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In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, Paige's best friend and medical partner, inexplicably commits suicide, Paige's comfortable world is shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, Paige's best friend and medical partner, inexplicably commits suicide, Paige's comfortable world is shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to hope that, in time, she'll understand why Mara chose to end her life, and Paige's own orderly life will return. But just when Paige is at her darkest moment, fate steps in. Noah Perrine, acting head of the private school where Paige coaches girls' athletics, enters her life and fills her days with unexpected hope. But before Paige can allow herself to embrace a future she never imagined, she must let go of the past and learn to trust her newfound happiness.

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In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, Paige's best friend and medical partner, inexplicably commits suicide, Paige's comfortable world is shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, Paige's best friend and medical partner, inexplicably commits suicide, Paige's comfortable world is shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to hope that, in time, she'll understand why Mara chose to end her life, and Paige's own orderly life will return. But just when Paige is at her darkest moment, fate steps in. Noah Perrine, acting head of the private school where Paige coaches girls' athletics, enters her life and fills her days with unexpected hope. But before Paige can allow herself to embrace a future she never imagined, she must let go of the past and learn to trust her newfound happiness.

30 review for Suddenly

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rena McClain

    I listened to this book via Audible. I have enjoyed the Barbara Delinsky books I have read but this one was so slow, so predictable. From the start the plot was thin and easy to anticipate what was going to happen. It left little to the imagination or anticipation as the book went along. As for the reader, the delivery was awkward with very long, too long, pauses. Also, the reader had a very limited range of voices for the characters which made the book read more difficult to enjoy. Overall I just I listened to this book via Audible. I have enjoyed the Barbara Delinsky books I have read but this one was so slow, so predictable. From the start the plot was thin and easy to anticipate what was going to happen. It left little to the imagination or anticipation as the book went along. As for the reader, the delivery was awkward with very long, too long, pauses. Also, the reader had a very limited range of voices for the characters which made the book read more difficult to enjoy. Overall I just finished listening to be done with the book as the ending was totally predictable. Could I recommend this book/reader? No on both counts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the third book I have read by Barbara Delinsky and so far it is my favorite. The plot kept moving and was believable. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into so many different lives. So sad that the book centers around Mara's suicide but it delves into how one tragic act can bring so many people closer together and change lives forever. I also enjoyed seeing Paige enrich her quiet life by bringing so many people and a kitten into her life. I also thought it was great how Peter, the "playboy" fe This is the third book I have read by Barbara Delinsky and so far it is my favorite. The plot kept moving and was believable. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into so many different lives. So sad that the book centers around Mara's suicide but it delves into how one tragic act can bring so many people closer together and change lives forever. I also enjoyed seeing Paige enrich her quiet life by bringing so many people and a kitten into her life. I also thought it was great how Peter, the "playboy" fell in love with Kate Ann, the town recluse-maybe a little too "perfect" how they fell in love, but sweet. Good, relaxing read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    This is a tender story about taking risks in life as opposed to staying in the safe lane. It encompasses a tragic suicide, a mass causality when a theater balcony collapses during a rock concert, and an unjust accusation of rape. It was fast moving with lots of characters. It is a good story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Each member of a medical clinical of 4 pediatricians is adversely affected when one of the partners commits suicide. No one can comprehend why a young women who was so successful in her practice and looking forward to the arrival of a baby girl from India would choose suicide. Some wonder if she really committed suicide. The one part of the story that wasn't very realistic in my mind was the foster placement, and later adoption, of the baby girl by the dead woman's best friend, Paige. I've gone t Each member of a medical clinical of 4 pediatricians is adversely affected when one of the partners commits suicide. No one can comprehend why a young women who was so successful in her practice and looking forward to the arrival of a baby girl from India would choose suicide. Some wonder if she really committed suicide. The one part of the story that wasn't very realistic in my mind was the foster placement, and later adoption, of the baby girl by the dead woman's best friend, Paige. I've gone through international adoption twice. In the story a caseworker shows up at night knocking on the door of Paige because she hasn't been able to get hold of Mara, the woman adopting the baby from India. The reason she can't get hold of Mara is because she is dead. Mara was expecting the baby to arrive sometime in the next few weeks. When Paige tells the caseworker this, the baby is left with Paige after a few phone calls to the agency. Paige agrees to provide foster care until another home can be found for the baby. This just would not happen in real adoption life. Also part of the story is the private boarding school in the town, and its new headmaster, brought on board to change the atmosphere of the school where partying and ignoring rules has led to poor educational performance and the dislike of the students by the community. Paige is the coach for the girls' track team. All in all this was a good book with interesting characters and a good story that kept me interested.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Another great read by Delinsky!! "In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, her best friend and medical partner, inexplicably kills herself, Paige's comfortable world is suddenly shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in time, her orderly life will return. What she hadn't counted on were the unexpected pleasu Another great read by Delinsky!! "In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, her best friend and medical partner, inexplicably kills herself, Paige's comfortable world is suddenly shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in time, her orderly life will return. What she hadn't counted on were the unexpected pleasures that often come with change, including the touch of a man who offers Paige things she never thought she wanted. She hadn't counted on finding the meaning of life in the death of a friend."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    For fans of romantic fiction, you will probably rate this higher than I did. For me, it was just too long and too predictable. The author does do a good job with developing interesting characters however. Just average: 3/5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    Bleh. Couldn't wait to finish this book. Bad medical research. I wish different characters had been developed. Gratuitous sex scenes. Not my thing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoilers! I would never recommend this book to a younger girl- I wouldn't want her thinking these kinds of reactions to rape/assault are ok. It's absurd the various ways rape is handled by these characters. Woof, this book is disgusting regards to rape. The author has a rape victim agree she wasn't raped at the second half of the rape...wtf. Seriously. What. The. fuck. Peter is so gross. (I scrolled through a bunch of reviews and didn't see any others that referred to his RAPE, so come on, fello Spoilers! I would never recommend this book to a younger girl- I wouldn't want her thinking these kinds of reactions to rape/assault are ok. It's absurd the various ways rape is handled by these characters. Woof, this book is disgusting regards to rape. The author has a rape victim agree she wasn't raped at the second half of the rape...wtf. Seriously. What. The. fuck. Peter is so gross. (I scrolled through a bunch of reviews and didn't see any others that referred to his RAPE, so come on, fellow readers. Call a spade a spade. He's not a complicated guy. He's a rapist. When you force a person to have sex with you, that's rape. When you have sex with someone telling you no, that's rape.) We barely know anything about Kate Ann, but she deserves someone better than that raping, takes nude pics of underage girls, shouldn't keep his medical license, piece of shit. And then, in another creepy 'romantic' moment, a headmaster with an erection kisses and sexually touches a woman, while his daughter is also in the house, when the woman is passed out. Ick. I don't want my child at his school. This book is only eight years old- I thought it was DECADES old by what was deemed socially appropriate to do to a woman against her will. I hope the #MeToo platform will help stop getting that trash in print. There were no good men in this book. This was another book where I just can't stand how 'small' towns are portrayed. Literally everybody doesn't know every resident. (Grew up in a town of 2000. I lived on the same street through high school. I have lifelong neighbors on that street whose names I still don't know) Small towns don't have hospitals, multiple ambulances, police departments, four pediatricians, etc. This small town must have minimum 20k residents that all know each other. The reader was constantly reminded 'doctors are noble' every few pages. And I found it utterly ridiculous how Mara was martyred. Past patients popped in, with appointments, to the clinic just to talk because they missed their doctor from years ago? I haven't a clue who my pediatrician was. Sure, it's sad when anyone dies, but this was complete fantasy. I ain't paying for an appointment to reminisce. Also, why the fuck was a pediatrician in a surgery?! Dialogue was often stilted and awkward. Noah telling Paige he was clean of stds but they may have made a baby, ugh. How that got past an editor, I don't know. I was annoyed with Noah putting so much blame on the lack of the relationship with his daughter on her. When you make zero effort when she's a child, you can hardly blame her for not confiding in you as a teenager. How embarrassing the way Kate Ann was described...she's introverted, so the townsfolk refuse to be seen talking to her, even for business purposes? They're legit adults going to her house under the cloak of darkness to get their bookkeeping done. I don't want to live in this town. Very bothered by some of the comments by doctors- like Paige telling Jill it was for the best her baby died, comments about rape, or asking a student if she was pregnant in front of the headmaster. (Who then got on his high horse about how irresponsible she was, even though HE had condomless sex, and sexually assaulted a woman. Fuck off, Noah. I do not like you,) I get that, in this story, Julie lied about Peter raping her. But holy fuck, you always support alleged victim first (it's very rare that someone lies about this), and her headmaster and doctor did not have her back. ( and the headmaster was way too candid when questioning students about Julie and Peter- way to get the whole school gossiping, jerk, especially when he acts as though its fact Julie is lying when it's only speculation. And it's only speculation because his girlfriend defends her friend-who by the way IS a rapist, just with a different woman. I CANT STAND THIS REACTION. The dumbass then goes on to say to a board member Julie was allegedly molested. No, she was allegedly raped, and there is a distinct difference between the two. THEN, he goes to the dorms and tells the students, without proof, Peter is innocent. FUCK OFF.) Look, this book was pretty predictable. It was obviously Peter had a thing for Mara. It was obvious Paige was gonna keep that baby and end up with Noah. It was obvious the concert hall would have an emergency. Etc. Buuuuuut, it was an okay enough 50 cent audiobook read for driving to and from work. But a serious shame on you to the author for perpetuating rape culture.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    When Mara is found dead in her car her three partners in a medical practice are left to deal not only with her death but the secrets they come across trying to deal with her death. Paige, Mara best friend, not only finds out she really didn't know her like she thought but now the little girl from India that Mara was adopting shows up. Paige agrees to keep the little girl until another home and family is found. I really enjoyed this book a lot and would like to read more by this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cobygirl517

    Wow. I LOVED this book! I loved the writing, I loved the characters, I loved the premise... Being of similar age, also childless, also suffering from depression, and also in the medical field, this book really hit close to home. I can see my life in parallels to Mara and Paige, and, therefore, this book left a big impression on me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janice Cafarelli

    Paige, Peter, Angie and Mara had a medical practice in Tucker, Vermont. When Mara commits suicide it seems to set off turmoil in everyone's private and professional lives most of which had nothing to do with Mara but her death seems to have made the other 3 come to terms with their own lives and they struggle to find a new "normal" way of life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Suddenly I absolutely loved every page of this book. It showed how we don’t really know our friends or ourselves as well as we think we do; and how opening your mind and your heart can complete your life.... never hold back.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Barnes

    I enjoyed this book. It explored different relationships. The main character learned a lot about her good friend, & herself, after a major event happened suddenly. The story showed Paige’s growth as a person within her relationships after a tragedy. I found it to be a good book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen Holman

    This author wrote about things that are so prevalent in 2019 that it amazes the reader. The creative characters, Vermont setting, and ending lay the ground for more tales by Barbara Delinsky. copy right 1993. 469 pages in paperback

  15. 4 out of 5

    Twobchelm

    A suicide in a small town rocks the people who knew and loved her. As they face reality so many issues come in to play as they work to keep their practice, marriages and friendships whole. A lot going on and some fantasy here and there but an entertaining read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rdbarrett

    Oh my gosh, what a wonderful book. I absolutely loved Paige, Noah,Peter and Angie. Mara has wonderful friends who have been through rough situations, but some how in the end their relationship came out strong. Man if I can meet someone like Noah.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    It has been a long time since I read a Barbara Delinsky novel. I finished "Suddenly" this evening. Story of 4 pediatricians practicing in Tucker, Vermont--3 women and one man. Every one thinks all is fine until one of the doctors commits suicide. This is a very interesting book of survival.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hanson

    was surprised how good it was

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Tanguay

    rural town in Vermont-pediatricians boarding school disaster- decent

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    Oh the twists and turns of life (even in a small town)… good summer read (but with a few "Rated R" sections that were written more like Danielle Steele)…

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Deissler

    Nice story...lots of changes from one event!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judy Morris

    Excellent book. At the end it was a tear jersey. Very well written. Barbara is a very good writer. Love her books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Not bad, a little predictable and cheesy, but I did shed a tear!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Great book that makes you realize that people may not know even those they are closest too as well as they think. Enjoyed the plot and the characters even more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pam Discoe-garwood

    Loved it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was surprised at how complex it was considering it was one of her earlier novels. Reminded me a bit of More Than Friends or Shades of Grace. But I will say that there were far too many sex scenes for my liking. To begin with there were just a couple so I didn't mind so much, but towards the end of the book, I swear, there were two sex scenes in three chapters! I just got fed up with it and wanted to go back to the main plot. Plus some of the descriptions in th I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was surprised at how complex it was considering it was one of her earlier novels. Reminded me a bit of More Than Friends or Shades of Grace. But I will say that there were far too many sex scenes for my liking. To begin with there were just a couple so I didn't mind so much, but towards the end of the book, I swear, there were two sex scenes in three chapters! I just got fed up with it and wanted to go back to the main plot. Plus some of the descriptions in these scenes were so cheesy and awkward - I won't quote here, so you'll have to trust me on that one! I think there were at least five or six scenes in total in this book and some of them could definitely have been cut out, especially when the plot was heating up and then we had to skip back to lovemaking. Her more recent novels are more subtle than this. I will say that I enjoyed reading about how each member of Mara's practice coped in the wake of her death. I didn't like Peter to begin with but he grew on me as the story developed. Angie seemed more distant than the others but I did find myself getting quite engaged in the way that she dealt with her problems. And, of course, Paige, who I wanted to shake sometimes for not seeing the great opportunities that had just been laid right in front of her! One of Delinsky's best skills is creating believable locations, and I really got a feel for Tucker, Vermont, particularly the boarding school where Paige worked as a running coach. I think this location particularly struck me as I live in a town that contains a private boarding school, and it was interesting to listen to this audiobook as I passed our local school on my way in and out of town every day. I guess it just made Tucker and its inhabitants seem more real to me. I like the way that the mystery about Mara's death unfolded, but as with all of Delinsky's novels, the event that occurs at the start fo the book isn't actually what the novel is really about. Mara's death was the catalyst for Paige, Peter and Angie rethinking their lives and making new discoveries and changes. That said, I did enjoy learning about Mara, and looked forwarding to hearing more of her hidden letters. Overall, a very compelling story that was really just let down by the excessive sex scenes, particularly one very tasteless one that probably couldn't be allowed to be included in romance novels written nowadays - it almost seemed like a rape scene, to be honest. An interesting mixture of romance and women's fiction. Not one of Delinsky's best novels, but definitely what I'd consider to be a "standard Delinsky". I'm not sure if I would have appreciated this book so much if I hadn't been introduced to Delinsky first with some of her later novels, as her books from the early 90s are riddled with graphic sex scenes, but I really did enjoy this story. Maybe not the best book to start with, but this is one of my forays into her back-catalogue that I haven't regretted. 3.5*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    In the idyllic little town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a slower pace for everyone. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lives of thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer and her colleagues. However when Mara O'Neill, Paige's medical partner and best friend since college, inexplicably takes her own life, the consequences of that one irrevocable act shatters Paige's peaceful life, and throws the lives of the three other doctors who practiced with her into absolute chaos. For Ang In the idyllic little town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a slower pace for everyone. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lives of thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer and her colleagues. However when Mara O'Neill, Paige's medical partner and best friend since college, inexplicably takes her own life, the consequences of that one irrevocable act shatters Paige's peaceful life, and throws the lives of the three other doctors who practiced with her into absolute chaos. For Angie Bigelow, grieving Mara's death becomes the final straw in the disintegration of her once well-organized - and ostensibly happy - home and marriage. Peter Grace, whose relationship with Mara was much more complicated than he admits publicly, is left with a sense of desolation at her death. He has difficulty coping with his feelings of grief and feels a growing discontentment with life; a feeling which has its roots in his youth. Paige deals with her own feelings of loss and deep sadness by temporarily caring for Mara's newly-adopted baby daughter. As she slowly comes to terms with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in due time, she'll understand why Mara chose to end her life. And that her orderly life will eventually return. What Paige hadn't counted on were the unexpected pleasures that often come with change. In the wake of such a tragedy, Paige never realized that she would ultimately discover true meaning and purpose in her own life; including the touch of a man who offers Paige things she never thought she wanted. But before she can allow herself to fully embrace a future she never imagined, Paige must let go of the past and learn to trust her new found happiness. Overall, I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was a relatively quick read for me, and was very well-written. The story featured a wide variety of well-developed characters, and was written with a true understanding of the complexities of human nature and the intricacies of relationships. This wasn't necessarily my favorite book by Barbara Delinsky, but it certainly was well worth reading anyway. I give Suddenly an A!

  28. 5 out of 5

    MaryAnn

    On the one hand while I was reading this book, Garrison Keillor's description of Lake Wobegone came to mind... This little town that Delinsky sets her story in, which the name of I cannot remember.....'Where all the women are strong and men are good looking and the children are all above average.' What I like about this book and many of books of this genre are the characters and their articulations. Who doesn't have a friend who goes around and around an issue never realizing they have the power On the one hand while I was reading this book, Garrison Keillor's description of Lake Wobegone came to mind... This little town that Delinsky sets her story in, which the name of I cannot remember.....'Where all the women are strong and men are good looking and the children are all above average.' What I like about this book and many of books of this genre are the characters and their articulations. Who doesn't have a friend who goes around and around an issue never realizing they have the power to make a different decision. The fact that these characters are financially well off and well educated may make their problems seem less real but the dynamics are real. We'd like to think that in real life we are not that dense but then again. Another factor about the articulations is even though they are so well done and cogent, the author lets you know that the characters know that thinking clearly is not the only action that needs to happen. Frankly thinking and seeing that clearly is a struggle for me which is why I appreciate the head start this author gives me about personal and other conflicts.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky This book is about a medical practice with 4 doctors in Tucker, VT. They each have and share patients. One is preparing to adopt a baby but one days others learn of her death-sitting in her car in the closed garage. Others try to put the pieces together to solve her death. The baby arrives and Paige steps in but she doesn't want a child. Paige has a sexual mate that teaches at the girls academy. There are so many twists and turns to this book, it's fascinating reading a Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky This book is about a medical practice with 4 doctors in Tucker, VT. They each have and share patients. One is preparing to adopt a baby but one days others learn of her death-sitting in her car in the closed garage. Others try to put the pieces together to solve her death. The baby arrives and Paige steps in but she doesn't want a child. Paige has a sexual mate that teaches at the girls academy. There are so many twists and turns to this book, it's fascinating reading about them all. The other people also have chapters of their own and the troubles they experience with the death, how it not only effects their medical practice but their personal lives. Didn't see this ending happening, wow! I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  30. 5 out of 5

    April

    I had heard great things about this author but I have a feeling I didn't pick up one of her better novels. The plot was an interesting one and held much promise - a friend's surprise suicide and its rippling effects on her friends and family. However, I didn't much like the characters. They are supposed to be professionals but their breaches of personal ethics are terrible! And the story line with the adopted child from India was highly implausible - I can't see a social worker just handing over I had heard great things about this author but I have a feeling I didn't pick up one of her better novels. The plot was an interesting one and held much promise - a friend's surprise suicide and its rippling effects on her friends and family. However, I didn't much like the characters. They are supposed to be professionals but their breaches of personal ethics are terrible! And the story line with the adopted child from India was highly implausible - I can't see a social worker just handing over the child to the good friend of the deceased. Truthfully, I ended up skimming to the end of the book. I might be willing to read something else by this author because she writes well but I did not really like this book.

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