Maggie's Journey

Maggie's Journey

by Lena Nelson Dooley


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A girl who’s been lied to her whole life...
Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she was adopted. The daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed both by her real parents and by the ones who raised her. 

Maggie desires a place where she belongs. But her mother’s constant criticism and reminders that she doesn’t fit the mold of a young woman of their social standing have already created tension in their home. With the discovery of the family secret, all sense of her identity is lost.

When Maggie asks to visit her grandmother in Arkansas, her father agrees on the condition that she take her Aunt Georgia as a chaperone and his young partner, Charles Stanton, as protection on the journey. Will she discover who she really is and, more importantly, what truly matters most in life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616383589
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: McKenna's Daughters Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 677,237
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 650,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006, DFW Ready Writers, and Christian Authors Network. She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 45 years.  

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Maggie's Journey 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 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.
love2readnovels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Margaret Lenora Caine (Maggie) finds a chest in the attic where she discovers that she was adopted. Why was she never told the truth? Why did her real parents give her away? Maggie's life has become one filled with questions and uncertainty. It doesn't help that her mother is so critical of her either. Maggie would like to design women's clothing but her mother doesn't want her to do that. Maggie's grandmother is a well-known designer and when she asks Maggie to come for a visit, she welcomes the opportunity. Her father agrees to let her go if she takes her Aunt Georgia, as her companion, and his business partner, Charles Stanton, for safety while traveling. Will Maggie's Journey help her find the answers she seeking?I thoroughly enjoyed Maggie's Journey. The story was as beautiful as the cover. And although Maggie does take a journey by train to her grandmother's house, it was also a journey of discovery, for not only Maggie but those around her. I felt like I was on the train and could hear the clickity clack of the wheels and feel the swaying of the car as we rode along. The story had a nice easy pace which I found very pleasing. It was fun getting to know all the characters. The author made you feel their struggles and their triumphs. Things that were very relateable. I'm sure all of us have questioned what God was doing or if he even cared, at some point in our lives. The verse that kept coming to mind while I was reading was "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." The author did a great job of bringing that verse to life in this story. This is Book one in the McKenna's Daughters Series. If you enjoy historical fiction with a budding romance as well as an encouraging message, then I would recommend Maggie's Journey. All-Aboard!! Paperback: 304 pagesPublisher: Realms (October 4, 2011)ISBN-10: 1616383585ISBN-13: 978-1616383589*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
The story held my interest although I really am not into women’s fashion designs at all. I don’t know what a jabot is or what ecru lace is, as well as several other terms pertaining to women’s attire. So some may wonder why I read this particular book. It is quite simple: I like stories about the Old West, wagon trains, traveling by rail, and that sort of thing. This is a story about a young female who thinks she acquired her interest and talent for designing women’s attire from her grandmother. She wants more than anything to make the journey from Seattle to Little Rock to meet her grandmother and learn more about being a designer. When she discovers unexpectedly that she is adopted, everything she always believed about herself suddenly comes into question. I especially enjoyed the description of the train trip to Arkansas with her aunt and her father’s business partner. I could almost see the scenery and the various sketches Maggie did as they traveled. The trip would be very different today than it was back then but I would love to make it. You will have to read the book to learn about her visit with her grandmother, her return trip home, and all that happened when she got back. This is not a shallow novel by any means. Several of the main characters become painfully aware of some serious character flaws and seek to find God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of others. The use of Scripture was very appropriately brought into the story. I recommend the book even if you are like me and know nothing at all about designing clothes. After all, that was not the main emphasis of the book but simply what the author chose to make the connection between Maggie and her grandmother. There was a strong emphasis on family, relationships, God’s direction in our lives, and forgiveness – things that we all need to embrace.
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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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