She's Got a Way

She's Got a Way

by Maggie McGinnis
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She's Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis


Gabriela O’Brien is devoted to the girls at Briarwood Academy—even when their bad behavior earns them an entire summer at a remote campground in Echo Lake, Vermont. When the headmaster assigns Gabi to be their chaperone, how can she refuse? A long, hot summer with neither indoor plumbing nor wireless access might be just what she needs to get her own life in order…right?

Before Briarwood took over Camp Echo, Luke Magellan spent years there helping troubled boys. When four spoiled rich girls and their seemingly uptight den mother show up for the summer, it’s hard to hide his amusement as he watches them tackle the great outdoors. But it’s even tougher to resist the passion he sees in Gabi—especially when he learns about her past, and sees how much she cares about her students. Is this destined to be just a grownup version of a summer-camp romance—or can they find enough in common to build a love for all seasons?

“A new, witty voice in contemporary romance. Maggie McGinnis is gonna make you smile.”—Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author

She's Got a Way is the third book in Maggie McGinnis' Echo Lake series!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250069092
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: Echo Lake Novel Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 400,421
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.77(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Maggie McGinnis is the author of Forever This Time and Heart Like Mine for St. Martin's Press. She is a Golden Heart Finalist who lives in New England, vastly outnumbered by both children and cats. She writes sweet romances set in Montana and Vermont, and feels extremely fortunate that through her books, she gets to fall in love every single day. She's a sucker for romantic comedies, popcorn, and the perfect green pen, and if she wasn't an author, she'd totally be rocking a Nashville club in her pink cowgirl boots. It's probably good that she embraced the author thing, because her singing skills are better suited to the shower, and really? Pink cowgirl boots?

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She's Got a Way 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
First off let me say that I wanted to like this book, I really did. I enjoyed the other books in the series that I have read and looked forward to another enjoyable read. Unfortunately my OCD germaphobe issues got in the way and I had to DNF at about 29%. My personal "Ewww" was just too high. See, our heroine and the 4 girls in her care are at a rustic summer camp. One that's not currently offering indoor toilets or running water. Yes, as in outhouses and bathing in the lake. Now, let me go one further and tell you that for many, many years this summer camp was an all boys camp. All I could think about was the fact that boys are known to urinate anywhere and everywhere and they were bathing in the lake. First of all, whenever you get out of the water, any swimming type water, you should wash. With Soap and fresh water. And I don't care how much bio-safe soap you use, bathing in the lake is not really bathing. You are washing yourself where fish and other creatures live and potty. Don't try to tell me water from the tap is being pulled directly from similar areas. There are filters and such to keep most contaminates out. Plus let's not discount the many, many years of boys most probably peeing in that very same lake. Nope, nope, nope. Ewww, yuck, gross, blergh. *shudders* Needless to say, I just couldn't keep going. I'm sure that for others, this is a non issue and are quietly laughing about my personal squicks. It's all good, I don't mind. :) I will definitely try another book (as long as they don't use the lake to bathe in), but I had to pass on this one. St. Martin's and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Gabi O'Brien has a huge heart. She works as a house mother at a prestigious girls prep school, and has fought for years to make scholarships available to foster children. She succeeded in establishing 2 places, but unfortunately the girls that were chosen are determined to be expelled by any means necessary. After a long string of pranks, the 4 girls that Gabi is responsible for, are assigned to work at Camp Echo. Gabi is their chaperone, and once they get there she is stunned to learn that all the modern amenities, like plumbing and running water are absent. The camp is run by Luke Magellan, and he was hoping that the new owners would assign him a work crew to help with modernizing the camp. The camp had been used to help troubled boy, but now it is being turned into another camp for the wealthy. He and Gabbi clash over tasks, but soon they realize that they need each other. Will their blossoming romance last when Gabbi returns to Briarwood? This is a cute book with a very complex plot. I enjoyed the characters and found it easy to follow. I would recommend it to fans of contemporary romance. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle (Gabi) O’Brien, age 29, is the residential director the Briarwood Academy, an elite boarding school for girls. The Headmaster of the school, Priscilla Pritchard, has called Gabi and four of her girls to her office. The girls had been caught pulling some serious stunts, including hot-wiring a car. The Headmaster has decided that instead of the girls being expelled, they are being sent to a place called Camp Echo owned by the school and Gabi must go with the even though she supposed to be leaving for Barbados on vacation. When they arrive at Camp Echo they meet Luke Magellan and Oliver Black who have run the camp for some time now. Since its purchase by Briarwood Academy, the men are surprised that the school would send anyone there right now as the Camp is run down and needs repairs. Gabi and the girls are horrified to find that they will have to sleep in a tent and bathe in the cold lake. But Gabi gamely carries on finding way to keep the girls busy and learning things as well. Luke finds Gabi attractive and they have some good chats. Luke suggests that she may be a bit too easy on the girls and suggests some tougher jobs for them. Although the girls at first balk at the chores that Luke has for them, he is stern and they are soon learning to challenge themselves and take on the jobs. As the days pass, Luke and Gabi become closer and the girls find a better rapport with one another. But, as they are in the forest, there are dangers around and everyone must be constantly on alert. When an incident happens that frightens them all, they truly learn to come together as a team. This was a cute book which focuses on young teens who have not had parental guidance in their lives. I think that many readers will find it a great story to read. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Beardough More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. The characters were awesome and I loved the out of the box setting.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
SHE’S GOT A WAY is a genuine romance full of laughter and heart! I absolutely loved every word of this beautiful story. I love that it’s not just about the romance. It’s about two people wanting to better the lives of others. It’s about two people with difficult pasts overcoming them in order to find happiness. It’s about helping four unruly teen girls become their best and realizing you’ve become your best as well. Gabi and Luke are loveable, funny characters with hearts of gold and an unflinching desire to help kids in need, but in different ways. Gabi does it through an over-privileged boarding school for girls and Luke does it through a camp for troubled boys. You’d think they wouldn’t have the same problems, but oddly enough, they do. Luke is tasked with helping Gabi facilitate a punishment for four of the boarding school teens as they are sentenced to a month at Luke’s camp. What follows next are many laugh-out-loud scenes filled with hijinks…and heart! If I had to describe this book in one word, I’d say it with “heart.” This story is filled with so much heart, it’s overflowing. It’s funny, heartfelt and completely engaging. I couldn’t put it down! The romance is slow-burning and all the characters have a complex beauty that brings the whole book together! Maggie McGinnis is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. Her stories are full of hope, love, laughs and LOTS of heart. There’s that word again. I still can’t use it enough. If you’ve got an ache in your soul, I suggest you take two Maggie McGinnis reads and text me in the morning…or don’t, because you’re too busy reading! I highly recommend this and any book by the author. You’ll not be disappointed! ***I want to thank the publisher for generously gifting me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
She's Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis....I absolutely loved this heartfelt story, it was so romantic, touching, sweet, full of love and great characters. Luke and Gabi are so cute together, both had the hots for each other. This book also had some suspense that keeps you holding your breath. This is one book that you do not want to miss. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything from this author before but I thought the story sounded interesting and wanted to give her a try. Gabriela O'Brien is a housemother at the wealthy girls boarding school, Briarwood Academy. When four of her girls get caught stealing a school van and taking it to another state to visit boys, the headmaster tells Gabi that these four girls, along with her are spending their four weeks of summer vacation at Camp Echo Lake. Gabi was planning on being on plane in a few days to go to Barbados and is not happy with her sudden change of plans. Luke Magellan is camp counselor and handy man at Camp Echo Lake, a camp for teen boys who are having trouble in their lives. Luke has worked here for the owner, Oliver for 10 years and owes him a great deal. When Oliver has to sell the camp because of money issues, they find out that the camp has been bought by Briarwood Academy. Both of them are nervous that it is going to change into a camp for rich, spoiled girls. When Gabi, Madison, Sam, Eve and Waverly arrive at Camp Echo Lake, they are shocked. How are they suppose to live in this type of environment! Luke has a fun timing playing up their fears! The things he has these girls doing was great! The way Luke handled the girls was awesome. I love how he was able to get them to do things. It was fun watching Gabi and Luke slowly start to like each other. Each of them were hiding secrets from their pasts and when they were finally revealed it made a lot of sense. Both of these characters had hearts of gold that they didn't want others seeing. Once they both took their guards down, everything starting falling into place. I really liked the interaction with the teenage girls. Each of them were different but still alike in many ways. I really enjoyed the story this group went through. If you are looking for a sweet, funny romance, give this book a try. It was well written with very likeable characters.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
In typical Maggie McGinnis fashion, this story is sweet, heartwarming, funny, and not to be missed! She's taking us back to Echo Lake where Luke Magellan has been working hard to get his beloved Camp Echo back in operational shape. He's spent years there helping troubled boys find their way in life, giving back to them the guidance they need, just as he had needed all those years ago. The camp has been taken over by Briarwood but he's hoping to convince them to let him continue running it just as it's been for years now. Suddenly he finds himself faced with one upset woman and four angry teenage girls. Gabriela O’Brien was told she was dropping the girls at camp. A camp they were being sent to because of some trouble they had found themselves in. What she finds isn't a camp at all. No cabins, no bathrooms....nothing!! How can she leave these four girls here? Luke is just as surprised at the arrival of the four spoiled rich girls and can't believe anyone would send them here. But here they are and he will just have to deal with it. Besides, watching these ladies deal with the rugged outdoors might be quite entertaining. Getting to know the lovely Gabriela is just a side benefit! I highly recommend this one!!
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
She’s Got A Way by Maggie McGinnis is such a sweet romance, that it will literally put a smile on your face, regardless of your mood. The characters are delightful, the town is charming, and the story itself is engaging. Maggie McGinnis is guaranteed to give you a good read! Gabi is supposed to be going on vacation, finally, but since four of the girls at the boarding school where she works at, has gotten into trouble, Gabi must play chaperone and take them to Echo Lake. The girls nor Gabi know exactly what they are getting into when they arrive at Echo Lake and it’s nothing they would have ever guessed. Echo Lake is going through some changes and the girls must rely on each other, in order to get through their stay. Luke is an amazing guy. Even though he wants nothing to do with Briarwood and the girls that go with it, he goes out of his way to teach them. He teaches them skills they wouldn’t have learned otherwise. He makes them think and he makes them feel useful. Even though Gabi is their housemother, Luke is the one that gets to the heart of the girls and sees beyond their attitudes. Luke and Gabi are immediately attracted to each other, but both have pasts that are keeping them at arms length. Sooner than later their attraction for each other becomes something more and if they want a chance at a future, they will have to face their insecurities head on. Overall, She’s Got A Way is a wonderful story filled with endearing characters, a beautiful setting, many life lessons to be learned, and a beautiful ending!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "You're in paradise... The fun never ends." Stars. The third book in Maggie McGuiniss’ Echo Lake series serves up a little wilderness fun, with four pampered private school princesses being banished to the wilds of Vermont, for the summer, as a result of being caught out misbehaving whilst at Briarwood Academy. Little do Sam, Eve, Madison and Waverly realize that the summer they spend at Camp Echo with their housemother Gabriela O’Brien, will have far reaching effects on them as friends, and on Gabi, in pretty much every conceivable way possible. "I want the rom-com ending… I wasn’t to take the journey and earn my happy ending, but I want that happy ending." Enter Luke Magellan, he has made Camp Echo home, but having been purchased by the board of Briarwood Academy, massive changes are afoot, and what was once a place dedicated to the care and development of troubled teens, now looks like it’s going to be turned into a resort for the pampered few, something Luke isn’t best pleased about, and the arrival of Gabi and her girls rubs additional salt into the wounds. "You need to work with me, not against me." I loved the outside/wilderness aspect of this book, and I loved the way Luke managed to push the girls so far out of their comfort zones, that in doing so they became genuine friends, and shirked off the Mean-Girl persona’s that they originally arrived with. The growth for them, and the story with Luke and them was what kept me reading for the most part. Once again it was the author’s characterization of her female lead that left me a little dissatisfied, and what was bearable in the first half of the book, became a little annoying as the story progressed through to its finish, and that issue is the fact that Gabi was the most self-centred person of all the females in the story and a bit of a whiner at times. And seeing as she was responsible for four teenage girls that is not what I was expecting. It started with small things, but with almost each and every situation she found herself involved in or dealing with as the book progressed she pretty much managed to make it about her, and I really struggled to understand why Luke was wasting his time with her over and above the responsibility he felt in helping her with the girls. "I like you just the way you are…" The relationship developing between them was more friends to me really, and the constant bolstering Luke had to do, as well as dealing with her non-stop questioning of everything he did took away any emotion that may have potentially been building between them, particularly in the latter stages of the story. "Do you want me? Because I have to tell you, there is nothing in the world I want more than you right now." I have read a large number of books by this author, and for the most part She’s Got a Way was of the standard I expect from her in relation to the story, and characters, Gabi being a challenge to like or empathize with, did take a little bit of enjoyment from the story for me, but not enough that I didn’t in general enjoy what I was reading. I think as a reader it was more frustration because of the repetition of certain things she did or the way she behaved, without seemingly learning anything from past experience. I hope this isn’t our last visit to Echo Lake, the series in general has been enjoyable to get into so far, with lots of secondary characters still with stories to be told. ARC generously provided in exchange for the above honest