A Blessed Event: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 368 pages
18 Reviews
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 back yards. 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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This book was well developed, and so easy to read. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Tracy - Goodreads

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? Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
16
Section 3
22
Section 4
40
Section 5
47
Section 6
57
Section 7
68
Section 8
93
Section 18
199
Section 19
208
Section 20
215
Section 21
225
Section 22
239
Section 23
249
Section 24
265
Section 25
271

Section 9
108
Section 10
121
Section 11
131
Section 12
140
Section 13
150
Section 14
162
Section 15
170
Section 16
178
Section 17
184
Section 26
283
Section 27
297
Section 28
305
Section 29
313
Section 30
323
Section 31
341
Section 32
347
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About the author (2007)

Jean Reynolds Page grew up in North Carolina and lived in Texas, the setting for A Blessed Event, for ten years. She has worked as an arts publicist in New York City and has written about dance for numerous publications. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three children.


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