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Together Alone

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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky weaves a stunning and intricate tapestry of life, love, and acceptance.

With their daughters off to college, the time has come for forever best friends Emily, Kay, and Celeste to redefine themselves as women. Once half of a perfect marriage—still suffering from a terrible loss—Emily hardly knows her workaholic husband, Doug...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published February 1st 1995)
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Julie Barrett
Together Alone by Barbara Delinkky
3 woman send their children to college and they wonder how to fill their empty days.
Kay Davies will work. Celeste Prince will plan a nose job, romance and sex via an ad. Love how the women get together and figure out exactly what to write for the ad.
Emily Arkin has time now to finally heal from the hurt and reunite with her husband but he's not home much due to work.
She's fearful and alone and takes in a boarder-a widower with an infant. She helps him fix up the...more
I'm just breezing through these novels. I LOVE 'em!!

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"Emily, Kay, and Celeste have been best friends forever. Their daughters are close, too, but all the girls are off to college now, and the mothers must redefine themselves as women. Emily, once half of the perfect marriage, hardly knows her workaholic husband Doug anymore. What she wants so badly from him is being offered by her new neighbour, a widower with heart, soul, and grit. Kay, a dedicated teacher, still loves her job, b...more
Quick read, interesting characters.

However, there are 2 things that bother me about this book. First, Emily/Brian/Doug/Daniel seemed to be the main storylines in the book. Kay/John/Celeste/Freedom almost seemed slapped in the book to make it longer and somehow more interesting. All it did was detract from the main storylines.

Also, the "mystery" about Daniel had so much foreshadowing going on that it was too easy to figure out exactly what happened hundreds of pages before the mystery was solved...more
i wasn't as fond of this book as some of her others. maybe I'm just tired of the meek little perfect housewives/mothers that are doormats for their families and then are crushed when they realize how terrible their husbands really are...sigh. it took me 2 seconds to realize it and it takes them 20 years? I think I need to find a good mystery that doesn't involve any romance :) this wasn't a terrible had its good things but definitely not the best book I've read
Can't help myself - I love all her books. One of my favorite "cotton-candy-for-the-brain" type authors.
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Set in the small town of Grannick, the story really revolves around Emily, and spans in her long time friends as they are faced with new challenges and unresolved issues.

Emily's son Daniel abducted at 2 years old, has been an unsolved case for 19 years. Her daughter Jill has just left for college, husband Doug is never home, claiming he's out on business trips. Their marriage is unraveling as he blames Emily for their son's disappearance. Emily is falling for Brian, a cop from New York newly ar...more
Another one of those books that I pick up to read whilst doing my exercise, because it's always entertaining, and yet doesn't require much thought.

Emily, Kay and Celeste have all just sent their daughters off to college. Their lives have suddenly changed, without anyone to look after anymore. Emily, realizes that she doesn't really connect with her workaholic husband, without her daughter around. Instead, she finds herself being attracted to her new neighbour. Kay, who is a school teacher, finds...more
How the disappearance of a toddler taken from his mother's car while she ran into the post office affected not only the parents but their friends too. 19 years have passed and the case remains unsolved.
Ronya Misleh
What do you call a book that's neither chick lit, romance, or literary fiction? I'm not sure what this book was other than a good read for an airplane. It took place in the early 90s, so it was kind of annoying to read about women being suspicious of the men in their lives and not being able to contact them because they didn't have the number where they were staying (and they didn't have cell phones). A good portion of the story was also focused on kidnapping, and the type of search the police a...more
Endless but lovely story, takes 300 pages for anything to happen, happens rather quickly, and is followed by a 100 page wind down. However, since it's written in Delinsky's lovely prose, it's a pleasure to read. Characters are mature and dealing with mature stage of their relationships, making a welcome change from my typical romance reads. As usual, she does emotion exceptionally well, though I had to be patient to get to those parts. Great small town characters, strong family dramas. Emily sta...more
Whoa, that was unexpected. It's like mind has mad ideas about situations, but we don't really accept them as true until they say us to do that. We expect them, but we still are shocked when the things we accused actually come true. We expect them, but we hope for the best and when it doesn't happen, it hurts, because we come to love the characters and live with their emotions, like another lifetime. That's why I love reading so much, I love to have feelings and emotions that I wouldn't have any...more
Virginia Myers

I decided to take a break from historical fiction and picked this up from the library. Have not formed an opinion yet.


So far - so good. Only problem is that I can see where it is going already. It could have had a little more suspense to it but -


Well it did end up where I thought it would but I enjoyed the journey anyway. It was easy to become engrossed in the characters. I could not really buy the elderly neighbor's selective senility but t was easy to become invol...more
This was an excellent book! Three good friends send their daughters off to college wondering what changes this will make in their lives. Little do they know that those changes will include divorce for one of them, renewed closeness with a husband for another, and betrayal by a daughter for the third. Along with these storylines is the mysterious disappearance 19 years ago of one of their children which will be solved by the new detective in town. Hard to lay this one down!
Sheila Judson
Barbara Delinsky has written a very thought provoking and emotional book with Together Alone. Although some parts were predictable, it still left you guessing enough to not be 100% sure. The story is about a little boy who was kidnapped and how that event shaped the lives of his parents and sister. The characters are very easy to get to know and they keep you thinking about them even when youre not reading. The ending was good as it gives closure to everything.
I have enjoyed some of Barbara Delinsky's latest books so I decided to delve into her early works. This book was a big disappointment. In fact, I just skimmed to the end and called it good. The women were very predictable and whiny, the men very stereotypical. The plot was obvious from the second chapter, so I didn't see any need to endure the writing to get to the end. I'll stick to the more seasoned and better developed Delinsky.
Laurie Kutil
A story that keeps you from putting the book down. The ending surprised me as well. By the time I finished, I wanted a part two.
I liked this novel even though it reminded me less of a Jodi Picoult and mire of a soap opera. A lot of things happened to a few close families in a very small town within a short period of time. The chances of that happening in real life are slim to none. But that's one of the reasons I loved this novel. It's realistic in each individual happenstance. And still ends up in a happily ever after ending.
This book is yet another well-written story by Barbara Delinsky. Plenty of interesting story lines, characters who are well-defined but not perfect, good tension in the mystery part of the story, and a little romance thrown in to boot.

Very fast read, great for those times when you just want to relax and not have to work too hard, but don't want anything that moves too slow.
I didn't know what to think of this book at the beginning. The characters were older than I, having kids going off to college, whereas I have no children. However, the more I read, the more I'm drawn into the story.

I'm nearing the end, and of course have some suspicions on what I think will happen, so I cannot wait to finish it. A good simple read so far.
I am a big Barbara Delinsky reader and i have to say this is my favorite so far. She always keeps me interested and the books lead you in one direction and then a quick turn comes along and it doesn't end at all how you expected. Its always nice to read a book that you don't have figured out by the first 5 chapters. This author always captivates my attention!
I read this the month I drove both my daughters to Louisiana to go back to college after Christmas break. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much is that I like to read books similar to something I am going thru in my life. However, I would have liked the book no matter when I read it. It held my interest and I liked the characters.
Not sure this the best book to read when going through your own mid-life crisis. However, it was more real than most romance novels which is always a plus.
This was a fast read - it is about three women/friends in their 40's and their lives in a small town. Each have a daughter that leave for college and how they coupe with their absence or so you think until a mystery of a kidnapped child comes into play and a new love and the end of a marriage.

It was enjoyable.
Here is an entertaining novel about three women friends (Emily, Kay, and Celeste) whose daughters are off to college and who each approach the empty nest syndrome in drastically different ways. Delinsky has a way of telling a story with just enough suspense and romance - it's easy to sail through the 504 pages!
I enjoyed reading this book a lot, but I don't think it is for everyone. Take a peak if you like to read about modern families(3 women really) struggling with some common problems, and some not so common tragedies as well. I found it an easy read, but still it kept me interested.
I enjoy books about women and this was fine to read on vacation but not necessarily very deep... just felt like some scenarios were trite and have been done before... how many different ways can you write about a husband cheating on a wife and her getting over it????
This book had an engaging storyline and a couple interesting twists. Skip the postscript, though, it's cheesy and almost ruined the book for me. I think it's safe to assume after the end of the book what happened... because there are zero surprises in the postscript.
I really did not enjoy reading this book. I found myself hating all of the main female characters; they were all such stereotypes and I was so frustrated by their astounding lack of insight into their own situations. Ugh!
Sarah Seeman
Interesting book about a woman whose daughter goes off to college causing the collapse of her marriage. Also brings to surface the kidnapping of her son 19 years ago... Very interesting book, well written and good ending.
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two sk...more
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