All He Ever Wanted, Paperback Book
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A man escaping from a hotel fire sees a woman standing beneath a tree.

He approaches her and sets in motion a series of events that will change his life forever.

Years later, travelling from New England to Florida by train, he reflects back on his obsession with this unknown and ultimately unknowable woman -- his courtship of her, his marriage to her, and the unforgivable act that ripped their family apart.Spanning three decades from 1899 to 1933, ALL HE EVER WANTED gives us a tale of marriage, betrayal and the search for redemption.

It has the unmatched attention to details of character, place and emotion that have made Anita Shreve one of the world's best-loved and bestselling novelists.


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I doomed love affair between Nicholas Van Tassel and Etna Bliss, he older and obsessed, she still secretly in love with another. Sounds like Mills and Boon, but actually a really well written dissection of a marriage. Nicholas, who narrates the story during a Long train journey through the states to a sisters funeral, turns out to be a complex character and we see him warts and all.

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