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The underside of joy [text (large print)] / Seré Prince Halverson.

By: Halverson, Seré Prince.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 2013Edition: Large print edition.Description: 355 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444814460 (hbk.); 144481446X (hbk.).Subject(s): Mother and child -- Fiction | Single mothers -- Fiction | Divorced women -- Fiction | Stepchildren -- Fiction | Family secrets -- Fiction | California, Northern -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. | Large type books. | General fiction.DDC classification: 813.6 Online resources: Click here to access online
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Up until now, Ella has counted herself as one of the luckiest women alive: she has a wonderful husband, two animated kids and an extended family who regard her as one of their own. Then the unthinkable happens and her soul mate, Joe, is killed in a tragic accident. She now clings to her children more than ever. But when Joe's ex-wife Paige, 'natural' mother to Annie and Zach, arrives at the funeral, Ella fears the worst. Pushed to the limits of love, Ella must decide who is, after all, the best mother for HER children.
Summary: To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Yet one summer day Joe breaks his own rule-never turn your back on the ocean-and a sleeper wave strikes him down, drowning not only the man but his many secrets. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known and has believed that their biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe's story. "Ella's the best thing that's happened to this family, " say her close-knit Italian-American in-laws, for generations the proprietors of a local market. But their devotion quickly falters when the custody fight between mother and stepmother urgently and powerfully collides with Ella's quest for truth...
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With a wonderful husband, Joe, two animated kids, and an extended family who regard her as one of their own, Ella counts her blessings. Yet when Joe tragically drowns, her life is turned upside down without warning, and she finds that the luck, which she had thought would last forever, has run out.

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Standard print edition originally published: New York: Dutton; London: Harper, 2012.

"What if the only way to keep your children is to let them go?" --Cover.

Up until now, Ella has counted herself as one of the luckiest women alive: she has a wonderful husband, two animated kids and an extended family who regard her as one of their own. Then the unthinkable happens and her soul mate, Joe, is killed in a tragic accident. She now clings to her children more than ever. But when Joe's ex-wife Paige, 'natural' mother to Annie and Zach, arrives at the funeral, Ella fears the worst. Pushed to the limits of love, Ella must decide who is, after all, the best mother for HER children.

To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Yet one summer day Joe breaks his own rule-never turn your back on the ocean-and a sleeper wave strikes him down, drowning not only the man but his many secrets. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known and has believed that their biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe's story. "Ella's the best thing that's happened to this family, " say her close-knit Italian-American in-laws, for generations the proprietors of a local market. But their devotion quickly falters when the custody fight between mother and stepmother urgently and powerfully collides with Ella's quest for truth...

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Library Journal Review

Ella Beene and Joe Capozzi fell into love and a joyful family life so easily that it seems that they had always been together. She and her first husband had split when all their efforts to have a baby failed. Meanwhile, Joe had been reeling from his abandonment by wife Paige, who left him with a three-year-old and an infant. Living in a small town in the California Redwoods, Joe and Ella made a living running the market that had been in the Capozzi family for generations. Three years into their blissful marriage, Joe's shocking death while pursuing his first love, photography, sets in motion the unraveling of all that Ella, her charming stepchildren, and Joe's family hold dear when the unthinkable happens: Paige reenters the picture wanting to claim her children. Ella, reeling from a series of stunning secrets that Joe kept from her, fights tooth and nail against grief, a failing store, and instant poverty to do right by the children who are her world. Verdict Halverson's gloriously down-to-earth novel is so pitch perfect that as readers reluctantly reach the last page, wanting more, they will have to take it on faith that this really is her first fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 7/25/11.]-Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Fleeing a failed marriage, Ella Beene arrives in Elbow, Calif., where she meets Joe and his two children, abandoned four months ago by Paige, who suffered from postpartum depression. After a quick marriage, Ella's new life turns upside down after only three years when Joe drowns, leaving her a business deeply in debt and an ex-wife back in town intent on regaining custody of the children that Ella has come to love. A difficult custody battle results in Paige taking her children to Las Vegas. Ella follows, to be closer to the children, and the two women sustain a heated conflict until a terrible accident involving Zach, the youngest, makes them realize that they each care for these children deeply. Halverson paints a lovely picture of smalltown life and intimate family drama, creating sympathy for Ella, which is easy, but also for Paige, whose own troubled past complicates a figure that would ordinarily be demonized. Nuanced characters and a lack of cliche make for a winning debut. Agent: Weed Literary. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Halverson's debut novel marks her as a strong new voice in women's fiction. Three years after the death of her husband, young widow Ella Beene looks back at the joy of her early married life with the recognition that the most genuine happiness cannot be so pure, so deep, or so blind. What she has failed to see is that Joe might not have been completely honest about what went wrong with his first marriage. As the loving stepmother to his two children, Ella suddenly finds herself vulnerable to a custody suit from their mother, Paige. In addition, the Italian grocery business that Joe's family has run for decades in the quaint town of Elbow, California, is about to go under, and Ella must find a way to make a living. Halverson tells a complex story in agile prose, but her tale is awash in a full-throated emotionalism that aligns her more with Elizabeth Berg than the more nuanced Anita Shreve. Because of its focus on the meaning of family, this would make an excellent book-club choice.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2010 Booklist

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