MAGGIE’S TURN | Deanna Lynn Sletten

Maggie's Turn

 

*I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Published By: Lake Union Publishing

Genre: Women’s Fiction

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

I like browsing titles on women’s fiction whenever I am on NetGalley. I like reading blurbs about women who are similarly situated as I am, i.e. young mother, working mother. Upon seeing the enticing blurb on the cover, I knew I have to read it. Because, honestly? Sometimes motherhood is frustrating and tiring I also feel like running away.

Maggie’s Turn begins with another ordinary day for Maggie, a mother of two teenagers and a wife to a very career-oriented and busy husband. She drives her daughter to school and on her way home, she decides to take a turn away from where her house is and embarks on a journey with only herself and her camera in tow.

I do not perfectly agree with what Maggie did but I also understand her predicament. I am fully aware how overwhelming motherhood can be that it does feel like you’re losing your sense of self in the routine of the day, what more if you feel like no one appreciates what you’re doing? Besides, with what Maggie has gone through not only in her family but in her marriage, who am I to judge her impulsive act of going away? I just wish and pray that I won’t be like Maggie someday. It’s hard to be in her shoes and it’s equally hard to make the decisions she has to make.

Although the plot is easy to follow and the narrative is uncomplicated, I have a minor complaint with the shifting POVs. I would have appreciated the story more if it is entirely told in Maggie’s POV. Andrewl’s narrative disturbed the flow of the story  and honestly, I don’t really give a d*** about what he is thinking. It is ironic that the very overly dramatic parts that I find are the ones on Andrew.

But all in all, I liked Maggie’s Turn. It’s a realistic portrayal of a woman who is at the crossroads and has to choose whether to use her heart or her head. In the end, it is still Maggie’s decision to make.

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