Maggy's Child

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She was Mrs. Lyle Forrest now, the coolly elegant wife of Louisville's most prominent publisher, the slum girl whose dreams — and nightmares — came true the night she married the multimillionaire old enough to be her father. For twelve years Maggy played the role of beautiful, devoted wife, the burnished jewel in Lyle's crown, mother of the child he adored. She did it for David, the son who could never know the price she paid to protect him, ...
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She was Mrs. Lyle Forrest now, the coolly elegant wife of Louisville's most prominent publisher, the slum girl whose dreams — and nightmares — came true the night she married the multimillionaire old enough to be her father. For twelve years Maggy played the role of beautiful, devoted wife, the burnished jewel in Lyle's crown, mother of the child he adored. She did it for David, the son who could never know the price she paid to protect him, would never see her scars...

Suddenly Maggy's hard-won control shattered when Nick King came back to claim her. It was twelve years since they'd parted, twelve years of fear and loathing at the hands of Lyle Forrest. She couldn't afford to remember the soul-searing passion she'd known so long ago in the arms of the only man she'd ever loved. She must think of David, her son, Lyle's most potent weapon, and not of the man she could never forget, Nick, who's returned to set her free...

A riveting novel of love, lust, and savagery in Kentucky's bluegrass country—a spellbinding story of a mother's sacrifice, a dynasty's power, and one man's passion to reclaim the woman who was born to be his.

A mother's fierce love for her child keeps her in a loveless, abusive marriage, until the real father appears. . . . Bestselling author Karen Robards writes about contemporary issues that face women every day. Maggy's Child has been nominated for the prestigious 1994 Golden Choice Award. "A suspenseful tale of obsession and passion."--Booklist.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her fourth romance, Robards ( This Side of Heaven ) combines elements of wife abuse, sexual secrets and mother love. Lyle and Maggy Forrest and their son David, 11, seem to be a stable, wealthy Kentucky family, but Lyle is physically abusive and Maggy is trapped by a web of secrets and by her love for her son. Then after 12 years, Nick King, Maggy's protector when they were children in the Louisville projects and David's real father, reappears as a prosperous nightclub owner. Although unaware of David's patrimony, King wants Maggy back and to do so he is ``looking for dirt'' about Lyle. There turns out to be plenty. Blackmail, the DEA and other elements follow along with a large cast of secondary characters like Tia Gloria who thinks she's psychic; Nick's half-brother Link, who has a shady past; and a huge, nasty parrot named Horatio who plays a vital (though incredible) role in the denouement. After Maggy is freed from a horrible memory, love scenes (with Nick) are frequent and explicit. Robards's language is often mundane: ``You take my breath away,'' says Nick, looking at the ``strawberry-tipped bounty of her breasts.'' Nor is the author's treatment of the crucial issue of wife abuse exactly profound or realistic. Love does conquer all, though, as formula dictates. Author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Uneven handling prevents a good premise from reaching its full potential in this novel by the author of One Summer ( LJ 2/1/93). Magdalena Garcia married wealthy Lyle Forrest so that she could escape the harsh life of the projects in Louisville, Kentucky. Twelve years later, Maggy suffers physical abuse at the hands of her blue-blood husband, who emotionally manipulates her 11-year-old son, David, as the means of keeping her in the marriage. Then Nick King reappears. Nick, Maggy's childhood protector and later her lover, swears he never stopped loving her, which elicits dangerous reactions from Lyle and leaves Maggy torn between the love of her life and her son. The last 12 years of Nick's mysterious past are kept hidden too long, while several chapters contain unnecessary hints about Maggy's obvious ``secret.'' And if evil Lyle can so easily manipulate David, using his affections against her, how can David quickly accept Nick as his biological father? Recommended only for larger romance collections.-- Kimberly Martin, Washington Univ. Law Lib., St. Louis
Melanie Duncan
Maggy pulled herself out of the gutter and secured a future for herself and her unborn son by marrying Lyle, the golden boy of local society. After ten years, Maggy wishes to leave Lyle, who has tarnished his private image with physical and emotional cruelty, but Lyle refuses to let anyone know that Maggy's child, David, is not his natural son and threatens to take David from Maggy if she leaves him or tells anyone the truth about David's father. While at a nightclub, Maggy encounters her former love and David's father, Nick. Nick's renewed pursuit of Maggy topples her shaky world and shatters Lyle's precarious grip on sanity and his fragile hold on his family. Maggy must make a final decision: will she stay and suffer with Lyle, or will she trust Nick to protect herself and David? Robards' many fans will be delighted with this suspenseful tale of obsession and passion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345526830
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 429,586
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Robards doesn't disappoint

    Once again Karen Robards keeps you interested. Her characters are intense and the story made for an exciting page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    What an awful book!

    The heroine is unbelieveably stupid and i could not cheer for her at any part of the story. She shows arrogance when she should have been apologetic. To stay and let her son be parented by a monster......

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Amazing

    Favorie book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2003

    Couldn't Put It Down!!!!

    This was one of Karen Robard's best! The story was great, and you could feel the love between Nick and Maggie. I would highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    Another one of the bests from Karen Robards.

    Highly recommended! From the first time I read Ms. Robards's books, I had been hooked with her stories. This one was another great one. You won't want to put it down once you get into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Gripping from beginning to end

    This was the first novel by this author that I have read and I will definetly be reading the rest of them. I didn't want it to end.

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