Maggie’s Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Maggie's Turn

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? addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Kim Talks TomesTAG

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.

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