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Manette Ansay is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: Midnight Champagne, A National Book Critics Circle Award winner, River Angel and Vinegar Hill, an Oprah Winfrey Bookclub Selection, a short-story collection, Read This and Tell Me What It Says, and a memoir, Limbo, of her battle with illness to begin her writing career.
This story is told through various characters on the wedding day of April and Caleb. As we follow the wedding party throughout the day we listen to various stories about marriage and the character’s hopes and fears. An insightful look in to love and marriage with a host of highly enjoyable characters.
GOOD THINGS I WISH YOU by Manette Ansay portrays two extraordinary women, and two love stories separated by centuries - an ingenious fusion of fiction and fact, inspired by the story of Clara Schumann. Forty-two and newly divorced, Jeanette Hochmann is trying to reassemble her life with her young daughter. Lately, the world seems bereft of the passion that's always inspired and sustained her, first as a child prodigy at the piano, later as a novelist. Now, she's struggling to write a novel based on the relationship between nineteenth-century German pianist Clara Schumann and her husband's handsome young protege, the composer Johannes Brahms. Was theirs just a close friendship, or was it something more? As Jeanette delves deeper into Clara's story, she uncovers uncanny parallels with her own life. And just when she's least expecting it, she embarks on a love affair of her own.
VINEGAR HILL is a hard-hitting and thought-provoking novel, depicting the powerful conflicts and emotions involved in leaving an abusive relationship. When Ellen Grier's husband loses his job, she has little choice but to agree to his suggestion that they and their children move in with his parents on Vinegar Hill. Their new home is more stifling than she feared - a loveless place where dark secrets lurk behind a facade of false piety, and calculated cruelty is routine. Ellen's spirit is close to crushed: how is she to protect her children from their grandparents' bitterness and disapproval? Will her love for little Amy and Bert give her the strength to find a way for them to escape?
When Megan and Rex Van Dorn sail into Houndfish Cay, they look to all the world like a couple who have left the cares of the shore behind them to live their dream. But when people ask, 'Do you have children?', Megan doesn't know how to answer. For Megan and Rex took to the water following the death of their only child, Evan, in a road accident - killed by Cindy Ann Kreisler, who, back when they were teenagers, had been Megan's best friend. Impassioned, intense and insightful, BLUE WATER is a story of the desire for revenge, the impact of tragedy upon a marriage, and of Megan's coming to terms with the ties she shares with the woman who has wounded her so badly.