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             ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS           
              JEAN REYNOLDS PAGE

This is the story of two women who loved the same man.  After her husband, Ben, dies in an accident, Gina Melrose decides to live on his boat that is docked at a marina in South Carolina.  Also with her on the boat is Georgie, a miniature schnauzer, who was given to her because the owner was old and had to give the dog up.  Georgie had now become Gina's alarm system and closest companion.

All of a sudden Gina heard footsteps.  Georgie's ears perked up.  Gina reached for her pistol.  Gina doesn't recall pointing the gun but the sound of the explosive pop played over and over in her head.  Everything seemed to happen all at once and Gina realized it was Reese, her husband's ex-wife.  Gina then realized she had shot Reese's little girl, Angel. 

While Angel recuperates, she and Reese move in with Gina.  Even though Gina and Reese do not get off to a very good start, they start to develop a bond with each other.  Gina decided she did not want any children due to the painful loss of her sister during childhood.  However, her life starts to change with her relationship with Angel.  Could this little girl be Ben's daughter?

How do Angel and Reese change Gina's life? 

This is a compelling book that contains several secrets.  The author, Jean Reynolds Page, has done an excellent job with characterization.  This book has all the ingredients that make it an interesting read - an intriguing plot, strong characters and a storyline that is very moving!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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