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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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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
Oct 20, 2009 Jodi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
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Sep 27, 2014 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
In the idyllic little town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a slower pace for everyone. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lives of thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer and her colleagues. However when Mara O'Neill, Paige's medical partner and best friend since college, inexplicably takes her own life, the consequences of that one irrevocable act shatters Paige's peaceful life, and throws the lives of the three other doctors who practiced with her into absolute chaos.

For Ang
Gloria Bernal
Apparently I missed reading this when it came out a few years ago. I usually read anything she writes. This did not disappoint. It holds your interest from the get-go. Revolving around the practice of 4 pediatricians in a small Vermont town, when one of the partners dies unexpectedly, it affects everyone profoundly. It makes each of the other 3 pediatricians look at their own lives more seriously, outside of their practice and decide for themselves what is really important in life insofar as the ...more
Rena McClain
I listened to this book via Audible.
I have enjoyed the Barbara Delinsky books I have read but this one was so slow, so predictable. From the start the plot was thin and easy to anticipate what was going to happen. It left little to the imagination or anticipation as the book went along.

As for the reader, the delivery was awkward with very long, too long, pauses. Also, the reader had a very limited range of voices for the characters which made the book read more difficult to enjoy. Overall I just
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
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
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
I love Barbara Delinsky's books and this one didn't fail to entertain me from start to finish. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to fill a Sunday afternoon infront of the fire, curled up on the sofa while the winter snow and freezing rain pile up outdoors.
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
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
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.
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
How does she think of these plots? What a writer! What starts out with a death changes everything in all lives involved in this book. As usual Delinsky delivers. A good read.
It was a good read. Predictable but a nice story and an easy read which was just what I was looking for. I would give it 3.5 stars if i could.
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
Listened to it in the car. Very typical chicklet novel. Was okay to listen to it in the car. Not really worth reviewing.
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
This is a great book! It's all about friendship and what families can be made of.
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
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.
took a bit to get into it. Bit predictsble.
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
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
Sue Ugenti
Another fun Delinsky book.
It was a good book.
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
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