Once in Every Life
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Once in Every Life

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by Kristin Hannah
     
 

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Tess Gregory's brilliant career as a research scientist hides her longings for husband and child. Though deaf, she is a free spirit — a woman full of life and love. She is struck down all too soon.
But for Tess, a new life begins at her death, in post-Civil War America. She is now Amarylis Rafferty, wife and mother of three — and she can hear. Shocked

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Tess Gregory's brilliant career as a research scientist hides her longings for husband and child. Though deaf, she is a free spirit — a woman full of life and love. She is struck down all too soon.
But for Tess, a new life begins at her death, in post-Civil War America. She is now Amarylis Rafferty, wife and mother of three — and she can hear. Shocked and disoriented by her new surroundings, she is drawn into the savage heartache burdening the family, especially her husband, Jack, a man who fears himself capable of anything.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tess Gregory is a successful research scientist with a poignant past when her deafness keeps her from hearing and avoiding an oncoming bus. Because her life has been so unsatisfactory and truncated, she is given a chance at a new one. A guardian angel escorts Tess to the ``theater of second chances,'' where her options consist of choosing among several different men to accompany in her next go-round. What she fails to understand is that the appealing man and newborn baby on whom she settles are living in the year 1873. On the positive side, Tess has been reincarnated in the body of a drop-dead gorgeous new mother complete with curly blond hair and perfect hearing. As for the down side, the woman whose body she now inhabits has been unspeakably cruel to her husband and daughters, so that they are afraid of her. Before her situation is resolved she uses her modern psychiatric knowledge to help a dyslexic daughter learn to read, as well to cure her husband of the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffers from as a result of having fought in the Civil War. While not all of the details are historically right--much of the language sounds up-to-the-minute--the heroine's pluck and imagination are always engaging. Hannah wrote The Enchantment. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449148389
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
97,057
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.91(d)

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Once in Every Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
mytwocents310 More than 1 year ago
I just spent two wonderful rainy afternoons completely engrossed in the historical romance/emotional drama in this book. It was pure escapism. I found myself on San Juan Island in Washington State a century ago and meeting some very loveable and interesting characters. I especially liked the heroine in this book. Having read at least 12 of Hannah's books, I am always amazed at the diversity of themes and characters and the fact that she makes each one so unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I read from this author, and since that time I have gone on to read all of her novels. I have worn the cover off of my copy. Tess and Jack will win your heart from the very beginning and you will not be able to put the book down until you get to the very end. The developing relationship between Savannah and Katie and their parents really tugs at the heartstrings. The mystical element was also an added bonus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I haven't even had time to crack the book open, but from reading several others of this author, I'm not worried if it will be good or not,so maybe after the holidays, I can settle down and use it as a New Year's resolution to read as much of her as I can!
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Humanbean More than 1 year ago
The plot line was different from what one would expect. This book takes our main character back in time. I thought the descriptions of the time period were fascinating. The story itself was interesting and well written. I was not dissappointed, nor will you be! The end was a little predictable, but overall I felt this was a good read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am really bad about finding time to read. But this book captivated my attention and I could not stop reading! I finished in one day! I never do that! This is the first Kristin Hannah book I have read. I am on my way to Barnes & Noble at lunch to snatch up Angel Falls. My sister turned me on to Kristin Hannah and I'm so glad she did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristin Hannah has done it again. This book was fast reading, exciting, compelling, with a touch of sadness and lots and lots of trust and love. When I read the AUTHOR'S NOTE, I was impressed that this was based on actual incidents. I have visited the San Juan Islands and love reading books that take you there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first got this book from my cousin in 97, and the cover now has no front because I have read it so much! Everyone who has a soft spot for romance will just LOVE this book! The love that Jack and Lisa have for eachother is incredible.