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I eagerly anticipated Maggie’s Turn and it did not disappoint me. I became a Deanna Lynn Sletten fan months ago when I read Widow, Virgin, Whore; it was book based on a difficult subject, with a story line that has stayed in my mind as one of the most memorable books I have read. Sletten writes thought provoking stories, with characters so real that her readers relate to them and feel their emotions as they deal with difficult situations.

The underlying theme in Maggie’s Turn touches on the reality of many marriages. For generations men have felt that their main role is to provide a good home and the necessities of life. The bigger the pay check and the higher their position in the community, the more successful they feel. They justify their actions with the premise that all the hard work and long hours they spend gives their family the material things they want. Even when the wife works, she is often still responsible for the “women’s work.” These women become the glue that holds the family together, but in the process they sacrifice their individuality and end up feeling unappreciated.

Maggie and Andrew Harrison were happy and very in love when they’d married twenty three years earlier, but their relationship had changed greatly as the years passed. Their worlds had slipped apart.

Andrew became consumed by his job and his public image. He didn’t communicate with his two teenage children and he had no idea or interest in what Maggie’s everyday world entailed. In his mind it was insignificant in the big scheme of things. As a husband and a father he was a dropout.

Maggie became the one who handled all the demands of keeping their household running smoothly with little or no appreciation expressed by her family. She didn’t complain a lot; in fact she didn’t consciously intend to change things but one day after she had taken her daughter to school, instead of going home, she spontaneously drove through the intersection and headed out of town.

She wasn’t planning to leave, she just wanted to indulge a few hours for herself. The miles sped by and the hours passed. Suddenly she realised that she had driven to far to return home, so she got a room intending to return the next day. But the next day she continued on, enjoying the freedom she’d missed for so long. She started on a journey of self-discovery.

It was Maggie’s Turn. After years of catering to everyone else’s needs, Maggie took time for herself; time to reassess her life and discover what she wanted.

At first Andrew was more angered by the fact that she wasn’t there to keep the household running smoothly, than the fact that she was gone, because he simply didn’t believe that she would leave. Why would she?

When forced to deal with them as a parent, he finds that Kaia, their teenage daughter and Kyle, their nineteen year old son are virtually strangers who have little respect for him. He wants to blame Maggie, but gradually he has to face up to the things he has done and realise that those choices have created his families problems.

As Maggie continues on her journey she has opportunity to reflect on the emptiness of the marriage and regain her sense of self. She meets people who see her for the beautiful person she is. Does she actually want to go back to her old life?

Andrew is forced to look at what his self centered arrogance and the neglect of his family have cost him. Can he repair the damage or does he offer too little too late?

Both Maggie and Andrew have to re-evaluate their relationship. Can it be restored? Are they both willing to try? Or have they drifted too far apart?

Don’t miss this great read. For me this was a journey that both of them took and at times it was very painful and soul searching. It has depth and there are life lessons to learn in it. Deanna Lynn Sletten has done it again!

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