Even Now : When her husband, Hal, accepts a teaching position at a private school in the tiny North Carolina town of Rural Ridge, Hannah Marsh views her familyâs move as a chance to return to a simpler, sweeter way of living. Contentedly married for seventeen years and the mother of two children, she nevertheless has a nagging sense that something is absent from her life. Then, at a casual neighborhood dinner, Hannah encounters someone she thought sheâd never see again: Daintry OâConnor, a ghost from her childhood. As children, Hannah adored and idolized the more worldly, daring Daintry, even envying Daintryâs adoption into a large and lively Irish family. She truly believed that they would be best friends forever. But forever ended abruptly, leaving behind feelings of abandonment, betrayal, anger, and too many unanswered questions. Now, suddenly confronted with the adult Daintry - a successful, stylish investment banker married to an Episcopal priest - Hannah feels the old wounds painfully reopening. As the two women become a part of the daily life of the mountain village, Hannah struggles to understand why Daintry still exerts an extraordinary hold on her - even as she finds herself dangerously drawn to Daintryâs husband, Peter. When Peter makes it clear that he shares the attraction, a chain of events is set in motion that could affect them all. NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent version and accordingly MAY NOT have a dust jacket.