A Blessed Event

A Blessed Event How much is too much to ask of friendship How long will the bonds of family endure when confronted with swift unexpected change These are the intimate questions Jean Reynolds Page poses in A Blessed

  • Title: A Blessed Event
  • Author: Jean Reynolds Page
  • ISBN: 9780345462169
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • How much is too much to ask of friendship How long will the bonds of family endure when confronted with swift, unexpected change These are the intimate questions Jean Reynolds Page poses in A Blessed Event, her assured and powerful literary debut.Joanne Timbro and Darla Stevens have grown up in a small Texas town, their childhood homes separated only by adjoining backyarHow much is too much to ask of friendship How long will the bonds of family endure when confronted with swift, unexpected change These are the intimate questions Jean Reynolds Page poses in A Blessed Event, her assured and powerful literary debut.Joanne Timbro and Darla Stevens have grown up in a small Texas town, their childhood homes separated only by adjoining backyards Although the families inside these houses have little in common, the two girls find in each other a rare friendship that will take them into their adult lives a friendship that makes them stronger together than either could be alone.Then as young women, Darla and Jo enter into an agreement that will startle everyone who cares for them After years of watching Darla s heartbreaking failure to have a baby with her husband, Cal, Joanne agrees to give birth to the child that Darla cannot have on her own.But in the early morning hours of a warm July morning, everything changes Joanne, then four months pregnant, is driving a car that veers off the road near the home that Darla shares with Cal In the days and months that follow, Darla must face for the first time in her memory, the possibility of life without Jo As Darla tries to uncover the secrets that brought her friend out onto the highway in those dark morning hours, she discovers that she must also fight to keep the baby that was intended to be her child.With the child s fate hanging in the balance, Darla searches for clues to Jo s strange behavior leading up to the crash In the process, she discovers truths that hide in her own life in her marriage, in her closest friendships, and in a past that has suddenly reemerged, full of unfolding secrets.Tender and heartbreaking, hopeful and honest, A Blessed Event brings life s everyday experiences into bright focus, contrasting beautifully the pain of suffering with the sublime joys of surviving and truly living.

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    1. My husband and I run a used bookshop. One of the first things a used bookshop owner learns is how hard it is to sell hardback fiction. Even worse is if the hardback has no dust jacket, just the black cover with the gold letters on the spine so often used when a colorful dust jacket is going to be added. (Think chick lit.)So one of my regular tasks at the bookstore when we run out of shelf space in a particular genre is to cull things that haven't sold in a year, and put them on our quick trade s [...]

    2. This one has all sorts of messed up people, doing all sorts of messed up things. At some point I found myself not liking all the characters, each seemed so petty. At first I didn't like the flashbacks, but they did allow us to get to know Darla and Joanne better. It was in those flash backs that I especially found myself not liking Joanne, she was so selfish and vain, manipulating everyone around her. It seemed like with each action she found ways to drag Darla down by talking her into going alo [...]

    3. I liked this one, it had me roped in from the first page. One of those what the hell do you do now situations. One of those things you see on the news and you think "Wow, I can see that really happening and those poor people!"It's good

    4. I loved this bookIt pulled me in from page 2First book I've read by this authornd of puts me in mind of Jodi Picoult.I love her writing styleOnce I started I went to work tired as I couldn't put it down.

    5. Imagine your wildest dreams have come true and you're about to become a mother for the first time, an idea originally thought impossible due to your medical condition, but your best friend is willing to be the egg donor and carry your child. 5 months into the pregnancy, Darla's dream world is shattered when her pregnant best friend Jo's car careens into her bedroom, severely injuring Jo, but leaving the fetus unharmed. Darla is left with many questions including why Jo was out driving at a high [...]

    6. Jo and Darla not only lived in houses whose backyards joined one another but they had been best friends since childhood. Jo is the firecracker whose schemes Darla eagerly takes part in. Now they are grown and Jo's relationship with her father still has not changed for the better. Darla is married and her husband has to share her with Jo. They have a happy life with the exception of their inability to have a child, which Darla wants more than anything. Jo wanting to help her friend, agrees to hav [...]

    7. I was annoyed with this book, with what its characters had gotten themselves into, and yet I continued to read it. "What did you think was gonna happen Darla?" "Man up Cal!" These were my thoughts as I read. But I read on and I'm glad I did! A good read that's made me think. And any book that gets me thinking about things is worth my time. I loved the ending!

    8. This book was so sad. It had me hooked from beginning to end. I just could not put it down. Joanne had a lot of things to deal with, and her father was an asshole. I wish I knew more that happened with Cal and what he wanted from Joanne. In the end, i think it was best that Darla and Cal separated.

    9. Very emotional book on many levels. Lots of characters and their emotional baggage to sort thru. I didn't find that there was enough substance to really feel pulled into this story and yet it left so many lose ends while still coming up with a reasonably acceptable ending.Worth readng but won't make it onto my favorite list.

    10. Jean Reynolds Page is quickly becomming one of my favorite authors. This book was well developed, and so easy to read. The story is intriguing, it was a hard book to put down. I woud recommend this book for someone who is interested in a good story, but not having to concentrate on an intricate plot.

    11. picked up this book because I had read another of her books (The Other Side of Summer) which I thought was good. Didn't nearly stack up--the writing and self-reflection was good but the plot was just tooo slow. Had to give up, but not without reading the last few pages to see how it ended.

    12. It was ok. Flipping back and forth in time got a little tedious. It was predictable, but good. I didn't buy the relationship between Jo and her father, and how it got resolved. Misunderstanding that profoundly affected Jo's life? I don't think so.

    13. The book was OK. I was engaged in the story, my only issue was that it was pretty predictable -- even though I think it was supposed to be big messed up surprises along the way. Just wonder if anyone else bothered by the cover that gives away some of the story that you don't see until the end?

    14. This is one of my favorite books. I was mostly drawn to the friendship between the characters. It reminded me a lot of my friendship with my best friend. This book actually made me cry. Not many books can do that to me.

    15. In this novel, a woman with severe endometriosis arranges a rather unorthodox surrogacy agreement with her best friend. The opening sentence has the pg friend's car coming thru their bedroom and most of the book is the protagonist's search for the reason for this occurrence.

    16. WOW. This was a captivating story that I was full heartedly into. It is about friendship, love, family, loss,secrets and forgiveness. It was very beautifully written.

    17. Entertaining, but I came to hate the main character and her choices, so in the end, I was a little disappointed with the book.

    18. What can I say about this book? It was very sad! I enjoyed the friendship between the women but it wasn't all lollipops and roses in their lives. I did enjoy it though.

    19. I might be a tad sensitive about a surrogacy novel since I had a child via surrogacy but probably not. This book wanted to be more than it was but failed.

    20. During the first part of the book, I was mad at the author for making the main character so stupidly naive and blind. But I liked how she resolved it all in the end.

    21. This one was a little weird. I read it after I enjoyed Accidental Happiness so much (same author), and it isn't as good as AH, but still had me wondering how it all was going to end.

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