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An Accidental Woman (Blake Sisters #2)

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"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 21, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Mom
Shelves: romance, read-in-2010
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
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Amy
Dec 02, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
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.
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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
Jun 27, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  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
Diana
Apr 24, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!
Carol Neill
Apr 27, 2010 Carol Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Helena
Oct 12, 2016 Helena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping read, from start to finish!
Brenda
Dec 29, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Heather Malone is a well liked young woman living in a small town in New Hampshire. When the local sheriff comes with the FBI early one morning Heather's live is upended. The authorities believe she has been hiding out for fourteen years after killing a young man in California. Her friends in New Hampshire are beside themselves because they are certain that the Heather they know and love can't be the person accused of this crime. As the people who care for her try to find out what happened and w ...more
Lorraine Corcoran
I'm afraid she lost me when Micah is standing in the sugarbush knowing he has two beautiful daughters that love everything about his business and he's lamenting for a son he doesn't have that could truly take over the business someday..and then continues his lame thought stream..even if the daughters marry..the son in laws could never truly understand the family connection to his business. duh! Teach Your daughters..they will be quite capable!!! Is this author always so sexist?
laurel jones
Feb 02, 2017 laurel jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good entertainment. Loved the information about sugaring .
Kelly Adamcik
Feb 03, 2017 Kelly Adamcik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
goo book
Chris
Jul 25, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shirley Kummer
Dec 13, 2016 Shirley Kummer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a good book that it is the second time I am reading it. Her storyline centers around the mysterious investigation of a 13 yr. old murder and the woman the FBI believes they have found. It also focuses on Poppy, paralyzed for years following a snowmobile accident and the interested journalist she is trying to avoid. So the questions the reader will have throughout the book are, will Heather actually be Lisa who fled the fatal accident (or murder) 13 yrs. ago, and will Poppy give in t ...more
Phyllis Sommers
Jan 05, 2013 Phyllis Sommers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Leanne Hunt
Jul 12, 2013 Leanne Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Rubina
Sep 13, 2016 Rubina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ p.g. 132

too slow paced for me. contemporary romance not my cup of tea :/
Mary
Feb 13, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  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
Louise
Mar 21, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
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
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Marcy
Mar 25, 2016 Marcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lake Henry, New Hampshire, is buzzing over the annual maple syrup harvest ... as well as the shocking revelation that long-time 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 guilt from the snowmobile accident that killed her partner an ...more
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
Adeline Kam
Mar 24, 2015 Adeline Kam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring book! I get very frustrated and dissappointed when I read such a boring book. I have to try hard to grasp the storyline of this book. And I gave up....I just flipped through the pages until I reach the part why Heather is not telling Micah & her friends who she really is and what has happened to her. After knowing this, I can easily pitch the rest of the story together and close the book. End of story! No offence, I love Barbara Delinsky's books. This is not her first book that I have ...more
Pat
Sep 04, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Becs
Jul 20, 2008 Becs rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Alanna Angel
Apr 30, 2011 Alanna Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 06, 2013 Susan Brown rated it really liked it
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
Cindy Winder delong
May 31, 2012 Cindy Winder delong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, audio
This was a good story, but it was a little too real for me. I like happily ever after fairy tale type romances where everything ties up nicely. This story dealt with physical handicaps, unpleasant pasts, secrets, people dying, guilt, regret, and blended families. I like to get away from the harshness of reality when I read. I like to be able to sit back relax and enjoy the story. This story was well written and the plot was well developed and kept a good pace, but it was not the escape that I de ...more
Kaye
Mar 15, 2013 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Sweet, feel good, story set in a small town New Hampshire. Poppy is a paraplegic not feeling worthy of love. Enter a writer who is smitten about her. The main plot is supposed to be about a woman who has been living in the community for years and is arrested for the killing of a senator's son a decade before. I felt I got to know more about harvesting syrup than some of the characters. It was a nice diversion from what I had been reading but not much more. Some steamy love scenes and no offensiv ...more
Virginia B. Silverstein
A fulfilling sequel

I loved Lake News, and immediately after finishing it, I bought this book. I was eager to revisit Lake Henry and find out how the people I had grown to know and identify with were getting on with their lives. The answers were all satisfying, and the author introduced me to some of their friends and neighbors, whose lives and past histories were just as intriguing and engaging. I'm going to go look for another Lake Henry story, or, if there isn't one yet, for another satisfying
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