An Accidental Woman: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky

By Barbara Delinsky

New York Times bestselling writer Barbara Delinsky returns to the city of Lake Henry, New Hampshire, scene of her loved previous novel Lake News, with an unforgettable tale that explores the ways that we restrict our personal possibilities for happiness -- and the injuries of destiny which may set us unfastened.

Heather Malone has made her domestic in Lake Henry for the final fourteen years. recognized for her sort, light nature, she lives with Micah Smith, a widower, and his younger daughters. while the FBI takes her into custody on fees of flight to prevent prosecution, purportedly for a homicide that came about in California, the neighborhood response is shocked disbelief. but, while these closest to her, together with Micah, imagine again over the time they've got identified her, they discover that they have got realized nearly not anything approximately her previous existence.

Poppy Blake is Heather's closest pal. A lifelong resident of Lake Henry, Poppy is limited to a wheelchair, the results of a snowmobile coincidence approximately a dozen years earlier that left her a paraplegic and killed her male spouse. on the grounds that then, she has labored challenging to rebuild her existence. at present, she runs a neighborhood cell messaging provider out of her in particular outfitted residence on Lake Henry. Fiercely self reliant, Poppy refuses to allow her actual barriers holiday her spirit. even though, it's her guilt over previous blunders, greater than her current incapacity, that's maintaining her again from pursuing a destiny that features a husband and family members.

author Griffin Hughes initially traveled to Lake Henry to enquire a countrywide information tale related to Lily Blake, Poppy's older sister. What retains him coming again is his charm to Poppy. besides the fact that, an opportunity remark made to his brother, an FBI agent, presents the thread that leads the legislation to Heather. To redeem himself, Griffin is forced to resolve the secret of Heather's prior. alongside the best way, he turns into key to liberating Poppy from her personal prior and assisting her see the probabilities of a richer destiny.

surroundings her tale opposed to the backdrop of a picturesque New England city throughout the maple syrup harvesting season, while the harshness of wintry weather yields to the candy promise of spring, and while the full city is concerned about the race to technique the sap sooner than the thaw units in, Barbara Delinsky has written a tightly knit and compelling tale that celebrates the values of group, friendship, and the redemptive energy of love.

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He reached for the phone to call Poppy, thought twice and, instead, focusing on something with better odds for success, punched in a different number. This one belonged to Ralph Haskins, an old family friend whose skill as a private investigator had proven invaluable to Griffin's father over the years. Ralph was always pleased to hear from a Hughes. He was also totally aware of the breaking news from New Hampshire, which meant that Griffin didn't have to fill him in or give explanations when he asked for as much paperwork on Lisa Matlock as Ralph could find.

That is the general store, owned for generations by the Owens family. This is where townsfolk pick up groceries, medicines, newspapers, greeting cards, and gifts. Charlie Owens and his wife, Annette, run it now, helped in shifts by their five children, and they have expanded and changed it to keep up with the times. The cafe still serves breakfast all day, but the quiche on the menu is as likely to contain porta bello mushrooms as cheddar cheese, the bread is homemade, thick, and filled with goodies like wheat germ and nuts, and the lunch sandwiches are served on baguettes with avocado slices and bean sprouts.

What all these people had in common was an air of unhappiness, It was an emotion Micah shared with them. This was not where he wanted to be. He was supposed to be in the sugar bush with Heather, checking the mainline for last-minute damage. Yeah, he could do it alone, but he liked having Heather with him. He had no choice, though. Cassie had told him to wait here, so he waited, his fists deep in the pockets of his flannel jacket, one booted foot flat to the wall, his eyes hooded, and his jaw clenched.

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