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My Wife's Affair by Nancy Woodruff
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As Long as He Needs Me by Mary Verdick

Provocative and Deftly Written

Georgie Connolly, a talented actress, has put her career on hold for marriage and the mothering of three little boys she adores. But when her husband Peter, a failed novelist, who now works for a financial company, is given a promotion which means moving the family to London, she is excited and once in England her dormant career is revitalized and flourishes. Thanks to an old friend she finds work in the theater and is given the role of a lifetime, recreating the career of Mrs. Jordan, a real woman who had lived 200 years before, was England's most famous comic actress, and gave birth to thirteen children, eleven of them by a future king of England, but who died penniless and alone. Georgie is thrilled by this second chance at fame, and Peter is glad for her, too, even though it means leaving him and the boys during the week while the play tries out in a suburban town. Georgie misses her family but is totally enthralled with "Mrs. Jordan," the woman she is bringing to life on the stage and thrives on her success with the critics and the applause of the audiences. She is convinced she loves her husband, but something seems to be missing from the relationship. What is it? Could it be passion? If so she finds it with Piers, the attractive British playwright who has written the play in which she's performing, and she enters into an affair with him. At the time, hardly thinking, she doesn't take it too seriously, but the affair has repercussions no one could have imagined. And like Mrs. Jordan, of 200 years before, Georgie suffers the consequences in a sad and shocking ending.
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