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Margaret from Maine

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Brought together by war, separated by duty, a love story for the ages

Margaret Kennedy lives on a dairy farm in rural Maine. Her husband Thomas—injured in a war overseas—will never be the man he was. When the President signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to the nation’s capital. Charlie King, a handsome Foreign Service officer, volunteers to es
Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Plume (first published April 10th 2012)
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Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Of all the fabulous books Joe has written this is my FAVE!!!! And for full disclosure, yes, he is my husband. So sue me. Follow up with, or for that matter, lead with 'Eternal on the Water.' They are both two-box-o-tissue-books. Endearing characters, beautiful scenery and poetically delivered descriptions. Oh- and don't miss 'The World as We Know It." ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I mean, that's it? Pages and pages of detail to build this intimacy and then it just ends. ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I kept waiting for something, anything to happen. Meandering, repetitive, cloyingly sweet.
Marne Wilson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always used to say that my preferred form of love story was the idyll. The idea of two people coming together for a week or two, having a beautiful time, and then parting again seemed so intriguing to me. Then I actually had my own idyll and found out that they aren't all they're cracked up to be, one of the many things that are much more romantic in books and movies than they are in real life.

Still, after reading this book, I remember why I used to love this kind of story so much. Monninger i
Sara Palacios
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with a copy of Margaret from Maine by Joseph Monninger in exchange for an honest review.

This book begins with Margaret Kennedy, who lives on a dairy farm in a very rural part in Maine. Her husband Thomas, was injured in war overseas and left in a vegetative state due to his bravery. His body lived, but the spirit of the man had long ago left his physical shell. That made things very hard from Margaret as she is made to care for Thomas, as well as take care of the dairy farm and th
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Margaret From Maine is a heart and gut wrenching story about what happens to the loved ones left when their spouse goes to war. I laughed and I cried reading this book because I remember waiting by the door waiting to hear the bad news every time someone died over seas. Someone close to me served two tours in the gulf war and Afghanistan and every time I saw the state car I would panic thinking the worst. So while I was reading this I could feel every thing Margaret felt.

Margaret loves her life
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well that was... Pointless. In some ways it wasn't what I expected and others it was a bit predictable. I thought this was a more historical piece for some strange reason and instead it is a present day piece. Which disappointed me a bit. I won't go into any details so I don't ruin it for anyone but to me there was no rhyme or reason. It was flat and superficial. And maybe I'm just coming down from some of the awesome books I have read recently but I just was left with nothing. ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-audio-books
AUDIOBOOK: I can’t believe this was written by the same author as “The World As We Know It”. I was so terribly disappointed. I expected a richly textured, beautifully written, character rich story and got none of those things. Certain phrases were repeated over and over and OVER. The young boy in the story is portrayed as a monosyllabic, flat six year old that I’m not sure developed the story line in any way. Soap opera in book form.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

In this story we are given a woman living her day to day life on a dairy farm in Maine with her son Gordon and father-in-law Ben, keeping herself together and poised as ever. She’s a simple woman, not wanting for much, and considering which direction her life has taken, that says a lot about her character and strength. Unfortunately we never really get to “meet” her husband, Thomas, because he’s now just a shadow of the man he once was. He joined the Reserves, just like countl
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Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It starts out with a courageous man using his body as a shield to protect a fellow soldier. Riddled with bullet holes, he went on to wonder why he was doing what he was doing. Why should he sacrifice his body, his life for a virtual stranger barely past his pubescence? And in the midst of his revelry, his wife barely registered in his consciousness. It wasn't because he didn't love her. It was just one of those things. Nevertheless, she was his last thought before he succumbed to his injuries.

Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel by New Hampshire author Joseph Monninger is a contemporary romance for adults. There’s the girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back theme, but Mr. Monninger has taken that tried and true formula, given it a deft twist and the results are, in my humble opinion, excellent.
The main character, Margaret Kennedy lives on a dairy farm in rural Maine. Her husband, a soldier, was severely injured during the war, and though he is receiving the best care possible, he will never recov
Julie Barrett
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Margaret from Maine by Joseph Monninger
This book is about Margaret and it starts out with the injury of her husband in the war. He was told the dairy farm would receive help from the government if he went to fight for his country. He's now in a coma.
6 years later we find Margaret at the farm milking the cows, doing daily chores.
her father in law Benjamin runs the farm with help from her and her and Thomas' son, Gordon.
Story also follows Charlie who is an amputee and he is to escort Margaret to
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the desolate cold and beauty of Wisconsin. Not one to read a book via technology, but after enjoying Pride and Prejudice so much, I couldn't wait to make it to a bookstore to read Joseph Monninger's newest book. This marks my 3rd book by him this year: The Letters (with Luanne Rice) & Water on the Eternal were two of my favorites in 2012. The race is on to finish 3 of his books before the New Year ball drops.
ALREADY loving it. m

***Joseph Monninger's reminds me of Pearl S. Buck's style in "The
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Three and one half stars. I've loved Monninger's other novels, but this one felt a bit forced. The characters were somewhat predictable, but the war scene in the beginning was heart stopping.

It was enjoyable but not his best effort.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't normally go for a love story but this was great. It really brought forth the issues faced by many veterns and their wives. ...more
Debra Brooks
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a good book in the true “romance” genre. It is pretty predictable but the characters are likable and reading it is satisfying in the same way that a Lifetime movie is.
Char Ipacs
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this via audio and was not a fan of the narrator I felt the book was predictable. I was surprised the relationship developed so quickly
Chelsea Saal-Cordle
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I finished this book after skimming the last third and kind of wondered what the point of it was. It was extremely shallow and I wasn't sure why some of the characters had a narrative. ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Ending left me hanging!!
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, listened
excellent - and gives much to think about how we provide long term care for those seriously injured while serving in the military. We owe them so much more than we give.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Kennedy is married to Thomas, a Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient who returned from Afghanistan in a vegetative state. She lives with their son, Gordon, and her father-in-law Grandpa Ben on a dairy farm near Bangor, Maine. When she’s invited to Washington for a veterans’ bill signing, another wounded soldier and Foreign Service officer, Charlie King, volunteers to escort her. On their journey to Washington, Margaret and Charlie become close and fall in love with each other, but she ...more
Virginia Campbell
As I began to read "Margaret from Maine", by author Joseph Monninger, the fluidity of the story line and the immediacy of the characters quickly drew me in. Before I knew it, I had finished the book, but I didn't feel finished with the characters--I wanted to read more. I wanted to know what the future held for these people whose loneliness led them to each other. Margaret Kennedy's husband, Tom, was considered a war hero. His personal sacrifice to save a comrade had left him in a vegetative sta ...more
Elizabeth "Eli" Olmedo
Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
The opening of Joseph Monninger’s Margaret from Maine had me in tears as I prepared myself for an emotional and heart-wrenching novel. However, I became increasingly disappointed as the story went downhill very quickly after that. I expected to see the struggles of a wife who develops feelings for another man while her husband lies in a coma, but in the end, she would win out and remain faithful to her vows. Instead, I discovered the book was all about her affair with Charlie King.

If that weren’
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really great book. Much better than I had initially given it credit for. It stayed on my wish list for almost 3 months before I purchased it and I'm so glad I did.
The story is about a young woman from Maine who is married to a soldier now on life support. They have a young son who never knew his dad outside of his hospital bed and live on a farm along with the soldier's supportive dad. Margaret had devoted her life to taking care of her son, the farm and visits to her husband's ward until she w
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this book simply for the integrity of the characters. However, I was increasingly annoyed at the dialogue and words. This book was supposed to be set in current time with relatively young-middle age adults - not 70 year old star crossed lovers. That said....I don't believe anyone that age or this time period would use the words "fetching", describe themselves as "courting", or a "suitor." I rarely hear that people are just "cross" with one another. They would also reference modern day mo ...more
Karen Blinn
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Margaret Kennedy's husband of less than a year, Thomas, was severely wounded in the Afghan War and left a vegetable in a turning frame in a VA hospital. Margaret lives with Gordon, the son he never knew, and her father-in-law, Ben on a dairy farm in Maine. When President Obama signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to Washington D.C. to witness the signing. Charlie King, himself a wounded war veteran, is paid by the government to escort her from Maine to D.C. (Does thi ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, maine
AUTHOR: Monninger, Joseph
TITLE: Margaret From Maine
Date Read: 12/18/13
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Fiction/2013/Penguin/254 pgs

TIME/PLACE: Present/Maine
CHARACTERS: Margaret Kennedy -- mother to 6 yr old Gordon & wife to Thomas injured war veteran in a coma in nursing home

FIRST LINES: The last sound Maine Guardsman Sgt. Thomas Kennedy heard was the whine of a mosquito.

COMMENTS: A very tender & heartfelt love story. Margaret has been living on the dair
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook
This is a contemporary story but it has the feel of a historical romance. Margaret Kennedy is traveling from Maine to Washington in support of a wounded veteran's bill. Her escort is the very handsome service officer, Charlie King. In just a few days the two fall madly in love. However, the constraints of their lives (Margaret's husband is in a persistent vegetative state and Charlie is about to leave for Africa to become a foreign diplomat) envelopes them in a sadness; they know
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a very soft, gentle, and appropriate romance. There's no conflict between any of the characters, only Margaret's appropriate internal conflict about dating a man while her husband is in a coma. Margaret is married to a man who is a veteran and has been in a coma for 6 years. She goes to Washington to watch a bill-signing in regards to coma survivors and she falls in love with her escort.
There's an appropriate amount of hesitation before dating Charlie, the army escort. Everyone is suppo
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Joseph Monninger has published novels for adults and teens and three works of nonfiction. The New York Times Book Review has said of Monninger that he “comes to writing with his five sense wide open”. His work has appeared in American Heritage, Scientific American, Readers Digest, Glamour, Playboy, Story, Fiction, The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated and Ellery Queen, among other publications. He ...more

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