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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 in audio!

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.

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)

©2001 Nancy Thayer (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Introduction © 2014 by Nancy Thayer.

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Tempered and Forged by the Kiln of Experience

I purchased this book as a fan of narrator Angela Dawe. If you are a fan of this narrator, don’t miss mystery author Marcia Clark series Samantha Brinkman
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent. I do purchase by narrator first unless I am a long time fan of an author. Eg Sandra Brown, Julie James, Rachel Gibson
This story came to life and was made better by Ms Dawe’s talent to portray our hero and heroine spot on.
Author used soul connected conversations with vivid portraits of emotions and surroundings for this story of hope and new beginnings. Well read people will enjoy the tale as the editing is very good, and it’s worthy of a book club.
I see this author has tried a number of different narrators to showcase her work, and l am thrilled she selected Ms Dawe to narrate this story. Well done!
I will check out a fave narrator, Karen White’s, read of this author, Beachcombers. Ms White does the Julie James FBI/US Attorney series, GREAT
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  • 10-04-18

Tempered and Forged by the Kiln of Experience

I purchased this book as a fan of narrator Angela Dawe. If you are a fan of this narrator, don’t miss mystery author Marcia Clark series Samantha Brinkman
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent. I do purchase by narrator first unless I am a long time fan of an author. Eg Sandra Brown, Julie James, Rachel Gibson
This story came to life and was made better by Ms Dawe’s talent to portray our hero and heroine spot on.
Author used soul connected conversations with vivid portraits of emotions and surroundings for this story of hope and new beginnings. Well read people will enjoy the tale as the editing is very good, and it’s worthy of a book club.
I see this author has tried a number of different narrators to showcase her work, and l am thrilled she selected Ms Dawe to narrate this story. Well done!
I will check out a fave narrator, Karen White’s, read of this author, Beachcombers. Ms White does the Julie James FBI/US Attorney series, GREAT
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  • Empress Karen
  • 10-04-18

Tempered and Forged by the Kiln of Experience

I purchased this book as a fan of narrator Angela Dawe. If you are a fan of this narrator, don’t miss mystery author Marcia Clark series Samantha Brinkman
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent. I do purchase by narrator first unless I am a long time fan of an author. Eg Sandra Brown, Julie James, Rachel Gibson
This story came to life and was made better by Ms Dawe’s talent to portray our hero and heroine spot on.
Author used soul connected conversations with vivid portraits of emotions and surroundings for this story of hope and new beginnings. Well read people will enjoy the tale as the editing is very good, and it’s worthy of a book club.
I see this author has tried a number of different narrators to showcase her work, and l am thrilled she selected Ms Dawe to narrate this story. Well done!
I will check out a fave narrator, Karen White’s, read of this author, Beachcombers. Ms White does the Julie James FBI/US Attorney series, GREAT
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful