Maggie's Turn

Maggie's Turn

by Deanna Lynn Sletten

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ISBN-13: 9781503944350
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 976,113
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Deanna Lynn Sletten writes heartwarming women’s fiction and romance novels. Sletten has two grown children and lives with her husband in northern Minnesota. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her dog.

For more information, please visit www.deannalynnsletten.com.

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Maggie's Turn 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Nice, light read. Enjoyed how the story developed and characters grew. 
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Is it human nature that we don’t know what we have until we lose it? That’s the question asked and answered in Maggie’s Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten. A contemporary woman’s fiction novel, Ms. Sletten’s story features well developed characters, a little teen angst and rebellion, and a family’s second chance to recognize what they have and learn to treasure it. Told from various characters point of view, with lively dialogue and taking place in several parts of the country, this is a very enjoyable book. A good mother and wife, Maggie Harrison has finally reached the end of her rope. While abandoning her family was never planned, Maggie can’t help driving away when she realizes she hasn’t done anything that makes her happy in years. Realizing she’s lost sight of who she is, and inspired by a Bob Seeger song, Maggie heads out on a journey to rediscover who she is. Ms. Sletten does a wonderful job developing Maggie’s character; she really nails the nasty and often unaddressed truth that we all take advantage of and take for granted the people in our daily lives. Forgetting that life can change from one minute to the next, Maggie’s family has lost sight of all she does for them and what she means to them. It’s only when Maggie is gone that Andrew, her husband, is forced to confront how he’s let his goals turn his marriage cold and left his children alone with their mother too much. He’s allowed distance to grow in the most important relationships in his life. Andrews’s not the only one that needs to learn that lesson though, and soon both of Maggie’s children have to take a look at how they’ve taken their mother, and her love for them, for granted. They’re also forced to deal with their father in a more open and honest way – something that’s good for all of them. As Maggie travels the road west, headed towards her childhood home in Seattle, she meets an interesting set of characters that help her remember what she wanted for herself in life. As Maggie begins to rediscover what she wants in life, and who she is, she allows herself to make some necessary changes. She also begins having some honest telephone conversations with both her husband and her daughter. Will Maggie eventually go home to her old life? And if she does, what changes are the people in her life willing to make to make her happy? You’ll have to read Maggie’s Turn to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Sletten’s work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
As a wife and mother, I found Maggie’s Turn to be very realistic and something a lot of us can relate to. Maggie is tired of being everything to everyone in her family. Her husband, Andrew, expects her to cater to his every whim without a thought to what Maggie wants or needs. She drives her sulky teenage daughter to school every single day. Her son is in college and not doing well. So, one day she drives off in the opposite direction of home after doing the school drop off and doesn’t look back. Andrew comes home and is irritated that dinner is not made when he wanted it. He tries to call Maggie, but she doesn’t answer. Meanwhile, Maggie has time to think about what wants to do in life and begins to remember the things she enjoys. Andrew has to learn how to do everything without her, something he never had to do before. While I found the story predictable, it is the kind of tale that tugged at my heart and made me care about Maggie and her struggles. She was pulled in too many directions without any help or a thank you – something most mothers want to hear from their families. Maggie was the glue holding everything together and needed the space to breathe and be who she wanted to be. Andrew and the kids needed to see how much she did and how much she did things that they could have all handled on their own. Overall, this was an easy read, but it was still a very good story and worth the time to finish. *A copy was provided for review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I have finished reading a contemporary novel called Maggie’s Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten. Maggie Harrison has been married for twenty-three years. Andrew, her husband, has become very self-absorbed. He expects to be able to go and do his job and that Maggie will take care of everything. They have two children. Kyle is nineteen, going to college (and not doing well), and has a job working on motorcycles (which he loves). Kaia is fourteen, stubborn, and a typical teenager. Maggie is tired of taking care of everyone and needs a break. She is forgetting who she is and her dreams. One day Maggie drops off Kaia at school (the kid does not have to take the bus) and keeps on driving. She has her camera, laptop, phone, and credit cards. Maggie starts driving west from Woodroe, Minnesota with no destination in mind. When Andrew arrives home, there is no dinner cooking. He has a meeting that evening and reminded Maggie that he needed to eat on time. Andrew has been working hard at work as well as serving on various committees around town. He wants to project a certain image because he is thinking of running for mayor. There is not note and Maggie is not answering her phone. Andrew leaves Kaia at home and goes off to his meeting. He is sure that he will hear from Maggie soon (he is wrong). Andrew is in for a long couple of weeks. Maggie feels free for the first time in many years and is enjoying taking photographs. She has always loved photography and wanted to open a small gallery/shop in town to sell her own work and the artwork of others. Maggie is on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way she will encounter three people who will help her and guide her. Andrew is going to find out how to get along without Maggie taking care of all the things Andrew has taken for granted. He has not had to shop, take the kids to school, do laundry, cook, take care of the dog, or any of these other details for many, many years. If Andrew wants to save his marriage, he needs to re-evaluate his life, his choices, and his priorities. This will also give him a chance to reconnect with his children (and see what great kids he has). Maggie’s Turn was an interesting story, but it is very similar to another book I recently read (though not as good). I give Maggie’s Turn 3 out of 5 stars. The book is easy to read with a nice writing style. I was just not wowed by the book. Though I can certainly understand Maggie wanting to just get away from everything and all her responsibilities. Any woman with children will be able to relate to Maggie in Maggie’s Turn. I received a complimentary copy of Maggie’s Turn from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago