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Custody [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Thayer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A secret in a woman’s past returns to change her life forever in this riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer. Now available for the first time as an eBook!
Ambitious, brilliant, and engaged to a wonderful guy, Kelly MacLeod feels like her dreams are coming true when she lands a prestigious appointment as a judge in the Massachusetts Family Court. A passionate advocate on behalf of children of divorce, she can at long last put her fierce intellect to good use in the courtroom.
But a chance meeting with a charismatic man forever changes Kelly’s life. Randall Madison is a successful doctor locked in a custody battle with his soon-to-be ex-wife. The two are soon swept into a passionate affair. But then Kelly realizes that a secret ties her inextricably to Randall’s case, and she finds herself torn between her moral judgment and her deepest desires.
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

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Women who like to read about other women's troubles will enjoy Thayer's 14th novel (after Three Women at the Water's Edge; An Act of Love; etc.), which features a novice family court judge confronting a family melodrama of her own. Just as Kelly McLeod is appointed to the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court bench, she meets and falls in love with a man whose life proves as complicated by past mistakes and present entanglements as her own. Randall Madison is battling his controlling soon-to-be ex-wife (a frigid registered nurse running for political office) for custody of their 12-year-old daughter, Tessa. Curious about her birth (she was born to a surrogate mother) and on the cusp of puberty, Tessa needs all the parenting she can get. Randall also must deal with his aging widowed father and a former lover who won't let him go quietly. Kelly is engaged to a wealthy lawyer she doesn't want to marry and must cope with her half-sister, a difficult teenager who is the daughter of Kelly's long-estranged, now-dead mother and the stepfather responsible for that estrangement. Thayer turns Kelly's easy-to-guess secret into the basis of an often engrossing tale, meticulously detailing along the way the web of court procedures developed to handle family conflicts and explaining how conflicts get resolved despite their uncomfortable fit with those procedures. Ingenuity at tackling first the court case and then Tessa's unhappy situation turns Kelly from a run-of-the-mill modern heroine into a model of negotiation. Thayer's view that motherhood requires eternal patience and parenthood an unending supply of time and money imbues the book with her trademark compassionate realism.

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From Booklist

Kelly McCleod is about to take her seat for the very first time as a family court judge. What she doesn't realize is that the man she loves is sitting in her courtroom petitioning for a divorce from his high-profile, political wife and requesting custody of his adopted daughter. A flashback recounts how Kelly meets a stranger in a cemetery and strikes up a relationship with him without the two ever revealing their true identities. As the relationship blossoms, Kelly wrestles with how much to share with the mysterious man, how to break off her current engagement, and whether it is really possible to fall in love with someone without knowing the person's real name. The plot and characters are fairly conventional until Thayer throws a twist into the story--Kelly begins to suspect that the daughter of the man she loves is the baby she gave up when she was in college. Filled with glimpses into family court proceedings and custody battles, this is an easy read with a predictable happy ending. Carolyn Kubisz
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312984987
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IBZ5Y7K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing family drama July 9, 2002
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If I'd been writing this book, I wouldn't have started with the teaser scene Thayer chose (and it was extremely confusing that the date at the top of the first chapter was an error--it should have read September 2000 rather than August 2000--who did the line edit, anyway?). After reading that first scene, I didn't want to go back a month and read what led up to it. I suspect that's why some readers found the beginning slow going. If Thayer had just started the story earlier and told it chronologically, it would have been a more satisfying read. Frankly, I didn't want to know what she revealed in that first scene. I'd have preferred to find out who the man in the custody case was on my own. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thayer's strength is characterization, and these characters were three-dimensional and compelling. Ann was particularly fascinating, and Tessa was wonderful. I was a bit disappointed with the end of the book, though. Thayer wrapped things up a little too quickly, I felt. We never did get to see Ann's turnaround. I just couldn't buy into the idea that a woman so driven and obsessed would so quickly acquiesce to the changes wrought by the judge's decision. I also wanted to see more of how Tessa felt afterwards. Still, I would recommend this book and anything else Thayer writes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Complicated Custody Battle April 28, 2002
Kelly McLeod, newly appointed family court judge, has been defending clients for years, but now on the other side of the bench she feels even more responsibility to do the right thing. She has seen many families ripped apart by divorce and ugly custody battles. She is engaged to marry rich, handsome Jason, but is delaying setting a date for their marriage.
During one of her weekly visits to her mother�s graveside, Kelly meets a mysterious stranger who is also visiting his mother�s grave. They have a frank and startling conversation, and during the following week she can�t stop thinking about him. They meet again the following weekend, and she becomes even more intrigued by this handsome, earnest, charismatic man.
The story also involves Anne Madison, political activist running for state representative on a health care platform. Anne is battling for full custody of her 12-year-old daughter, Tessa. Randall Madison, successful physician, also wants custody of Tessa, and feels that he would provide a better home because of Anne�s many neuroses and her obsessive-compulsive behavior. Tessa is caught in the middle of wanting to please both of her parents.
Kelly, Anne and Randall must all learn to deal with past sorrows, and put aside anger to move on and do what is best for Tessa as well as for themselves. The book is an interesting and moving exploration of the damage that can be done to children and families as a result of divorce and custody battles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Stretch... August 17, 2002
While I agree witht the other reviewers concerning the characters and ending, my chief complaint was the dialogue. Found it stilted and artificial (does anyone really say "Yes, I am beset with problems") Early scene in cemetary was so artificial, I had to push to proceed, but Tessa was a pleasure. Would try another book by Thayer, but this didn't make may favorites list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Obvious plot, rushed ending May 27, 2004
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While this is an easy read, a good "beach book," it had several problems. One is that instead of foreshadowing, the author practically boinks you on the head -- so many of the events "revealed" at towards the end were obvious from the very beginning. Additionally, the ending was rushed. After setting the scene for a custody battle, and allowing the reader to see various scenes leading up to it [e.g., the Guardian ad Litem's meetings with multiple characters], we get none of the actual custody trial. Finally, the problems of certain characters just seem to disappear by the ending, with no explanation on if they dealt with them or how, and how they adjusted to the ruling in the custody case. My first thought was "Is that it?" Haven't read any of the author's other books, but this one didn't really encourage me to do so.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start......Fast Finish January 17, 2002
By Rob
This was the First Nancy Thayer Book I've ever read, so I cannot compare it to her other works. Standing on it's own though, I will say this; It gets off to a really slow start. Nancy get's bogged down in describing every minute detail and continues this rather frustrating trend for the first 100 pages or so. After that, the characters are well enough developed and the story starts to flow. The story chronicles the events following the marital seperation between a doctor and a politician, and what happens to each of them and their 12 year old daughter leading up to and finishing with the outcome of the divorce and child custody case. Interwoven into those events it describes the process by which the other main character becomes a judge in the family court circuit in Massachusetts and how all of these people come together under a set of rather bizzare circumstances/coincidences. The main characters, Anne, Kelly, Randall and Tesse are all unique and exhibit some rather strange behaviors that make the story more interesting. And Nancy's depiction of these behaviors comes across as being very accurate. The plot has it's twists and turns but ultimately is rather predictable, even though it is hard to believe anything like this could happen in real life. Too much foreshadowing...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Second read
I read this book many years ago , I enjoy red it just much on the second read. These charactersjust grabbede
Published 7 days ago by beach girl
5.0 out of 5 stars a Neat Twist of Fate
This story kept my interest right to the end.
It brings in everyday facts of life, aging, death, divorce, adoption.
A great ending.
Published 18 days ago by Gwen Rodrigue
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother!
Did'nt like the story. The heroine is selfish ughhh! The hero is uninspiring. What was the author thinking. Waste of money and time!
Published 24 days ago by Goodtimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all Nancy Thayer's books. Can't put them down! This was no exception.
Published 1 month ago by Cape 78
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one
I'm hooked on Nancy Thayer...loved this one too. The characters are solid...believable. can't wait read more. I recommend any of her books
Published 1 month ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down!
Great read! This is my first book by this author. Loved it so much, I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to see what else she has wrote.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars another wonderful one!
Loved it from beginning to end and would have liked to keep reading! Now I'll just have to imagine my own ending.
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Koch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just discovering this author and I am really enjoying her stories.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A little trite how it all comes together but you fall in love with the characters. Just wonderful and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the book
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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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