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Accidents Happen

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Tabitha was a true survivor - until she wasn't. One week before her loveless marriage to a wealthy man, a freak accident causes her soul to trade places with a womanising lush paying penance for his sins as a soul collector. While she waits for Death to unravel the bureaucratic red-tape and return her to her life, she's forced to take on Mort's duties, accompanied by the ...more
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published May 5th 2017
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Rambling Boho
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read by Sharon Karaa. I don't read a lot of romantic comedies, but I had just finished reading an 11-part paranormal series, and needed a bit of a break from the genre. When Sharon emailed asking for a read & review, I thought it would be a nice change of pace.

I really enjoyed this book. More so than I thought I would. It wasn't sappy and had a bit of, you could say, paranormal in it. The plot was different than anything I've read before, and it was truly an
Alex Craigie
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Accidents Happen is the latest novel by Sharon Karaa and it doesn’t disappoint!
Fans will already know about her intelligent plotlines, her amazing ear for dialogue, her witty and original humour and her well-drawn characters. Accidents Happen has all of this a-plenty and more besides. Many masters of the comic story weave strands of pathos and melancholy through the laughs (think Carla Lane or David Nicholls) and this gives this novel a depth and interest that elevates it beyond farce or
Judith Mantell
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun book

To be fair, I was in a rotten, angry mood that I couldn't shake when I started this book. I wanted something lighter than my normal venue to shake off my crabby mood. I couldn't even stand myself so I was annoyed when I took an immediate dislike to the main character. Then something surprising happened. She began to grow on me and I found myself rooting for her. I found myself chuckling at a few things. It was after midnight and I had relaxed enough from my hissie fit mood, thanks to
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Accidents happen or do they? I loved how mischievous Mort was. He certainly had a great sense of humor. The story line was unique and fun. Overall a fun and enjoyable book.
Paranormal Tendencies
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun fast read. It all starts when Tabitha dies one day. It was a freak accident on just a normal day. The problem is, it wasn’t her time to die. Then something stranger happens and the soul collector on the scene ends up in her body! Now she's stuck and Death’s hands are tied till the council can meet to decide her future. So she’s got a super sexy but awfully arrogant partner that she must work with to collect souls till the council meets. All while Mort the collector is living her ...more
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"

The story started out a little slow for me. But, my reading genre is paranormal action, so that would seem a correct reaction. I found the story very cute and completely entertaining. The story made me giggle out loud all the way through. And, the writing was excellent. I didn’t realize that the author was British, and the Brit slang always hangs me up.

The tale had lots of great imagination, although the life in-between life
CA Portnellus
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Death, a riot!
Okay, I began this book with a tiny assumption that it might end up like the many versions of "Heaven can wait" or the lists of movies about lost souls, vengeful ghosts or zombies. So glad it wasn't gory or a bloodbath of death. Instead, from the first pages written in first person, Tabitha Brownlee, was a hoot!
Ironic twists abound in making death a common place occurrence yet funny. The novel similar in British tone and wit to Terry Prachett's Disc World series, which defy logic
Jeff Dawson
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This has to be one the most unusual yet interesting tales I’ve come across in the last ten years or so.

What happens when you witness an accident and attempt to render help only to become an unwitting victim whose time isn’t up? On top of that, while you’re trying to figure out why you can see your body, you have some crazed man yelling at you to jump back in. In your moment of despair, you push him into your former vessel and find out you just mad the biggest mistake of your life, or have you?
Sherry Westendorf
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book. This was so much fun to read. What a place to end up and then have the things happen that did while you were there. It is exciting, funny, sweet, suspenseful, emotional and so enjoyable. I recommend it. I was given a review copy and voluntarily review it.
Kitty Galore
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it

This story is about a young lady named Tabitha and unfortunate events that caused her soul to be removed from her body. Tabitha is anxious to return to her body because of upcoming important events but she has to wait and in the meantime work as a reaper. Tabitha is paired with Cooper who is also a Reaper until Death sorts this incident out and decides what to do about Tabitha. This book was actually pretty good. There were some
Becky Baldridge
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who knew Death could be so funny - both the character and the end of life event. For Tabitha Brownlee, it's downright hilarious. From her rather unusual demise to the many characters she meets to her leather-wearing, motorcycle-riding mother, Tabitha's story is engaging and fun. The story is fast paced and witty, and it gives a whole new meaning to being taken too soon. We even get a surprise twist in the end that I certainly didn't see coming, but looking back, it makes perfect sense and gives ...more
Jean Gill
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Piquant afterlife romance

If you like your romance sharp and funny rather than sickly-sweet, this is perfect for light holiday reading. Witty turns of phrase and enjoyable twists of plot lift it above the clichés of the genre but we are always hoping for that HEA – we just don’t know how the writer will overcome barriers that include irritating admin in the afterworld as well as promises made in this one. God is harassed and just can’t get the staff!

I don’t usually read romances unless there is a
Pam Owen
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. When I began to read this book I was a little confused as to where the storyline was going and was it going to be worth it to read on. I am so glad that I did. The book is a quick pace storyline and the characters are exceptionally well written. Pick up a copy of this book and enjoy. You won't be sorry you did.
PJ Lea
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
What doesn't kill you.....

"Normal is a pink unicorn with gossamer wings and a golden mane—it’s mythical, it doesn’t exist."
Tabitha is preparing to marry John when a freak accident sends her world spinning out of control.
Bizarre and funny with some eccentric characters who felt very familiar, it's a sweet and quirky story of family, friends, trust and soulmates, with a healthy dose of the afterlife.
Enjoyable, easy read that left me with a smile.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was a fun read! I was going to give it 4 stars, but the little author's note at the end bumped it to five.

Suspend reality enough to allow that not everything has to make sense, and you'll get a kick out of this book, too. :)
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That was fun

That was a fun adventure that I throughly enjoyed ! Great cast of characters with a great story line !
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars = I liked it. This was a quick cute read, the little zing of a twist at the end really made it for me.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
While death is a sad event most of the time, it sure wasn't for Tabitha Brownlee. The events surrounding her death were down-right funny. When she died, her soul collector was accidentally pushed into her body. That started off the comedy. Not only because he was a man but because he was promiscuous. He didn't do well in a woman's body. Tabitha was cute. She was sure she was just dreaming (not dead) and wanted to wake up because she was getting married in a few days and had lots to do. She was a ...more
Mel Ann
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Side splitting and emotional.

Tabitha Brownlee has never seemed to have the upper hand. Things never seemed to go her way and she kept her circle small. Her long time friend Janice has always been by her side and while in College, John became part of that circle. When John proposed to her it seemed like the answer to all of her problems.

Eight days till the big day and the preparations are underway. Things were coming together and there seemed to be just a few more finishing touches that Tabitha
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So imagine one cold morning you wake up, get ready to finalize plans for the wedding you don't even want to have, and then you go run those wedding errands while trying to avoid your crazy mom! Then all of a sudden you witness a traumatic event, try to help, and......lights out. Tabitha wakes up and realizes she's out of her body, and not in a dream-like state. When the greasy 70s style soul collector Mort tries to make her go back into her own body, things go awry and she ends up watching Mort ...more
Lisa Book Stacks
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mistakes happen

It's the little things in life -when you help someone out and in up meeting Death by mistake. And time is passing by while you collect souls but should be planning a wedding . But that mistakes leads you to Cooper the love of your life. Will Tabitha ever be the same in this fun book with great characters that will keep you laughing. Enjoyable book.
Stephanie M.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Accidents happen and this book is no accident.

All the feels in all the right places as page after page must be devoured. Filled with laugh out loud humor, and tear jerking moments- this is a roller coaster ride not to be missed.

The last chapter is the cherry on the cupcake that you didn’t realize was needed until the last word was consumed.

Tabitha, bless her soul, is a mess! Got to love to hate her then be shocked when your hate has become love. Her life in a nutshell, sucks! Marrying for
Penny Leidecker
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is best paranormal romantic comedy I have read all year. This is the first book I’ve read by Sharon Karaa and I’m so glad I received a complimentary copy of this book. She has written a book that will keep you flipping the pages to see what will happen next. The descriptions make you feel as if you’re right there with the characters. Then, the characters are well written too. I truly enjoyed this book and this is my honest and voluntary review. Give this book a chance and see if you agree ...more
Cindy Conway
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was different.

I am usually not a fan of of books by the English. They tend to be very dry and choppy for me to read. But Sharon has a big sense of humour and it shows in this book. There is a love story under all of it. I don't mind stories with some para- normal this was death head on. Those sections tended to go on too long . The main character is planning her wedding, gets in an accident and ends up at the Pearly mistake. She doesn't have a relationship with her mother who
Tuakana Toka
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Indeed they do..

Such an amazing read. The antics of the living and the dead had me in fits throughout. Tabitha's bitching, Coopers smirking, Mort's sarcasm and laughable antics with Tabitha's body and her mother was a scream. And the discovery how love can come about even in the after life and that mistakes can happen and so do accidents. Different but wonderfully written.
Goth Gone Grey
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars is not enough for this book!

This is a paranormal comedy romance - if that combination sounds far fetched or silly, think again. It strikes the right tone for all three genres, and balances them beautifully. I had trouble tearing myself away from it long enough for silly things like real life.

Tabitha, the main character, is killed early on in the book, soon before she is to be wed. She finds out that Death is a person (shades of Piers Anthony, but way less porny) and he has collectors
Carole Mckee
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a Wonderful Story

I don't care what genre you all prefer reading, but whatever it is, make sure you include this one in your reading. It is so cleverly written, with such imagination. The enjoyable story is just so entertaining and hard to put down. What happens in the afterlife? Until you get there, you can't have any idea. But here is a possibility. I recommend this book to everyone. I know you won't regret getting it. I know I don't. I absolutely loved it.
Ron Mac
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quirky little romantic book.
~First, I’ll state that I received this book as a gift from the author to read and review.
~Fun twist on the character of Death and on the "afterlife".
~I don't care for making fun of any particular religion and I felt there was some of that.
~This book has a fast-paced storyline, therefore, the reader had to pay close attention to all the details in order to stay focused on the plot. The main characters are "soul collectors" (they have worked hard to get rid of the Grim
I love the take on romance this author chose, a bit different than the typical paranormal also. You have to love the quirky heroine who wants nothing more than to have her life go the direction she finally settled on. But fate, the reapers and whomever else has decided to cut that short, literally. Her journey in the afterlife and being in limbo is a hilarious yet relatable and sweet is a roller coaster of its own. She needs to figure things out so she can get back to what she wants, her life ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read and review an advanced readers copy of Accidents Happen .
I really enjoyed reading this story. It was such an all around wonderful and humorous tail . The characters were unique and interesting people . This is a new to me author and I'll definitely be reading more of her work . If you need alittle humor in your reading . This is a very well written and delightful book . I highly recommend reading this story .You cannot go wrong .
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Sharon Karaa is a mass of contradictions but two facets of her character have always battled for supremacy; her logical self (let's call him Frank) and her artistic side (lets her call Misty).

Until recently, Frank won every