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Life flows smoothly for Paige Pfeiffer, a thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician living in the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont. But when her best friend and medical partner, Mara O Neill, inexplicably commits suicide, Paige s comfortable world is shattered. Struggling to come to grips with her grief as she temporarily cares for Mara s newly adopted baby daughter, Paige hopes that in time she will understand the reasons for Mara s desperate act and life will go on as before. Suddenly fate steps in at Paige s darkest moment. Noah Perrine, the acting head of the private school where Paige coaches girls athletics, is filling her days with unexpected hope. But before Paige can allow herself to trust in her newfound happiness and embrace the future, she must first let go of the past.

Suddenly is a deeply moving, emotionally charged classic novel that explores the consequences of choice, from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky."

About the Author

Barbara Delinsky, a lifelong New Englander, was a sociologist and photographer before she began to write. There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061042005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC13YU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, her best friend and medical partner, inexplicably kills herself, Paige's comfortable world is suddenly shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in time, her orderly life will return.

What she hadn't counted on were the unexpected pleasures that often come with change, including the touch of a man who offers Paige things she never thought she wanted. She hadn't counted on finding the meaning of life in the death of a friend.

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The story is by no means as narrow. It also follows the other two pediatricians in the practice, as well as the story of the man mentioned above.

Its a good story though I found the beginning a bit harsh on several accounts. There are quite alot of unpleasant truths, some of which got me very annoyed.

The book sturs some emotions (which ones may depend on the reader) and is good with a good ending. It has alot of 'bad starts' and lots of compromises but there are alot of relationships being examined and it is interesting.
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How do you cope with the loss of your best friend - not an expected passing related to age or illness but a sudden, shocking death due to suicide? Do you weep, grieve, and chastize yourself for not being aware of your friend's anguish?

Pediatrician Paige Pfieffer did all of the above when her best friend and business partner Mara O'Neill was found dead. "All she could think was that the tragedy might have been prevented if she had been more attentive, more understanding or more perceptive a friend."

To compound matters Mara's parents ask Paige to make funeral plans, a painful task. Further, when she learns that Mara's body had been found filled with Valium she wonders as she and the other partners, Angie and Peter, knew that Mara was "....vehemently opposed to drug taking. Of the four of us, she issued the fewest prescriptions."

All believed Mara to be her usual energetic self, enthusiastically working, happy, eagerly looking forward to the arrival of her adopted daughter from India.

As author Delinsky reveals in Suddenly, sometimes when a tragedy such as this seemingly senseless, inexplicable one occurs others reevaluate their lives, their beliefs, their actions, their goals. Such is the case with all of the partners but is primarily explored through Paige who cares for Mara's young daughter and finds herself attracted to Noah Perrine, the acting head of a local school where Paige coaches girls' athletics.

Many will be touched by this story and once again realize the value of friendship, compassion and love.

- Gail Cooke
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wonderful heart warming book. it challenged my assumptions , my ethics & my compassion. highly recommended. the description of a close friend's suicide worried me but i found it so refreshing because this close friend of theirs lives on in so many amazing aspects of their lives that she was still with them. would never die in their hearts.
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This is the first book by Barbara Delinsky that I have read but I will certainly look for others. The death of Mara, possibly by suicide, rocks the lives of her three colleagues in the paediatric medical practice in small town Vermont. She seemed to be on top of everything and was looking forward to the long-awaited arrival of her adopted daughter. Paige was single, enjoyed her job and was very involved in the lives of her patients and the local co-educational college. On the surface she seemed a bit complacent but she was still struggling to come to terms with her parents' neglect, though she had had the love of her grandmother. Angie, married and with a teenage son, had her life organised to suit her professional needs and was sure that this was the best for the other members of her family. Everything was turned upside down when both her husband and son rebel and she finds that she had got everything wrong. Peter is single, local boy made good, determined to isolate himself from his blue-collar family and the people he grew up with. Attractive to the opposite sex he skates close to the edge at times but his relationship with Mara had hidden depths. In the months after the death they all have to re-evalualate their lives and make some shattering changes.
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