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Together Alone

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,466 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
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
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1995)
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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
Julie Barrett
Sep 13, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I'm just breezing through these novels. I LOVE 'em!!

From back cover:

"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
Jul 24, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Aug 25, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Judson
Oct 25, 2009 Sheila Judson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 12, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't help myself - I love all her books. One of my favorite "cotton-candy-for-the-brain" type authors.
Catherine De souza
I wanted to read a mind numbing book, and this one did the job well. It was the worst book I think I've ever read in my entire life. I used to love Barbara Delinsky when I was a lot younger, like early 20's. Her books were an escape for me. I didn't understand some of the wording in this book, like when speaking to his 2 year old daughter the father asks if she wants to wear a skirt and give the guys down at the station a thrill. SerIOUSLY? What the heck does that even mean. Just garbage. Read i ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 23, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Leta McCurry
Mar 16, 2015 Leta McCurry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could swear I've read this same story, same characters, same town, same plot, etc under a different title. I remembered the story in detai but I read it again and enjoyed it the second time. (Maybe it was the same title but I don't think so.) This is an enjoyable read. It details the story of three women friends on a journey to find themselves. I could relate to all three. I recommend it.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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, anymore, and is drawn instead to what is offered by a new neighbor. A dedicated teacher who loves her job, Kay is confused and troubled by husband John's unfamiliar demands. And Celeste, long-divorced and ecstatic with freedom, s
Janice Llewellyn
This was just ok. I haven't read Delinsky in quite awhile, but remembered that I used to enjoy her books which were always set in New England. But I don't think I like them anymore. About halfway through this one, I was bored. Wasn't crazy about the characters, especially all the young daughters. I felt as though I had wasted my time reading this. I guess I need to read books "with more substance".
Sana Fatima
Sep 17, 2014 Sana Fatima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very soft written book. Barbara did a great job going deep into human psychology and their reaction to really tough life situations. The last 50 pages were very thrilled and over whelming when Brian and Emily started to put pieces together about Daniel. It was sad to know the truth finally and I really felt bad for poor Emily. I would definitely recommend this book to friends.
Sep 04, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Chaney Long
Aug 29, 2015 Karen Chaney Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book with plenty of depth.

Enjoyable read. I will be looking for more of Barbara's books to read between my true crime books. Great breathers.
Psmith6315 smith
Jan 16, 2016 Psmith6315 smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just started reading her books. This one was very good it has a little mystery mixed with romance. I would recommend it.
Mar 17, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured out the answer to the puzzle early on, but it was interesting to see how the characters in the story worked it out.
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
Oct 11, 2013 Patt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 24, 2010 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2014 Laurie Kutil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 24, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 26, 2010 Annie rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 03, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Glenda L
Mar 04, 2016 Glenda L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but it was a bit predictable ... and how could this much stuff happen in a small town to three friends. The theme of the story was well written, but a bit repetitive I thought. I have read a few of Delinsky's other books and do like her stories. You don't have to think about them too hard and it is enjoyable reading.
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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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