An Accidental Woman

by Barbara Delinsky

Simon and Schuster, July, 2002.
Hardcover, 371 pages.
ISBN: 0743204700
Subgenre: Women's Fiction

An Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky For fourteen years, Heather Malone has lived with Micah Smith, a widower with two little girls, in the beautiful town of Lake Henry. One morning, the FBI shows up at their home, tells Micah that Heather is a fugitive wanted for murder, and take her into custody. Devastated, Micah doesn't want to believe that the charges are true, but he can get no straight answer from Heather. Heather's best friend, Poppy Blake, is a paraplegic as a result of a snowmobile accident which claimed the life of her male companion. Poppy has made a new life for herself, yet guilt over the past keeps her from opening up to people, especially to Griffin Hughes, the reporter who unwittingly led the FBI straight to Heather. Griffin is determined to find out the truth about Heather's past, and break through Poppy's shell to find the loving woman underneath.

Barbara Delinsky returns to the town of Lake Henry, New Hampshire, the setting for Lake News, in this heartwarming story of love, lies and second chances. It's maple syrup harvesting season in New England, and the story benefits greatly from this interesting backdrop. The entire town is involved in racing to process the sap before the spring thaw sets in. As the winter turns to spring, Heather, Micah, Poppy and Griffin's stories unfold. With her trademark vivid characterization and heartfelt emotion, Ms. Delinsky delivers another moving story of family, friendship, love and the hope for a second chance at a new life.

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This review was published in the September, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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