Review: Leaving Before It’s Over by Jean Reynolds Page

September 22, 2010 Harper Collins Publishers, Review 3

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A (August 10, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0061876925
  • Source: Publisher
  • Roy Vines and his wife Rosalind, like the rest of the residents of the rural North Carolina town in which they lived, have hit upon rough times. Rosalind is experiencing health problems and they don’t have the money to seek the medical help she needs.  Roy is forced to ask his family for help, the same family that disowned him when he married Rosalind. He’s must do something he never wanted to do, ask his twin brother Mont for money.

    Mont agrees to help his brother but not without a catch: Roy must open his home to Lucas, a seventeen-year-old boy raised believing that Roy was his father and had abandoned him and his late mother. Rosalind is torn; her declining health is forcing them into a situation that is reopening old family wounds.

    Luke resents his “father” initially, but the kindness that Roy and Rosalind, and their two daughters Lola and Janie Ray, show Luke soon puts a damper on the burning hate. Luke begins to realize that nothing is really as it seems and wonders if he will ever know the truth.

    LEAVING BEFORE IT’S OVER  is a heartwarming family drama.  The characters, most living in a small, close-knit town, will stop at nothing to help those around them.  All of the characters, not only Luke, go through a bit of self-discovery and actualization. Despite all the family drama, this book is quite the comforting read. The Vine family exudes love for one another, despite all the obstacles they are forced to face.  The meaning of family is clearly apparent in this family. 

    I highly recommend reading LEAVING BEFORE IT’S OVER.  It’s a short, quick read, the perfect book to warm your heart on a cool fall day.

    About the author:

    Jean Reynolds Page is the author of The Last Summer of Her Other Life, The Space Between Before and After, A Blessed Event, and Accidental Happiness. She grew up in North Carolina and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a dance critic for more than ten years before turning full-time to fiction in 2001. In addition to North Carolina, she has lived in New York, Boston, Dallas, and Seattle. She and her family recently moved to Madison, Wisconsin.

    Find out more about Jean Reynolds Page and her books at her website.

    Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to read this book.  Be sure to check out the other blogs that participated in this tour:

    Monday, August 23rd: Books in the City

    Wednesday, August 25th: Scraps of Life

    Tuesday, August 31st: Rundpinne

    Thursday, September 2nd: Colloquium

    Friday, September 3rd: Reading at the Beach

    Tuesday, September 7th: Lisa’s Yarns

    Thursday, September 9th: Shhh I’m Reading

    Monday, September 13th: Café of Dreams

    Tuesday, September 14th: Bookstack

    Wednesday, September 15th: Book Club Classics!

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    3 Responses to “Review: Leaving Before It’s Over by Jean Reynolds Page”

    1. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours
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      This book certainly touches on some of the complexities of family but it sounds like it does so in a way that doesn’t make you completely depressed – that’s a great thing! Thanks for being on the tour – I’m glad you enjoyed this one. :)