A Blessed Event

A Blessed Event

by Jean Reynolds Page
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Blessed Event 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this from the bargain table. It was pretty good once you get past the first part of finding everything out. You basically need to read this with an open mind. I did find the changing timelines confusing at first, but it was pretty good. I finished it within a few days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I should preface this by saying my expecations were probably much too high going into this read. I wish now that I'd waited for the paperback; it'd be on my shelf, but there'd also be a bit more money in my wallet. I give it 2 stars because I can at least appreciate the author's time and effort. The character's emotions were, at the very least, predictable. No doubt a story was told, but the prose lacked that fine touch. Will I buy the next Jean Reynolds Page novel? Not before reading the ENTIRE first chapter BN offers as a courtesy. I normally don't take issue with a novel taking the see-saw in time approach, but as I struggled through this one (which alternates between 1983 & 1973) I found myself skipping the 1973 chapters--just didn't care. Had I read this before the likes of Jodi Picoult, Ann Marie MacDonald, or Wally Lamb I might not have been so critical. But alas, I have read the works of these greats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an outstanding read, truly surprising, the intellectual depth yet charming characters combine for a truly worthwhile novel. Bravo Page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would love to say that I found this storyline appealing, but I felt the writing was choppy. It was very distracting to alternate each chapter between past (1973) and present (1983). It lacked a consistency that made it flow. After reading all the other reviews, I'm not sure that I was reading the same book. I just didn't commit to Darla and Jo the way that some of the other readers did. I found Darla's husband weak and sleazy, and liked him even less when he refused to be a father to his son. This part of the storyline didn't make any sense to me. And by the end of the book, you wondered if Jo was afraid or just mean. The ending left me cold - the writer tidied up things way too fast and left me wanting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was about one quarter of the way through this tale of the friendship between Joanne Timbro and Darla Stevens, I wondered whether men are ever this close. About three-fourths of the way through, I wondered why anyone would want such a friendship and whether anyone could survive it. This story is thoroughly captivating and eventually comes to a satisfying and hopeful conclusion. The characters and events are often not quite as they seem at first, and the description of life in Alliance, Texas circa 1973-1983 is entirely realistic. Strong recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The readers of 'A Blessed Event' are in more than capable hands with Jean Reynolds Page in her fine debut novel. The book covers rugged moral terrain that Page, much to her credit, makes no attempt to pretty-up, but presents warts and all. Darla and Joanne, the central characters, share a lifelong, twin-like closeness, and by the book's end we have seen both of them make bad decisions as well as good, arrived at through weakness as well as strength--but always with deep love. Their mistakes--and there are lots of them--are the mistakes that good people make when they understand the consequences of their actions too little and too late; when they long for things too much; and when they desire outcomes for each other that in reality can't be had. The pacing of 'A Blessed Event' is excellent, the characters finely drawn, the blending of flashback and present well-controlled and seamless, the story original and compelling. I strongly recommend this book as a brisk and satisfying read.
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