Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Maggie has always put her family’s needs in front of her own, until one day—without forethought—she drives away, leaving behind her indifferent husband and two sulking teenagers.
As she begins a quest of self-exploration, she meets new people, enjoys new adventures, and rediscovers long-neglected passions. For the first time in years, Maggie contemplates what she wants from life and soon realizes that her deteriorating marriage can no longer continue as it is. Can she and Andrew repair their broken relationship, or is their marriage over?
Left to his own devices, Andrew is forced to take over the household responsibilities and bridge the growing divide between himself and his children. Slowly, he begins to understand what drove Maggie away—and how he can’t bear to live without her. But is it too late? Will Andrew lose Maggie forever?
One day, after dropping her daughter off at school, instead of driving home, Maggie turns in the opposite direction and just drives away. She loves her family, but her marriage has been crumbling, despite her efforts to maintain it.
Left at home, her husband and children struggle to function without the woman who keeps everything going and on track.
Maggie realizes she needs to rethink her life, time to rediscover who she is and what she wants. Along her path, she meets new people and has some new adventures and she comes to a realization of what she wants from her life and here marriage.
I adored Maggie and I think there are many women, regardless of the state of their marriages, who have entertained the thought of just going away for awhile and escaping life.
While the characters were somewhat stereotyped and the outcome a bit predictable, this story resonated with me. I appreciated that Maggie's family and especially her husband, came to appreciate her role. I admit I hoped for a different outcome, but the ending was fitting and expected.
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Deanna Lynn Sletten here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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