A Week at the Lake (Paperback)

By Wendy Wax

Berkley Books, 9780425274477, 432pp.

Publication Date: June 23, 2015



From the "USA Today" bestselling author of "The House on Mermaid Point "comes a powerful novel about secrets, loyalty, and the bonds of true friendship . . .
Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life's disappointments made them drift apart.
It's been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she's in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets and hopefully rekindle their connection.
But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to . . .
Included in this edition only Wendy Wax's novella, "Christmas at the Beach.

About the Author

Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the "USA Today" bestselling author of ten novels, including "While We Were Watching Downton Abbey," "The House on Mermaid Point," and"Ocean Beach." The mother of two college-age sons, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband, and is doing her best to adjust to the quiet of her recently emptied nest."

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