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Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,133 ratings  ·  624 reviews
From bestselling author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakthrough.

At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But neve
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Published February 27th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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da AL
At the start, I worried my fellow book lovers had led me astray. Perhaps they'd been seduced by the catchy title and book cover? The setup boded cliched characters and story line... but hurrah! The author more than made up for the so-so start with an ultimately wise, satisfying book. Plus, the audiobook reader was outstanding!
I'll come out and say it - I requested this novel solely because the title grabbed my attention.

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties was relatable. Despite that, I couldn't get into it at all.
The heroine, Maggie Harris finds herself in her early fifties divorced, as her dependable husband of nearly thirty years leaves her for a much younger woman. How cliche, right?

The kids are grown up.. Who's Maggie without her partner? Unsurprisingly, she's confused, depressed, and very lonely.

After moping and gr
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties starts with Maggie, a 53 year old, being blindsided by her husband, Adam, announcing he wants to separate and isn’t happy anymore. Maggie didn’t see it coming, and struggled to find how this happened and how she’s lost herself over the last several years supporting him and raising their two (now adult) children.

When you think you are bypassing heartache, all you’re really doing is borrowing happiness from another day.”

While I can’t imagine having to
[Shai] Bibliophage
Maggie Halfmoon and her husband, Adam, is nearing their retirement and their 28th year of being married. However, Maggie’s worst nightmare came when Adam just suddenly dropped the bomb that he’s leaving their home because he no longer loves her. Aside from this, he told her that there’s another woman in his life; he sent a divorce paper few weeks after he was gone, and Maggie was left thinking what went wrong in their marriage. She kept on wishing that Adam will have a change of heart; that he w ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Maggie is shell shocked as her world is turned upside down when, out of nowhere, her husband declares after almost 30 years of marriage that he doesn't love her any more. As Maggie goes through the grieving process of a broken marriage, she slowly comes to the realisation that she has lost herself in the process of caring for everyone else in her family. She gingerly begins building a new life, embarking on a journey of self discovery, coming out the other side a much stronger, resilient woman, ...more
Elyse Walters
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Debbie Oliphant
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel by this author and I am so glad to have experienced this story.

Maggie is blindsided by her husbands announcement that he is leaving her and wants a divorce. Maggie is devastated and cannot remember her life without her husband. She tries to cope with her new normal and soon discovers a version of herself that she misses.

She decides to take a trip alone to Rome and meets a woman who becomes a friend and suggests that she occupies her home in MI while she stays in Italy for
Katie B
I really loved Forever is the Worst Long Time by the author so I was excited when I saw this book on sale. Unfortunately, this one didn't pack the same emotional punch and probably belongs in the decent, but nothing special category.

Maggie Harris is in her 50s, married and has two grown children. She is not at all prepared when her husband announces he is leaving her. If there is anything good to come of this new situation it is Maggie might soon realize it's okay to take care of herself instea
2.75 stars

I requested this ARC, because I found the title intriguing and that alone made me think and reflect on Things-In-Life.
Despite the cover blurb revealing the gist of the story, I was somehow hoping for more... more depth, layers, insight, inner journey. So maybe it was a mistake on my part to start reading with these expectations in mind, but I couldn't help them, they were there and unfortunately they were not met. Pretty much everything was kept close to the surface.

This does not mean
Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
“It’s an age-old story: woman meets man, man woos woman, woman spends her best years believing their love is the everlasting kind. The pair watches with teary eyes as their progeny take flight from their suburban nest, knowing they’ll return in times of crisis or when their laundry needs to be washed and folded. Woman embraces aging with hair dye and ample amounts of wine . Man faces his impending mortality by convincing himself that a younger woman is the answer to his waning energy and flaggin ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I don’t know if there’s a mother on the planet that hasn’t felt like they lost a piece of themselves at some point since having their children. It’s SO incredibly easy to throw your heart and soul into being a mom, it’s a gigantic responsibility and one most don’t take lightly. Along the way it’s far too easy to put yourself last in order to keep your family functioning happily and you don’t even notice until you’ve been doing it for years, decades even. That is the crux of Maggie’s problem, she ...more
Anne ✨
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I really enjoy Camille Pagan’s writing - her stories are funny, poignant, relatable and uplifting.

This is a story about Maggie, a 53-year-old woman whose life has revolved around 30years of marriage and staying at home to raise their two now-adult kids. When her husband, Adam, goes through a mid-life crisis and ends their marriage, Maggie must begin the process of rediscovering who she is again.

Maggie goes through all the emotions you’d expect (shock, sadness, anger, hurt), but this story is a
Lisa Montanaro
Really enjoyed this book! Maggie is such a great character. The story line is interesting and kept me glued to the page. I really liked that the characters were multi-dimensional and had depth. There is something so satisfying and inspiring when someone triumphs over a tough situation and this book delivers in that regard. Let’s hear it for second chances!
Sherri Thacker
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well this book was a pleasant surprise. It’s my first book written by Camille Pagan and I love her style of writing. I’m in my 50’s too and it made me think what would happen if my hubby of 27 years also said “I’m done with our marriage”. It’s scary to start over after 2 kids ... etc. But one has to move on. This book was very enjoyable and I can’t wait to read her other books.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw the title of this book, I thought it would be about a woman in her 30s. Was I ever wrong - it's about a woman in her 50s and I was thrilled. I feel that this is an age group that is being ignored in modern books and it was great to have such a multi-dimensional and well written character take the lead. Kudos to Camille for writing such a fantastic main character and a great book.

After 30 years of marriage and being part of a couple who were well matched and happy, Maggie's husba
Linda Zagon
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review of “Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties” by Camille Pagan Lake Union Publishing February 27,2018

Kudos to Camille Pagan , Author of “Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties” for such a wonderful, emotional and encouraging read. Can you imagine thinking you have it all, married for thirty years, two grown children, a house , and friends, and finding that everything in your life is about to change? How would you feel if said husband informs you that he no longer wants to be married? You’re 53 years o
Wow! I did not see this one coming! I had not read any novels by this author, but the cover captured my eye first. When I read the blurb about it, I couldn't resist.

How many women over 40 feel like all the world revolves around 20-somethings or, dare I say it, milennials? I don't think I did at 40, but in my 60's I really feel it. TV commercials, TV runs through our entire society! So this particular book caught my eye right away. And, it succeeded in holding my attention throughout.
Jill McGill
WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES is totally relatable and true to life. It's a story about a woman who thought she had the perfect marriage of nearly thirty years, but now her husband just shattered her world. Follow Maggie's journey as she begins to rebuild her life and find herself again.i

A book of family drama, heartbreak, hope, and self-discovery... Loved every minute of reading this one!
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Familiar is good, but maybe sometimes unfamiliar is even better.” - Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties

At the age of fifty-three, Maggie Harris is thrown for a loop when her husband decides to up and leave her without any warning. Sure, their lives have fallen into a boring routine, and they haven’t had a passionate marriage in years, but the divorce still comes as a shock.

Now, she is forced to figure out who she is and what she wants to do next. Her kids are fully grown, and while her son still d
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
We've all been through heartache right? The person you think you're going to spend the rest of your life with ups and decides it's over... seemingly out of nowhere? And the first thing you do? You blame yourself. What could you have done to make it better? Where did you go wrong? HOW COULD THEY DO THIS TO YOU?! And then there's the truth to time healing all wounds and you WILL move on and find something better - whether with someone else or with YOURSELF.

So yes, this is a story we've seen time a
Susan Peterson
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I pick up a book by Camille Pagan, I know I will get a novel filled with multi-dimensional characters and a story filled with the ups and downs, and twists and turns of life. In Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, the author has given us Maggie; a 53-year-old woman, content in life with her husband and two adult children, although she is a bit of a worry wart! The one thing she never worried about, never questioned, was her marriage...until the day her husband tells her that he is leaving ...more
Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is the story of Maggie and how she copes when her husband of almost thirty years suddenly wants a divorce.

The main premise is all so familiar. And unfortunately others have done it better.

I did read to the end but once there, I had the feeling that I’d read a book where nothing really happened. Or the things that did happen were a series of boring and cliched tropes.

For starters, there was the ‘seachange’ type of move to another town, the new job, the adventurou
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maggie is a worrier. It’s who she is. When her husband tells her that he’s in love with someone else, 30 years of marriage passes through her brain. She doesn’t know how to function without being married. She’s been a mom and a wife for most of her adult life.

As Maggie tries to figure out life without being a wife, she also tries to reconnect with who she was in her 30s, when she was in her prime and happy.

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is a book for those who might have lost their way but can
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.

On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is my first book by Camille Pagán & will definitely not be my last. At first, I wasn't sure if I would be able to relate to the main character, Maggie, a 50 something year old woman who's husband is done with their marriage, after her giving him everything & raising two adult children together. I'm 30 & single, but I went in with an open mind and I'm glad I did. Maggie was an incredibly likable character and I enjoyed sharing her journey with her. I was angry at Adam for her and ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
Having never read Pagan before, I know I’ll have to make a point to grab her earlier novels. She writes relatable characters well.

Maggie is in her 50s and content until her husband of 30 years tells her he’s no longer happy and is leaving her. She raised two children with him and doesn’t know any other life. How can she just be alone?

While I’m happily married, I can relate to the character’s feeling of “Is this it?” Does anyone in a relationship know how they would be on their own when they’re
I loved this book so much! I could relate to Maggie so much even though I remain happily married. Christ on a cracker! I laughed out loud so many times! Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is a heartwarming tale of finding happiness after bad times. And of the ability to fold life's bad moments into the good!

I received an advanced review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars, maybe 3.5.
I liked the idea of the book, very true, very honest. But overall it lacked a spark, dull and dragged out at times.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2018


I received a copy from Thomas Allen and Sons in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, when I asked to review this book, I was looking for a woman's fiction novel that was realistic and well written enough to make me feel like the main characters. Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is that novel. And it was fantastic.

WLSIHT (my own short form) follows Maggie Harris, a 53 year old woman, who cannot believe after thirty years of marriage, her husband decides that she no longer
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I fancied the cover and the title so much I couldn’t resist reading the book. However, I didn’t like it.

The synopsis seemed sweet, so I expected a light and funny story about a 53-year woman and her trip to Rome, where she will recover from divorce. I even expected something like a movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Summer’ or a TV show ‘Grace and Frankie’. How wrong I was. Somehow, the trip to Rome occupied only a few chapters in the middle. The first absolutely uneventful 70 pages of the book were about
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I’m the author of Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties (out 2/27/18), Forever is the Worst Long Time, The Art of Forgetting, and the #1 Kindle bestseller Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film. My novels have been translated into twelve languages.

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