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Publisher's Summary

Three women wake up to the consequences of one impulsive pact in an insightful novel about friendship, love, and fulfillment by Wall Street Journal best-selling author Jamie Beck.

While at a casino to celebrate her birthday, Jess Clarke proposes a pact to her reserved sister, Liz, and their childhood friend Chloe: the three women will say yes to any adventure that comes their way. Jess is mourning her recent divorce, so the other two reluctantly agree. Twelve hours later, they awaken to the shocking consequences of their behavior.

A viral video throws Liz’s career and reputation into question. A major loss at the craps table rocks the foundation of Chloe’s staid marriage. And Jess’s desperate bid to unblock her artistic creativity results in a life-changing choice. Staring down the crossroads, each woman finds her relationships - with herself, with each other, and with loves both old and new - tested. At every turn, they struggle not to let fear decide their fates. Will they give in, or will their misadventures lead to the greatest fulfillment of all?

©2021 by Write Ideas, LLC. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Narrators Amanda Ronconi, Emily Woo Zeller, and Sarah Mollo-Christensen's narrations complement each other and make the shifts in point of view from chapter to chapter smooth and unobtrusive. Ronconi portrays recently divorced and adventurous Jess in a perky voice. Zeller gives TV celebrity Liz a low voice and slower pace that lend her a more serious air. Especially interesting is Mollo-Christensen's portrayal of Chloe, a wife who is experiencing an ever shrinking role in her marriage. Using an up-and-down intonation and a whispery timbre, Mollo-Christensen captures Chloe's increasing confidence and determination to get her life back.” (AudioFile Magazine)

“Beautifully moving, masterful storytelling that weaves the nuances of relationships and finding yourself while facing the intricacies of life-changing decisions and their consequences.” (Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today best-selling author) 

“Jamie Beck has moved from a heavy-hitter in romance to a sure-thing in women’s fiction, and The Happy Accidents shows why she can do both. In this novel, three old friends make a pact that changes everything...and may just be the best decisions they ever made. You won’t regret your decision to one-click this book.” (Liz Talley, USA Today best-selling author) 

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Nice story about complexities of life balances

I enjoyed the story and the message about the importance of going after one’s own happiness, and creating better life balances. The narration was good, but I was disappointed that Sarah Mallo-Christensen was one of the three voices. I have always hated her affectations and her forced breathiness and over-enunciations. Because of her voice, I had trouble liking the character she portrayed. This narrator reminds me of a radio DJ I worked with in high school that was over-the-top with her radio voice. Ugh! Natural speaking voices are the way to go!

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Overcoming bad choices

It was enjoyable and fun to listen to! I recommend reading or listening to it!

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Delightful

I didn’t think I’d like a book about two rich sisters and their stay at home Mom friend. But it was delightful. I really enjoyed the book and the narrator.

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Good start but then gets long and boring.

(Spoiler alert) The beginning of the story was great - these three women each get into a bit of predicament, and keeps you wondering how they will work through it. But the last two thirds of the book consists of no more than each of them mulling over their life’s dilemmas. It felt like listening to someone’s boring problems that they just won’t stop complaining about. I couldn’t wait until it was over and they each (surprise!) made the right choices and live happily ever after. Yawn.

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Good story but….

I really liked the story but the narrators drove me crazy! Who chose them? Grating voices, rising and falling in weird places and awful monotone at times. I almost couldn’t finish it.

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amazing! Jamie is my favorite. I loved reading about these sisters and friends. Thus story shows how curve balls can slam us and we get to make better choices. The performance was also very good you could always tell who was talking.

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This book is long And somewhat boring . Some areas are over thought And explored and in such great depth It's mine boggling.

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I loved these women!

Even though my life followed Chloe's more than the other two, I could still relate to all three women in some way. I loved the theme that even when you think the worst thing has happened, it can actually be an opportunity for growth and opportunities you wouldn't have had otherwise.

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Chloe, Liz and Jess

They each went through transitions in their lives. Liz had a career mishap, Chloe decided to go back to work now that her kids are grown and Jess got accidentally pregnant by a one night stand who turned out to be a jerk. They all had to stand up for themselves.

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Boring story

This book was a bit of a bore and the narration did not make it better. I really, really did not enjoy the narrator for Chloe. I only finished because I have an issue with not finishing things. I am so sorry, I really don't like leaving bad reviews.

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  • 10-22-21

Poor writing, partly irritating performance

Poor writing. Only managed to finish listening because sick in bed and little better to do.

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  • 10-15-21

Good re!axing read

Loved it different but good nice and relaxing sun lounger read sweet ending so unpredictable