When it's springtime in New England, the most Lake Henry residents should have to worry about is the maple syrup harvest. But one of their own is revealed as an alleged murderer in Barbara Delinsky's powerful domestic drama, An Accidental Woman (Simon ∧ Schuster, $25, 371 pages, ISBN 0743204700). Poppy Blake refuses to accept her friend Heather's guilt and worse, Griffin Hughes' role in exposing her. With the surety of the change in seasons, Poppy's frozen-in-time emotions thaw as she struggles to overcome her limitations to save Heather. Just as the stark landscape of New England gives way to budding spring, Griffin taps into Poppy's potential for the sweet blush of love. An engrossing story from one of women's fiction's true masters.

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