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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (26 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345462181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345462183
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,366,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "A Blessed Event
"Jean Reynolds Page can spin one heck of a tale. . . . A narrative that grows more and more compelling as Page unearths secrets, reveals character, and lays-and layers-the groundwork for an ending that is moving, believable, and earned."
"-The Boston Globe
"Jean Reynolds Page makes an extraordinary debut with "A Blessed Event, a wonderful, riveting novel that explores human relationships from every angle. I couldn't put it down."
-JILL MCCORKLE
"Jean Reynolds Page knows how to hold the reader riveted."
-LEE SMITH
"An assured and poignant first novel."
-The Seattle Times

"From the Hardcover edition.

Praise for "A Blessed Event"
"Jean Reynolds Page can spin one heck of a tale. . . . A narrative that grows more and more compelling as Page unearths secrets, reveals character, and lays-and layers-the groundwork for an ending that is moving, believable, and earned."
"-"The Boston Globe
"Jean Reynolds Page makes an extraordinary debut with "A Blessed Event," a wonderful, riveting novel that explores human relationships from every angle. I couldn't put it down."
-JILL MCCORKLE
"Jean Reynolds Page knows how to hold the reader riveted."
-LEE SMITH
"An assured and poignant first novel."
-The Seattle Times

"From the Hardcover edition."

Praise for "A Blessed Event"
" Jean Reynolds Page can spin one heck of a tale. . . . A narrative that grows more and more compelling as Page unearths secrets, reveals character, and lays- and layers- the groundwork for an ending that is moving, believable, and earned."
"- "The Boston Globe
" Jean Reynolds Page makes an extraordinary debut with "A Blessed Event," a wonderful, riveting novel that explores human relationships from every angle. I couldn't put it down."
- JILL MCCORKLE
" Jean Reynolds Page knows how to hold the reader riveted."
- LEE SMITH
" An assured and poignant first novel."
- The Seattle Times

"From the Hardcover edition."

Praise for "A Blessed Event"

"Jean Reynolds Page can spin one heck of a tale. . . . A narrative that grows more and more compelling as Page unearths secrets, reveals character, and lays-and layers-the groundwork for an ending that is moving, believable, and earned."
"-"The Boston Globe

"Jean Reynolds Page makes an extraordinary debut with "A Blessed Event", a wonderful, riveting novel that explores human relationships from every angle. I couldn't put it down."
-JILL MCCORKLE

"Jean Reynolds Page knows how to hold the reader riveted."
-LEE SMITH

"An assured and poignant first novel."
-The Seattle Times


"From the Hardcover edition."

About the Author

JEAN REYNOLDS PAGE grew up in North Carolina and lived in Texas for ten years. She is the author of A Blessed Event. She worked as an arts publicist in New York City and has written about dance for numerous publications. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three children.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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After her husband's unexpected death at thirty-six, Gina Melrose becomes a live-aboard on his boat, docked at a marina in South Carolina near the home she and Ben once shared. But Gina's temporary existence of numb survival is shattered by the sudden appearance of Ben's ex-wife Reese and Reese's daughter, Angel
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing extended family drama 14 Nov. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Three months ago Benjamin Melrose died in a car accident leaving behind a grieving widow Gina whose feelings are compounded by guilt as she insisted he, not AAA, pick her up when her car was out of gas during that fatal drive. Struggling to cope with remorse, Gina moves into her late husband's sailboat River Rose. Late one night Gina sees movement on her sailboat and fires a gun, shooting Angel, the daughter of Ben's first wife Reese. Gina joins Reese at the emergency room where Angel is provided medical care.

As Angel recovers, she and her mom move in with Gina, who feels she is doing the right thing by her late husband. Soon Gina begins to heal mostly because of Angel who she wonders if the kid is Benjamin's child, a question Reese refuses to answer. As Angel and Gina become close and in many ways more like a daughter-mother relationship than Reese has, the first wife begins acting bizarre making the second spouse determined to keep the potential offspring safe and nurtured at any cost to herself.

ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS is an intriguing extended family drama in which the five key players (the two spouses, the child, the deceased and Georgie the dog) contain different personalities as each one seems real and their interplay authentic though strange. The characters make the story line with the varying relationships between each of them interesting and supportive of their particular values to include a well designed look at mental illness. Contemporary fans will appreciate this deep look at the extensive modern day family whose foci has recently passed away leaving guilt and remorse behind.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Story, Beautifully Told 24 Mar. 2005
By Diane Hammond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Accidental Happiness was that most wonderful thing, a great read, as substantial and satisfying as dinner at a five-star restaurant. The book was perfectly paced, beautifully plotted, with the authority and precision you only get with first-rate storytelling. It has an especially brilliant plot twist near the end, yielding a Tah-Dah! sort of moment when you smack your forehead and say, of course! It all makes sense now! How could I have not seen it coming? And yet, you don't.

I loved these characters for their flaws and their transcendent moments, something Jean Reynolds Page does through the kind of small epiphanies that happen to us without witnesses or guides. Gina and Reese are both vivid, real, and damaged in absolutely believable ways. There are no goddesses here, only people held together by love and a keen desire to do what's right, when it's not at all clear that there IS a right.

Page's excellent critical reviews are both well-deserved and well-earned. If you enjoy Accidental Happiness, than you'll also love the author's first novel, A Blessed Event.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 14 Mar. 2006
By Erin Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I decided to read this book after I finished A Blessed Event, which I found quite good. This story is about Gina, recently widowed, and her husband's ex-wife who comes waltzing back into her life with a daughter in tow. I found that this book was better written than Page's first, but unfortunately I got really bored about halfway through the story. I don't want to spoil the plot for any reader, but let me just say that Gina and Reese are not consistent characters, are each as insecure as the other, and each time you think you got a pretty good idea of who they are, Page throws something in the story that confuses you. I didn't find the characters that well developed and after a while, I just wanted her to get on with things rather than move so slowly through the plot, which I found unrealistic at some points. Overall, I would not recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a happiness 18 Jan. 2009
By Maureen Ann OMalley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sometimes we are forced into a situation that we DO NOT want to deal with. How fortunate for us when we are able to find happiness in a situation like that in spite of ourselves!

I loved the way this book read - from start to finish, it was a pleasure to read the language, the author's thoughts, the problems of others and they ways they found to deal with those problems. It may not be a classic, destined to be around forever, but my life is a little brighter for having read it. I highly recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it in the end. 23 July 2008
By Jennifer Zoller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was rather depressing at first, and I may have put it down if I hadn't needed to read it for book club. The last 100 or so pages make it all worth while. Don't bother making predictions- you'll be quite surprised at what happens.
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