Coincidence: A Novel (Paperback)

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This book is GOOD.  It's a fast paced read about Azalea Lewis and her struggle to find out why she has so many uncanny coincidences surrounding her life.

On Midsummer's Day, 1982, three year-old Azalea is found wandering a fairground in England alone.  Nobody knows why she is alone or what happened to her parents.  A nice couple adopts Azalea and takes her to their mission school in Uganda. 

On  Midsummer's day 1992, her new parents are killed by the LRA tyrant Joseph Kony.  Azalea survives the attack and is adopted yet again by a loving family who takes her home to England.

Azalea's life is full of coincidences.  Lots of super unexplainable coincidences that have lead her to believe that she is going to die on the Midsummer's day of her thirtieth birthday.  

— From Stephanie


What determines the course of our lives? Chance . . . or destiny?

On Midsummer's Day, 1982, three-year-old Azalea Ives is found alone at a seaside fairground.

One year later, her mother's body washes up on a beach—her link to Azalea unnoticed.

On Midsummer's Day, 1992, her adoptive parents are killed in a Ugandan rebel uprising; Azalea is narrowly rescued by a figure from her past.

Terrified that she, too, will meet her fate on Midsummer's Day, Azalea approaches Thomas Post, an expert in debunking coincidences. Azalea's past, he insists, is random—but as Midsummer's Day approaches, he worries that she may bring fate upon herself.

About the Author

J. W. Ironmonger was born and raised in East Africa. This is his first novel published in the United States. He lives in rural Shropshire, England, with his wife, Sue.

Praise For…

“Playful, inventive, and fast-paced, COINCIDENCE sweeps you up and carries you along. . . The droll, sharp-witted narrator spins this tale with the lightest of touches, all the way to its perfect ending. I adored this book.”
Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN

“In COINCIDENCE, J.W. Ironmonger takes the reader on an amazing journey. . . Read this brainy, delightful novel.”
Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY

“A haunting, lyrical meditation on how fates are woven together, for better or worse.”

“Ironmonger spins another nimble tale. . . It’s a feat of cleverness. . . A fast, captivating read.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A heady, seductive novel. . . Ironmonger does a masterful job of folding the stories together. . . He ties his complicated plot elements together brilliantly, leaving the reader entirely satisfied with all outcomes. A compelling story.”
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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062309891
ISBN-10: 0062309897
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: P.S.

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