Leaving Before It's Over: A Novel
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Leaving Before It's Over: A Novel

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by Jean Reynolds Page
     
 

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From the author of The Space Between Before and After comes a compelling novel that explores the true meaning of family.

When Roy Vines married his wife, Rosalind, he traded his family and his inheritance for love—a painful choice that has blessed them with years of joy nestled in rural North Carolina with their beautiful daughters, sixteen-year-old

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From the author of The Space Between Before and After comes a compelling novel that explores the true meaning of family.

When Roy Vines married his wife, Rosalind, he traded his family and his inheritance for love—a painful choice that has blessed them with years of joy nestled in rural North Carolina with their beautiful daughters, sixteen-year-old Lola and little Janie Ray.

But their happiness is threatened when Rosalind suddenly falls ill. Desperate to get her the help she needs, Roy does the one thing he swore he'd never do—turn to his heartless and bitter identical twin brother, Mont, for help.

The price is steep—and includes opening their home to a teenage boy who believes Roy is the father who abandoned him. As bad blood threatens to destroy her family, Rosalind must make a difficult choice. Should she walk away—like Roy once did—for love, or try to mend wounds that may never be healed? And will the pain of choosing be more than her heart can bear?

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Publishers Weekly
Page (The Last Summer of Her Other Life) delivers an intimate if overbusy family drama of lost and rebuilt connections. Roy Vines has never regretted his decision to leave his family and inheritance behind by marrying second wife Rosalind. But when Rosalind gets sick, he must temporarily leave her and their two children to turn to his parents for money, and, worse, see his estranged twin brother, Mont. The consequences of his trip grow when Roy is forced to take Luke, his son from his first marriage, home with him for the summer before Luke's freshman year at college. Luke has always believed Roy abandoned his mother to run off with Rosalind, but the truth, of course, is much more complicated and could tear the family apart all over again. The story shines when focused on the children and the sense of family rather than on the needlessly messy plot, and while the characters outside Roy's immediate family are caricatures, Rosalind and the children are remarkably portrayed. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061876929
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Pages:
343
Sales rank:
861,572
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.90(d)

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Jean Reynolds Page lives with her husband and three children in Wisconsin.

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