Thursday, September 12, 2013

Maggie's Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten and a Giveaway!

Sometimes you just have to walk away…
to rediscover who you are.

Maggie Harrison is a devoted wife and mother, always putting the needs of her family ahead of her own. Then, one day, without planning to, she drives away, leaving behind an indifferent husband and two sulking teenagers. Maggie goes off on a quest of self-exploration, enjoying adventures, meeting new people, and rediscovering her passions. For the first time in years, she dreams about what she wants out of life, and she realizes that her deteriorating marriage can no longer continue as it is. Can she and Andrew repair their floundering relationship, or is their marriage over?

Andrew Harrison likes his life to be in perfect order. He enjoys his work and status in the community, leaving Maggie to take care of everything at home. He knows his marriage isn't perfect, but after twenty-three years and two kids, whose marriage is? When Maggie leaves without a word, he is forced to start paying more attention to his home life and his almost grown children, and he begins to do a little self-exploration of his own. Slowly, he begins to understand what drove Maggie away, and how important she is in his life. Is it too late to resolve their differences and save their marriage? Or will Andrew lose Maggie forever? ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Maggie's Turn ~~

Love, love, love this book! I have now read 3 of Deanna's books and I think she just keeps getting better and better! I saved Maggie's Turn so that I could read and savor it while I was on vacation, I knew it would be that good. What a wonderful way to spend my time!

Maggie's Turn spoke to me on so many levels. First of all, there's Maggie, as a wife and mother, going through the motions, feeling unfulfilled. Seriously, haven't all of us wives and mothers out there - 'been there, done that'? So I admired (and envied a little bit) the strength and courage of Maggie to just go!

"Lately, she felt overwhelmed by it all - home, work, Andrew, and the kids, There never seemed to be a break in everyone's needs and wants."
"She had no reason to leave him. As far as he was concerned, her life was perfect."
Spoken like a man, albeit a clueless man!
"And I lost me."
I loved that she had the strength to realize that she was lost and the courage to go out and 'find' herself. I loved experiencing what she went through to realize her self-worth and to gain her self-esteem.

Another connection I had to the storyline was the fact that as Maggie is leaving her home and family, she drives through South Dakota on her way west. And she spends a few days in Deadwood. I was reading Maggie's Turn as I was traveling across SD, and you guessed it, on my way to Deadwood. I loved that connection!

And.... Maggie ends up buying a Mustang. Guess what? I have a 65 Mustang sitting in my garage! (Needs work, waiting on hubby, *insert sad face here*) I went down that road too; driving kids around, in a van, when what I really wanted was a sports car.

Anyway, as I said, I loved Maggie's Turn and I am loving anything that Deanna's writes. She is definitely one of my 'must read' authors - her stories are always so wonderful!

About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten writes women's fiction and romance novels that dig deeply into the lives of the characters, giving the reader an in-depth look into their hearts and souls. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna's romance novel, Memories, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012. Her novel, Sara's Promise, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2013 and a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

Connect with Deanna

Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

Purchase Maggie's Turn

Deanna is having a sale on September 26th. 
Maggie's Turn will be $.99 on Amazon that day! 
You really need to go get it! You already know I loved it!!   

Amazon Paperback | Amazon Kindle | CreateSpace


Deanna has very generously donated a paperback copy of Maggie's Turn for my giveaway. The paperback copy will go to someone in the US. I am also giving away a Kindle copy of the book to one person outside of the US. So that makes this giveaway INTERNATIONAL! 

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  1. Susan, thank you so much for this lovely review of Maggie's Turn. You captured the essence of the story - heartwarming and fun! So, tell me, when you were in Deadwood did you watch Wild Bill get shot? LOL

    1. Not this time - we have in the past. It's fun! And I loved that whole South Dakota part.

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the great story!

    2. good review Susan! Maggie's Turn sounds wonderful.

  2. Great review Susan! I have only read Outlaw Heroes by Deanna, but I loved that book. I think I'm going to have to read this one. I love the Book Bag and best of luck to Deanna.

    Paul R. Hewlett

    1. Thanks Paul! It's good to hear from you. I am so glad you stopped by.

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by, Paul. You are always so very supportive.

  4. I really enjoyed the review. This book sounds like a great read, and I'd love to find out the rest of the story. It will go on my TBR list. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. I hope I get the chance to read the rest. :) Thanks for the review.

  6. I would love to read this book! It sounds a lot like me several years ago. I did lose me, was stuck in a dead-end marriage, and so I left--just walked away--but I took my kids with me. I am so happy that I did leave, because I am on the way to finding "ME" again!

  7. Enjoyed the review and love the cover. It reminds me of great fall days here in the south! Thanks for the great giveaway and I know I will read this one!!

  8. Awesome review susan i would like to try the book :) and thanks for the giveaway :D


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