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Maggie's Turn

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,055 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Maggie has always put her family’s needs in front of her own, until one day—without forethought—she drives away, leaving behind her indifferent husband and two sulking teenagers.

As she begins a quest of self-exploration, she meets new people, enjoys new adventures, and rediscovers long-neglected passions. For the first time in years, Maggie contemplates what she wants from
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing (first published July 16th 2013)
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Nikki ღ Navareus
Aug 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY.

Well, this story sucked.

Maggie was an awful mother. I don't blame her for walking away from her dick of a husband, but leaving her kids without any warning and freaking them TF out, then refusing to come back home to them again because, by golly, it's HER turn to be a self serving asshole.

Not that the kids were really worth coming home to, as they were both selfish jerks as well. And Andrew was such an arrogant and demanding dick, who only cared about himself. I never got around to sympathizi
Diana Hockley
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I would warrant that most women feel as Maggie does, at some time during their marriage. We in western society, have set the bar so high in terms of the cost of living - mortgages, vehicles, schooling and our children's expectations - that millions of women have to go to work, frequently in low-paid, physically hard jobs. This does not mean, however, that these women have help at home from their husbands and children - oh no, like Maggie, they are expected to do it all.

As one of these women many
I was delighted by how enjoyable a read Maggie's Turn ended up being. I immediately was drawn into the story and was connected to the characters.

Maggie is a wife and mother who has been underappreciated for years and has reached her breaking point, so one day she just takes off. First with the intention of only being gone for a few hours, however that quickly evolves into a journey that takes her through many states and making many new experiences.

Andrew, Maggie's husband, definitely needed a w
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One dimensional selfish characters. Did I care that the husband had an affair for a year? Nope. Did I care that the wife took off without telling anyone, leaving the husband to take care of the kids? Nope. Did I care about the kids- Kaia and Kyle? Not really. Because the characters were one dimensional and none of them developed throughout the novel. I was bored by these silly people.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really need to stop reading books just because they are free with Kindle Unlimited.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well the topic of this story has been done before, but this is much better than ones I have previously read that are similar.

Maggie and her husband works, but they have two children, as is per usual in most households the wife takes the brunt of all the housework, shopping, cooking, seeing to the kids, attending school meetings and fetes etc etc and umpteen etcs

But dad was also doing an important job he was working full time to feed and clothe his family until.....

yep, he betrayed Maggie.

Aug 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have read this story before in many other novels, and it was written considerably better. The writing was OK, although very trite & silly in many spots. The biggest problem was the character of Maggie. What a whining idiot. I could not stand her. And the other characters were very one-dimensional. And really how convenient to inherit $400K and your super frugal spouse claims he did not know...even after you told him. Ridiculous!
I have read two other books from this author & they were so far su
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I think most every wife or mother feels like Maggie at times - like they just want to run away and escape their everyday life. Probably every husband and father feels that way at times too. Unfortunately most of us don't have the financial resources to do what Maggie did in this novel. The story was sort of enjoyable when read as a total fantasy, but much of it was so unrealistic it was hard to believe in it. She not only walked away from her family but from her job, apparently without any notic ...more
Ann Swann
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From the stunning cover to the superb storytelling, Maggie's Turn quickly snagged me by the heart and kept me reading--and cheering Maggie on--right through to the end. Ms. Sletten's easy way with words made this one of my favorite Deanna Sletten books. She took her time in revealing the depth of the chasm between Maggie and her husband, and that made her situation, and her actions, very understandable. The author's knowledge of historical places (and touristy places) also added to my delight. I
Lynne Spreen
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midlife
Maggie's Turn is a missed opportunity. There's no particular narrative voice, not much emotion, and the main character doesn't face any real challenge while she's on her journey. In fact, this book could have been written in the POV of the husband, who gets hit with many character-forming challenges while Maggie kind of sails along. I think the writer has promise, but this story feels too careful, as if she were afraid to cut loose and just write. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not a good read. I ended up speed reading it 3/4 of the way through it. The actual writing style is good and easy to follow. It's the plot that did not always make sense. Reactions to words and events were not realistic. The characters were not well developed at the beginning so the author makes use of revealing secrets slowly and painfully. Reactions to new information were so disjointed. Not a read I would recommend. ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great family story of love, hurt and loss then finding yourself and happiness again. Full review to come
Wendy Janes
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie’s family have been taking her for granted. One day she chooses to simply drive away. She needs to distance herself from her self-absorbed husband and their two teenage children in order to rediscover who she is and to decide whether her floundering marriage can be saved. Will her rash decision split them apart or bring them back together?

Although I initially struggled to believe that Maggie, of all people, would have left Andrew and their children in the way she does, as the story progres
Rebecca Einstein
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Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I need to stop reading free books from Amazon. UGH! Not good!

I found it completely unrealistic that Maggie wouldn't call home to tell her family that she was ok. What mom doesn't check in on their kids after being so involved. Maggie turned into a selfish woman who "couldn't help her feelings" even though she knew she was being selfish. Yeah. Whatever.

I also find it unbelievable that Andrew wouldn't know ANYTHING about his wife and kids lives. And he's so helpless. Does not know how to feed the
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheating
Well written, the husband is selfish and self absorbed and I don’t believe he was redeemed.
Debra Jackson
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Watching Maggie take her trip on a road to discover who she is and what she wants. Feeling the effects of the problems in her marriage she takes to the open road and she discovers things about herself through meeting different people along the way and they help her find herself again. Love the way the author jumps back and forth with each chapter where Maggie is and what she is doing and what her husband Andrew is dealing with at home. I found this to be a very enjoya ...more
Karen A.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Everybody should get their turn.
Gloria Antypowich

I eagerly anticipated Maggie's Turn and it did not disappoint me. I became a Deanna Lynn Sletten fan months ago when I read Widow, Virgin, Whore; it was book based on a difficult subject, with a story line that has stayed in my mind as one of the most memorable books I have read. Sletten writes thought provoking stories, with characters so real that her readers relate to them and feel their emotions as they deal with difficult situations.

The underlying theme in Maggie's Turn touches on the reali
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: just-for-fun
This is absolutely one of the worst books I have ever read. I get that the main character, Maggie, was upset with how things were going in her life. I get that she needed a vacation and some time alone. There is no shame or harm in that. We all need it sometimes. The problem I had was that she dropped her daughter off at school and just took off. She didn't call, she didn't talk to anyone about what was going on. She just drove away, not only leaving her husband behind with no thought but also h ...more
Teena in Toronto
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie and Andrew have been married for about 20 years and are the parents of two children ... Kyle is 19 and Kaia is 14. The kids are sulking and Andrew is snapping at her. After she drops Kaia off at school one morning, she hears Bob Seger's "Roll Me Away" and that inspires her to take a couple hours for herself. She has her camera with her and is going to take some photographs. When Andrew and the kids get home at the end of the day, they are surprised and annoyed to realize that supper isn't ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
Love, love, love this book! I have now read 3 of Deanna's books and I think she just keeps getting better and better! I saved Maggie's Turn so that I could read and savor it while I was on vacation, I knew it would be that good. What a wonderful way to spend my time!

Maggie's Turn spoke to me on so many levels. First of all, there's Maggie, as a wife and mother, going through the motions, feeling unfulfilled. Seriously, haven't all of us wives and mothers out there - 'been there, done that'? So I
Sandra Nachlinger
“Wouldn’t it be fun, just for a little while, to drive a different direction and take a few snapshots?” That thought, spurred on by Bob Seger’s “Roll Me Away,” led Maggie Harrison to turn west “just as Bob said he was doing in the song” and leave her small-town life behind. Those words made me think: who hasn’t wanted to run away for a little while?

Weighed down with the responsibilities of parenthood, marriage, and a demanding career, Maggie long ago pushed aside her dreams of being a profession
Thanks to NETGALLEY and LAKE UNION PUBLISHING for this novel by Deanna Lynn Sletten, given to me for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book even though I have read many books with the same story line. The author did
a great job introducing you to the characters in her book. Maggie was a great character and Andrew, her husband was a little less likable, but that was part of the story. Maggie and Andrew have two children, they both work, but Maggie is the one that does the housework, shopping, runn
Alison  Johnson
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie loses herself in the years of being a wife and a mother. She takes on the entire world so that her husband is able to fulfill his career goals and dreams. She is solely responsible for taking care of their two teenage children while working herself. One day, after dropping her daughter off at school, Maggie doesn't drive home as usual. She sets off on a spur of the moment road trip to "find herself". Maggie literally runs away from home and meets some pretty neat new friends on her journe ...more
Sally Coles
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie's has turned into a drudge, her life is based on work and looking after and doing everything for her husband and children who are selfish and completely unappreciative of everything that she does for them.....sound familiar! Her dreams of becoming a photographer and having her own studio are distant memories

One day Maggie has enough and walks out and carries on walking and Andrew suddenly realises exactly how much she did do for them all. As we get to know Maggie and follow her journey mo
Realistic and predictable, sometimes over-dramatic, but I can relate to the protagonist's pain and struggle. More thoughts to follow.


"But all in all, I liked Maggie’s Turn. It’s a realistic portrayal of a woman who is at the crossroads and has to choose whether to use her heart or her head. In the end, it is still Maggie’s decision to make."

Excerpt from It's A Wonderful Bookworld.
Cylee Bevers
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just what I needed

I have the hardest time choosing a book. I'm very selective. This book is spot on for what I needed right now in my life. Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget to enjoy the moment. It's easy to lose ourselves. Deanna Lynn Sletten did a great job of getting the reader to know each character. I enjoyed the story and had a very hard time putting the book down. It's worth reading!
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If I could give this book higher than 5 stars, I would. I read it in just a few hours, couldn't put it down. ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book that I have read by this very talented author and have enjoyed both books very much!!

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Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of THE ONES WE LEAVE BEHIND, MISS ETTA, THE WOMEN OF GREAT HERON LAKE, MAGGIE'S TURN, THE LAKE HARRIET SERIES, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

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