An Accidental Woman

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    An Accidental Woman Epub × An Accidental Kindle - learned virtually nothing about her earlier life Poppy Blake is Heather s closest friend A lifelong resident of Lake Henry, Poppy is confined to a wheelchair, the result of a snowmobile accident nearly a dozen years prior that left her a paraplegic and killed her male companion Since then, she has worked hard to rebuild her life Currently, she runs a local telephone messaging service out of her specially equipped house on Lake Henry Fiercely independent, Poppy refuses to let her physical limitations break her spirit However, it is her guilt over past mistakes, than her present disability, which is holding her back from pursuing a future that includes a husband and family Writer Griffin Hughes originally traveled to Lake Henry to investigate a national news story involving Lily Blake, Poppy s older sister What keeps him coming back is his attraction to Poppy However, a chance comment made to his brother, an FBI agent, provides the thread that leads the law to Heather To redeem himself, Griffin is compelled to solve the mystery of Heather s past Along the way, he becomes key to freeing Poppy from her own past and helping her see the possibilities of a richer future Setting her story against the backdrop of a picturesque New England town during the maple syrup harvesting season, when the harshness of winter yields to the sweet promise of spring, and when the whole town is involved in the race to process the sap before the thaw sets in, Barbara Delinsky has written a tightly knit and compelling story that celebrates the values of community, friendship, and the redemptive power of love."/>
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  • An Accidental Woman
  • Barbara Delinsky
  • 02 August 2018
  • 0743429958

About the Author: Barbara Delinsky

An Accidental Woman Epub × An Accidental Kindle - accidental book, woman pdf, An Accidental epub, An Accidental WomanAn Accidental Woman EpubI was born and raised in suburban Boston My mother s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary I took piano lessons and flute lessons I took ballroom dancing lessons I went to summer camp An Accidental Kindle - through my fifteenth year in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories , then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined I earned a BA in Psychology at Tufts University and an MA in Sociology at Boston College The motivation behind the MA was sheer greed My husband was just starting law school We needed the money Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald I did the newspaper work after my first son was born Since I was heavily into taking pictures of him, I worked for the paper to support that habit Initially, I wrote only in a secondary capacity, to provide copy for the pictures I took In time, I realized that I was better at writing than photography I used both skills doing volunteer work for hospital groups, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and on the MGH s Women s Cancer Advisory Board I became an actual writer by fluke My twins were four when, by chance, I happened on a newspaper article profiling three female writers Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book and it sold My niche I write about the emotional crises that we face in our lives Readers identify with my characters They know them They are them I m an everyday woman writing about everyday people facing not so everyday challenges My novels are character driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship, and I ve been blessed in having readers who buy them eagerly enough to put them on the major bestseller lists One of my latest, Sweet Salt Air, came out in Blueprints, my second novel with St Martin s Press, became my nd New York Times bestselling novel soon after its release in June Making Up, my work in progress, will be published in Yikes I didn t think I d live that long I thought I d die of breast cancer back in the s, like my mom But I didn t I was diagnosed nearly twenty years ago, had surgery and treatment, and here I am, stronger than ever and loving having authored yet another book, this one the non fiction Uplift Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors First published in , Uplift is a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes that I compiled with the help of breast cancer survivors, their families and friends These survivors just blew me away They gave me the book that I wish I d had way back when I was diagnosed There is no medical information here, nothing frightening, simply practical advice from friends who ve had breast cancer The th Anniversary Volume of Uplift is now in print And the money I ve made on the book Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital Connect with me on Facebook facebook bdelinsky Look for my photos on Instagram instagram barbaradelinsky.


An Accidental WomanAn Accidental Woman Epub × An Accidental Kindle - accidental book, woman pdf, An Accidental epub, An Accidental WomanAn Accidental Woman EpubNew York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky returns to the town of Lake Henry, New Hampshire, scene of her beloved earlier novel Lake News, with an unforgettable story that explores the ways in which we limit our own chances for happiness and the accidents An Accidental Kindle - of fate that can set us free Heather Malone has made her home in Lake Henry for the last fourteen years Known for her kind, gentle nature, she lives with Micah Smith, a widower, and his two young daughters When the FBI takes her into custody on charges of flight to avoid prosecution, purportedly for a murder that took place in California, the local reaction is stunned disbelief Yet, when those closest to her, including Micah, think back over the time they have known her, they realize that they have learned virtually nothing about her earlier life Poppy Blake is Heather s closest friend A lifelong resident of Lake Henry, Poppy is confined to a wheelchair, the result of a snowmobile accident nearly a dozen years prior that left her a paraplegic and killed her male companion Since then, she has worked hard to rebuild her life Currently, she runs a local telephone messaging service out of her specially equipped house on Lake Henry Fiercely independent, Poppy refuses to let her physical limitations break her spirit However, it is her guilt over past mistakes, than her present disability, which is holding her back from pursuing a future that includes a husband and family Writer Griffin Hughes originally traveled to Lake Henry to investigate a national news story involving Lily Blake, Poppy s older sister What keeps him coming back is his attraction to Poppy However, a chance comment made to his brother, an FBI agent, provides the thread that leads the law to Heather To redeem himself, Griffin is compelled to solve the mystery of Heather s past Along the way, he becomes key to freeing Poppy from her own past and helping her see the possibilities of a richer future Setting her story against the backdrop of a picturesque New England town during the maple syrup harvesting season, when the harshness of winter yields to the sweet promise of spring, and when the whole town is involved in the race to process the sap before the thaw sets in, Barbara Delinsky has written a tightly knit and compelling story that celebrates the values of community, friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

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10 thoughts on “An Accidental Woman

  1. Mollie *scoutrmom* says:

    This was a fairly well constructed book, but a bit too tame to be my cup of tea We have a sweet love story of Poppy, who is a paraplegic due to an accident that left another dead, for which she had not forgiven herself A writer fell for her, and Delinsky distracts us with a legal thriller subplot as their story unfolds.I felt the subplot detracted from the theme of forgiveness, but I did like the description in that subplot of how maple sugar is now made I got the basics reading Little House This was a fairly well constructed book, but a bit too tame to be my cup of tea We have a sweet love story of Poppy, who is a paraplegic due to an accident that left another dead, for which she had not forgiven herself A writer fell for her, and Delinsky distracts us with a legal thriller subplot as their story unfolds.I felt the subplot detracted from the theme of forgiveness, but I did like the description in that subplot of how maple sugar is now made I got the basics reading Little House in the Big Woods The chemistry remains the same, but modern agriculture, sugarbush management, and the new technology for collecting sap are described.I also liked Delinsky s device of having the hero acquire a blind cat who adopts the heroine The cat s acceptance of its disability and its fearlessness in exploring its new environment and trying new things are used by the author to teach Poppy an object lesson, which I thought was great.Also, Delinsky gave the subplot almost as much attention as the main plot, at times I wasn t sure which was primary Another weakness of the book is that one needs to have read Lake News first The secondary characters are introduced, described, and fully fleshed out in that book, in this one they are merely mentioned We are not given enough to understand their motives in An Accidental Woman It seems as if the entire book and Lake News were one large book, and some editor chopped them into two For best enjoyment, read them consecutively

  2. Amy says:

    I had never read Barbara Delinsky before finding this novel at the library It had been recommended to me by one of the moms of the disabled kids I work with I read it while home recovering from a bug cuddled up on the couch, sipping my peppermint tea So when a friend offered this copy to me to read and pass on , I took her up on it to do just that, minus the read part There is a certain type of book that fills a niche in my life for when I want to be reading, but not working too hard at it I had never read Barbara Delinsky before finding this novel at the library It had been recommended to me by one of the moms of the disabled kids I work with I read it while home recovering from a bug cuddled up on the couch, sipping my peppermint tea So when a friend offered this copy to me to read and pass on , I took her up on it to do just that, minus the read part There is a certain type of book that fills a niche in my life for when I want to be reading, but not working too hard at it This was one of those rainy day kind of books Simple, but thoughtful not overly taxing on my brain or attention, butthan a simple love story Apparently this is a revisiting of characters in another Delinsky novel, but it was able to stand alone for me.A couple of things caught my attention and appreciation I liked the author s attention to alerting the reader to some of the needs of a disabled person I worked with disabled kids for years, and can tell you that things like wheelchair pushups lifting yourself up off the seat of the wheelchair to help prevent pressure sores are a very real way of life I also liked learning about harvesting maple syrup something we don t often do in South Carolina BTW My mother read it, liked it, forgot she read it, re read it, and still liked it though it reminded her of another story

  3. Nick says:

    The book jacket sounded interesting though I had a suspicion the novel itself would read like a Lifetime Movie I wasn t wrong in my assumption Disabled girl needs love Town Angel has secret identity past Small town must come together Yep Pretty standard formula However, if you re looking for an easy one dimensional read in the formula of said Lifetime Movie, this book is for you Or if you want to zip through a generic story with mediocre writing at best, while on a quick break from The book jacket sounded interesting though I had a suspicion the novel itself would read like a Lifetime Movie I wasn t wrong in my assumption Disabled girl needs love Town Angel has secret identity past Small town must come together Yep Pretty standard formula However, if you re looking for an easy one dimensional read in the formula of said Lifetime Movie, this book is for you Or if you want to zip through a generic story with mediocre writing at best, while on a quick break from the heavy thought provoking novels you usually enjoy then this might work too

  4. Tina says:

    In the middle of the night, the FBI appear at Heather Malone s home with an arrest warrant claiming she is actually a woman named Lisa Matlock Lisa Matlock is wanted for a 15 year old murder.The town of Lake Henry is shocked Nice, gentle Heather could not possibly be this woman that they are talking about But as people begin to question the assertions of the FBI, they also begin to question themselves Nobody really knows much about Heather s life before she appeared in Lake Henry 14 years ag In the middle of the night, the FBI appear at Heather Malone s home with an arrest warrant claiming she is actually a woman named Lisa Matlock Lisa Matlock is wanted for a 15 year old murder.The town of Lake Henry is shocked Nice, gentle Heather could not possibly be this woman that they are talking about But as people begin to question the assertions of the FBI, they also begin to question themselves Nobody really knows much about Heather s life before she appeared in Lake Henry 14 years ago Not Micah, the man that she s been living with for the past several years and with whom she s made a life and built a business Not Poppy, the woman who counts herself as Heather s best friend.This book is actually two stories in one The main story is really Poppy Griffin s love story The secondary story is Heather s plight As much as I liked this book and I really did enjoy reading it I only gave it three stars for several reasons 1 Poppy and Griffin s story is a welcome continuation of what was begun in Delinsky s earlier story set in Lake Henry, Lake News As such it is gratifying to catch up with Poppy again and see that she gets her guy But, as nice as it is to see these two get together, their story wasn t as compelling as Heather s story And because it wasn t as compelling, I became a little impatient at their passages because I couldn t wait to get back and see what new revelations there were about Heather.2 For all that Heather was a major catalyst to the story, that is all that she remained She had no voice in this book She was, for all intents and purposes, mute She refused to talk about her past, and even when she did finally give Poppy a crumb, it was just three words and she mouthed it silently I am sure that that was a conscious decision on Delinsky s part to keep Heather silent, so that we learned about her from other people This worked really well for Delinsky in Coast Road where her heroine is in a coma and her family reflects on her life so that the only way the reader sees this pivotal character is through other characters eyes Although I liked that technique in Coast Road I didn t like it so much here I wanted the hear Heather.3 Call me a sucker for the Hollywood ending, but I wantedclosure Heather s story was such a good one with a boffo surprise and a great ending But that was it It ended I wanted follow up, I wanted closure I still have questions about what happened after all is revealedI love Barbara Delinsky She is really one of the best writers of contemporary, character driven fiction out there And she s at her best when she s looking at the effect one person has on a whole community, as she did in The Passions of Chelsea Kane This was book was a good story I think it would have been a great book if the Heather story had been the main focus and the Poppy story had been the secondary

  5. Judy Churchill says:

    There was nothing wrong with this book but I just didn t like it as well as some of the others I was fascinated by how difficult the maple syrup business is I loved the small town atmosphere of neighbor helping neighbor The rest of the story seemed contrived.

  6. Rubina Gomes says:

    DNF p.g 132too slow paced for me contemporary romance not my cup of tea

  7. Vicki N. says:

    I ve read a lot of terrible books recently, but this one might be the absolute worst.

  8. Rachel Brand says:

    Ah, typical Barbara Delinsky Her books are such comfort reads to me, I always know that I m going to enjoy the story no matter what the subject matter is It s the way that she writes the development of her characters and their relationships with each other I didn t connect with Micah quite as much as I did Poppy and Griffin, but I think this is because I wasn t entirely convinced by the way he rejected Heather from keeping secrets from him and then accepted her back so easily Heather didn t Ah, typical Barbara Delinsky Her books are such comfort reads to me, I always know that I m going to enjoy the story no matter what the subject matter is It s the way that she writes the development of her characters and their relationships with each other I didn t connect with Micah quite as much as I did Poppy and Griffin, but I think this is because I wasn t entirely convinced by the way he rejected Heather from keeping secrets from him and then accepted her back so easily Heather didn t have much character development of her own but wasof a catalyst for the events than how she dealt with her past I wish there had beenabout Cassie, as there seemed to be a lot of potential for a story about her and her husband their issues with her working too much Perhaps some of this was covered in the previous book, Lake News, which I ve yet to read as I d forgotten that the books were linked My only real complaint about this book would have to be that the Camille situation seemed to be revealed at the utmost convenient moment in the plot and that Thea took to Poppy a bit too easily, but perhaps that was natural for a teenage girl who is inquisitive about her past Overall, another excellent saga from Barbara Delinsky Whenever I read one of her books I wonder why I waited so long to read it I must have at least ten of her books on my bookshelves so I ll have make an effort to readof them this year Perhaps one a month 8 10

  9. Denise Mullins says:

    When a book has characters named Poppy, Missy, Star, Cassie, Heather, Micah, and Griffin, it s a safe bet that the plot is not meant to be literarily inspiring or substantive A young woman who has ingratiated herself into a rural New England community is suddenly arrested by the FBI on suspicion of various capital crimes As the community gradually acknowledges that it knew nothing of the woman s past, doubt surrounding her previously believed flawless character arise and tension builds or at When a book has characters named Poppy, Missy, Star, Cassie, Heather, Micah, and Griffin, it s a safe bet that the plot is not meant to be literarily inspiring or substantive A young woman who has ingratiated herself into a rural New England community is suddenly arrested by the FBI on suspicion of various capital crimes As the community gradually acknowledges that it knew nothing of the woman s past, doubt surrounding her previously believed flawless character arise and tension builds or at least that seems to have been the author s goal Billed as tightly knit and compelling, the book is neither In fact it is a poorly edited romance that includes a protracted tutorial on maple sugar processing with an all too predictable happily ever after ending Truly trite, this novel is not worth readers time

  10. Becs says:

    I thought the hero of the piece was nicely drawn However, despite Ms Delinski s avowal that she d spent a lot of time researching life in a chair, as well as actually gasp talking to wheeler women, the heroine comes off as a big whiner.It comes as no surprise that 1 It s hard to use a wheelchair in the snow.2 If you re a wheeler, you can bet that not even your best friends will live in a place accessible to you.At least Delinski avoids the horrible cliche of the heroine walking again I thought the hero of the piece was nicely drawn However, despite Ms Delinski s avowal that she d spent a lot of time researching life in a chair, as well as actually gasp talking to wheeler women, the heroine comes off as a big whiner.It comes as no surprise that 1 It s hard to use a wheelchair in the snow.2 If you re a wheeler, you can bet that not even your best friends will live in a place accessible to you.At least Delinski avoids the horrible cliche of the heroine walking again with no mobility aids.What s truly odd about this book is that the first character we meet is charged with murder, thrown into jail, and the author spends very little of time dealing with that And the jailbird s husband is hopelessly hard and obsessed with his work