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Now available for the first time as an eBook, the dynamic debut novel from beloved "New York Times" bestselling author Nancy Thayer explores the steep challenges of a woman trying to do what's best--for her family and for herself.
Zelda Campbell was just a college student when she met and fell in love with her professor; they married before she graduated. Zelda's love for Charlie was wonderfully passionate--though it came with extras: his daughters Caroline and Cathy. And so begins Zelda's dramatic roller-coaster ride in step-parenting (aka "stepping"), marked by joyous highs and tear-stained lows. As Zelda struggles in her new role, the young girls are constant reminders of Charlie's past life. Further, Charlie's shrill ex-wife is a demanding presence Zelda cannot ignore.
Fast-forward thirteen years, and Zelda and Charlie now have two children of their own. A Fulbright scholarship sends the family to Finland, where Charlie lives out his academic dream and Zelda must once again put her own aspirations on hold. But then an attractive man from her past enters the picture, offering the enticing prospect of an entirely different life. Given the opportunity to choose the road not taken, Zelda must evaluate her life and at last decide where her heart truly lies.
Includes a captivating preview of Nancy Thayer's upcoming novel "Nantucket Sisters"!
Praise for the novels of Nancy Thayer
"The queen of beach books.""--The Star-Ledger"
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"Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide."--Elin Hilderbrand
"Thayer's gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating."--"Houston Chronicle"
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"One of my favorite writers."--Susan Wiggs
"Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments, inside stories and shared histories that build families."--"The Miami Herald"
"Thayer's sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace."--Dorothea Benton Frank

Edition Language:English
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    Stepping Reviews

  • Winona

    I love Nancy Thayer's books, but I'm glad I didn't read "Stepping" first, or I wouldn't have read any of her other books! It was depressing and unsatisfying, and made me know I will never have stepchi...

  • Julie Barrett

    Stepping by Nancy ThayerThis story starts out with living in Finland. She is there with her husband who is a professor. The two young children keep her busy and she's able to give them to another for ...

  • Sandra

    I'm not sure why I bothered to finish this book - it sure was hard going at times! Being Nancy Thayer's first book, it was nowhere near as good as her others, it was rather ponderous, and being writte...

  • LInda L

    A great book about the trials and tribulations of stepparenting -- amazing how the woman survived 2 obnoxious stepdaughters for many years. Especially after she had 2 children of her own. Interesting,...

  • Carol Nummy

    A long journeyYes, a.long long journey and I went every mile with them. Lots of insight of course but it took a long time to get to the final understanding. A good read for a long winter time. ...

  • Kim

    struggled to get through :/...

  • Mrs

    It was okay. Definitely has some old school thinking about stuff. If you're interested in a quick read, this is a good one....

  • Rebecca

    Woman writes about the positives and negatives of being a stepmother (and then a mother herself)....

  • HediBähren

    Eine junge amerikanische Studentin hat ihren Professor geheiratet, der geschieden und zwei junge Töchter hat. Die Beziehung der jungen Frau zu den Stieftöchtern gestaltet sich als schwierig. Mehr no...

  • Betty

    I didn't finish this book - would have been an excellent book on the journey of raising step children. ...