An Accidental Woman

Version: Abridged
Author: Barbara Delinsky
Narrator: Jennifer Wiltsie
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: July 2002
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky returns to the town of Lake Henry, New Hampshire, with an unforgettable story that explores the ways in which we limit our own chances for happiness -- and the accidents of fate that can set us free.

Heather Malone has made her home in Lake Henry for the last fourteen years. Known for her kind, gentle nature, she lives with Micah Smith, a widower, and his two young daughters. When the FBI takes her into custody, purportedly for murder, the local reaction is stunned disbelief. Yet, those closest to her realize that they have learned little about her earlier life.

Poppy Blake is confined to a wheelchair, the result of a snowmobile accident nearly a dozen years prior that left her a paraplegic and killed her male companion. Since then, she has worked hard to rebuild her life. Her guilt over past mistakes prevents her from pursuing a future.

Writer Griffin Hughes originally traveled to Lake Henry to investigate a national news story involving Lily Blake, Poppy's older sister. It is his chance comment to his brother -- an FBI agent -- that leads the law to Heather. To redeem himself Griffin is compelled to solve the mystery of Heather's past.

Set during the maple syrup harvesting season, when the harshness of winter yields to the sweet promise of spring, An Accidental Woman celebrates the values of community, friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

Reviews (12)

An Accidental Woman

Written by Anonymous on November 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have no idea why I rented this book as I do not care for generic romance novels. This book is poorly written and the reader should not have even tried a New Hampshire accent (which comes and goes). I couldn't finish it.

An Accidental Woman

Written by Amy Hoskins on May 13th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Very little character development, highly predictable plot, lots of circumstances that are used as a crutch to support the weak story line - B. Delinsky had a free weekend - "Hey, I'll write a book"

An Accidental Woman

Written by Marlene Alhandy on April 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was a solid read with the exception that the author expects us to believe that a couple could live together for years without the slightest mention of the past. Perhaps a couple could ignore past romantic details but could they really share a home for several years, could the man who had two children when they met - live in the same house and allow her to care for his two young children without asking; where did she come from? did she have family? what the weather might be like? Odd premise but slightly interesting.

Accidental Woman

Written by Elaine Maher from Houston, TX on September 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent story. Kept me wanting to listen from the "get go". Great characters...especially Poppy. Wish I knew what she looked like.

Accidental Woman

Written by Suzanne Robinshaw from Methuen, MA on March 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved this book! Poppy was really an interesting character and I loved hearing about her life and how she got along after her accident. Good easy read with a wonderful reader-she was fun to listen to. The only thing I didn't like was that it didn't come in an unabridged version, I always feel like I am missing too many details in abridged versions. I will definitely read more by this author- great story!

Accidental woman

Written by MV from Chicago, IL on February 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought this was a delightful easy listen - entertaining and well-read.


Written by DLCT on September 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Although this book will never be listed as a literaure classic anywhere, it was amusing and kept my mind off my drive. Fairly predictable and weak on character motivation, it's not compelling enough to make one sit in the car listening to the end of a chapter... If you like popular, modern day romances with a tinge of mystery, you'll like this. It's a basic girl meets boy and overcomes adversity to be together tale with a few not-too-original twists.


Written by Nicole Orlando from Danbury, CT on April 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good story- a little hard to follow at times but a nice story.

Accidental Women

Written by Anonymous on February 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. The end was rather predictable. But this was a very good story.

Accidental Woman

Written by Anonymous on November 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I thought the characters were a bit stuffy and predictable.

Author Details

Author Details

Delinsky, Barbara

"Personal bios are really hard to write for those of us who make a living dramatizing bios for pretend people. Anything I write about me feels totally boring. But it is what it is. So here goes.

I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother's death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined). I earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. The motivation behind the M.A. was sheer greed. My husband was just starting law school. We needed the money.

Oh. Oh. Back up. You'll love this. When I was in high school, I was kicked out of Honors English because I couldn't keep up! No, I never did go back to gloat. The truth is that though I came from a family of lawyers and never dreamed of publishing books, I did learn the basics of writing in high school, and, yeah, that skill has come in handy, too.

Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald. I did the newspaper work after my first son was born. Since I was heavily into taking pictures of him, I worked for the paper to support that habit. Initially, I wrote only in a secondary capacity, to provide copy for the pictures I took. In time, I realized that I was better at writing than photography. I used both skills doing volunteer work for hospital groups, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and on the MGH's Women's Cancer Advisory Board.

I became an actual writer by fluke. My twins were four when, by chance, I happened on a newspaper article profiling three female writers. Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book - and it sold.

My niche? I write about the emotional crises that we face in our lives. Readers identify with my characters. They know them. They are them. I'm an everyday woman writing about everyday people facing not-so-everyday challenges.

My novels are character-driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship, and I've been blessed in having readers who buy them eagerly enough to put them on the major bestseller lists. My newest hardcover, Family Tree, is out in February, 2007. My next, The Secret Between Us, will be released in 2008. God willing, there'll be another in 2009 and another in 2010.

2010? Yikes. I didn't think I'd live that long. I thought I'd die of breast cancer back in the twentieth century, like my mom. But I didn't. I was diagnosed twelve years ago, had surgery and treatment, and here I am, stronger than ever and loving having authored yet another book, this one the non-fiction Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. First published in 2001, Uplift is a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes that I compiled with the help of 350 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends. These survivors just ... blew me away! They gave me the book that I wish I'd had way back when I was diagnosed. There is no medical information here, nothing frightening, simply practical advice from friends who've had breast cancer. The 5th Anniversary Volume of Uplift is now in print. And the money I've made on the book? Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Wow. Does it get any better than that?"