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In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, Paige's best friend and medical partner, inexplicably commits suicide, Paige's comfortable world is shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings...more
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Published February 23rd 2010 by Avon (first published 1993)
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Elizabeth
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Louise
Another great read by Delinsky!!

"In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, her best friend and medical partner, inexplicably kills herself, Paige's comfortable world is suddenly shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in time, her orderly life will return.

What she hadn't counted on were the unexpected pleasu...more
Jodi
Oct 20, 2009 Jodi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
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MaryAnn
On the one hand while I was reading this book, Garrison Keillor's description of Lake Wobegone came to mind... This little town that Delinsky sets her story in, which the name of I cannot remember.....'Where all the women are strong and men are good looking and the children are all above average.'

What I like about this book and many of books of this genre are the characters and their articulations. Who doesn't have a friend who goes around and around an issue never realizing they have the power...more
Gizella Tóth
Töredelmesen bevallom, elsősorban egy olvasótársam értékelése miatt vettem elő újra a könyvet. Szirupos, nem életszagú? Te jó ég, mit olvastam én annak idején?! Pedig életkorban nem állunk messze, úgy tűnik, hozzám hasonlóan H***-nak is tetszenek Delinsky könyvei…
Abban nem mernék állást foglalni, ki ismeri jobban az amerikai örökbefogadás menetét, s hosszú évek tanári tapasztalata után sem esküdnék meg rá, hogy ki tudom számítani, hogy kell viselkednie egy érzelmi „semmiből” érkező kisgyereknek...more
Rachel Brand
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was surprised at how complex it was considering it was one of her earlier novels. Reminded me a bit of More Than Friends or Shades of Grace. But I will say that there were far too many sex scenes for my liking. To begin with there were just a couple so I didn't mind so much, but towards the end of the book, I swear, there were two sex scenes in three chapters! I just got fed up with it and wanted to go back to the main plot. Plus some of the descriptions in th...more
Julie Barrett
Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky
This book is about a medical practice with 4 doctors in Tucker, VT. They each have and share patients.
One is preparing to adopt a baby but one days others learn of her death-sitting in her car in the closed garage. Others try to put the pieces together to solve her death.
The baby arrives and Paige steps in but she doesn't want a child. Paige has a sexual mate that teaches at the girls academy. There are so many twists and turns to this book, it's fascinating reading a...more
Amy kravitz
Jul 07, 2008 Amy kravitz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Delinsky Fans, New Englanders, Fiction readers, Love stories etc.
I really enjoyed this book. This is my second book that I have read by author Barbara Delinsky.
The book takes place in Vermont. A successful pediatrician takes her own life which sets off a series of events in the book. The suicide was unexpected by friends and the other colleagues in this lady's medical practice. It shows how folks from the small town of Tucker, Vermont, and especially fallen Mara O'Neill's colleagues deal with the aftermath of her shocking, sudden death. The suicide causes the...more
April
I had heard great things about this author but I have a feeling I didn't pick up one of her better novels. The plot was an interesting one and held much promise - a friend's surprise suicide and its rippling effects on her friends and family. However, I didn't much like the characters. They are supposed to be professionals but their breaches of personal ethics are terrible! And the story line with the adopted child from India was highly implausible - I can't see a social worker just handing over...more
Lee
Painful. Predictable and not worth the effort. I wish I had the several hours back it took to read. I struggle with not reading a book all the way through but I wish I hadn't finished it. It wasn't worth it.
Rhonda
This was a good book and exactly what I would expect from Barbara Delinksky.
This is a story about a peditriciation, Paige Pfeiffer, who runs a practice with three other doctors one being her best friend, Mara. Mara commits suicide and this throws Paige because she did not know her best friend was this depressed. Mara is aobut ready to adopt a baby which Paige takes as a foster child while a suitable family is found for baby Sami.
While Paige keeps looking into the reasons for Mara's suicide she...more
Jeanne
I reserved this book from the library, thinking from the 2008 publication date that it was a new novel from Barbara Delinsky. I realized before I began reading that it was a reissue of a 1994 book. Because of this, I wasn't expecting a lot. I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the characters and the story. It is also a pretty good romance. Some authors who began in the romance genre and then succeed in mainstream fiction lose much of the romance in their work. I had not particularly l...more
Janet
Listened to it in the car. Very typical chicklet novel. Was okay to listen to it in the car. Not really worth reviewing.
Linda
Paige Pfeiffer is a young pediatrician. One of her friends and partners, Mara, suddenly commits suicide and she and the other doctors in the practice are left to ask themselves how this could have happened and what they could have done to prevent it. Paige also coaches cross-country at the local private school where she meets the unpopular new head of school who is struggling to form a relationship with his teenage daughter.This relationship provides the basics for a love story but the bigger is...more
Bonnie
I enjoyed this book. The tragic loss of a good friend makes you reevaluate your own life and what should really be important to all of us, it makes you think. It is a well written book
Donna Mcnab
Paige Pfeiffer is a pediatrician who practices in the small town of Tucker, Vermont, together with 3 other pediatricians. Paige considers that she has a full life and is very happy with her medical practice, together with volteering her time to lead the girls' track team at a nearby private school. Her world is shaken when her best friend, Mara O'Neill, apparently commits suicide, and Paige is left with Mara's soon-to-be-adopted baby. Barbara Delinsky writes wonderful stories, which great charac...more
Barbara
Three doctors share a pediatrics practice in Tucker, Vermont. When one of them suddenly commits suicide for no apparent reason, it becomes a catalyst for how the other three reevaluate their lives. I could quickly tell that this was an earlier work than other Delinsky novels that I'd read: there were quite a few awkward & unnecessary love making scenes that we don't find in later novels & the story was slow in some spots. Overall, her characters were well-written and likeable - with the...more
Lee Yahnker
Easy and quick to read but the plot didn't do much for me. Too many events were just not practical.
Suzy Black
Barbara Delinsky books are an easy read, interesting characters, and plausible plots (usually). I enjoyed this book thoroughly - a group of pediatricians in a small town must cope with the sudden death of one of the group. The other three are left to come to terms with her death and to grapple with the ways in which their lives change because of it. The book lost a star for me because of the path one of the characters took - I found the relationship he pursued very unbelievable - but Delinsky ma...more
Marti
I really enjoyed this story by Barbara Delinsky. The main character was strong and thoughtful and hurting. She felt her world spinning out of control as more things were put on her shoulders. She went from being alone to have her grandmother, a baby, a kitten, a hunky man and his daughter all being with her. She went from having a clear cut life to learning that not everything is clear cut. A tragedy or two thrown into the pot and once again you drawn into the story line so completely, that you...more
Brandy
This is a first by this author and had me sucked in every second. I read it in 1 day. I had a hard time at first getting used to her style of writing but that is normal for me. The characters were well thought out and I liked how each character was given equal time. I also liked how Mara's death was in the first couple of pages and you never knew her but came to know her just as well through everyone else and her letters. The book wa a little predictable and hte conversations long but I guess th...more
Wendy
May 06, 2014 Wendy added it
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Pamela
This is another great hit by Delinsky. This book is about the issue of suicide and how those closest to the deceased (Miranda), her friends and co-workers, deal with their loss. They each question why she did what she did and how it's possible that they did not notice what was going on with her, thinking they knew everything about her. With this they look hard at their own lives and realize that even though they lead comfortable and organized lives, change can be a good thing.
Cindy Vine
This book was a suggested read on a forum thread where people were asking for authors similar to Jodi Picoult. It was a pleasant enough read but somehow it didn't quite hit the mark for me. The storyline was good but wasn't developed enough. It lent itself for more drama and intrigue and this wasn't delivered. This made it an enjoyable but instantly forgettable read, not something that you would mull over and continue to think about.
Kaye
Tucker, Vermont is an idyllic small town. Paige is almost 40 and a pediatrician. When one of her partners commits suicide there are effects on all of the other partners. One's marriage is falling apart, one can't find love and Paige takes on the adopted toddler of her partner. Add is a boarding school and a new head master and you get a decent read. Delinsky can be very good at creating very believable and likable characters.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Suddenly, something happened to your best friend and work partner. How could you be so close to a person and not know them? Suddenly you are a mother; your life is changing right before your eyes.
Deb F. / Marathon County Public Library
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Emily Higgins
Paige Pfeiffer is a pediatrician in practice with 3 other pediatricians, 2 women and one man. When Maura, Paige's best friend as well as her partner, committed suicide, everyone was stunned. In the process of coming to terms with Maura's death, all three re-examine their life choices and make change based on their new understanding of themselves and what they want their lives to become. A well-written book with a moving message.
Melissa
I enjoyed this book.It showed me that you never really know what is going on in some else's life even if you are close friends.I thought that you should really stop to take the time to talk with your friends and see what was "really", going on in their lives even if you can onlky be a sondung board.I lkied how Paige just picked up and did what had to be done to find out who,why, and took over what had to be done.
Jackie
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Tammie
Started out very good...nice pace to read...but about 3/4 of the way thru really started to drag and be emotionally draining. Every character had an issue and after awhile you just want to slap some sense into them.

Nice rainy day read...if you already have it in the house!I have added this to my book swap list if anyone is interested. Time to move on and work towards my goal of a thousand books read this year!
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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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