Over the past several years Elizabeth and Jackson Shore's marriage has been sliding into a period of mutual discontent. Having moved a great deal on account of his job, Elizabeth has just about had enough. Currently they're living in Echo Beach, Oregon, and for the first time in a long time, she feels at home. With both of their girls in college, Elizabeth finds she has more free time and is forced to re-evaluate her life and happiness. She knows that she loves Jack, but right now she is also deeply unhappy.

When Jack is offered a fabulous job on the East Coast, he immediately assumes they will pack up and move. However, this offer, coming on the heels of Elizabeth's father's sudden death, is more than she can take. Without telling the girls, Jack and Elizabeth decide to separate. Alone for the first time in years, each must face themselves, their needs and goals. Is this marriage worth saving?

A marriage in crisis forms the backdrop for this deeply insightful and emotionally compelling novel. Kristin Hannah breaks new ground as she continues to develop into a powerful voice in women's fiction. (Jul., 352 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith