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Accidental Happiness by Jean Reynolds Page

Accidental Happiness

by Jean Reynolds Page

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Three months after losing her young husband, Ben, Gina, who lost her younger sister at age 12, is only going through the motions. But then Ben's ex-wife, Reese, shows up with her seven-year-old daughter, Angel. Reese isn't sure if Ben is Angel's father, and the child unnerves Gina, whose only argument with Ben was over children. And Reese stirs up feelings of jealousy in Gina. In spite of her emotional discomfort, Gina, who is living on Ben's sailboat in a Charlotte marina, eventually realizes that the intrusion of these two people is bringing her back to the world of the living, and piercing the fog surrounding her. ( )
  nancynova | Sep 12, 2015 |
I was surprised how much I like it....not loved it, but it was enjoyable and hard to put down.

Gina and Reece were both married to the same man, Ben, who died 3 months before. In the middle of the night, Gina who lives on a houseboat in South Carolina, hear noises, and freaked out shoots her gun, which grazes 8 year old Angel, daughter of Reece.

Told from alternating perspectives, which I always enjoy, this book tells the story of these two women,and their bond through Ben. Themes of love, honesty, parenthood, and grief....it had a number of twists, and the resolution which I could not anticipate and was satistfying. ( )
  coolmama | Oct 22, 2011 |
Good characterization. Two women married to the same man meet each other after his death, each trying to cope with the loss in their own way. Set in the South, mostly at a marina. ( )
  dawnh | Sep 11, 2006 |
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Someone once told me that groupings of objects should be displayed in threes. Three provides both tension and balance among items of varying size and heft. My sister’s accident made me an only child; my husband’s accident made me a widow. Part of me will always believe that Angel was the third, the one that left me with hope.

After her husband’s unexpected death at the age of thirty-six, Gina Melrose becomes a “live-aboard” on his boat, docked at a marina in coastal South Carolina, near the home she and Ben once shared. In this temporary, borrowed existence on the water, she settles into numb survival. But Gina finds her life taking yet another dramatic turn late one night when a woman named Reese disrupts her quiet world.  With Reese comes a daughter:  a charming girl named Angel. 

After a rough start, Gina realizes that, strange as it may seem, she’s drawn to both Reese and Angel. Their sudden appearance shatters the stillness–and Gina is remade. She is fascinated by Reese, who seems both invincible and vulnerable–and whose past may hold the key to Gina’s future. Gina begins to realize that for the first time since Ben’s death, she’s getting her senses back. As both pain and joy reenter her world, Gina discovers that she is able to accept feeling in order to live fully once more.

But the biggest surprise for Gina is her relationship with Angel. After the painful loss of her sister during childhood, Gina had decided that she would never have children of her own. Struggling through conflicted emotions, Gina’s finds her life unexpectedly transformed by the precocious little girl who may be Ben’s daughter.

This tender, poignant novel movingly explores the bonds of family and the resilience of hope. In the accomplished tradition of the novels of Elizabeth Berg and Anita Shreve, Jean Reynolds Page’s Accidental Happiness is a lyrical, enthralling drama unafraid to examine complex relationships with a clear eye and an honest heart.

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After losing her 35-year-old husband in a freak accident, Gina, a free-lance writer, moves onto his boat on the Charleston waterfront, drinks too much and attempts to create some semblance of a new life.

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