Megan's Way

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What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.

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Overview

What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.

Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance.

Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Cancer is a harsh companion that has an annoying tendency to return to lives. "Megan's Way" is a novel exploring the cancerous fate of Megan Taylor as the single mother deals with the reemergence of her disease. The tale follows Megan and her daughter Olivia as they deal with the way their lives are torn apart. "Megan's Way" is a fine and fascinating read that many will find hope in.
Midwest Book Review - Midwest Book Review
ā€¯Megan's Way" is a fine and fascinating read that many will find hope in. "
Book Review Website - Bookish Dame
"Megan's Way...beautiful and tender portrayals...very enjoyable read on the order of a Jodi Picoult novel. "
Self Published Book Awards - Writer's Digest
"...a vivid portrayal of each character's journey through life; of the joys and travails of putting one's heart on the line and making oneself vulnerable through the act of giving the heart."
Bella Online, Women's Literary Site - Jeanette Stingley
"Megan's Way by Melissa Foster is an emotionally moving book...Melissa does a great job in bringing you into the life of her characters and keeps the story rolling smoothly..."
Mensa Bulletin - Thomas Elliott, Book Review Editor
"A wonderful, warm, and thought-provoking story with a touch of the paranormal. This is a deep and moving book that speaks to men as well as women, and I urge you all to put it on your reading list. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481969239
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Foster is the bestselling, award-winning author of three novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe, and Fostering Success.
Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.
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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    Great book

    Beautifully written. A great book about love, faith and friendship. I look forward to her next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Wow!

    What a wonderful and sad story all in one. I laughed and cried reading it. This is a MUST read book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Emotional and heartbreaking but a very encouraging journey through life, death, family and friendship.

    There are many reasons to keep secrets, some are for the love of a friend or family member you do not wish to see hurt emotionally if the secret was revealed. Some secrets are kept inside because they are too painful to be shared for any reason. In this book there are secrets revealed and secrets kept. The story is about Megan Taylor, her daughter Olivia, her friends Holly-Jack and Peter and the love they all share for one another and the secrets they all keep from one another. I can truly say that this was a book that swept me up into it's pages and kept me reading until I was done the night of the day I started it. The emotional connections that Megan, Olivia, Holly, Jack and Peter shared were part of the allure but the main draw for me was the absolute unshakeable love between Megan and her daughter Olivia. This was a hard read for me, it had me bawling my eyes out for most of the book because it was so hard to follow along on Megan's journey to saying goodbye to her daughter. It was so hard to see how very scared Megan was and how hard she searched her soul for the right way to let her life end so as to bring the least pain to Olivia and her lifelong friends. I say it was a hard read only because it was hard to see through the tears cascading down my face, it was a wonderful story about a woman who lived and died on her own terms. A woman who touched the lives of countless people in a positive way without even realizing the impact she made and the esteem that she garnered over years of being a bright light in a sometimes dark world. The author took what could have been a story that most would find to be a sad episode in one person's journey through life and made it one that is truly encouraging. The fact that the characters are fictional does not matter, we can all aspire to be the best we can be when we have such an example to follow. In the ending much is revealed that may make you think less of Megan, Holly, Jack and even Peter but for me the decisions each person made was made out of love for the others. I think that each of the characters had their hearts in the right place and living with the consequences of their actions so many years ago was a punishment that helped them to become wiser as well as better in the long run. Hopefully before the movie comes out that is to be based on this book you will get a chance to meet them all for yourselves and make up your own minds about how things were dealt with by the characters. [I must disclose that this book was read as part of the author's virtual book tour in the fall of 2011. The e-arc was a copy provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and rating for the book were in no way influenced by this and the only other compensation besides the book was my pleasure in reading about the characters in the story.]

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!

    I really like the way Melissa Foster writes. From the beginning the characters surround you, bringing you into a world that could very well be your own. The mother/daughter bond is a theme explored through all of its permutations in this story. Nothing challenges this more than dealing with the terrible reality of the return of Megan's cancer and her struggle to protect Olivia, her fourteen-year-old daughter. The supporting cast of Megan's close friends brings humor, pathos, and completely unexpected surprises as the intricacies of those relationships are revealed. Megan's Way is a story that is insightful, thought-provoking, and a page-turner you won't want to miss.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Melissa Foster Rocks with Megan's Way

    This book was given to me via the author for a honest and fair review, and part of her summer tour promoting the book which will be made into a movie. We open up learning something about Olivia and Megan. Megan is suffering from Cancer and knows her time is running out. She tries to deal with it best she can not always sure she is making the right choice. She starts out trying to distance herself from her daughter knowing that it would make it easier when she was no longer around. Olivia hates this idea, she was so close to her mother before the Cancer struck her why is her mother pushing her out now? Megan holds deep secrets that impact her friends and family, and keeps them hidden away until she is no longer around to answer the heated questions.

    Oh my gosh what a great book, with everyone holding secrets of their own. Holly hiding a deep secret from both Megan and Jack. Jack and Megan with their secret from Holly. Megan with her own secret from everyone including her daughter until it was too late. Even Olivia has her own secret. I love how they each tried to honor Megan in their own way. Definitely a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a great in depth book of mother and daughter and close friends.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2011

    Recommended 100%!!!

    True, lasting friendships among men and women are to be cherished. In this novel, friendship seems almost too weak a word to use, regarding these characters. They have shared pasts that include secrets and some regrets.

    They all rally around Megan as her cancer returns. And many questions need to be answered, with little time left for Megan. Should Megan's daughter, Olivia, be told who is her father? Is this the time that Megan needs to include Olivia in the friends' secrets and traditions? How close can two people really feel toward each other? Can only a 'real' mother raise a child properly?

    The story is filled with good intentions. As I say, the characters are friends who truly do love each other. Sometimes even the best intentions can present more problems. Olivia loves her mother and Megan will always 'be there' for her, even in death. In "Megan's Way", I felt the angst that a dying mother would feel in leaving her only child. I could feel Olivia's fear in the unknown and of what would happen to her. Still, there are these friends.

    It's interesting, humbling, and sorrowful in knowing each character's inner turmoil. Melissa Foster puts this story to paper lovingly, gently; her writing helps us to know and love these characters, who become our own friends, by the end of the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

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    Love's mystery lying behind the truth and lies

    Melissa Foster's Megan's Way (a finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards) deals with death, secrets, and loving relationships, all viewed from an intriguingly different, non-judgmental point of view. Mom Megan is close friends with Holly and her husband, but even closer to daughter Olivia. But Olivia's teen years are shaping up to be trouble. Mom's not communicating enough, doesn't listen, doesn't tell, and Olivia turns worry for her mother into worrying behavior, sending their relationship spiraling.

    At times I wanted to take the author's characters aside and beg them just to tell the truth-a tribute perhaps to how real they seem. But the author cleverly avoids that temptation, instead delving into the complex realities of truths kept hidden for the benefit of others. The story behind the relationships drips slowly through inner thoughts of the characters; new motivations reveal themselves and ever more complex secrets come to light. Some things I guessed. Others I had to wait to find out. But the mystery's not the real point of the story, and neither are the curious rituals and prayers that Megan leads, nor the seeming magic of her relationship with Olivia. With influences from many different spiritual paths, the characters learn and remind each other that opportunities abound in life and death, and that giving up is never the right response.

    For different reasons, each character is tempted to give up on the love they share in the course of this tale. Their story's not an easy one, but their hope and perseverance is inspiring, and the complex honesty of keeping secrets becomes neither good nor bad-just a way to move on. Megan's Way is a hard novel to classify; it follows a path through several different genres, not quite family drama, nor paranormal mystery, nor coming-of-age, nor spiritual; the story, like the characters, is complex and passes through clear and distinct stages. For myself, I enjoyed the later parts best as Olivia's character evolved, but another reader would choose a different favorite. Not a novel for readers seeking straight-forward story-telling, or triumphant traditional values, this is a tale that will make readers think and leave them content to know the whole truth's still more than we've heard, and the whole love more than we can tell.



    Disclosure: I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

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    Bridget's Review

    Megan finds out that her cancer has come back. On top of dealing with her current condition, she is also stuck in the middle of making a very difficult decision concerning her daughter, Olivia, and her best friend. All three are coping with the development of possibly loosing Megan. Secrets are revealed, lives are changed and difficult decisions are impossible to ignore.

    Megan's Way is touching story about a mother's love. This is a great book for all women. We've all hit rough patches and we've all had to make decisions that we wish we could avoid. I'm sure you will find it easy to relate to the women in this book and it will remind you or the group of sisters that are your life long friends.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    DISAPPOINTED

    While the book was good it wasnt great and the way it ended really made me mad. So while the first part brought me to tears the last part really made me regret reading the book. It left the situation open. You font carry a secret like that to tje grave. Hollys secret not Megans.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Slow!

    I didn't finish this book.... too slow!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Good Read

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Oh my god what a twist.

    It's a good read. While in hospital i read this and made me feel strong and positive. Keep tissues near by.
    I really enjoyed Megans character she WAS amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    A good read!!

    Plot was good and I would recommend this for a quick read. A little slow at first but not too bad as you read on.
    kinters6

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Just OK

    In my opinion, this book was just ok. The plot became a bit rambling and repetitive at times. The ending was a bit abrupt and seemed as if the author just wanted to end it. Don't get me wrong, Megan's Way was readable and sweet, just not a great book.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Love it

    I have never read a book that made me cry as though I were watching a sad movie. I felt more emotional during this read than during any other book I have ever read. I would love to know how the story ends. A trilogy would be wonderful. Thank you.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Having a hard time getting through it....

    I bought this book because of the reviews but I honestly think I am reading a different book from the rest of you. The whole book is so unbelievable. Mom can psychically feel the physical pain of her daughter? Really? The friend is breathing down her neck to get her daughter when she is gone? The relationships do not ring true. There is no real depth to them. I am going to give it 50 more pages then that's it (I'm at page 105 now.) Unfortunately, it does seem odd that almost all of the reviews are gushing about this book. Makes me wonder....

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Enjoyed the book

    I enjoyed this book, as a Christian I didn't agree with her post death opinions, but it was still a good read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    A Treasure of a story.

    I haven't read this good of a book in a very long time. I loved each character and the way the author developed them. I could tell the author loved them too. Well done. The ending left me a bit empty, but it's still worth the read. I'll be looking forward to reading more of her work.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Good book

    Really makes you treasure your loved ones but at times was slow and kinda dragged out.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Thoughtful take on life after death

    Beginning seemed a little slow and things could have been more developed but by the middle of the book when the big questions needed to start having answers I found those answers to be thought provoking and heartfelt.

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