An exemplary couple, Ralph and Anna Eldred have devoted their lives to doing good. Decades earlier, as missionaries in Africa, the newlywed and naïve couple blundered badly, suffering a nearly unimaginable horror. Shattered by their encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to speak of it again. When Ralph falls into an affair, however, the past resurfaces, and Anna finds no forgiveness in her heart. Twenty years of repressed rage and grief explode, threatening to destroy not only a marriage but also their love, their faith, and everything they thought they were.
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Change of Climate
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ONEOn the day of Felix Palmer's funeral, his wife, Ginny, met his mistress, Emma. They had met before, of course. The county of Norfolk is not so populous that they could have avoided each other. Their conduct at these meetings had been shaped by Ginny's lofty and willful ignorance of the situation: by Emma's sangfroid: by Felix's natural desire to maintain an arrangement that suited him.Over the years they had coincided in drafty parish halls, in charity committee rooms, and at the caucuses of local groups concerned with the protection of what, in the decade just beginning,