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The Accident at 13th and Jefferson - Book 1 Only by [Carlton, Brenda J.]
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About the Author

About the Author Brenda J. Carlton lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with her husband Robert. She was born in Philadelphia in 1954, grew up between Coatesville, PA, and “Amish Country” and received a BS in Biology from Muhlenberg College in 1976. She has been at various times and in no particular order, a laboratory technician, a pharmaceutical development manager and consultant, a statistician, a small craft business owner, a mother of two and stepmother of four, grandmother of six, a waitress, a mental hospital aide, a National Merit Scholar, an amateur painter, a home remodeling do-it-yourselfer, an avid reader, an occasional philosopher, now a fledgling author, and always throughout it all, an passionate gardener. She is also the author of DRUG MONEY.

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  • Print Length: 460 pages
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  • Language: English
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Got this as a free download to read on holiday and it was ok.
Very easy to read although a bit predicable- i'm not sure if I would read others in the series if I had to buy them.
It was a good length for a beach book- it didn't drag on/ get into to much irrelevant detail.
Not a bad book - just not the best.
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a lovely easy to read story,Brenda is a lovely story teller sounds like you are siting beside her while she chats to you,looking forward to reading more of her books ,she is on my top authors list.
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It as so childish and "happy ever after". Not very credible or even real life. Perhaps ok for a teenager to read.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 28 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three intriguing answers to the question "What if ...?" 22 Dec. 2012
By M. Swenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We've all had those 'What if ... ' moments: "What if I'd gone through that traffic light instead of waiting?" "What if I'd been three further ahead in the line for lottery tickets?" An infinitesimal change in circumstances with life changing consequences. The literary conceit of 'The Accident at 13th and Jefferson' delightfully explores just that. Three different takes on the same event -- a rock thrown up by a careening motorcycle strikes and kills a bystander. A boy's birthday party has just ended. He and his parents are walking his best friend and the friend's mother through the front yard to their home next door. In the first tale, it is the boy's mother who dies, leaving her husband struggling to find the parenting skills he'd relied upon her to provide. In the next, it is the father who dies, leaving the boy to find a male role model in his unreliable and criminal uncle. In the final story, the boy himself is struck down, leaving his parents and best friend each to struggle with their grief. That the best friend doesn't know he is the son of a presidential contender spices up the mix even more.

I liked that more is revealed about each character as the book progressed, and appreciated the short coda at the end in which everyone is spared. Carlton's dialogue is well written and her plot moves along nicely, while still allowing for descriptive character development. Having lost a parent as a young girl, I was concerned this would be an emotionally difficult book to read. My trepidation was unwarranted -- the characters' grief felt utterly genuine but not overdone. Indeed, overall it was an uplifting book and a paean to the strength of love and friendship.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept / Good Read 15 Jan. 2013
By K. L. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very interesting concept for this book, well for three books in one actually. The Accident at 13th and Jefferson is really three books in one that mirror the same characters all with a common theme of an accident that takes place in the beginning of each book. The idea of what difference does this one person make in the lives of their families is what defines each book. Not to give anything away lets just say that in book one a member of a family is involved in an accident, in book two it is a different member of the same family that is involved in an accident and in book three, well you get the picture. The author then takes us through the after effects of the loss of a family member and how differently the remaining family members lives turn out. Think along the lines of "It's a Wonderful Life" with a thicker plot (certainly without the Christian aspect). There were different turns of events in each of the three books that I didn't expect and I did enjoy the thought process of wondering how life would be different in each of the three stories. On the negative side in book one there was far too much detail about a baseball game then I cared to read, far too much detail in general in fact but by book three I wanted more detail in some areas and there were just generalized statements. For me more detail on the human side (for example when Max traveled to Colorado for the first time I would have liked to see more details about how he got there: private plane; traveled with Jim the bodyguard, etc.) of things and less detail on facts would have made this story more enjoyable. Once again, very interesting concept and an overall good read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start but get the WHOLE book 20 April 2013
By Alisa K - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good, unique start of a 3 part book. I was hooked after reading this and bought the entire book. You wont be disappointed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 22 April 2013
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I at first thought that all three endings of this story were going to be in the one item. Not so - we have to watch for bks 2 and 3 to read the other ways of ending the story. I really liked this one. The author took all the characters and made them all believable. A great stand alone book, but I'm curious about the other two also.
3.0 out of 5 stars Four stories in one 14 July 2013
By Good Book Alert - Published on Amazon.com
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The same accident unfolds but in each book, the victim is a different member of the family. Tom, Bonnie and their son, Josh, seem to be a middle class family who get along just fine. After Josh's fourteenth birthday party, they escort their neighbors to the front yard and as they are about to cross the street, a truck causes an accident which sends a jagged rock flying and it claims a different member of the family in each story.

In Book One, Bonnie dies and her husband and son have to carry on without her. To me, this was the most believable of the stories. Tom has always been a macho grown up kid and he evolves into a caring and understanding dad and man. He seems in a rush to get married and goes for the neighbor, Elaine, who was his wife's best friend and who also has a son Josh's age. It doesn't work out at first but with the encouragement of the two boys and some help from an unexpected source, Tom begins his transformation. He is awkward and has many missteps but really does change.

I enjoyed book one the most of the stories although it felt rushed at the end and I thought Josh seemed rather formal for a boy of fourteen. The characters were well developed and believable.

In book two, Tom dies and Bonnie and Josh carry on. They have a real struggle with her family who are a bunch of low lifes and leeches and Bonnie can't handle them. Josh gets the notion from his uncle Mitch that he is the man of the family and needs to handle things for his mom. This leads to Josh making many bad decisions while Bonnie stands by and wrings her hands. Luckily she has a good friend in a new character, Indra who gives her some back bone. Although they save Josh from the worst, his attitude has been permanently altered by his uncle and so there is no happily ever after.

In book three, Josh dies and Tom and Bonnie struggle to deal with his death and keep their marriage alive. This was the story I found least believable. Macho Tom gets all philosophical and mystical while poor Bonnie struggles on basically alone.

Book four was a complete change. No one was killed and Josh saves Mitch from the flying rock.

I really wanted to like this book as I thought it was an interesting approach but I found that I only enjoyed book one and if the author had expanded that and made that her only novel, I would have given it five stars.

In book two, I didn't like the attitude toward women as weak and unable to cope. I particularly didn't like when a woman's breasts were referred to as udders and bazooms.

Book three also could have stood alone and been a good story as Tom and Bonnie were just supporting characters and the story was mostly about Elaine and her son, Max. It would have made a very good sequel to book one.

Having said those things, I enjoyed reading this book. It was thought provoking and had some interesting plot developments. The language was stilted at times, especially from the young boys and Indra but it didn't hinder the story line.

Note: A free review copy was provided by the author.
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