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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky



Mackenzie Cooper is now Maggie Reid. She has tried and been very successful in remaking her life after a disastrous accident took away the life of her child whilst she was driving. The grief following this accident destroyed her marriage and she and Edward are now divorced. Maggie lives a very structured life, alone but settled well into this small community where she is liked with a few friends who have no inkling of her previous life.

Edward buying a Inn and moving into this small town will definitely upset Maggie. On top of it all, she feels her brother has turned traitor when she discovers he is the new chef at the Inn joining her ex husband in this new endeavour. However what really turns Maggie's world upside down is when her colleague's son Chris just fifteen years old is caught hacking into the computers of not just the Inn but of customers of the Inn and now faces federal prison. The ensuing publicity, media frenzy that descends on this town fills Maggie with foreboding as she knows it is only a matter of time when people start connecting the dots and discovering who she is. Someone with a past and a record.

The story though it is about Maggie and Edward mainly also chronicles the life of Grace and Chris - the boy at the middle of the hacking saga, with a lot of secrets that Grace wants kept hidden. How the two stories interact though totally disconnected from each other and how it evolves is very well done.

Friendship, small town support (and gossip) all keep the story going and the love story binding Maggie and Edward is a plus.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of St. Martins Press.

7 comments:

Vicki said...

This book sounds good.

bermudaonion said...

The author must be good to tie together two such different stories.

Alyssa Nelson said...

This sounds like a super cute contemporary. I love small town books. :p Great review!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I haven't read this author but I see her books everywhere. This sounds like a good one to try!

Lindsey said...

This sounds a little bit like Young Jane Young. Have you read that one?

Yvonne said...

I used to love this author's books. I have to get back to reading them. This one sounds really good.

Kathryn T said...

I am in the reservation line at the library for this one so I am looking forward to reading it.