Book Spotlight On “Before And Again” By Barbara Delinsky @Booksparks @StMartinsPress #SRC2018

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 Goodreads)

Thank You to Booksparks and St. Martin’s Press for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Which is more abiding – a mother’s love or a child’s need for it?

I was reluctant to pick this one up, because I have been reading quite a lot of women’s fiction, and to be honest that is not really one of my favorite genres. However, I found this book to be remarkable. Like page devouring, stay up past my bedtime, make you feel all the emotions, and then the end comes, and you realize you just read an amazing book.

For me, this was an emotional journey, reading about what Maggie suffered through, and how hard she had to fight to overcome the sadness that she was left with. Such a wonderful story about personal growth, and development, and how it may be hard to pick up the pieces, but at some point it must be done.

This was my first Barbara Delinsky book, and I found her to be a very multi-faceted, evocative, thought-provoking author. I love books with a lot of family drama, I enjoy reading a book that makes me feel like I could know these people, that they may be the family next door. There is a realism to Delinksy’s book, and for me, that makes this one a winner!

People don’t cry because they’re weak. They cry because they’ve been strong for too long.

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