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3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,861 Ratings  ·  174 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
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1993)
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Jan 18, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 22, 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
Oct 16, 2009 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
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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
Jun 10, 2017 Christi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bleh. Couldn't wait to finish this book. Bad medical research. I wish different characters had been developed. Gratuitous sex scenes. Not my thing.
Rachel Peyton
Jun 14, 2017 Rachel Peyton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book!
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
Sep 24, 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
Feb 24, 2017 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Français, - Mystère de Mara
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
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 03, 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
Jul 23, 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
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
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 ...more
Diana Murphy
Mar 16, 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
Gloria Bernal
May 18, 2015 Gloria Bernal rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 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
Jade Lawrence-Smith
Jul 05, 2015 Jade Lawrence-Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Small town stories lovers.
I loved the book. I like small town stories, I liked how Paige understood there were no perfect people in the end. She thought very high of her best friend in the beginning and was utterly disillusioned with her in the end. I think the message here is to understand that no one is perfect and that we need to cease idolizing our friends, even if they do seem to have it all. Sometimes, they are more confused than we are, even if they play perfect. This stops us from realizing our own potential, whi ...more
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
Feb 11, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is a first by this author and had me sucked in every second. I read it in 1 day. I had a hard time at first getting used to her style of writing but that is normal for me. The characters were well thought out and I liked how each character was given equal time. I also liked how Mara's death was in the first couple of pages and you never knew her but came to know her just as well through everyone else and her letters. The book wa a little predictable and hte conversations long but I guess th ...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.
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
Suzy Black
Feb 12, 2009 Suzy Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Delinsky books are an easy read, interesting characters, and plausible plots (usually). I enjoyed this book thoroughly - a group of pediatricians in a small town must cope with the sudden death of one of the group. The other three are left to come to terms with her death and to grapple with the ways in which their lives change because of it. The book lost a star for me because of the path one of the characters took - I found the relationship he pursued very unbelievable - but Delinsky ma ...more
I really enjoyed this story by Barbara Delinsky. The main character was strong and thoughtful and hurting. She felt her world spinning out of control as more things were put on her shoulders. She went from being alone to have her grandmother, a baby, a kitten, a hunky man and his daughter all being with her. She went from having a clear cut life to learning that not everything is clear cut. A tragedy or two thrown into the pot and once again you drawn into the story line so completely, that you ...more
Aug 26, 2016 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige is a pediatrician in small Tucker, Vermont. When Paige's friend and co-worker, Mara, is found dead from an apparent suicide, Paige is left to clean up what was left of Mara's life. One of those things includes taking care of the baby that Mara was in the process of adopting. In the midst of all this, Paige finds herself falling for the new headmaster of the local boarding school. Mara's death makes Paige question her complacency with her own lonely life.
I think this book could have been cut by at least one third. Nothing special to rave about. A light book about a woman who suicides (we meet her posthumously)and the impact she has on her contemporaries lives and families forcing them to assess their lives and making the most of opportunities presented to them.

I get to listen to some very ordinary novels as choice is really limited at our library.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Suddenly, something happened to your best friend and work partner. How could you be so close to a person and not know them? Suddenly you are a mother; your life is changing right before your eyes.
Deb F. / Marathon County Public Library
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Tucker, Vermont is an idyllic small town. Paige is almost 40 and a pediatrician. When one of her partners commits suicide there are effects on all of the other partners. One's marriage is falling apart, one can't find love and Paige takes on the adopted toddler of her partner. Add is a boarding school and a new head master and you get a decent read. Delinsky can be very good at creating very believable and likable characters.
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