Within Reach: A Novel

Within Reach: A Novel

by Barbara Delinsky


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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky captivates with an enthralling story of marriage, friendship, and desperate acts

The charming vacation house on the coast of Maine was meant to be a healing retreat for Danica Lindsay and her husband, Blake—a place where they could mend the wounds their strained marriage and rekindle their love. Instead, Danica finds herself mostly there alone while Blake stays back in Boston, consumed by his career and rapidly rising political star. Were it not for the companionship of her new neighbor, Michael Buchanan, Danica would be overcome by loneliness and despair.

But a friendship that is warm and uplifting is slowly transforming into something less innocent. For the first time in Danica's life, a chance for true happiness may be in her reach. But how can she grab onto it when she remains another man's wife, bound by her vows to a marriage plagued by doubt and pain . . . and by secrets so shocking an entire nation will take notice?

Gripping and emotionally charged, Within Reach demonstrates the masterful storytelling that readers have come to expect from Barbara Delinsky.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062697240
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 55,868
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Barbara Delinsky, a lifelong New Englander, was a sociologist and photographer before she began to write. There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print.


Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts


B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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Within Reach

By Delinsky, Barbara


ISBN: 0061041742

Chapter One

One minute there was nothing but a cloud of fog before him; the next she was there, materialized from the mist. Stunned, Michael Buchanan came to an abrupt halt. He hadn't expected to encounter anyone on the beach at such an inhospitable time of year, much less as striking a figure as the one before him.

She was a vision of loneliness standing there, with the March wind tucking her long skirt around her legs, whipping strands of hair across her cheeks. As he watched, she pressed her pocketed hands closer to her body, enveloping herself more snugly within the oversized jacket she wore.

He took several steps forward and, still unnoticed, stared. She was lovely. Smooth of skin and with a delicately sculpted profile, she was young enough, old enough, just right. And she was slender. Even the protective folds of her clothing, whose mist-softened hues of hunter green and plum contrasted smartly with her fair skin and the sandy hair that escaped the confines of her stylish wool cloche, couldn't hide that fact.

In her solitariness she was regal; at least that was what he fantasized as he stood, spellbound, studying her. She bore the weight of the world on her shoulders, while at the same time she remained apart, isolated from the masses. Even the fog kept its distance, as though in awe.

Regal... stoic... brave... each thought came to him through the mist, then another. Vulnerable. Body braced against the cold, she shivered from time to time, but she didn't move either to seek warmth or to escape the threat of the pounding surf. She'd fallen victim to the sea, he knew, and he felt an even greater affinity for her. He wondered who she was, this woman who stood alone, tall yet humbled, seeking strength from within. Bidden by a curiosity that went beyond the purely male, he tugged his collar higher and started slowly forward.

Eyes downcast, she didn't see him at first. He paused, hesitant to intrude on whatever thoughts possessed her, but moved on again when his own need nagged. When he came to a halt several feet from her, her head snapped up. With a quick step back, she pressed a hand to her heart.

"You startled me!" Her voice was little more than a ragged whisper above the thunder of the tide.

Michael drew in a sharp breath when he found himself looking into the most stunning violet eyes he had ever seen. It took him a minute to find his tongue.

"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to frighten you. It's just that you looked so alone."

For an instant he thought she was going to cry. Her eyes widened and tears gathered on her lower lids. He saw it then, the haunted cast that fear had momentarily overshadowed, and he wondered what dark thoughts had upset her so. Then they were gone-the torment, the tears-replaced by a composure that suggested he had simply imagined the cracks.

"My fault," she said in a voice whose tremor might well have been caused by wind. "I was miles away." She gave him a sheepish half-smile by way of apology, and he felt something new and special curl up and glow inside him.

"I hope it was somewhere exotic."

"Exotic? No. Not exactly."

"Exciting, at least?"

She searched his face, then shook her head quickly, almost as if in guilt at her admission.

"Your secret's safe with me," he teased on a note of conspiracy that ended in a smile, "as long as you're back here now."

"I am." Her whisper was carried away by the wind, but she continued to stare at him. When she finally spoke again, she sounded confused. "I'm not even sure what happened. One minute I was here, and then...

"The ocean has a way of doing that. Of transporting you from one place to another." Tucking his hands in his pockets, he tore his eyes from hers and gazed toward the waves. "It's very sneaky, actually. First you're lured by the sense of freedom of the open beach and the fresh salt air...


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Missy_Lou More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by this author. It was a good book overall. There might have been a few spots where the book was a little slow. You also root for Danica all thru the book. You hope that she finds her backbone and is able to do things that she wants to do regardless of what other people think. And the sad part is that I actually felt sorry for Blake at the very very end of the book. Give the book a try if you can find it at your local library like I did. I am not sure if I would ever buy the book, but for being able to get it from the library it was a good read. I finished the book in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this is a reprint, Barbara Delinsky still hits the mark. If you didn't see the original published date, you would think it is as curent as though it was written yesterday. Other than a few too many typos, the story did not drag, held your interest and even came up with a few surprises.
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