Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Accidental Happiness by Jean Reynolds Page. Someone once told me that groupings of objects should be displayed in threes. Three provides both tension and balance among items of varying size and heft. Part of me will always believe that Angel was the third, the one that left me with hope.
In this temporary, borrowed existence on the water, she settles into numb survival. But Gina finds her life taking yet another dramatic turn late one night when a woman named Reese disrupts her quiet world. With Reese comes a daughter: Their sudden appearance shatters the stillness—and Gina is remade. As both pain and joy reenter her world, Gina discovers that she is able to accept feeling in order to live fully once more. But the biggest surprise for Gina is her relationship with Angel. After the painful loss of her sister during childhood, Gina had decided that she would never have children of her own.
This tender, poignant novel movingly explores the bonds of family and the resilience of hope. From the Hardcover edition. Paperback , pages. Published September 26th by Ballantine Books first published October 11th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Accidental Happiness , please sign up.
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Was the child conceived while tbe Dad was married to his second wife? See 1 question about Accidental Happiness…. Lists with This Book. Mar 01, Florinda rated it it was ok.
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Gina Melrose is still recovering from the shocking death of her husband, Ben, when Ben's first wife, Reese, and her daughter, Angel, make an unexpected appearance in her life. Angel may or may not be Ben's daughter, and Gina - who has never wanted children, due to her lingering ambivalence and guilt over her dead younger sister, Elise - has to work though her feelings about that possibility.
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Reese arrives in fairly desperate straits, and with other secrets in addition to her daughter's paternity Gina Melrose is still recovering from the shocking death of her husband, Ben, when Ben's first wife, Reese, and her daughter, Angel, make an unexpected appearance in her life.
Reese arrives in fairly desperate straits, and with other secrets in addition to her daughter's paternity. The two women, with little to connect them other than Ben, are forced by circumstances to negotiate some common ground, while Gina also works on finding her way through the grief of losing her husband and toward the next stage of her life. I don't think I could have read this book a couple of years ago, and had it not been J's Book Club pick, I'm not sure I would have read it now.
Books concerning the aftermath of young widowhood seem to resonate strangely for me - the emotions that the characters experience don't sound, or feel, much different than my own post-divorce, and it wouldn't have helped my own long-drawn-out recovery to be thrust back into that - so if a story does that to me, it's probably getting it emotionally right. I was someone's first wife. I'm currently someone else's second wife.
One of the aspects of this book that I found intriguing was the developing relationship between Gina and Reese. When two women have had a husband in common, they know things no one else does not necessarily all the same things, since every relationship is unique , and it does create a connection between them. And if one of the women is interacting regularly with the other's child, it's in everyone's interest to try to build on that, although it's not necessary to become best friends, or even coffee buddies. And it can be done; there are times I think TallGuy's ex might like me better than she likes him, although I'm not sure that's saying much.
The shift in viewpoint from Gina to Reese in alternating chapters was interesting, as was the related use of first-person narration for Gina's chapters and third-person for Reese's. There may be a plot-related reason for the style shift also, but that didn't really occur to me until I finished reading. The story moved along well, with secrets unveiled at various intervals. I didn't find it particularly well-written, but I wouldn't consider it "fluff" or even "chick lit" - although it revolves around female characters, it's not superficial enough and doesn't drop brand names all over the place.
But the tendency of several of the characters to become tearful on a recurring basis, while understandable in context, did try my patience after awhile. It also irritated me, although for no particular reason, that the little blonde girl in the cover illustration doesn't have any resemblance to the description of Angel in the book, but that's a quibble. One of the great things about being in a book club is that it does reading you might not otherwise select for yourself. Jun 30, Tara rated it did not like it.
I actually only got to around Chapter 10 before I gave up on the book. I liked the plot and I was interested in finding the answers to all the questions the characters had, but I couldn't stand the language. I lost track of how many times the F word was used -- not to mention all the other poor langauage -- and I found it completely unnecessary. The story would have been great without it. If poor language bothers you, unfortuntately I would recommend that you not bother with this particular book I actually only got to around Chapter 10 before I gave up on the book.
If poor language bothers you, unfortuntately I would recommend that you not bother with this particular book. I really want to know how it ends, but not badly enough to subject myself to the language.
May 04, Tee Jae rated it really liked it. Slow starting and in some places. Loved the local setting. The twist at the end made the book! Feb 07, Kathleen rated it liked it. Interesting story - I did have a little trouble with the excessive and unnecessary profanity. Grieving the loss of her husband who died in an accident Gina Melrose finds unexpected events bring people into her life that bring her "accidental happiness".
As the author states it is"strange how terrible things can sometimes open doors as well as close them". Family can be sometimes be made up up the people you least expect.
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Out of the deepest sadness, hope emerges and begins to heal. Sep 23, Lisa rated it liked it. An entertaining book, but not super deep. The part of the plot I liked is probing into how the widowed woman decides to treat her dead husband's ex-wife. I wonder if all of us would be that generous or compassionate with an ex-wife in trouble. I do love how the main character also must grapple with her feelings about having children. In the past, she had decided not to have any children, but now must re-think her choices.
The part of the book I didn't like was the new romance for the recent widow An entertaining book, but not super deep. The part of the book I didn't like was the new romance for the recent widow. That was far too convenient. It would have been a better story if the new widow didn't quickly get involved in a new relationship, and instead had to deal with things on her own.
I didn't see the plot twist at the end coming, so it's worth it to hang in there until the end.
This is one of those people-in-weird-situation books. Gina is a 33 year old widow, too stunned by grief and living on her husband's boat. Late one night she hears someone board the boat and in a panic, fires her gun. The "intruders" turn out to be Reese, her husband's ex-wife and Angel, an Reese's 8 year old daughter. Angel takes a bullet in the shoulder and suddenly the widow's and the ex-wife's lives become entwined.
This was a very gripping book, and I didn't see coming the even weirder situa This is one of those people-in-weird-situation books. This was a very gripping book, and I didn't see coming the even weirder situation that develops at the end of the story. It was well written and had sympathetic characters all around. Jan 15, Sue Anne Akers rated it it was ok.
I was disappointed in this book. The character development was thin and inconsistent. The story was unbelievable, with medical problems invented by the author that do not exist. Certainly more research could have been done on the medical side to make the story more possible. The character of Maxine was a blip in the story, yet she was pivotal in the final chapter.
Unfortunately, since the reader only gets a skeleton of an idea about her, the reader is left confused about Maxine's final action. I I was disappointed in this book.
It seemed inconsistent with the limited information the author gave us about Maxine and no explanation was given as to why she would go against her character. Aug 01, Debbie rated it liked it. Gina Melrose is trying to pull her life back together after the sudden death of her husband Ben at the age of She becomes a "live-aboard" on his boat in a marina in coastal SC near the home they once shared. Three provides both tension and balance among items of varying size and heft. My sister's accident made me an only child; my husband's accident made me a widow. Part of me will always believe that Angel was the third, the one that left me with hope.
In this temporary, borrowed existence on the water, she settles into numb survival. But Gina finds her life taking yet another dramatic turn late one night when a woman named Reese disrupts her quiet world. With Reese comes a daughter: After a rough start, Gina realizes that, strange as it may seem, she's drawn to both Reese and Angel. Their sudden appearance shatters the stillness - and Gina is remade. She is fascinated by Reese, who seems both invincible and vulnerable - and whose past may hold the key to Gina's future.
Gina begins to realize that for the first time since Ben's death, she's getting her senses back. As both pain and joy reenter her world, Gina discovers that she is able to accept feeling in order to live fully once more.