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Honor thy wife
Bogner, Norman, 1935-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 1999.
Physical Description:
443 pages ; 25 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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The New York Times best-selling author of To Die in Provence returns with a brilliant novel about the painful & tangled relationships of a man, Terry, & the two women he loves. As the years pass by, Terry must make the ultimate promise, to...honor thy wife.

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This intricately plotted novel of family intrigue and ungovernable desire has all the ingredients for a compelling beach read: sex, love, lies, betrayal, hatred, revenge, threats of murder and eventual wish-fulfillment for an all-American guy. Bogner (To Die in Provence) follows the misadventures of charming lawyer Terry Brett from the 1960s to the present. Against his better judgment, Terry finds himself captivated by Allison Desmond, a beautiful, fearless young woman who was brought up in an orphanage and has led a gritty life on the edge of society. When their ill-fated romance ends, heartbroken Allison flees to India, while Terry moves to Southern California. There he marries elegant, sophisticated pediatrician Valerie Holland, who rebuilds his shattered self-esteem. But marital harmony is disrupted when Terry is summoned to his Pacific Northwest hometown to learn shocking news: Allison is back in AmericaÄaccompanied by a child she says is his son. Torn by his love for two very different women, Terry decides to marry Allison under an assumed name and legitimize the boy, Sean. Thereafter, he divides his time between his two families until Valerie learns of his double life and the two wives confront Terry and each other. Forced by Valerie to make a commitment, he chooses her, and decides to let Sean think he has died. Terry's bigamy is exposed when, years later, Sean discovers the deception. Bogner's opening chapters are bogged down by detail, but all the threads are satisfyingly tied up in the novel's last half. To some readers, the novel may be an annoying male fantasy. Terry gets to have both womenÄthe wrong-side-of-the-tracks bad girl who loves sex, and the cerebral, well-bred society lady who represents gentilityÄand these two strong, intelligent females never stop loving him. $100,000 ad/promo. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved