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Maggie's Journey (McKenna's Daughters #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  290 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
A girl who’s been lied to her whole life...
Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she was adopted. The daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed both by her real parents and by the ones who raised her.

Maggie desires a place where she belongs. But her mother’s constant criticism and rem
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Realms (first published October 2011)
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Dec 26, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
Captivated from beginning to end!

I read this book in 2 hours. That’s a record for me. I literally did not put it down. Not for a moment. From the prologue to the last page, I was captivated. There was joy, suffering, excitement, confusion, and romance portrayed through vivid images of life, love and loss.

There are many emotions dealt with in the book but the one that spoke most to me was fear. From Florence and Joshua’s marriage to Maggie’s discovery about her adoption, the author shows us what
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Oct 29, 2011 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it it was amazing
I am an adopted child and this book was hard at points and was touching in others. Maggie doesn't understand why her mother Florence treats her so badly. She loves to design dresses and her mother despises that. Florence doesn't even delight in her daughter. Maggie begins to wonder if there is something wrong with her. Just before her 18th birthday party Maggie goes up to the attic to look through old dresses that she knew her grandmother had made for her mother. In searching for the dresses she ...more
Oct 07, 2011 Renee rated it liked it
As an avid reader of Christian fiction I've read a ton of Christian romances by dozens of different authors and Lena Nelson Dooley is one of the best writers when it comes to Westerns. With her latest novel, Maggie's Journey she introduces the first of three sisters in what is sure to be one interesting series. Follow Maggie Caine as she discovers a deeply hidden secret that makes her doubt everyone and everything she knows and discovers the joys and heartache that comes with love.

Right from the
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Margaret Lenora Caine or Maggie as she is known to her close friends and family is very special, just doesn't know how special until she ventures into her attic looking for a dress she can remake to wear to her 18th birthday party. While searching for something she can use, she comes across a white chest which contains an old photo that looks just like her and a letter from Angus McKenna signing over his rights to Joshua and Florence Caine, her parents.

Maggie and her mother have been at odds dur
Aug 11, 2012 Paula-O rated it really liked it
"Maggie's Journey" by Lena Nelson Dooley

This author is a talanted writer and winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction...

The story starts of a couple on a wagon train going west ...the trip is long and "dusty" to say the least.
Florence is a woman that has waited a long time hoping to have a baby and when she sees others with little ones it causes her much heartache.
But..this trip is going to be one she will never forget-she is becoming very despondent when another couple on
Dora Hiers
Dec 14, 2011 Dora Hiers rated it it was amazing
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not really a big historical reader, but I just finished Maggie’s Journey, the first book in the McKenna’s Daughters Series by Lena Nelson Dooley, and I think I’m changing my tune.

Never having read a book by Lena Nelson Dooley, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Maggie’s Journey focuses on a woman’s search to find her identity after she discovers that her birth parents gave her away, and the serious emotional struggles between a mother and daughter.

From the firs
Jul 31, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Margaret Lenora Caine, an only child, grew up in Seattle and had a very privileged life. She has noticed a change in her mother, Florence, in the last few years, she feels like her mother is constantly criticizing her and trying to change the person she has become. Margaret can't figure out what she's done to upset her mother. Margaret loves to design dresses which is what her grandmother does in Little Rock, Arkansas but she has never seen her and she is her only grandchild.

In a few days Margar
Reading, "Maggie's Journey", I could not put the book down and found myself disappointed toward the end, that there was an end to the book; I wanted it to continue because I was so curious about the main character, Margaret Lenora Caine, and rather or not, she would find answers to her questions.

At 283 pages, readers will discover, not a historical romance, but a wonderful, historical fiction, based in a time when trains have become a method of travel in the States and more homes were beginning
A few years ago I read my first novel with seasoned author Lena Nelson Dooley in her Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico and enjoyed it beginning to end. Again with Maggie's Journeyd it from the first page and I am uber eager to read more as it comes in the rest of the series.

Of course I'm always a fan of characters that are named Margaret, as I'm a Margaret. But I enjoyed the personality of the characters. The growth that both Maggie and Charles had to endure. It brings a real relative light
Debbie Lynne
Jul 04, 2012 Debbie Lynne rated it it was amazing
Maggie's Journey isn't your typical romance. The title does the book justice. This is about the journey Maggie takes and what she learns as she travels it. It's a sweet story of misunderstandings, pride and forgiveness. This was extra fun for me because I have family who live in the Seattle area on the Puget Sound and have visited them. I loved reading about the area. Ms. Dooley does a beautiful job in digging deep into her characters to bring them alive. She not only fleshes out the hero and he ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
Maggie's Journey takes a through a period in Maggie's life when she is facing struggles, disappointment and rejection. Our author, Lena Nelson Dooley, takes us on both a physical journey as Maggie travels from Seattle to Little Rock to her grandmothers, as well as a spiritual and emotional journey as Maggie makes a discovery that makes her question not only her parent's love but also God's love,
One of the main strengthsof the book is the way Dooley allows her characters to struggle, fail, be dis
Lynn Hobbs
Oct 25, 2012 Lynn Hobbs rated it it was amazing
Fell into this book; hook, line and sinker!The lives of three babies after a hard childbirth in a wagon train; the mother is too weak to live. Loved the storyline and emotion of the characters! Introduces first child and her reaction to being adopted. Will begin the second book ( Mary's Blessing's) of the series, next. Can't wait for the third book in the McKenna's Daughter's Series to debut! Thank you Lena Nelson Dooley for another great book to dive into! :)
May 03, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Some children wonder if they might be adopted, but I never thought about that. With all my family having dark brown curly hair I certainly fit in. But if I had looked different and had no connection with my mother's needs or wants, maybe I would have. I am surprised it took Maggie so long to really think about it. But as she was turning 18 years old, she put more emphasis on her clothes, her dreams and her own personal designs. One day she ventures up into the attic to explore and finds a beauti ...more
Rose Dee
Jul 22, 2013 Rose Dee rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story very much. Beautifully written by Lena Nelson Dooley. Would have liked to have seen a bit more romance.
“Maggie's Journey” by Lena Nelson is the first book in her McKenna's Daughters Series and it sure wasn't like any other romance book I have read about, or if I had they didn't gather my attention like this one did. Most times there is girl A meeting boy A and boy A meets girl A, but there is another that is thrown in the mix here that is really quite interesting.

The book starts out nearly 18 years before, in order to show how the whole series starts and where things happen and the reason why. Fr
May 11, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing
Maggie’s Journey by Lena Nelson Dooley
McKenna's Daughters Series Book 1
Margaret Lenora Caine remembers better times, times when her Mother loved her. These days it was like she wanted to mold Maggie into someone else. She also was against Maggie using her talents as a dress designer. Her grandmother Agatha designed dresses and Maggie longed to visit her and learn more. After her eighteenth birthday she was finally allowed to go from Seattle to Little Rock, Arkansas along with her Aunt Georgia an
Flora Smith
This was a free kindle read and it wasn't horrible but just not my kind of read. I gave it three stars because I felt like those who enjoy Christian fiction would like this one thereby it has potential.

Not only a Christian fiction, this read is also a historical fiction. Maggie is born, one of triplets, on a wagon train headed to Oregon. Her mother dies in childbirth and her father, unable to care for three babies gives her and one sibling up for adoption. Her parents hide the truth from her and
Dec 13, 2011 Jolene rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian Fiction
Maggie Caine thought she knew who she was and where she came from. But after discovering that she was secretly adopted shortly after birth, she feels betrayed by her parents. Desiring to escape the tension and turmoil in her home and her heart, she requests to visit her grandmother in Arkansas. Maggie's father agrees to her petition with the stipulation that her Aunt Georgia and Charles Stanton, her father's young business partner, accompany her. Almost immediately Charles is taken with Georgia ...more
What a journey the Lena Nelson Dooley takes us on when she introduces us to Maggie and her sisters!! I had never read anything by this author before and so I wasn’t sure what to expect! I’m glad to report that she is an amazing author that is extremely talented at bringing a story alive and connecting the reader emotionally to her characters!

Right from the beginning I knew Maggie’s Journey was going to be great. It was very emotional and at times I was shocked, and other times I wanted to cry! M
I was initially attracted to this book because the title character is from Seattle in the 1880s, which is interesting to me as a local of the area. However, from some of the discussion of climate and the culture of the area, it became pretty evident that this wasn't a local's deep immersion in the history of one's own city. Which is fine.

Anyhow, Maggie (who has a hidden past as one of a set of triplets -- I assume the rest of the series follows her other two sisters), has a fraught relationship
Kathleen E.
Jun 19, 2012 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing
Monday, May 28, 2012
Book 1! Maggie's Journey by Lena Nelson Dooley

What a beautiful story! How am I ever going to write a review without giving it away? I will tell it best by telling you about the character and integrity of the people in Maggie's Journey.

I liked that they shared their food on the train.

Georgia pulled the picnic basket from under their seat. "Is anyone besides me hungry?"

Charles dropped back onto his bench. "I could do with some food about now. What do we have?"

"Knowing Mrs. J
Lisa Johnson
Nov 03, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Mary’s Blessing
Author: Lena Nelson Dooley
Pages: 304
Publisher: Realms
Year: 2012
Note: I received a complimentary copy for review from Charisma media. Other reviews can be read on the blog located here: http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo...

Mary’s Blessing is a novel of love, forgiveness, and traveling through the rough passages of life on earth this side of heaven. While on a wagon train to Oregon, one couple finds themselves grieving the loss of a little girl. Another couple gives birth
Jun 05, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable story! Maggie's Journey is the first of three stories about triplets who are separated at birth. Maggie is unaware that she is adopted and as she approaches her eighteenth birthday, she struggles with feeling that her mother does not listen to her and is always trying to change her. The love interest in this story is Charles, a good Christian man who is suffering a bit from vanity and pride in his own accomplishments. These things color his ability to see Maggie as a love intere ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Kelli rated it did not like it
This is one of those sweeping legacy stories. The story is sometimes entertaining, however, it's a little make believe-ish. The writing is a bit too formal than it ever needs to be and most of Dooley's characters seem like cardboard and highly cliched. The conversations between the characters are forced and stale. It's kind of a book that I feel like I've read before. It's a very reused plot.
The story line of Charles, the male lead, having a crush on Maggie's aunt was way embarrassing and over
Sydney Harries
Apr 20, 2014 Sydney Harries rated it it was amazing
I won Maggie's Journey and i was great! Such a good story! i can't wait to read more of Lena Nelson Dooley's books!!Lena Nelson Dooley
Feb 22, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Kindle freebie. Dull, dull, dull. And, I'm sorry, but can none of the peripheral characters think for themselves? The train conductor needed Mary Sue, the male protagonist, to figure everything out for him when the wood was running low and the passengers were cold? Please.

Christian Fiction doesn't bother me, in general, but this one sort of built into a god-frenzy by the end. I had hopes for it as the lead character is an adult adoptee who discovers her adoption by accident. The adoptive mother
MaryannC.Book Fiend
I won this in book form through a Goodreads Giveaway. After giving this book the attention it deserved, I really did enjoy it. Set in the late 1880's, Maggie's Journey is about a young woman who was adopted under tragic circumstances. She finds out she is adopted one day after looking through a trunk in th attic. Torn by sadness as to why she was given up, Maggie seeks to find out answers about who she is and what her future holds when she takes a trip with her beloved aunt Georgia and childhood ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Audra rated it it was amazing
An exceptional historical story of two women. Florence is a woman struggling with a lie she has kept for years concerning her adopted daughter. Its a love story between her and her husband as well. With the love of God and each other the couple can overcome any trial and strengthen their relationship with one another.
Maggie is struggling to find herself and her place in this world. The author briefly touches on the bond between twins. Maggie also shares the joy and adventure of new love.
I love
Precarious Yates
Feb 17, 2012 Precarious Yates rated it really liked it
This book was not only about Maggie's journey, but about her whole family's journey from secrecy and lies to truth and forgiveness. Beautifully told with all the colors, sights, tastes and feels of late 19th century America, Maggie's Journey held the interest of even me (I'm generally not a fan of romance).

As a adoptive mother, I appreciated the real and raw reactions each character expressed around this subject. There were times I saw the emotions reflected in my own heart. Lena Nelson Dooley d
Jessica White
May 09, 2015 Jessica White rated it liked it
Good story and characters in a light-hearted style.
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