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One Last Dance

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One Last Dance

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A shocking murder forces a family to come to terms with its past Each of Lydia Seagrave's daughters is unhappy in her own way. Although a successful novelist, Daphne is professionally stunted and bored with her doctor husband. Her sister Kitty, the owner of a small California tea room, feels empty without a child. And Alex, the youngest, is a recent divorc\u00e9e who is having trouble just paying her rent.   When the three girls return home for their parents' fortieth wedding anniversary, they hardly expect to be confronted with murder. Their father is dead, and Lydia was found with the smoking gun. As she goes on trial the three sisters struggle to solve the mystery of why their mother, a seemingly devoted wife, would murder their father in cold blood, uncovering family secrets that threaten to tear them all apart and confronting their own unhappiness along the way.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Eileen Goudge including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

A shocking murder forces a family to come to terms with its past Each of Lydia Seagrave's daughters is unhappy in her own way. Although a successful novelist, Daphne is professionally stunted and bored with her doctor husband. Her sister Kitty, the owner of a small California tea room, feels empty without a child. And Alex, the youngest, is a recent divorc\u00e9e who is having trouble just paying her rent.   When the three girls return home for their parents' fortieth wedding anniversary, they hardly expect to be confronted with murder. Their father is dead, and Lydia was found with the smoking gun. As she goes on trial the three sisters struggle to solve the mystery of why their mother, a seemingly devoted wife, would murder their father in cold blood, uncovering family secrets that threaten to tear them all apart and confronting their own unhappiness along the way.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Eileen Goudge including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

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  • Eileen Goudge (b. 1950) is one of the nation's most successful authors of women's fiction. She began as a young adult writer, helping to launch the phenomenally successful Sweet Valley High series, and in 1986 she published her first adult novel, the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies.

    She has published fifteen novels in all, including the three-book saga of Carson Springs, Thorns of Truth—a sequel to Gardens of Lies—and 2012's The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.

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    May 31, 1999
    Three sisters about to celebrate their parents' 40th wedding anniversary find themselves at their father's funeral and mother's murder trial in Goudge's (Garden of Lies; Thorns of Truth) latest tale of family secrets, scandals and passion. The Seagrave sisters are emotionally unfulfilled despite their accomplishments: Daphne, a novelist married to a doctor, cannot forget her childhood sweetheart, while homespun cafe entrepreneur Kitty yearns to adopt a child, and newly divorced real estate agent Alex is drowning in mounting debt. When their mother shoots their father without explanation or apology, the daughters investigate the rumors and suspicions they have ignored all their lives to confront the truth about their philandering parent. In the small town where they grew up, the Seagraves were a picture-perfect family and their father a respected pillar of the community. Frustrated by the lies of old friends and their mother's stubborn silence, the sisters gain support from Daphne's ex-boyfriend (now the prosecuting DA), Alex's patient ex-husband and Kitty's energetic young lover. In Goudge's emotional landscape, the truth sets one free--from guilt, inhibition and doubt. Her mixture of soap opera and modern romance occasionally overdoses on inner torment, and no revelation comes as a surprise, but she consistently explores intense family relationships and turns out bestsellers that feature women on the verge of major change. Even when the heart-wrenching prose becomes fulsome, the reader keeps turning pages just to make sure the heroines find the happiness they deserve. Agent, Susan Ginsburg. Doubleday Book Club main selection and Literary Guild Super Release; author tour. (June) FYI: Signet will release Thorns of Truth simultaneously in paper.

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