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An Accidental Woman (Blake Sisters #2)

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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,121 ratings  ·  118 reviews
"New 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 of fate that can set us free. Heather Malone has made her home in Lake Henry for the last fourteen years...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 16th 2002 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2002)
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Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jul 23, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Mom
Shelves: read-in-2010, romance
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...more
bookczuk
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....more
Tina
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...more
Rachel Brand
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...more
Laura
Sep 10, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abby T.
This book is a sequel to Lake News. Both feature "Lake Henry" NH, which seems to be a mix of Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee, with the first novel set in summer, and this one in winter. While the plot is not terribly complex--innocent(?) woman accused for crimes from the past, truth outs--I simply love the setting and the characters. Ice fishing and snowmobiling? Check. Maple Sugaring? Check. Snowy conditions on the lake? Check. Feisty protagonist? Check. Imagining myself at the Winni-Derby......more
Carol Neill
Out of the many books I've read 'An Accidental Woman' is my favourite. Perhaps it's because I can relate to the main character. You can still understand the book without reading 'Lake News' but I would suggest you read both. I had read that 'Looking for Peton's Place was supposed to be Barbara's best novel. I still have to read it to find out.
Pat
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Barbara Delinsky's descriptions are drawn so realistically that I came to feel that I knew the town of Lake Henry and its residents. I was pulling for the problems of Heather Malone and Micah Smith, along with his two little girls, to be resolved. I wanted Poppy Blake and Griffin Hughes to find their way to one another. I wanted the overworked attorney and her family to keep hold of one another. So many issues and they w...more
Lynette
Feel good story, set in the safe small rural community I'd love to find.
Lori Henrich
Poppy was in an accident about 12 years ago that put her in a wheelchair. She runs the phone bank in Lake Henry where she has lived her entire life. Lake Henry is a beautiful town where everyone knows everyone else, well at least they thought they did. When the police show up at Micah's to arrest his live in girlfriend. They think she is someone named Lisa. No one wants to believe that Heather has been living among them for the past 14 years, lying about her past. Then on top of everything else...more
Chris
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...more
Leanne Hunt
This is the second novel in the Lake Henry series, following "Lake News" and featuring the second of the Blake sisters, Poppy. The story focuses on Poppy's friend Heather who is arrested for a crime she was suspected of committing fourteen years earlier under a different name, and the man in her life, Griffin. Poppy is confined to a wheelchair since a snowmobile accident twelve years ago, and her personal life is complicated by feelings of guilt about the man who died in the accident and lack of...more
Phyllis Sommers
A lovely, meaningful novel about love, community and relationships. Poppy Blake and Heather Malone are best friends, living in a small New Hampshire town. Heather was an outsider who'd arrived at Lake Henry 14 years prior to when this story begins. The townspeople, including Poppy, quickly make Heather one of their own and before long, Heather finds love in a relationship with Micah Smith, a widower with 2 small children.

As the novel opens, however, the entire town is upended when Heather is ar...more
Louise
Boy, this story has a "twisty" plot! Never expected this one!!

"Lake Henry, New Hampshire, is buzzing over the annual maple syrup harvest...as well as the shocking revelation that longtime resident Heather Malone has been led away by the FBI, which claims the devoted stepmother and businesswoman fled the scene of a fatal accident in California years before. Poppy Blake, her best friend, is determined to prove Heather's innocence, while facing past mistakes of her own: she has never overcome her g...more
Mary
Feb 13, 2012 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Longtime resident of Lake Henry, New Hampshire, Heather Malone has been led away by the FBI, which claims that she fled the scene of a fatal accident in California years before. Poppy Blake, her best friend, is determined to clear her name, while facing past mistakes of her own: she still feels guilt over a snowmobile accident that killed her partner and left her paralyzed. Playing an unlikely role in both women's lives is investigative journalist Griffin Hughes, whose attraction to Poppy keeps...more
Diana
One minute Michah, Heather and the girls are living a quiet life in Lake Henry getting ready for maple sugar season. The next, FBI are taking Heather away saying she is really someone named Lisa and she is wanted for murder. What??? Her friends Poppy and Griffin take it upon themselves to find the truth . And why won't Heather speak. Does she want to stay in prison. So many questions. So many secrets. Such a good, good read!!!!
Rrshively
The main plot of this story is of a seemingly ordinary good woman being arrested for a murder in another state about 15 years before. However, other people in the novel also have pasts and guilt connected with those pasts. The best friend of the arrested woman is confined to a wheel chair, but she is determined to help. The mystery of who Heather was in the past, the challenges of wheelchair living, the work of maple syrup gathering, and making up for past mistakes all fill this book. It kept me...more
 Gigi Ann
My Thoughts...

I always enjoy a Barbara Delinsky story, and I haven't read one in a year or two. Therefore, yesterday while visiting the local library I noticed this book and decided to read it. I found it to be a feel good story to read, so much so I awarded it 4 'accidental' stars.
Becs
Jul 20, 2008 Becs rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have no other book at all to read
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...more
Virginia Markhart
Borrowed this from the local library as an audio book. It was just so so. Followed the story of Heather, who was arrested for a murder 15 yrs old. the whole town rallied including her best friend, wheelchair bound Poppy. It was just ok.
Lisa
For me this was a predictable plot. I didn't feel as excited reading about this sister compared to the sister featured in Lake News. Although i did enjoy reading this, there wasn't enough of a mystery to keep me guessing on how the story would go.
Leeanne Kilpatrick
It was alright, interesting plot. HEA. Cottage read. Not my favorite of her works but kinda meh. I will put it out that my review may before that I am feeling meh than BD story.
Trudy
An Accidental Woman is a poignant tale of secrets, romance, and coming to terms with the past. I will be reading more by Delinsky.
Diane
This is a story about secrets, forgiveness, love and the process of making maple syrup. An interesting read overall.
Alanna Angel
This is the first Delinsky book I've encountered. I listened to the abridged audio version and was pleasantly surprised. The characters were likable. It was a good story. There was nothing deep here, but it was great for a quick summer (or spring, in my case) read. I enjoyed hearing the details of the life of a wheelchair bound character. While the story ended rather abruptly (at least the abridged version did), and the plot was a little (well, actually a lot) far-fetched, this book kept my atte...more
Susan Brown
Oct 08, 2013 Susan Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Susan Bowshall
This is the first time I have read this author and am impressed enough to want to read more of her books. I would urge potential readers not to completely read the "official" review of the book as it gives too much away in my opinion. Suffice to say that it is an easy but intelligent read that pays great attention to detail, putting the reader right into the community; and a closer knit community you would be hard pressed to find. The love stories are handled with restrained eroticism and delica...more
Shari
I really enjoyed this book. It is a follow up to Lake News. Predictable but fun.
Marti
How would you react if a person in your town that you knew as kind and caring was arrested for a crime almost twenty years ago? Would people believe the worst or the best? How would your personal close friends feel? Would they stand behind you and your new family? Those are the questions that are posed in An Accidental Woman. Barbara Delinsky has written a novel that reminds me of a Jodi Picoult or a Chris Bohjalian novel. The characters were thought out and believable. The setting a small town...more
Kris
It was pretty good. Enjoyed the mystery part of it.
Melissa
Semi-boring story about a woman hiding her past.
Marilyn
Very good short story
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