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The Life She Chooses

(Granite Springs #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Two families. Two troubled pasts. Can they find a future together?

Following the loss of her husband and the devastating accusations surrounding his death, Kay Jackson has experienced the icy chill of alienation from the close-knit town of Granite Springs. Thrust into the position of personal assistant to a professor at the local university, Kay, who prefers to stay in the
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Published December 9th 2019 by Cala Publishing
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Three years have passed since Kay Jackson’s husband died and still she is trying to deal with grief and the shame, so Kay kept to herself a lot and became a loner. But Kay knew living like this was not good, and then she got herself a job at the local university. When Kay is asked to fill in as a PA for Professor Nick Kerr she’s not sure she’s the right person for the job. But in no time at all she settles into the position and the Professor makes her feel at ease which helps her a great deal.

It had been three years since Kay Jackson’s husband had died, but the grief and humiliation was ongoing. When Kay took a position at the local university in Granite Springs, she gradually came into her own, grateful for the job and how it kept her loneliness at bay. Professor Nick Kerr’s PA had to take six months leave for family reasons and Kay was asked to fill in for her – she wasn’t sure if she would fit in that position; her desire to remain in the background was still with her. But Kay imm ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Special thanks to Maggie Christensen for an ARC of her newest novel, THE LIFE SHE CHOOSES, which enabled me to read it and write this unbiased review.

THE LIFE SHE CHOOSES is the second book in THE GRANITE SPRINGS series by Maggie Christensen. I enjoyed THE LIFE SHE DESERVES, the first book in this series set in a fictional country town in Australia. So, I was pleased to revisit Granite Springs and get "caught up" with what was taking place in the lives of some familiar characters like Joanna, h
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved being back in the small town of Granite Springs and this time we get to see Kay go through a big change in her life, doing something she never thought she would again and that is fall in love, I hope you pick this one up and cheer Kay on to happiness.

Kay Jackson was devastated after the death of her husband and all of the rumours surrounding his death, she became a hermit but when she takes her life back and takes on a job at the local university she has been very happy but when she is a
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‘Kay wondered if what they all imagined was possible. Could she really find love again?’

The Life She Chooses signals a return visit to the pleasant Australian country township of Granite Springs. Maggie Christensen’s second novel in this appealing series welcomes a new couple, Nick and Kay, who take some tentative steps towards newfound love. The Life She Chooses is a strong women’s fiction title, with a distinct Australian flavour.

When two individuals, from
Meg Martin
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another story about the people in Granite Springs which is just as delightful as the first. Kay has suffered the loss of her husband through suicide and some stories about his life that made the normal support of family and friends questionable. Although this was years ago she still is uncomfortable reaching out. She has recently started working at a University and now has been asked to fill in for a PA who needs a family leave for 6 months. Instead of working for many, she would be working with ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Realistic portrayal of 💕romance later in life👍
Author Maggie Christensen is one of my favorite Australian authors and, once again, she's created a great, highly relatable picture of how family commitments and life experiences complicate second chance romance later in life. I thoroughly enjoyed Kay's story, complete with the drama of her self-absorbed, married daughter Zoe, and the issues that surface with Kay's slightly younger new man. I also liked that the author told their story from
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Thanks to author Maggie Christenson for an e copy of The Life she Chooses to review. I found this an easy book to get into after a busy day , it was great to relax with, I am really loving these books from Australian authors . Maggie writes with great respect and sympathy for older people finding themselves single for a variety of reasons and this flows through the story and I found myself relating well to the story of family life , the ups and downs and complexities of two different families , ...more
Janet Graham
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Australian Women's Fiction
This is another bit of Women's Fiction based in Granite Springs, Australia. This is a sweet and clean novel that centers around a middle-aged couple finding their way in a new relationship. It can get tricky when each party has a full life behind them. This is a very good story that is more Women's Fiction than romance. I love the way the author has written this series. Love is much different for folks who are more experienced and mature. I received this ARC from the au
Julie Cobham
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good read from Maggie Christensen. The female protagonist is suffering the gossip of a small town after horrendous allegations against her husband's suicide. The hero is trying to cope with 2 teenagers whose mother has left them. The story of how things play out is utterly believable and heart warming. The Granite Springs stories may well break out further than the expected trilogy. As usual, I read the book in one sitting. It certainly sucks you in. ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maggie is an amazing author. Her characters are so real. The use of family, humor, sadness and past relationships all blend together in Nick and Kay’s story to make this a book you won’t put down.
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kay is just starting her life over again, after devastating accusations and her husband's suicide. She has a job she loves and is put into the position of helping out a Professor at the university. Nick's life just takes a turn as his wife leaves him and moves away. Juggling kids and life leaves little time for having their own lives. But, somehow Nick and Kay find the time to see if the sparks between them can lead to something more. A wonderful book that gives hope to all of those that are old ...more
Mary Lexie
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book. Look forward to Maggie Christensens books, where I can sit and read a great story, and be transported into a place where there are solutions to problems and a happy ending. thank you and always look forward to the next one.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second in the Granite Springs series about mature women facing life's challenges. An enjoyable exploration of some contemporary issues. Read in a few days. ...more
Evonne Hutton
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kay's husband commited suicide and three years later she is still struggeling to ,oove on.
Nick's wife left him but work is a saving.
When work throws them togeter the ice starts to melt.
A good story line
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Granite Springs series by Maggie. It tells the story of Kay who is a friend of Jo who is in book #1 of this series. Kay has become quite bitter after the suicide of her husband who was suspected of some improper conduct in the community. Kay works at the local university and is asked to take over from one of the secretaries who works for one of the heads of department there while she attends to her ill mother. Kay reluctantly agrees.

Nick Kerr lives for work and is
Craig / Phil
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story of hope, family, healing from the past and a second chance at love.
Kay Jackson is just putting her life back together after the death of her husband and the chilling accusations that were spread through the town.
She is hired for a position as a personal assistant to a professor at the local university and she is hoping to move on and away from gossip.
Nick Kerr, a University professor is mending from a broken heart after his wife leaves him for a younger man.
Left to parent his two teen ch
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I always look forward to picking up a book by Maggie Christensen, and I so enjoy her character-driven stories: I know that it’ll be like spending time with good friends, seeing and experiencing all the complications life may throw at them.

I wasn’t sure I’d like Kay as much as I did the author’s other female leads – she didn’t leave the best impression from the first book in the series, with her spikiness and hard edges, but she certainly had good reason to protect herself with that brittle shell
Anne Rightler
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read several of Maggie Christensen's books (one previous one in the Granite Springs series), I knew that I would be in for a heart-tugging story about families families with realistic and relatable struggles. Sure enough! In The Life She Chooses, the second book in the series, I enjoyed reading about Kay and Nick as they journey their way to a loving relationship despite issues with their children, grown and teenaged, and, of course, the "ex".
The author, Maggie Christensen, again, gives
Mary Monks
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here is another lovely story from this author.
I always feel like I have just slid my feet into a comfy pair of slippers.
The characters and their situations are pleasingly familiar.
After Kay's husband's suicide, she eventually goes to work for a professor who is getting used to life after his wife left him for another man. A relationship develops between the two.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest in "A Granite Springs" series, but I found that the romance is entirely predictable.
Having sai
Carolyn Shelley
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an ARC reader, I was blessed to spend time with another of Maggie Christensen's masterpieces. Her characters could be my neighbors, friends, or family. They have children, marital woes, jobs, and imagination. They live around the corner, down the street, and miles away. Maggie has woven her story of chance, change, and an older love so special, we can all enjoy. I could not put it down, and am still wanting more of these delightful characters ...more
Margaret Smith
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very Nice

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Life She Choses. I appreciate the fact that there are familiar Characters and places from the first book, but that it's a stand alone book in itself. I also appreciate the fact that the intimate details are left to your imagination, and not graphically described. I love reading novels about mature folks and can relate to the children and grandchildren and their relationships. Thanks for writing this series! Love it so far!
Ellen Gardner
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read

This is the second book in the Granite Springs series,. Once again Maggie doesn't fail with a great story set in a location I can visualise with memorable characters that you just want to know what happens in their lives. Reading Maggie's books is like a friend sitting telling you a story, I look forward to the next book which is coming out soon.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story, dealing with life in general. Kay ‘s husband had passed away a few years ago. The accusations still seem to plaque her. Will she find love and happiness. A not to be missed story.
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After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them.
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Granite Springs (9 books)
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  • The Life She Wants (Granite Springs #3)
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