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Saturday, May 14, 2011

On Maggie's Watch by Ann Wertz Garvin Review & Giveaway

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by Lesley Worell
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by Ben Fink Photo Ink
Published By Berkley Books
A Penguin Group


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ISBN-10: 9780425236789
ISBN-13: 978-0425236789

This is truly a story of a woman who has suffered a tragedy and her efforts to get her life back on course.  Maggie Finley first child was still-born and while the grief was overwhelming for both her and her husband, it has turned Maggie into a entirely different person.  When she finds out she is pregnant again, they pull up stakes and move back to her hometown in Wisconsin, where she reconnects with her best friend.

But Maggie becomes obsessed with protecting herself and her family.  She restarts the Neighborhood Watch and even becomes the president. Then she learns from the internet that there is a sex offender in the neighborhood.  This seems to push her over the edge and causes some  very unusual actions.

Her friends and family are very worried about her and work hard to bring the old Maggie back.  It may take the birth of this new child to set things right.  

This was a very compelling book and the local connection made it even better.  Yes, the Wisconsin town was fictional, as was the county, but this book could of took place practically in my backyard.

The topics taken on in this story are very relevant in today's world. The author handles these hot topics with care and makes it so easy to read and feel Maggie's pain and fall totally in love with her and want to be her friend.  

I am amazed that this the author's first novel.  I hope she is working on her next novel as I write this because I definitely want to read more by Ann Wertz Garvin soon.  This is a perfect book for my blog because it will give you an "escape" for a few hours of pure pleasure with a peek into Maggie's life.  

To learn more about this brand new author check out her Web Page.


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from THE AUTHOR. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  

I loved this book so much I can't wait to share it with you so, you guessed it GIVEAWAY!!!

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Contest Ends May 28, 2011


4 comments:

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

As a fellow Wisconsinite, I may have to read this also. I haven't found too many books that take place here. This sounds like a great read. I wonder what I would do if I found a sex offender in our neighborhood.

Lori said...

So glad you enjoyed the book, Lori! I too look forward to Ann's next book.

Happy Saturday!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

This is the second great review I've read on this one! Definitely going on my wishlist! Thanks for the chance to win!

McGuffy Ann said...

This sounds very good! Thanks for sharing the opportunity!