Aisling Gayle is one of life’s pleasers. A young, country schoolteacher in 60s Ireland, she spends her life pleasing philandering, Jack-the-lad husband Oliver,
and pious mother Maggie.
She also worries about her sister Pauline, home from
England with an illegitimate child, and her brother Charles who sees life differently to most other people. Aisling’s wedding anniversary reveals Oliver’s latest infidelity, and she decides to escape for the summer, accompanying her parents to beautiful Lake Savannah in Upstate New York.
There she meets Thomas Carroll, a slow but amiable teenager and a frightening encounter introduces her to his father, reclusive artist Jameson Carroll. Soon Aisling finds herself in a once-in-a-lifetime, passionate affair.
As return to Ireland and Oliver looms, can her passion overcome the obstacles awaiting her? Can Aisling Gayle find the courage, at long last, to please herself?
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