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Leaving Before It's Over

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,067 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
A deeply compelling novel that explores the true meaning of family, Leaving Before It’s Over is masterful and provocative fiction from Jean Reynolds Page, the author of The Space Between Before and After and The Last Summer of Her Other Life. Fans of Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard will be moved and enthralled by Page’s Leaving Before It’s Over, as a 1970s family is th ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 25th 2010)
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Wendy
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and would recommed reading it. The only thing that I would have liked would be a better ending.
Sherri
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because the summary on the back cover made it sound very compelling, (I know better then falling for that but this time I did), especially with the following: "As bad blood threatens to destroy her family, Rosalind must make a difficult choice. Should she walk away -like Roy once did- for love, or try to mend wounds that may never be healed?" Unfortunately, I have no idea what choice this was and I've finished the book!

I tried to like this book even though it dragged, and I
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Rachel
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the simplicity of this book. Growing up in the south, things really do move as slowly as depicted in this novel. Extravagant lives are unnecessary. Finding a family that relishes family time and just being together was great for my soul. I identified with the characters, and their growing pains, and I liked that every character grew during the novel. That's a huge sticking point for me when I read. Know your characters, own them, become them. This book did this. I only gave it four stars ...more
Gina
Goodreads Description- When Roy Vines married his wife, Rosalind, he traded his family and his inheritance for love--a painful choice that has blessed them with years of joy nestled in rural North Carolina with their beautiful daughters, sixteen-year-old Lola and little Janie Ray.

But their happiness is threatened when Rosalind suddenly falls ill. Desperate to get her the help she needs, Roy does the one thing he swore he'd never do--turn to his heartless and bitter identical twin brother, Mont,
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(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
This was a $2 remainder at Big Lots during a recent period of travel to a small town where there were no good bookstores... And so, it helped me pass the time on my way home, especially during a three hour layover in Baltimore. (can't stand not to have a stash of books packed while traveling and often need to search out extra reads. No, I have not made the switch to an e-reader yet....)

In the opening chapter, readers meet Lola Vines, age 16. Time and setting: late spring of 1976, rural North Ca
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Melissa
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WifeMomKnitter
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
From the book synopsis:

"When Roy Vines married his wife, Rosalind, he traded his family and his inheritance for love -- a painful choice that has blessed them with years of joy nestled in rural North Carolina with their beautiful daughters, sixteen-year-old Lola and little Janie Ray.

But their happiness is threatened when Rosalind suddenly falls ill. Desperate to get her the help she needs, Roy does the one thing he swore he'd never do -- turn to his heartless and bitter identical twin brother, M
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Jennifer
From my book review blog Rundpinne .

"Family, secrets, and choices, Leaving Before It’s Over by Jean Reynolds Page explores the complex dynamics that make up the Vines family. Lola and Janie Ray Vines grew up believing their father’s parents were dead, and had no idea they had an Uncle Montgomery until the summer their mother Rosalind became ill and money was desperately needed. Roy Vines hitched his way to Gray’s Hollow to beg money from his parents and strikes a deal with his parents and his t
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Liz
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Liz by: bn free fridays
Shelves: nook-book, fiction
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Hazen Wardle
I found this story on Barnes and Noble’s Free Book Friday blog.
Leaving before It’s Over is heart wrenching story of a son separated from his own family due to a wide variety of circumstances, one being that of thankless parents, whose only love and affections are toward the other son who has decided to make the family business his ambition.
Roy Vines separated himself from his family some 18 years ago and now lives happily hours from his parents in a sleepy town with loving wife and two daughter
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Christa
This wasn't a very good read, mostly because the characters seemed forced and too one-dimensional for my taste.

It wasn't a bad premise--a married man, Roy, gets shunned from his family for falling in love with another woman, who turns to the man's twin brother for solace. So when she gets pregnant, it's not by Roy, but by his twin, even though they keep that part secret. Years later, when Roy needs money, he heads back to his family, who agree to help him--on the condition he let the kid, now a
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The Rainbow Zebra
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to The Rainbow Zebra by: First Reads
Leaving Before It's Over is a sweet, gentle, heartwarming novel that shows us how our choices in life--good or bad--affect others in ways we can't predict.

Roy Vines and his family are managing a content life in a small time when his wife is struck down by a serious illness. With a new interstate diverting traffic away from the town and his business, Roy must do the unthinkable--go to his estranged parents and brother and ask for money to save his wife's life.

The catch--a 17 yr old boy who thinks
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Tiffanie
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Roy has a twin brother he hasn't seen in close to 20 years he chose love over his family and everyone except his brother and his wife thinks he abandoned his son with his now ex wife. Truth is the boy is actually Roy's twin brother kid he was sleeping with Roy's then wife. So for years Roy his wife and their two daughters have lived south and never had a lot of money
When Roy's wife gets sick and requires a special doctor that he don't have the money for he returns to his old home in hopes of ge
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Caprice
This book falls just short of OK. The plot is melodramatic and unrealistic and the characters are unbelievable and one dimensional. That being said, it was a fast read and there were tines I caught myself really caring about what would happen next and I enjoyed the setting.

What makes me downright angry about this book is the fact that Roy and his nuclear family are presented as Godly while his extended family is presented as devilish but Roy keeps Luke's true paternity a secret while his evil t
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William Baker
It was simply an OK book. I wanted to break from my usual genres of reading and try this book. A contemporary family drama.

I found this book:

highly repetitive

Melodramatic

Maudlin

Unrealistic in its dialogue

Poorly plotted

Soap Opera-ish

Poorly edited

The good would be that it evidently impressed a publisher enough to get published and that it seems a lot of people here really liked it. So maybe it just didn't appeal to me and for that I will say it is an OK read.

And I just have to further air my main
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Nancy Baker
I suggest you don't leave this story until it's over. Leaving Before It's Over is about the strength of family bonds - and how they can remain untouched over time, separation and alienation, no matter how far they are buried. I immediately fell captive to the story about two families, while seemingly thriving on their own, would eventually have to face their past and determine if there is a future. A father has to swallow his pride to ask for help from his estranged family and in turn receives m ...more
Denise Barney
I downloaded this book through Barnes & Noble's "Free Friday" promotoon and thought it would be a nicee change of pace.from what I was currently reading.

Set in the hills of North Carolina and Virginia, at a time when Kodak Instamatics were new, the story revolves around the Vines family. It's the end of the school year, and 16-year-old Lola is worried about her future and her mother. Her father left suddenly and her mother won't come out of her bedroom.

Fortunately, the story did not follow t
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Amy
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2010, fiction, own
10.28.10

Roy and Rosalind seem to have the perfect marriage, but when Rosalind becomes sick, Roy has to make the decision to contact his parents and brother, people he hasn't spoken to in years. When Roy returns, he isn't alone; he's brought his "son" along with him. The story shows the changes and choices one family must make in the face of troubles.

This is a difficult story for me to rate. I liked it in a lot of ways. I liked the varying points of view and the story itself was good. I liked it
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Faye
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YAY! I finally finished!! It DID keep my interest all the way thru! This family could have been anyone's neighbors, living down the road! Definitely liked the departure into a different kind of book for me! Loved it!

Previous update for this book~~>>((Even tho I have put this book aside for a few more days, I will definitely go right back to this one. Different from the books I've been reading, but I am enjoying the change. Anxious to get back into it, and see if it will hold my interest al
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MaryAnn
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
For a Barnes & Noble "Free Friday" selection, this book was better than most. Usually I have to force myself to finish one, but this one I actually enjoyed reading. I did think the main characters were a little TOO insightful and able to articulate their feelings -- not very believable. The point of view changes from paragraph to paragraph -- sometimes from sentence to sentence within a paragraph -- and it's pretty vague as to when the story takes place. I think it's set in the 1970s, but th ...more
Rachel
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a first-reads giveaway. I thought it was okay. There was nothing spectacular about it. I didn't learn anything new, there weren't any unexpected twists or surprise endings and there was nothing really interesting or unique about it. It was completely predictable. Most of the characters were unrealistically perfect. And at the end the author gets you all geared up for some big surprise from the wife/mother, Rosalind that will supposedly save the day, but then just lets it flop. ...more
Patricia
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters in this book were very real and meaningful. What they said and did were like people that I really know. It was an exception story and each character responds chapter by chapter from his/her own view. This was a really good read.

A lot of books are guessable, but this one had me unsure all the way through which is a pleasure. I hate guessing what comes next. So I really liked it.

I also like the issue of what a real family is. I think in this day and age more needs to be said to hel
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Drew
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from my mom, and I really enjoyed it. It kept me hooked and was entertaining. I enjoyed the realistic family history: that not all families are perfect. Although only a small part of the book, I enjoyed two of the characters (Sherry and Luke) having vasovagal syncope, a diagnosis I received nearly four years ago. When people see me pass out or black out, it seems strange to them that I am really okay, as long as I don't hit my head while falling. I appreciate the author taking ti ...more
Janine
This is a coming of age story about a family in crisis that has to turn estranged family for help. But that help has a price. How far are they willing to go?

This book was a good story full of flawed characters that made mistakes, but in the end, truly understood what made them happy. I enjoyed the parallel between Lola and Duncan's relationship and Lola's parents' relationship when they were younger. It was nice to see parents who remembered what it was like to be young and in love.

The story its
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rating 4 cups

A very well written and wrenching tale told from three split points of view, Leaving Before It’s Over is a story of family and the choices we make and how they affect who we become. In heartwarming and riveting prose, this storyteller has characters that are so real you can almost hear them breathing. A good family drama with an interesting plot.

Virginia
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

Full Review: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/Book...

Cindy
This is a good book revolving around the true meaning of family. I really liked the storyline however I could not get emotionally involved with the characters. With the exception of Roy's twin brother, Mont, and their parents, the remainder of the "cast" were way too nice and forgiving! That was a little unrealistic to me which at times made the book a little boring. I do recommend the book, though, as it is an easy read and has a few interesting twists to the story. I would like to read The Spa ...more
Amber
This book was way too predictable and too perfect. The antagonists in the story were perfectly horrid, with no end to their unkindness, while the heroes seemed too perfect. The dialog was too contrived and didn't feel natural... it felt written. (Please note that while I know books and scripts are written I don't want them to feel that way, the words should feel spoken, not done up like a PR speech) I will say that it wasn't a horrible book, I've read worse, but it wasn't interesting or challeng ...more
Marti
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is strange how many books I have read lately have been set in North Carolina, where our daughter Karin and family live--though they are not in the rural area. Also, a crucial part takes place in Virginia. An adult pair of twins, Roy and Mont--or Montgomery Vines both have growing families. To punish him for an indiscretion, Luke is sent by Mont and his grandparents to live with Roy, Rosalind, Lola--a teenager, and the little sister, Janie Ray. It is a pleasant book, without much of any confli ...more
Kristen
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was an okay read. I didn't dislike it, and I do like Jean Reynolds Page, but there was some parts that I wished the author would elaborated on. For example, Rosalind's illness was never brought out in the open and it was hard to understand why exactly they need the money for. The story about the family and Luke was very interesting to me, I felt sorry for him for being dragged all over while he was living under his grandparents, yes they loved him, but they did everything to protect Mo ...more
Marylynn
This was most definitely one of the best free friday books from my nook. Well written. I kept coming back to it out of all the books I have started. Something haunting about it. Good, strong characters. A story of family secrets and complicated relationships. Some readers complained about an abrupt end and I appreciated the heads up. But really I thought the time line of when it ended made sense. And if there is a lesson or a thought to linger over it's left to the reader. I like that.
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