his length with little room to spare. The sheets were stiff and smelled of the plastic packaging he had taken them from the night before. qxd 38 9/12/02 12:24 PM Page 38 BARBARA DELINSKY scratch of wool blankets against his skin. The blankets had a smell too, a newness that was at odds with the rest of the place. Lying on that bed with his eyes closed and his head aching, he was aware of mustiness and the odor of age. A fisherman had once lived here, he could smell that, and the fisherman had a dog.