Leaving Before It's Over: A Novel

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Overview

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. ...

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Overview

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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061876929
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

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    Family values and turmoil

    This book started off very intriguing and enjoyable. The story line was very clear and understandable, and you could really feel the heart-wrenching problems that this family has been through. The book lost alot of it's vigor for me towards the end, but I was intrigued to see how the loose ends all come together. Overall, it is a fairly easy and quick read that will leave you thinking about your own family values.

    29 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    A great story

    I have to thank ms reynolds for not filling the book with filth & sex. She made mention of the normal feeling that arise with youth as well as adults. She always kept the end result clean and respectful. So if you want to read "clean and respectable" you can be comfortable reading this book. I can't vouch for other books by this author . But i will read another of her books expecting the same result. Enjoy!!! I wish more readers would express if the book is respectable that i could loan to my Christain granddaughter.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Nice

    Enjoyable story, wish it had not ended so ubruptly

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    disappointing ending to Disappointing ending

    I enjoyed the story and found myself excited to see how it ends but was thoroughly disappointed in the ending. The story just didn't seem to have a real ending to it. I thought I had reached the end of the chapter so I turned the page and reached the bonus material. I would not recommend buying it but not bad for a freebie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Good Stuff

    Interesting story! A quick read worth reading. I thoght the author did a very good job of making each character real, and wove their stories together in an interesting way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    'Leaving Before it's Over'

    Loved this book and will be reading anything else by the author. A MUST READ!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Free Fridays should be good books?

    Just because it is free does not mean bad, junk lit.. B&N pick greats for free fridays!

    3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Story draws you in, ending leaves you guessing

    This book started off fine, but ended horribly. There were many loose ends and unfinished scenarios. I hate when authors end a story to leave the rest up to your imagination. If I wanted to imagine my own ending i would have written a book myself.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    It was ok

    The ending felt rushed and not very satisfactory.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    it was entertaining!

    I liked the private emotions i cld feel from the characters....some are too critical of a free book...dont stop writing!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Ugh

    Yuck hate everything no effense to the author but...

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Enjoyable

    This book had me hooked from the beginning. At times I hoped things went a little different, but that is what kept me reading: wanting to know what ends up happening.
    I think the ending came as a rush and could have been different. Overall: enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    I thought this book was good. I enjoyed watching the characters

    I thought this book was good. I enjoyed watching the characters develop. The only thing I disliked about it was the way it ended. It left too many loose ends. It took over 300 pages to get to the end, so why rush the last little bit?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    A slow read

    I dont know how i felt about this book. It was like a Lifetime movie with no climax. It was just enough to keep me reading but it never moved forward. With all of the character development I would have expected much more development from it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    A very sweet book but it ended before I was ready for it
    to!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Loved it!

    When I read the book I at first thought that it would ne good, and it was don't get me wrong, but I felt that towards the end the book it seems to be like just open ended I really wish that the author would give the book a definent ending. Rather than just leaving it hanging.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Good.

    Leaving Before It's Over: A Novel

    I give this book 3 out of 5 stars because although I liked it, I felt like something was missing towards the end. It was a good read overall though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Different

    The story was different, interesting and held my attention throughout the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Totally liked this book, glad I read it.

    Enjoyed the storyline and rhe characters. Very touching. I had no problem with the ending as others remarked about. 291 pages. (dw)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Family Values

    A feel good novel about a family faced with adversity, but full of support for one another. You can't help but root for them.

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