Accidental Happiness

  • by Jean Reynolds Page
  • Narrated by Staci Snell
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After her husband Ben's tragic death at the age of 36, Gina Melrose becomes a "live-aboard" on his boat. Docked at a South Carolina marina, a grieving Gina settles into a strange, temporary, borrowed existence. But this stillness is dramatically shattered late one night when Ben's ex-wife, Reese, disrupts Gina's world of quiet isolation. With Reese, once described by Ben as "a wild child", comes her daughter: an enigmatic little girl called Angel. After a horrendous start, Gina realizes that, strange as it may seem, she's drawn to both Reese and Angel. As both pain and joy re-enter her world for the first time since Ben's death, Gina takes tentative steps towards the land of the living. This tender, poignant novel movingly explores the resilience of hope and the meaning of family.


What the Critics Say

"Jean Reynolds Page can spin one heck of a tale." (Boston Globe)
"Page's tale is filled with genuine and sympathetic characters who make the reader feel vested in the outcome of the story." (Booklist)
"Smoothly written....Page steps easily into the shoes of her appealingly flawed characters as she weaves a convincing web of unconventional family relationships." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Superficial overall, The author seems to have
little or no knowledge of the subjects she includes in this book. She tackled too many serious subjects superficially. Not even worth willing suspension of disbelief

The treatment of Grief, Loss, Mental Illness were devoid of any gritty reality. A mentally ill person spends a few nights in a hospital and gets medicine to make her "all better" PulEEZE

Then suddenly the story was tied up in one big happy bow. But without feeling the despair the happiness was meaningless.

If anyone has seen "A very Brady Christmas"
The vapid ending rivals that, and I didn't think anything could.

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- Betty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape