April McGowan loves to write healing fiction. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, reading down her book list, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she’s on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.
Macyby April McGowan
Macy longed for independence her whole life. Maybe marrying Arthur to escape her home hadn't been the best plan, but it seemed good enough at the time. Now, pregnant and abandoned in a diner far from anyone she knows, Macy must start life all over again. Relying on the mercy of the diner's owners, she begins to put things back together
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Macy longed for independence her whole life. Maybe marrying Arthur to escape her home hadn't been the best plan, but it seemed good enough at the time. Now, pregnant and abandoned in a diner far from anyone she knows, Macy must start life all over again. Relying on the mercy of the diner's owners, she begins to put things back together. Macy must make her own decisions for the first time in her adult life--but it isn't all it's cracked up to be. And with the too-alluring Toby at her side instead of her husband, she's discovering those decisions harder to make than ever. All too soon the illusion of freedom comes crashing down when she realizes her family back home might lose everything if she doesn't return. She'd married Arthur to get away from those responsibilities, so how can she face ending up where she started? With her grandmother's lessons on faith coming to mind again for the first time in years, Macy has to learn what freedom really is...and which road will lead her to where she ought to have been all along.
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Macy Macy, penned by April McGowan, is more than a page turner. I literally felt compelled to keep reading and couldn't put it aside until I finished. The story, written in first person, drew me into the heroine's world, kept me rooting for her, and sent my emotions on a roller coaster ride. Red headed, green-eyed Macy Stone marries her middle aged husband, Arthur, at sixteen and travels with him in his long-haul truck for seven years. Living out of a suitcase and eating on the road sounds fun at first but eventually loses its charm. Though Arthur is emotionally abusive, she remains with him, caring for his every need—including acting as his navigator. The days pass, not happily, but at the same time they aren't intolerable. That is until Macy finds out she's pregnant. Secret after secret unravels before her, adding to her pain and burden. But along her journey, she learns about God. How He provides His loving and caring people to make a difference in lives, especially Macy's. Macy is an exquisite, intense story of forgiveness, healing, and learning to listen to God, a life changing experience. April's first book, Jasmine, has been nominated for a Carol award. I would suggest this one is a candidate as well.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! No wonder Macy was nominated for an ACFW Carol Award as best in Christian Women’s Fiction. Not often am I wowed by a book, but this one honestly deserves the accolades it’s been receiving. Author April McGowan got right into the head of a young woman, pregnant and abandoned by her husband. I knew the feelings showed by the character to be true because I was once a young pregnant woman with no husband to help me. So Macy swept me along with the grittiness of real life, but with such tenderness, and frequent glimpses of hope, joy, and loveliness on the horizon. Your heart hangs on every page as young twenty-something Macy discovers she can stand on her own two feet, especially as she uncovers old family secrets, how she remains firm against the temptation to forget her marriage vows and run off with a new love. We root for her as she does the right thing, and how she struggles in her growing faith. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys authentic Christian fiction with great depth and yet is also beautifully entertaining. A few of my favorite lines: “How ironic. I’d finally found a true friend after waiting nearly my whole life, and now I might have to start avoiding him.” “My apartment shifted around me, warped and warbled like looking at the world through the bottom of a canning jar.” “She put the plate before me, and I watched as the buttery potatoes were engulfed by the volcano of veggie and meat goodness swirling and melting the sides of the fluffy mounds.”
April McGowan’s second novel is outstanding – she has definitely outdone herself in Macy! And she has written another drama that gives glory to God and uses the talents He has given her to show us His grace in even hard circumstances. With outstanding prose and realistic conversations, April writes with excellence and compassion. What a stunningly terrible nightmare Macy has become aware of, that what she believed about her life and marriage doesn’t begin to resemble the reality. After seven years of marriage to Arthur, Macy was abandoned at a truck stop restaurant because she was pregnant, in spite of their agreement to not have children in their long-haul semi-truck driving lifestyle. The pregnancy was a surprise, but she chose to keep that precious life that was growing inside of her. Since her father’s death, Macy’s mother relied on her to raise her brother and sisters until Arthur swept her away into a marriage that she thought would be a great love story and adventure when she was still in high school. And now, if Macy didn’t give up her child and return to her husband, her mother would lose the store and auto shop that she inherited when Macy’s father passed away, thereby losing also the home that her younger sisters and brother had. Macy wanted to protect her family. But to save them, could she return? Would the Lord want her to return to husband or family? Macy began to try to pray as her beloved grandma had, and she began to remember the things she taught her. Could hear her grandma’s words as clear as if she were there with her. What Macy reminds me of is a question from a beloved Bible teacher – is the Lord more concerned with our happiness or our holiness? What does He want us to do in our given situation? The details and intricacies of Macy’s marriage and her family were not ones that could be understood by outsiders. I am impressed with the depth of relationships, family secrets, and overall, God’s grace and mercy. I would give highest recommendation to this book for adults of any age. Those who are in abusive marriages or family situations and those who are aware of their situations should especially read this, as well as professional and lay Christian counselors. It is an eye-opener to those of us who are on the outside of spousal abuse situations, and demonstrates what God can do in the lives of those who are willing to be obedient to Him. And I also hasten to say this, those who are in danger need to seek God’s direction – as every situation, every level of abuse has its own challenges. I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
April McGowan is a gifted writer with the ability to transport her readers into the life of her main character. It's rare that I read a novel that inspires such deep emotion and allows me to "live" the story to such an extent as Ms. McGowan's books do. Macy is a moving tale of deception and abandonment. I was constantly guessing at the direction the storyline would take, and I was never disappointed by the unexpected twists and turns. If you're looking for contemporary fiction that deals with the themes of abuse and healing, Macy is a wonderful novel. If you're just looking for well-developed characters, an engaging plot, and skilled writing, you've also come to the right place. If you've finished Macy and you need another book to read, I suggest April McGowan's first novel Jasmine. Personally, I can't wait for her next book.