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In a spellbinding novel about the hope of dreams, the power of suspicion, and the fragility of relationships, Barbara Delinsky stirs things up in quiet suburbia with iThe Woman Next Door/i. Three seemingly secure marriages begin to unravel when a young widow who s new to the neighborhood turns up pregnant and no one knows who the father is. Amanda wonders if the strain of ...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2001)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I plucked this audio out of the bag I keep in my car. It’s been in there a while but I figured now was as good a time as any to finally give it a listen. I’ve been on a horror binge lately and needed a bit of a breather from all of the bloodshed.

At the midway point, I have to admit, I was hoping for some bloodshed that would put an end to one, two or perhaps all, of these insufferably miserable people. It didn’t happen but I hung in there and things did improve a little. Not a lot but enough to
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C.R. Sedore
" To you both. May your lives be filled with sweet secrets, hearty laughter, and great sex."

Amanda is relatable by page 2 when you find out she put her search of a man on hold and put her effort into work. Lucky for her though fate handed her a man. She just wanted a man she could trust and love.

By third page you learn about Graham and Amada have had bad luck getting pregnant for two years, then you find out another year later they still can't. This part was an emotional section. I can see why b
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Stasha
Jan 29, 2013 Stasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Woman Next Door reminds me of the saying "all that glitters is not gold", meaning everything is not really as it appears to be. The story opens up with the O'Learys, a newlywed couple who is struggling with infertility issues, year after year sfter year. There's pressure coming from all sides, especially Graham 'Gray' O'Leary's family,who have had no trouble procreating through the generations, and whose mother Dorothy never misses an opportunity to remind her daughter-in-law Amanda of that ...more
Glenda L
Nov 27, 2013 Glenda L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Delinsky's older books, written in 2001. Wow ... it has been sitting on my shelf for some time. I'm glad I pulled it down though, as I really enjoyed it. It is a story of trust, jealousy and a struggle to keep love alive. It takes place on an affluent cul-de-sac in Connecticut, where three close-knit couples actually get too close. Another neighbor, a widow is pregnant ... Who is the father ... finding out is almost their undoing. The book is filled with suspense and surprises. De ...more
Chloe
Feb 01, 2017 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tina
Nov 19, 2007 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of "The Woman Next Door" is relatively simple. A lovely widow turns out to be pregnant. Only problem is, her husband has been dead at least a year. She lives in a cul de sac with three other couples. The three couples are all experiencing some manner of strain in their marriages. Once the pregnancy of the widow becomes apparent, each of the wives silently wonder if her husband is the father.

The main couple of the story, Amanda and Graham, is the most intriguing. They are struggling w
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Sharon
Jul 03, 2015 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, 2015-reads
Read the first 4 chapters (up to page 94) and couldn't be bothered going any further. The story of 4 well-to-do families living in a cul-de-sac, the main couple's relationship straining under the stress of being unable to fall pregnant. But the other story going on is all about the young attractive second wife, now widow, of a long term resident. Because all the other wives were friends with wife No.1 , they basically have snubbed No.2, and when it gets noticed that she is now pregnant - a year ...more
Louise
Mar 21, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I've come to really enjoy Delinsky as an author and I'm purchasing more and more of her books.

"Along with their husbands, Amanda, Karen, and Georgia are a close-knit circle of friends enjoying seemingly ideal lives in an upscale neighborhood. But when they learn that their lovely younger neighbor, widowed for a year and presumably still unattached, is pregnant, the strains and imperfections of their lives come into full focus. As they ponder who the father might be, each of the women harbors sus
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Elaine Cougler
The Woman Next Door by Barbara Delinsky points out the dangers of gossip, the importance of love and trust combined, and the impact of one person's first step. Good story if somewhat predictable.
Clara
Jul 25, 2012 Clara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was good...not great. But I would still recommend it.
Griselda  Alvarez
Barbara Delinsky's books are a pallet cleanser, easy cozy reading. I picked this book up after feeling I was going to get into a reading slump. This book was the story of married couples questioning how strong is it in fact. Trust issues are questioned when a young widow is found to be pregnant. I enjoyed Delinsky's true description of what some marriages go through to survive, when people assume things or get into your business.
Marty
Mar 27, 2017 Marty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this 2001 book by Barbara Delinsky. Somehow I missed this book by an author I like. The book was a quick read and had an ending that I never expected. The character development was wonderful.
Sarah
Mar 22, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Easy to read with a plot line that keeps you wanting more. A borderline mystery mixed in with lighthearted, feel-good story!
Nicole
Mar 01, 2017 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-finish
This paperback was in our beach condo the weekend we visited Maui, so I picked it up because I didn't bring a book and there was nothing else. I assumed it would be steamy or foul or just plain bad writing, but I actually was enjoying more than I thought I would and it was more tame than expected. I got about halfway before we left, but it's not at my library, and I am not about to go buy it, so I suppose I will never know the ending. I would have finished it if I could for free.
Nathalie
Feb 28, 2017 Nathalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was okay but I felt like it was really disjointed and didn't flow smoothly with the transitions between storylines. Not one of her better books in my opinion.
Aimee
Dec 04, 2014 Aimee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*This review may contain spoilers*

What's it about?

"The Woman Next Door" is the story about how the lives of three couples are thrown into turmoil when their beautiful and much younger neighbor, who has been widowed for a year, announces that she is pregnant, forcing the wives to reevaluate their marriages and relationship as they question who the father is.

Who's the author?

Barbara Delinsky became an actual writer when she happened upon a newspaper article profiling three female writers. Intrig
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Chris Adryan
A pleasant read, but predictable.
Steve Lindahl
Jun 01, 2013 Steve Lindahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Woman Next Door is a woman's book. I glanced through pages of reviews on Goodreads and found only one other man who had reviewed it. The book covers a number of problems in suburbia that surround a threesome of friends, Amanda, Karen, and Georgia, who try to help each other but also spend a great deal of time gossiping. The group of friends include the women's husbands and used to include another couple, Ben and June. June died, Ben remarried a younger woman, Gretchen, and then also died. So ...more
Becky
Jan 21, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a cul-da-sac live four women. Amanda, Karen and Georgia are very close friends. Gretchen is a young widow, the outsider of the group. Amanda and Graham have been trying for a long time to conceive a child and the infertility sessions have not been productive. Amanda is a school psychologist and Graham is a landscaping architect. Both very admired in their fields. Except for making a baby. Karen is a stay-at-home mom who's volunteer work IS a full time job, along with her caring for her family ...more
Kendra
Feb 22, 2014 Kendra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me so mad I had to stop reading several times so I didn't throw it across the room. Normally, I love Barbara Delinsky. Her books are just simple guilty pleasures for me. Not this particular story. From the start, I was aggravated and it didn't get better.

The premise of the story is this: Four houses sit in a cul-de-sac. Each house has a married couple except for the one. That house has a young widow whose elderly husband passed away a little over a year before. Surprise! The widow
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Rachel Brand
I really enjoyed this book - it was a refreshing read. The subject wasn't too hard-going, the characters were all "real people" but there were enough twists and sub-plots in the story to make me want to sit and read this all in one go!
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did 'The Family Tree,' and I think maybe this is because 'The Woman Next Door' was published at least five years prior to 'The Family Tree,' so Delinsky's writing had matured. I was completely gripped by this story, but I fel
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Michelle
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Sharon
Oct 12, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Amanda, Karen and Georgia live happily in a beautiful suburban area of Connecticut. They are very good friends, communicate with each other about their thoughts and dreams, kids run from house to house, an idyllic life. Of course they are all dealing with their own challenges of fertility, philandering, and ambition. But outwardly, an idyllic existence.

One day Amanda notices that their beautiful, much younger beautiful widow neighbour Gretchen, (whom these women have gone out of their way to ign
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Judyw Winkleman
Jan 11, 2010 Judyw Winkleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: barbara-delinsky
This was an older book I received from my mother. She seems to be the donation location for books from her elderly friends.

I may have read some Barbara Delinsky in the past, but not certain.
I enjoyed this book. The characters seemed so real, and the story was active. I mostly read at night, and many times I would read for a long time without realizing it was getting very late. It was definitely one I didn't want to put down.

I felt this was a book about trust. It made me realize how easy it would
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Mary
Feb 12, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
In Barbara Delinsky's The Woman Next Door, three women who live next door to a lovely, pregnant and reclusive widow have their lives turned upside down by their husbands' interest in her. These three wives are friends, but each can't help but wonder if her husband is the father of the baby. As a result, each woman reevaluates her life and finds out what's truly important to herself.

Amanda and Graham O'Leary have an ostensibly happy life, but infertility treatments have put a strain on their marr
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Linda
Nov 03, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Barbara Delinsky. She told the story of a very close group of neighbors - three married couples. They suddenly notice a young, very attractive widow is pregnant and since her late husband has been gone for a year - he cannot be the father. The other women then begin to take a closer look at their marriages, while each wondering if their husband is the father of the baby. Of course each couple has their own problems. Amanda and Graham have been married about 5 years and ...more
Jessie
Mar 06, 2016 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda and Graham live in a nice little neighborhood, where everyone is friends. Amanda is a school counselor and Graham runs his own landscaping business. They have been trying to get pregnant for several years and have now resorted to fertility help, which isn't working. Their other neighbors are Georgia and Russ, and Karen and Lee. Georgia stays on the road running her own business, and Russ is the stay-at-home dad. Karen is a stay-at-home mom, who spends a great deal of time volunteering, an ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
Nov 14, 2010 Rhonda Rae Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised about this novel. Hadn't guess that I would enjoy it but the story was facinating and drew me in this little neighborhood. I'm impressed how BD can weave her characters so true to like that the reader feels like a part of what is going on. Can't tell you too much because it will give away the story, but I could understand where all these women were coming from and I felt sorry the The Woman Next Door. So misunderstood just because she was shy. The ending surprised me and I was th ...more
Marca
Feb 10, 2014 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First world problems on steroids. Young widow in an upper-class neighborhood is pregnant and her late husband has been gone too long for him to be the father. The other women in the neighborhood wonder which of their husbands fathered the baby. One woman, Amanda, is childless and she and her husband are going crazy trying to have a baby. Amanda speculates that her husband may have found a way to have a baby – with the young widow. Add in the angst of privileged teens (Amanda is a school psycholo ...more
Sara
Dec 24, 2010 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On page 24

I just can't seem to get into this book. I pick it up to read, and only get a few pages into it. Which is normally not like me. I pick up a book and can hardly put it down.

Just finished the book.
After I finally talked myself into picking up the book again, I couldn't put it down, like most books. Ms Delinsky painted a perfict picture for the book. I can see the cul-de-sac, I can tell exactly where Lee and Karen's house are and what it looks like. I can picture the layout of Gretchen's
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