Monday, July 18, 2016

Breaking and Holding by Judy Fogarty

For Patricia Curren, the summer of 1978 begins with a devastating discovery: an unfamiliar black pearl button in the bed she shares with her controlling husband, Jack. Seeking the courage to end her desolate marriage, Patricia spends a quiet summer alone on beautiful Kiawah Island. But when she meets Terry Sloan, a collegiate tennis player trying to go pro, their physical attraction sparks a slow burn toward obsession.

Once Patricia and Terry share closely guarded secrets from their pasts, they want more than a summer together. But their love soon fractures, as a potential sponsor takes an unusually keen interest in Terry—both on court and off. And when single, career-driven Lynn Hewitt arrives, other secrets must surface, including the one Patricia has kept from Terry all summer.

An intimate portrait of the folly of the human heart, Breaking and Holding explores buried truths that are startlingly unveiled. What’s left in their wake has the power not only to shatter lives…but to redeem them.

Tricia is a young woman with a tragic past, married to a much older man. She may have loved him in the beginning, but with a child like innocence of one who has never really experienced friendships or relationships. Her husband Jack is a manipulative control freak who takes advantage of her pliable nature to keep her under his thumb. After discovering proof of Jack's infidelity Tricia finds the courage to spend a summer away from him at their beach house where she finds romance and her true self.This is a story of dysfunctional marriage, friendship and betrayal.
I enjoyed the setting, in the 70s with references to popular music and fashion of the day. 4 out of 5 stars from me.

I received an advance copy for review

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