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Together Alone [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Delinsky
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author of For My Daughters sallies into Judith Krantz and Iris Rainer Dart territory with this somewhat familiar tale of angst among girlfriends. With their daughters off to college, Emily, Kay and Celeste find themselves emotionally adrift in their small Massachusetts town. Emily retreats to baking and redecorating to hide the pain of husband Doug's infrequent (and sexually chilly) visits home, while eighth-grade teacher Kay uses her work as a shield against her police chief husband's attempts to recapture their former intimacy. And divorcee Celeste celebrates her daughter's departure with a nose job and a personal ad she hopes will bring her "wine and roses and music and poetry. And sex." When recently widowed NYPD detective Brian Stasek arrives to join the local police force, Emily becomes drawn to him-and increasingly suspicious about Doug's absences. Celeste, meanwhile, finds an architect who may be too good to be true and Kay, certain that her body has lost its allure, continues to rebuff her baffled husband. Only when Brian reopens the long-closed case of one couple's kidnapped son does Delinsky's story manage a spark that keeps it from being just another suburban melodrama.
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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky weaves a stunning and intricate tapestry of life, love, and acceptance.

With their daughters off to college, the time has come for forever best friends Emily, Kay, and Celeste to redefine themselves as women. Once half of a perfect marriage—still suffering from a terrible loss—Emily hardly knows her workaholic husband, Doug, anymore, and is drawn instead to what is offered by a new neighbor. A dedicated teacher who loves her job, Kay is confused and troubled by husband John's unfamiliar demands. And Celeste, long-divorced and ecstatic with freedom, sees her electric new life dimmed when her child is endangered.

As the three friends struggle to navigate this uncharted territory, they find themselves redefining their dreams, desires, and what it means—to each of them—to be a woman. But before they can bring about change, they must learn the hardest lesson of all: how to love themselves.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061713546
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (March 17 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC149O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and heartrending Jan. 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of Delinsky's best. She has researched and written about a terrible crime that effects everyone in this country and probably worldwide: Child Abduction.
The mix of characters, a dishrag mother, Emily, whose life has been dominated and controlled by her husband, Doug, who has been punishing her for 19 years by abandoning her in the trumped up guise of needing to work extra long hours, days, months, and, naturally it involves excessive traveling. Doug is a rigid jerk who despises and loathes Emily for leaving their son in a car while running into a post office in their small town only to return and find the child gone. His dishonesty with Emily is a real gut wrencher.
There is a cast of good girl friends and a "renter" Brian, who is a cop with a 2 year old left in his care due to his wife dying in an accident. He puts the moves on Emily right away when he sees her husband has literally abandoned her. And she doesn't resist. The plot thickens when Jill, their only surviving child, away in Boston at college, observes her lying, cheating father on the door step of a townhome there embracing a woman and kissing a little boy. Jill lets her mother know in a very oblique way and this leads to the discovery by Emily of the facts.
Emily finally gets the guts to remedy the problem, yet it is very hard to identify with her in a truly sympathetic way especially after the desperately dependent Emily starts cheating with the renter Brian while her husband is away. Two wrongs do NOT make a right no matter how justified the author wants us to believe. Especially since this is a morality tale and the immorality of the characters cancels its impact.
There are enough subplots to keep the most demanding reader
engaged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best March 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was one of the best I have read in a while. I highly recommend the book to anyone who likes to read a good love story with a little detective work within the plot. The author began the story with developing the characters and lives of the main character, Emily,her husband,Doug, and Emily's friends,Kay,John, and Celeste. Emily and her husband lost their son years before the story begins and their relationship has deteriorated to almost nothing. There are several stories going on within the book having to do with the different characters concerning one person's husband and other characters' children. Basically, the story is about the saddness and the happiness of this life. It is about a people dropping as far as they can go and then reveiling their strength to develop a new life and be happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST stories I've read in a while!! Aug. 4 2002
By Boater
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh, what can I say. Barb Delinsky has done it again. This book grabs you right from the beginning and doesn't let you go. You feel like you know the characters personnally. You don't want the book to end. You will even shed a few tears at the shocking ending. EXCELLENT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic MUST Read Aug. 2 2000
By Jamie D
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was so wonderfully engrossing that I was actually quite sad when it ended because I became so enthralled in the lives of the chracters.
The majority of the book made me realize how my mother felt when I moved out and she had to go through the "empty-nest" syndrome and it made me sad.
I could just feel Emily's pain describing the loss of her son and it just made me heart broken. And then to find out what happened was a total shocker. I began to suspect, but to have it confirmed was very sad. This book is a total must read especially if you are a first time reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! July 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was such an inspiration! I couldn't put it down. The characters were so real and so true to life. This stuff can really happen to women today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read for the romantic within you May 25 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I, personally, read this book while vacationing in Grand Caymand Islands. It was deliciously romantic, heart-warming and a suspenseful thriller. It takes you to softer places within your heart. It draws into question love, family, romance and creates suspicion of all of these puzzle pieces within a married life. The romantic drama is fantastically dancing at all times in Barbara's books. A must read for the romantic soul and anyone who loves to root for the underdog.
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