The Year Everything Changed

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As Jessie Patrick Reed’s attorney, I’m writing to you on behalfof your father, Jessie Patrick Reed. I regret to inform you thatMr. Reed is dying. He has expressed a desire to see you . . .

Elizabeth, even though sustained by a loving family, has suffered the mostfrom her father’s seeming abandonment and for years has protected herselfwith a deep-seated anger that she hides from everyone.

Ginger, in love with a married man, will be forced to ...

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Overview

As Jessie Patrick Reed’s attorney, I’m writing to you on behalfof your father, Jessie Patrick Reed. I regret to inform you thatMr. Reed is dying. He has expressed a desire to see you . . .

Elizabeth, even though sustained by a loving family, has suffered the mostfrom her father’s seeming abandonment and for years has protected herselfwith a deep-seated anger that she hides from everyone.

Ginger, in love with a married man, will be forced to reevaluate everyrelationship she’s ever had and will reach stunning conclusions that will changeher life forever.

Rachel learns of her father’s existence the same day she finds out that herhusband of ten years has had an affair. She will receive the understanding andsupport she needs to survive from an unlikely and surprising source.

Christine is a young filmmaker, barely out of college, who now mustdecide if her few precious memories of a man she believed to be long dead areenough to give him a second chance.

Four sisters who never knew the others existed will find strength,love, and answers in the most unexpected places in . . . The Year EverythingChanged.

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Publishers Weekly
The latest from Bockoven (Things Remembered) offers vibrant characters and a contrived plot. Dying of cancer, wealthy businessman Jessie Reed wants to find the four daughters he abandoned and explain why he left them. He enlists the help of his attorney, Lucy, to find daughters Elizabeth, Rachel, Ginger, and Christina, so that he can see them before he dies. Despite their reunion, Jesse dies before he can explain himself. However, Lucy (who was in love with Jessie) had asked him to tape his life story so she could know him better. Risking her legal license, Lucy tells the sisters that Jessie's will gives them each million, but only if they meet once a month for the next six months to listen to the tapes. Though they never knew of each other's existence before, the sisters agree, hesitantly bonding with each other—and the man who left them—while struggling with their children, husbands, and lovers. Given the staggering sums of money involved and the bland secondary male characters, the book lags at times. That said, readers will find the daughters captivating. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594531784
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 301,936
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in Northern California with her husband, John.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    A good solid read....

    A good book for summer reading or reading while the games r on this fall. As an adopted child, I always look for books with that theme. Was not full of surprises just more of a compassionate view of parents, as sometimes we tend to view them more harshly than we ever should. Got a bit slow at the end...

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    This is a discerning extended family drama

    In March 2000, attorney Lucy Hargreaves sends letters to four women. In the note, she says she represents Jessie Patrick Reed, who claims to be their biological father that none of them ever met or new existed. He is dying and would like to meet them in his home in Sacramento.

    Ginger Reynolds and Marc Osborne are divorcing but he will not leave until their two children understand he is not leaving them, but is stunned to learn her loving caring parents adopted her. Twentyish filmmaker Christina Alvarado slightly remembers him but never understood why he left her; her mate Randy wants her to go in case Jessie is rich so they can fund a project in Los Angeles. Rachel Nolan learns her husband Jeff is having an affair with Sandy on the same day she finds out that a Jessie Reed claims to be her father. Elizabeth Walker loves her husband Sam, her younger sister Stephanie and her mom Denise, but though years have passed she never understood why her dad Jessie deserted her; now he wants to see her but she does not want to see him though she wants to confront him. Now four stepsisters meet for the first time when they visit their dying biological dad.

    This is a discerning extended family drama that focuses on how much society changes over the decades as some taboos become acceptable and others not. This book is character driven by the four stepsisters; each having widely different personalities, family issues and diverse reasons for wanting to know why he left them. The support cast especially Lucy and Jessie enhances an epic thought provoking look at how societal customs change over time.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    You won't be able to put this down

    I rarely write book reviews, but could not pass up the opportunity to share how great this book was. The characters were engaging and I could not wait to see how each progressed. Once I started reading I could not put this down. I highly recommend this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Run On Sentences

    Im usually not this harsh, but this book was horribly written! I couldnt get past the first few pages of run-on sentences!!! Save your money for another book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Interesting book

    A very good read. It reads fast and keeps the interest going

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    Posted October 1, 2011

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