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3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,525 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
“Delinsky knows the human heart and its immense capacity to love and to believe.”
Washington Observer-Reporter

“A first-rate storyteller” (Boston Globe), the incomparable Barbara Delinsky is renowned for capturing the essence of contemporary life: from day-to-day victories and setbacks to momentous events that profoundly affect us all. Nowhere is that more true than in her
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Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1993)
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Jan 24, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 06, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Another great read by Delinsky!!

"In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, her best friend and medical partner, inexplicably kills herself, Paige's comfortable world is suddenly shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in time, her orderly life will return.

What she hadn't counted on were the unexpected pleasu
Rena McClain
I listened to this book via Audible.
I have enjoyed the Barbara Delinsky books I have read but this one was so slow, so predictable. From the start the plot was thin and easy to anticipate what was going to happen. It left little to the imagination or anticipation as the book went along.

As for the reader, the delivery was awkward with very long, too long, pauses. Also, the reader had a very limited range of voices for the characters which made the book read more difficult to enjoy. Overall I just
Oct 20, 2009 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
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Sep 27, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
In the idyllic little town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a slower pace for everyone. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lives of thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer and her colleagues. However when Mara O'Neill, Paige's medical partner and best friend since college, inexplicably takes her own life, the consequences of that one irrevocable act shatters Paige's peaceful life, and throws the lives of the three other doctors who practiced with her into absolute chaos.

For Ang
Gloria Bernal
May 18, 2015 Gloria Bernal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently I missed reading this when it came out a few years ago. I usually read anything she writes. This did not disappoint. It holds your interest from the get-go. Revolving around the practice of 4 pediatricians in a small Vermont town, when one of the partners dies unexpectedly, it affects everyone profoundly. It makes each of the other 3 pediatricians look at their own lives more seriously, outside of their practice and decide for themselves what is really important in life insofar as the ...more
Diana Murphy
Mar 25, 2016 Diana Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read! One of the 4 partners in a medical practice is found dead in her garage; suicide? accident? Beloved pediatrician , Mara. From there the other 3 go through a series of life-changing , soul searching. Are the rumors about Peter true? Will Angie's marriage survive? Will Paige keep the baby that Mara was supposed to have adopted and shirk her fear of commitment? Will hot Noah, the new head of the private school stay, make a difference? Brilliantly written. I think I want to m ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Vicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing was fine, but the offensive thing was that the book is about a woman who fosters an INDIAN baby who is SPECIFICALLY described as having “pecan-colored” skin, and what does the cover have on it? Two lily-white hands, one adult, one babyish, holding hands. FFS. Oh, and I see that another edition has another WHITE child on it.
Which one of you told publishers you wouldn't buy a book if it had people of color on it?? Come on, someone did, because that is why they pull this sh$t.
Jul 08, 2008 MaryAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the one hand while I was reading this book, Garrison Keillor's description of Lake Wobegone came to mind... This little town that Delinsky sets her story in, which the name of I cannot remember.....'Where all the women are strong and men are good looking and the children are all above average.'

What I like about this book and many of books of this genre are the characters and their articulations. Who doesn't have a friend who goes around and around an issue never realizing they have the power
Gizella Tóth
Sep 15, 2013 Gizella Tóth rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Töredelmesen bevallom, elsősorban egy olvasótársam értékelése miatt vettem elő újra a könyvet. Szirupos, nem életszagú? Te jó ég, mit olvastam én annak idején?! Pedig életkorban nem állunk messze, úgy tűnik, hozzám hasonlóan H***-nak is tetszenek Delinsky könyvei…
Abban nem mernék állást foglalni, ki ismeri jobban az amerikai örökbefogadás menetét, s hosszú évek tanári tapasztalata után sem esküdnék meg rá, hogy ki tudom számítani, hogy kell viselkednie egy érzelmi „semmiből” érkező kisgyereknek
Rachel Brand
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was surprised at how complex it was considering it was one of her earlier novels. Reminded me a bit of More Than Friends or Shades of Grace. But I will say that there were far too many sex scenes for my liking. To begin with there were just a couple so I didn't mind so much, but towards the end of the book, I swear, there were two sex scenes in three chapters! I just got fed up with it and wanted to go back to the main plot. Plus some of the descriptions in th ...more
Julie Barrett
May 31, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky
This book is about a medical practice with 4 doctors in Tucker, VT. They each have and share patients.
One is preparing to adopt a baby but one days others learn of her death-sitting in her car in the closed garage. Others try to put the pieces together to solve her death.
The baby arrives and Paige steps in but she doesn't want a child. Paige has a sexual mate that teaches at the girls academy. There are so many twists and turns to this book, it's fascinating reading a
Amy kravitz
Jul 07, 2008 Amy kravitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Delinsky Fans, New Englanders, Fiction readers, Love stories etc.
I really enjoyed this book. This is my second book that I have read by author Barbara Delinsky.
The book takes place in Vermont. A successful pediatrician takes her own life which sets off a series of events in the book. The suicide was unexpected by friends and the other colleagues in this lady's medical practice. It shows how folks from the small town of Tucker, Vermont, and especially fallen Mara O'Neill's colleagues deal with the aftermath of her shocking, sudden death. The suicide causes the
Aug 08, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. The characters were really interesting and they were dealing with a lot of emotions and relationships of various kinds. It was also a reminder of how little we sometimes understand about what someone else is going through.
Jul 31, 2013 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had heard great things about this author but I have a feeling I didn't pick up one of her better novels. The plot was an interesting one and held much promise - a friend's surprise suicide and its rippling effects on her friends and family. However, I didn't much like the characters. They are supposed to be professionals but their breaches of personal ethics are terrible! And the story line with the adopted child from India was highly implausible - I can't see a social worker just handing over ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Painful. Predictable and not worth the effort. I wish I had the several hours back it took to read. I struggle with not reading a book all the way through but I wish I hadn't finished it. It wasn't worth it.
Jul 29, 2008 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book and exactly what I would expect from Barbara Delinksky.
This is a story about a peditriciation, Paige Pfeiffer, who runs a practice with three other doctors one being her best friend, Mara. Mara commits suicide and this throws Paige because she did not know her best friend was this depressed. Mara is aobut ready to adopt a baby which Paige takes as a foster child while a suitable family is found for baby Sami.
While Paige keeps looking into the reasons for Mara's suicide she
Apr 16, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How does she think of these plots? What a writer! What starts out with a death changes everything in all lives involved in this book. As usual Delinsky delivers. A good read.
Dec 28, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read. Predictable but a nice story and an easy read which was just what I was looking for. I would give it 3.5 stars if i could.
Sep 10, 2015 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Predictable and trite. If I hadn't been listening to it in the car, with no other stories available, I certainly wouldn't have finished.
Aug 25, 2008 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
I reserved this book from the library, thinking from the 2008 publication date that it was a new novel from Barbara Delinsky. I realized before I began reading that it was a reissue of a 1994 book. Because of this, I wasn't expecting a lot. I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the characters and the story. It is also a pretty good romance. Some authors who began in the romance genre and then succeed in mainstream fiction lose much of the romance in their work. I had not particularly l ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to it in the car. Very typical chicklet novel. Was okay to listen to it in the car. Not really worth reviewing.
Jun 14, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: domestic-fiction
Paige Pfeiffer is a young pediatrician. One of her friends and partners, Mara, suddenly commits suicide and she and the other doctors in the practice are left to ask themselves how this could have happened and what they could have done to prevent it. Paige also coaches cross-country at the local private school where she meets the unpopular new head of school who is struggling to form a relationship with his teenage daughter.This relationship provides the basics for a love story but the bigger is ...more
This is a great book! It's all about friendship and what families can be made of.
Donna Mcnab
Aug 26, 2012 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige Pfeiffer is a pediatrician who practices in the small town of Tucker, Vermont, together with 3 other pediatricians. Paige considers that she has a full life and is very happy with her medical practice, together with volteering her time to lead the girls' track team at a nearby private school. Her world is shaken when her best friend, Mara O'Neill, apparently commits suicide, and Paige is left with Mara's soon-to-be-adopted baby. Barbara Delinsky writes wonderful stories, which great charac ...more
Andrea  Giugliano
Sep 25, 2015 Andrea Giugliano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia escrita de manera sencilla, con personajes complicados y un final feliz.
Three doctors share a pediatrics practice in Tucker, Vermont. When one of them suddenly commits suicide for no apparent reason, it becomes a catalyst for how the other three reevaluate their lives. I could quickly tell that this was an earlier work than other Delinsky novels that I'd read: there were quite a few awkward & unnecessary love making scenes that we don't find in later novels & the story was slow in some spots. Overall, her characters were well-written and likeable - with the ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Joni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read with character development that enhanced the story.
Lee Yahnker
Easy and quick to read but the plot didn't do much for me. Too many events were just not practical.
Jun 15, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
took a bit to get into it. Bit predictsble.
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