Before and Again A Novel by Barbara Delinsky

Book Description....

"From Barbara Delinsky, the New York Times bestselling author of Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, a brand-new novel about a woman in hiding finding the courage to face the world again.
Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends—and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made—though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.
Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself—or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.
From a multimillionaire-selling master of women’s fiction, Before and Again is a story of the relationships we find ourselves in—mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friends—and what kind of sacrifices we are or aren’t willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad."

Title:  Before and Again
Author:  Barbara Delinsky
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Before and Again" by Barbara Delinsky

My Thoughts....

What a 'inspirational read that starts off tragically but ends showing that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.' Maggie Reid who has changed her name from Mackenzie Cooper and moved and her 'only goal in her life is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation.' However, her life will once again take a change as secrets will come out when her 'friend's teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight who is accused of hacking a Twitter account.' How will all of this crisis affect Maggie new life? I will say that this author gives the readers some interesting strong characters where you have all that comes with living in small towns, good food, artistic expression that starts from the first page of reading.

As the reader continues to read this intriguing story the reader will find 'Before and Again' where one can really see how well this story deals with 'grief, loss, love, forgiveness, heartbreaking, emotional and survival' where In the end the reader will get the feel of it all. Indeed this was quite a interesting story.


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