A housekeeper’s daughter and a daughter of privilege find their fortunes reversed in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Diary.
The caretaker’s cottage is the only home fifteen-year-old Abigail Armstrong has ever known. She and her mother, Rosalie, work for the well-to-do Meriwhethers. Lila Meriwhether is Abigail’s best friend, and Abigail has fallen in love with Lila’s twin brother, Vaughn. But one day the unthinkable happens: The employers who’d always treated them like family accuse Rosalie of stealing a diamond necklace and banish her and Abigail. A quarter of a century will pass before Abigail sees Lila or Vaughn again.
Twenty-five years later, Lila is leading a charmed life as the Park Avenue wife of a powerful businessman. But a scandal leaves her and her son nearly bankrupt. Abigail, the owner of a celebrated homemaking empire, is meanwhile coping with the fallout from a fire in her Mexico factory. In a capricious twist of fate, Lila is forced to take a job as Abigail’s housekeeper. But it is Vaughn, now a documentary filmmaker, who will shake up Abigail’s world and force her to confront the girl she used to be.
“A sweeping emotional story that will mesmerize you from start to finish.” —Kristin Hannah, New York Times–bestselling author
“This novel is the ultimate indulgence—dramatic, involving, and ringing with emotional truth.” —Susan Wiggs, New York Times–bestselling author
“A gripping tale about the morality of revenge, the complexity of life, and friendship.” —Midwest Book Review
Eileen Goudge (b. 1950) is one of the nation’s most successful authors of women’s fiction. She began as a young adult writer, helping to launch the phenomenally successful Sweet Valley High series, and in 1986 she published her first adult novel, the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies.
She has published fifteen novels in all, including the three-book saga of Carson Springs, Thorns of Truth—a sequel to Gardens of Lies—and 2012’s The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.