My Dearest Friend

Nancy Thayer's My Dearest FriendPublisher: Ballantine Books (1998)
Available: eBook

Now available for the first time as an eBook, this luminescent novel by bestselling author Nancy Thayer enthralls with a story of difficult choices—and hard-fought happiness.

At the age of forty-six, Daphne Miller is a first-time homeowner, a divorced college administrator whose daughter has moved in with her father. On a dirt road in the green mountains of southern Vermont, Daphne has at last found a home of her own. It may be tiny, but the rustic cottage is hers, and she’s determined to make it perfect.

Just down the lane, Jack Hamilton and his young family move in. The newly appointed English professor Jack has long dreamed of teaching at his prestigious alma mater, but his wife Carey Ann is terribly unhappy in rural New England. As Daphne takes Carey Ann under her wing, Jack suppresses his growing attraction for his new neighbor and the two become friends.  But for Daphne, this increasingly complex friendship brings back the painful memories of a previous betrayal.  Now at an unexpected crossroads, Daphne must let go of the woman she has become – and reach out for the woman she longs to be.


Praise for 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