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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061876925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061876929
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,659,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rosalind and the children are remarkably portrayed.” (Publishers Weekly)

From the Back Cover

From the author of The Space Between Before and After comes a compelling novel that explores the true meaning of family.

When Roy Vines married his wife, Rosalind, he traded his family and his inheritance for love—a painful choice that has blessed them with years of joy nestled in rural North Carolina with their beautiful daughters, sixteen-year-old Lola and little Janie Ray.

But their happiness is threatened when Rosalind suddenly falls ill. Desperate to get her the help she needs, Roy does the one thing he swore he'd never do—turn to his heartless and bitter identical twin brother, Mont, for help.

The price is steep—and includes opening their home to a teenage boy who believes Roy is the father who abandoned him. As bad blood threatens to destroy her family, Rosalind must make a difficult choice. Should she walk away—like Roy once did—for love, or try to mend wounds that may never be healed? And will the pain of choosing be more than her heart can bear?


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Jean Reynolds Page is the author of Leaving Before It's Over, 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 worked as an arts publicist in New York City for over a decade. After leaving New York, she reviewed dance performances for numerous publications before turning full time to fiction in 2001. In addition to North Carolina and New York, she has lived in Boston, Dallas, and Seattle. She lives with her husband and three children in the Madison, WI, area.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Crafty Angel on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Leaving Before It's Over is a sweet, gentle, heartwarming novel that shows us how our choices in life--good or bad--affect others in ways we can't predict.

Roy Vines and his family are managing a content life in a small time when his wife is struck down by a serious illness. With a new interstate diverting traffic away from the town and his business, Roy must do the unthinkable--go to his estranged parents and brother and ask for money to save his wife's life.

The catch--a 17 yr old boy who thinks that Roy is his father is being raised by his family. They are willing to give him the money only if he takes the boy with him.

Reading this book was like being wrapped in a warm blanket. For the most part, the characters are kind, honorable and true to themselves. They help their neighbors, reach out to those in trouble, and make room in their home and hearts for a boy that seemingly no one wants.

The end was not as satisfying as it could have been, and I truly hope the author writes a sequel.

The language and a few situations make this book appropriate for grades 9th and up. Leaving Before It's Over is a sweet, gentle, heartwarming novel that shows us how our choices in life--good or bad--affect others in ways we can't predict.

Roy Vines and his family are managing a content life in a small time when his wife is struck down by a serious illness. With a new interstate diverting traffic away from the town and his business, Roy must do the unthinkable--go to his estranged parents and brother and ask for money to save his wife's life.

The catch--a 17 yr old boy who thinks that Roy is his father is being raised by his family. They are willing to give him the money only if he takes the boy with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KCK Blogger on June 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book by Jean Reynolds Page is about family relationships. Roy Vines married Rosalind against his family's wishes, thus he severed his ties with them. He lived a simple, normal family life with daughters Lola and Janie Ray until Rosalind got diagnosed with a serious illness. Now he decided to go back to his family to ask for some money to help with the medical expenses. Lola and Janie Ray have always thought that they don't have any living paternal relatives.
Is it the right decision? What would his politically ambitious twin Mont ask in return for some money? What about his parents? Will his return stir up some family secrets?
The author will keep you reading to the end which leave us a little bit hanging. Otherwise, it is a good, clean book about family, appropriate for young readers as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Over the objection of his wealthy family, Roy Vines married his second wife Rosalind. He cut off all ties to his family and he and Rosalind had two children who had never met their paternal grandparents, their father's twin Uncle Mont or their step-brother Luke.

When his beloved wife becomes ill, Roy returns home to beg for money to save her life. He has no choice but to take college freshman Luke, who believes Roy abandoned him and his late mother, with him for the summer. Luke hates his father and Rosalind as he believes she caused him to desert his first wife and son. However, that summer Luke begins to learn the truth is much more complicated than his belief though he wonders if he will ever learn the entire truth.

This is an intriguing entertaining family drama that at times turns into a soap opera. The Vines are a fascinating brood especially the twins whose DNA is statistically identical yet are so different. However, the key to the tale is Luke as a confused teen finding he enjoys living in the loving household run by Roy and Rosalind. Fans will appreciate this solid contemporary climaxing with the twins confronting one another.

Harriet Klausner
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Goodreads Description- When Roy Vines married his wife, Rosalind, he traded his family and his inheritance for love--a painful choice that has blessed them with years of joy nestled in rural North Carolina with their beautiful daughters, sixteen-year-old Lola and little Janie Ray.

But their happiness is threatened when Rosalind suddenly falls ill. Desperate to get her the help she needs, Roy does the one thing he swore he'd never do--turn to his heartless and bitter identical twin brother, Mont, for help.

The price is steep--and includes opening their home to a teenage boy who believes Roy is the father who abandoned him. As bad blood threatens to destroy her family, Rosalind must make a difficult choice. Should she walk away--like Roy once did--for love, or try to mend wounds that may never be healed? And will the pain of choosing be more than her heart can bear?

I was a little worried when I picked up this book when I saw that many of the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon were low. But this book goes to show you just how different people can perceive and react to the same book with such strong differing opinions. In my case, I am glad that I ignored the negative reviews and gave it a shot. Once I was off I could not put this book down!

The story starts off a little confusing with Roy, the husband, father, and one of the main characters, has left home. Rosalind, his wife, doesn't seem worried that he is gone but Lola, his sixteen year old daughter senses trouble and thinks he has left for good. I would say that the beginning is the weakest part of the story because is leaves the reader really confused because the author doesn't reveal why Roy has left until a few chapters into the book.
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