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The Woman Next Door (2001)

by Barbara Delinsky

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In Barbara Delinsky's The Woman Next Door, three women who live next door to a lovely, pregnant and reclusive widow have their lives turned upside down by their husbands' interest in her. These three wives are friends, but each can't help but wonder if her husband is the father of the baby. As a result, each woman reevaluates her life and finds out what's truly important to herself.

Amanda and Graham O'Leary have an ostensibly happy life, but infertility treatments have put a strain on their marriage. Russ Lange is a house husband while his wife travels the country to promote her juice company. Karen Cottar has dealt with her husband's infedelity before. When a crisis happens at the high school, it adds to each household's tension. I liked this story very much; the type of book women like to read. I give it an A! ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Feb 12, 2012 |
Four Victorian style homes sit on a quiet cul-de-sac in a small town in Connecticut. Amanda, Karen and Georgia, along with their husbands, have been neighbors and friends for many years. Gretchen, the second wife and young widow of Ben, has been an outsider with her standoffish ways. The three friends learn that Gretchen, a widow for a year and thought to be unattached, is pregnant. Speculation runs rife in the neighborhood. Each woman wonders if it is possible that her husband has strayed while helping the young widow. And the three marriages seem to be on shaky ground.

This is a story about the ups and downs found in most marriages. It examines multiple family relationships, wife and husband, young children and parents, adult children and their parents. And the biggest issue in each is the ability to trust. While examining these relationships, the overall story seemed to plod along and was not one of the author’s best books. ( )
  punxsygal | Jan 22, 2012 |
The book follows the trials of a couple trying to have a baby and using fertility treatments. Their small nieghborhood is close and the other familiesd have thir own problems - including woiking mothers,a widow who becomes pregnantand a stay at home dad. ( )
  lindahallmann | Jul 8, 2009 |
I wish there had been an epilog. Though I knew of the pregnancy, I would have loved to know she had twins or even tripplets. I would have loved to know that Gretchen ended up with the attorney, Georgia sold her business and Jordan made something of his life. ( )
  saucecav | Apr 22, 2007 |
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Graham O'Leary shoveled dirt with a vengeance, pushing himself until his muscles ached, because he needed the exertion.
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Along with their husbands, Amanda, Karen, and Georgia are a close-knit circle of friends enjoying seemingly ideal lives in an upscale neighborhood. But when they learn that their lovely younger neighbor, widowed for a year and presumably still unattached, is pregnant, the strains and imperfections of their lives come into full focus. As they ponder who the father might be, each of the women harbors suspicions about her own husband -- and each is forced to a crisis point that will strengthen or shatter her marriage.
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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky paints an ingenious portrait of the secrets inside every marriage in a sharp-eyed novel filled with suspense and surprise. Three married couples in peaceful suburban Connecticut are challenged and forever changed by the presence of the woman next door...

Along with their husbands, Amanda, Karen, and Georgia are a close-knit circle of friends enjoying seemingly ideal lives in an upscale neighborhood. But when they learn that their lovely younger neighbor, widowed for a year and presumably still unattached, is pregnant, the strains and imperfections of their lives come into full focus. As they ponder who the father might be, each of the women harbors suspicions about her own husband -- and each is forced to a crisis point that will strengthen or shatter her marriage.

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On a charming cul-de-sac in suburban Connecticut, three close-knit couples find their long-cherished harmony undone when a lovely, younger neighbor, widowed a year ago and presumably still unattached, becomes pregnant. Who is the father? Could it be one of the husbands? One by one, the couples turn inward, taking stock of their marriages and of the loyalties that perhaps have been taken too much for granted. In each case this close scrutiny reveals a weakness, and for each wife the situation becomes the kind of crisis that forces her to make a decision, one that will result in either the strengthening or the dissolution of her marriage.… (more)

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