At a turn-of-the-century coastal resort in New Hampshire, young Olympia Biddeford is drawn into an intense love affair with a much older man, John Haskell, a married physician and activist, an affair that has a profound and long-reaching impact on everyone around them - (Baker & Taylor)

At a turn-of-the-century coastal resort in New Hampshire, young Olympia Biddeford is drawn into an intense love affair with a much older man, John Haskell, a married physician and activist, an affair that has a profound and long-reaching impact on everyone around them. 75,000 first printing. Tour. - (Baker & Taylor)

On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the last century, a young woman is drawn into a rocky, disastrous passage to adulthood. Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple - a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer at the family's vacation home in Fortune's Rocks is transformed by the arrival of a doctor, a friend of her father's, whose new book about mill-town laborers has caused a sensation. Olympia is captivated by his thinking, his stature, and his drive to do right - even as she is overwhelmed for the first time by irresistible sexual desire. She and the doctor - a married man, a father, and nearly three times her age - come together in an unthinkable, torturous, hopelessly passionate affair. Throwing aside propriety and self-preservation, Olympia plunges forward with cataclysmic results that are the price of straying in an unforgiving era. - (Blackwell North Amer)

<strong>Everywhere hailed for its emotional intensity and unflagging narrative momentum, this magnificent novel transports us to the turn of the twentieth century, to the world of a prominent Boston family summering on the New Hampshire coast, and to the social orbit of a spirited young woman who falls into a passionate, illicit affair with an older man, with cataclysmic results.</strong> - (Grand Central Pub)

<strong>Everywhere hailed for its emotional intensity and unflagging narrative momentum, this magnificent novel transports us to the turn of the twentieth century, to the world of a prominent Boston family summering on the New Hampshire coast, and to the social orbit of a spirited young woman who falls into a passionate, illicit affair with an older man, with cataclysmic results.</strong> - (Hachette Book Group)