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Bodies and Souls [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Thayer
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this fast, steamy novel by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer, residents of a seemingly picture perfect New England town struggle to hide their shocking secrets . . . until they can no longer. Now available for the first time as an eBook!
From his position behind the pulpit, Reverend Peter Taylor has a unique view of his affluent congregants. By and large, they appear respectable and morally upstanding, but they have their share of troubles—and perhaps even more than their share of sins. Liza Howard is a notorious Jezebel who seduces young and old alike, and who now has her sights set on Judy Bennett’s son, despite his engagement. Meanwhile, Judy hides her own family secrets behind her relentless judgment of others. Widow Suzanna Blair’s newly found passion for her female professor has her questioning the life she’s always known. And Peter Taylor himself struggles with faith and lust despite an eighteen-year marriage. As their turbulent lives and their scandalous stories intersect, one thing is certain: small town secrets never remain hidden for long.
Includes a captivating preview of Nancy Thayer’s upcoming novel Nantucket Sisters!
Praise for the novels of Nancy Thayer
“The queen of beach books.”—The Star-Ledger
“Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.”—Elin Hilderbrand
“Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating.”Houston Chronicle
“One of my favorite writers.”—Susan Wiggs
“Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments, inside stories and shared histories that build families.”The Miami Herald
“Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”—Dorothea Benton Frank

Product Details

  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IBZ5Y7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Nancy Thayer August 13, 2001
I love the way Nancy Thayer develops her characters. I got inside all the characters. This is a story of small town America and how each life affects those around them. This is one of her earlier novels and I am always so surprised that she isn't more well known. I would highly suggest this book even though it is out of print.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A juicy book June 18, 2009
By wadejen
Surely this book reads exactly how the title means. It's a story of a New England small town. The story goes way, way down into the depths of the characters' souls and fully explores every issue by every character's unique point of view. This is a must read for Nancy Thayer fans. I don't care much for Nancy's later books - I loved this one, Three Women at Water's Edge, Spirit Lost, Stepping, Nell, My Best Friend, Belonging, etc. The ones later don't come nearly close to her earlier writings. Nancy, if you're reading this, go back to your earlier style - it was way more satisfying to your favorite fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Character Study Set in a Small Town August 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, so I'll preface this by saying that I've read many of Ms. Thayer's books and love her ability to build strong, distinct and very real characters and she has wonderful sense of humor that often has me laughing out loud. From what I understand, this is one of her earlier books that hadn't been published in paper, but e-books made it easier to get this one on the market. So, this book provides an interesting perspective on how Ms. Thayer's writing has developed. (I just want to refer to her as "Nancy", since I'm sure that at least one or more of her characters is based on herself, so as a reader, I feel like she's a friend - good authors can do that).

In many of Nancy's more recent books, she starts with an almost 'bullet point' overview of each character's back story - like she wants to quickly bring the reader up to date so that she can get to the 'good stuff' - their lives, how they interact, great dialogue, and of course, the plot and subplots of the story.

With Bodies and Souls, the entire book takes place in a very small town, and is devoted to building each individual character, and there is some, but not as much interaction between them. There are quite a few characters here, each providing very different perspectives and motivated in very different ways. She clearly conveys how each character thinks - letting the reader into their minds, how they talk to themselves and see their world and the people around them. What I'm saying, is that the book is basically a character study. In that way, it's interesting to get inside different heads and see the other characters and events that unfold from the perspective of each of the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love & lust February 5, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Thayer has created a villain like none I've encountered in other books. She's hidden behind such a good façade that people admire her. But what kind of person wishes that a family member had died rather than her parents go bankrupt? How dare they deprive her of nice things & make her go to a public college!

In comparison, the woman the people think of as immoral is at least honest. She may have loved no one except her late husband, but no one who knows the difference between love & lust would expect love from her.

Several of the nicer characters in the book don't recognize the difference between lust & love. Somewhat unrealistically, things turn out great for them. Love requires knowing the person & wanting the best for the loved one. Going from attraction & lust to love is a choice.
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More About the Author

An Island Christmas is my 26th novel, set here on this wild island where I've lived for 30 years. I write about what I know & love: happy, slightly eccentric (aren't we all?), families, including cats and dogs. I post daily on Facebook and love to get to know my readers, and I send out a newsletter you can sign up for on my website: Nancy Thayer. Nantucket Sisters was my 2014 summer novel, all about a rich girl and a poor girl becoming best friends one Nantucket summer. This island is a wealth of inspiration!

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