Can one hide a love affair for 28 years. Mallory and Jake have done just that. Jake is now married, with a family. He comes every weekend just one weekend mind you to live with Mallory and he has done that for 28 years unknown to his friends, to Mallory's own family and to his own wife.
The circle is close, they are all known to each other and one thinks what is the love that binds Jake to Mallory but that is not sufficient for him to actually leave his wife (now a US Senator) and an aspiring Presidential candidate to boot.
The story set in Nantucket in a quiet town and then going back and forth over
the lives of each character appearing now in one city and then the next, the cross referencing between all of them and underneath it all the thread of Mallory and Jake's love story.
Very poignant, sad and emotional this was inevitably a sad story of a different kind of love story.
It has to end it cannot continue - one begins to feel that from midway through the story.
This is one of the author's best ever books.
Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Hodder & Stoughton.