Maggie's Journey

Maggie's Journey

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by Lena Nelson Dooley

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On her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she’s adopted.

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On her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she’s adopted.

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McKenna's Daughters , #1
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Maggie's Journey 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
DebbieLynneCostello More than 1 year ago
Maggie's Journey isn't your typical romance. The title does the book justice. This is about the journey Maggie takes and what she learns as she travels it. It's a sweet story of misunderstandings, pride and forgiveness. This was extra fun for me because I have family who live in the Seattle area on the Puget Sound and have visited them. I loved reading about the area. Ms. Dooley does a beautiful job in digging deep into her characters to bring them alive. She not only fleshes out the hero and heroine, but also the secondary characters. I feel in love with the heroine's father. If you're looking for a book with strong spiritual threads without preachy words this book is for you. Lena Nelson Dooley has mastered the art of getting the truths of the bible out without making you feel you just sat through the longest sermon of your life.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Maggie’s Journey by Lena Nelson Dooley McKenna's Daughters Series Book 1 Margaret Lenora Caine remembers better times, times when her Mother loved her. These days it was like she wanted to mold Maggie into someone else. She also was against Maggie using her talents as a dress designer. Her grandmother Agatha designed dresses and Maggie longed to visit her and learn more. After her eighteenth birthday she was finally allowed to go from Seattle to Little Rock, Arkansas along with her Aunt Georgia and her fathers partner, Charles Stanton. A young man Maggie had grown up with and hoped one day to marry. By the time of her travels though Maggie had found something her parents had hidden from her, she was adopted. And on the trip she realized that maybe Charles was not the man for her either. Maggie no longer knew who she was. Florence Caine had become a bitter woman. She held dark secrets in her heart from the night of Maggie's birth. When Maggie left for Little Rock, Florence realized how shabbily she treated her precious gift and added more guilt in her life. Her husband Joshua set out to remind her what life use to be like and how much in love they were. Charles Stanton had just became partners with Joshua. Combining their two businesses. And he was now headed on an adventure with two lovely women. Life was good. This is book one of what looks to be a three book series. Mary's Blessing is book 2. I really enjoyed Maggie’s Journey. It had Maggie's struggles, how Florence allowed the guilt in her mind and the lies from it to change who she was, Joshua's love for his wife and daughter and the decision to restore his marriage. Charles struggling with his pride. Adventure, romance, and real life struggles.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable story! Maggie's Journey is the first of three stories about triplets who are separated at birth. Maggie is unaware that she is adopted and as she approaches her eighteenth birthday, she struggles with feeling that her mother does not listen to her and is always trying to change her. The love interest in this story is Charles, a good Christian man who is suffering a bit from vanity and pride in his own accomplishments. These things color his ability to see Maggie as a love interest and he is drawn toward another. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author developed the love story throughout the book. There is also an underlying story involving Maggie's adoptive parents and the effect that lies have had on them throughout the years. I felt very happy at the end of the book, when all the problems had been resolved and I am really looking forward to reading the next story about Mary, one of Maggie's sisters.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Margaret Lenora Caine or Maggie as she is known to her close friends and family is very special, just doesn't know how special until she ventures into her attic looking for a dress she can remake to wear to her 18th birthday party. While searching for something she can use, she comes across a white chest which contains an old photo that looks just like her and a letter from Angus McKenna signing over his rights to Joshua and Florence Caine, her parents. Maggie and her mother have been at odds during the last few years and Maggie can't figure out why. Her mother does what she can to crush all her hopes and dreams of becoming a dress designer because she doesn't believe a woman should work. She should be busy running a household, planning parties and shopping while her wealthy husband supplies all the money they need. But that isn't what Maggie wants at all. She wants to work and run her own dress shop like her grandmother in Arkansas. When she asks her father for permission to visit her, her father grants her request so long as she travels with her aunt Georgia and his business partner, Charles Stanton. She hopes that her and Charles will get to know one another more during the two week train ride but when Charles shows more interest in her aunt Georgia than her, she vows she will only be Charles' friend and work towards doing all she can to learn about the dress making business. Will Maggie discover who she really is in the process, and more importantly, what really matters most in life? I received Maggie's Journey by Lena Nelson Dooley compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and LOVED it. Struggling with some unprecedented news prior to her trip, I think it really provides Maggie with an opportunity to understand what life is all about and how certain decisions are made in her best interest even though she may not always understand them at the time. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars for my honest review and look forward to more books by Lena Nelson Dooley in the future.
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books4nana More than 1 year ago
Great Read!!    Maggie's Journey takes a through a period in Maggie's life when she is facing struggles, disappointment and rejection. Our author, Lena Nelson Dooley, takes us on both a physical journey as Maggie travels from Seattle to Little Rock to her grandmothers, as well as a spiritual and emotional journey as Maggie makes a discovery that makes her question not only her parent's love but also God's love, One of the main strengths of the book is the way Dooley allows her characters to struggle, fail, be disappointed. An example of this is Maggie and her mother's strained relationship. Her mother's rejection and disapproval affects Maggie's thought life, the way she perceives herself, and the way she in turn interacts with others. I found the most 'real' character to be the grandmother. Her interaction with her three guests as well as those working for her showed a strong, sensible loving womman. After seeming strong in the very beginning, I found Charles' character as written at the end a bit fairytale. The storyline flows well and is easy to follow though fairly predictabe. The ending is extremely rushed. Those things we have spent many chapters anticipating would be sweet to savor for a bit. 
wfnren More than 1 year ago
I loved this, I couldn't put this book down Margaret Lenora Caine, an only child, grew up in Seattle and had a very privileged life. She has noticed a change in her mother, Florence, in the last few years, she feels like her mother is constantly criticizing her and trying to change the person she has become. Maggie can't figure out what she's done to upset her mother. Maggie loves to design dresses which is what her grandmother does in Little Rock, Arkansas but she has never seen her and she is her only grandchild. In a few days Maggie will be turning 18 and she wants to design a special dress but her mother already has something else in mind. When she remembers that there are some of her mother's old dresses in the attic Maggie goes exploring. She finds a beautiful green dress that would only need to be shortened and will look nice with her red hair. Maggie continues to look through chests in the attic and finds a little white chest, when she gets to the bottom of it she finds out a family secret, she may have figured out why her mother want's to change her, or is that really what is going on. What a great story this is, Lena did a wonderful job. I couldn't put this book down and read it in about 1 1/2 days. I can hardly wait to read number two in the series, Mary's Blessing, I will be starting it as soon as I'm done with this review. You won't go wrong investing in this book.
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This book had me interested from page 1 - 228. So much happened in this book and the story did not drag out. Loved it.
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I look forward to reading Mary's Blessing. Well written. I couldn't put it down.
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Great read
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This could have been a much better story! It had all the right ingredients to be an excellent novel, especially for someone like me who is intrigued by adoption stories. But the author's tendency to ramble on long after we've gotten the message finally wearied me to the point that with about fifty pages left I was ready for it all to end and just started skimming through the rest of the book. I had been looking forward to continuing with Book 2 in the series but I've changed my mind. It's a shame too; it started out so well. It makes me wonder what the editor was thinking. Isn't it the editor's job to help the writer fine-tune the story and help it reach its full potential?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was so sweet and I love the twist of Maggie being a triplet. Can't wait to read the next rwo books.
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102051 More than 1 year ago
I like historical romance and enjoyed this one very much. There were over 200 pages. It was interesting how the triplets were adopted out and even then kept secret. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series "Mary's Blessing" but have a tough time paying over $10.00 for the next book. Hopefully it will be a "Daily Pick or Free Friday.
bookwormreaderMN More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I am excitely waiting for the next one to come out so that I can read it. It is worth reading.