Maggsie McNaughton's Second Chance
Everyone deserves a second chance.
Small and dyslexic, with a short fuse, bad teeth, a prison record and something to prove, Marguerite McNaughton – Maggsie – doesn't need anybody or anything, thank you very much. She's more than capable of looking after herself.
She’s also about to discover that everyone needs someone, sometimes.
The thing about trusting oth...more
Maggsie is starting life anew. She drops information about how she found herself in the situation she is in now. Things start off with a bang and on the positive notes that follow, she starts a resolution for the year. She marks the days off on the calendar as she wades her way through unfamili ...more
Disclaimer: I have been lucky enough to have received an advance copy of this book. I don’t review books very often and I never review books which I have nothing positive to say about. I am not a professional reader, or a blogger. In percentage terms: I am 1% an avid writer and 99% an avid reader. Books are too important.
People often use the expression that they ‘escape into a book’ and some would call that expression a metaphor. It is not a met ...more
It is rare that I start a book and can’t put it down - but this is one of them. A story about a girl who from a really bad start in life seems to have nothing to look forward to and has no wish to put herself on the road to redemption when she is finally released from jail. From her dyslexia to her lack of a guiding influence since her only good friend in jail looks likely to die of cancer, she pulls herself up to become a worthwhile citizen. Setbacks along the way seem insurmountable b ...more
This book is just so full of warmth and hope and humour and the fact that there are good people in this world. It's a book that reaffirms that everyone deserves a second chance and that we all have something to give to the world.
Maggsie had a troubled upbringing and didn't get the best start in life. She is also dyslexic and this has stopped her from achieving many things in life. She has lo ...more
The book is narrated by Maggsie throughout and we learn a lot about life through her experiences, how hard it is to do ...more
Primarily a novel about friendship and deserving another go in life, Maggsie McNaughton's Second Chance was well worth the read, especially for the last exciting chapters.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Pan Macmillan via NetGalley, at my own request. Th ...more
My name is Marguerite. (...) and flowers aren't the first thing you think of when you see me.
I desperately keep searching for books similar to «Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine». I would love to experience again the same emotions I felt towards Eleanor and her complicated and messed up life. And I keep falling for the blurbs “for the fans of Eleanor Oliphant” and then get disappointed when the book doesn’t live up to my expectations.
There were two main conflicts between me and th ...more
Maggie is a delightfully-crafted character who can make you stare wide-eyed at the page or tighten your muscles as you root for things to work out for her despite mistakes she might make.
Once again, Frances Maynard kicks off with a powerful start that makes you want to run to the next page and the one after, right on the conclusion.
It is insightful and empathetic and ...more
Maggsie is unapologetically herself. Once a kid from a bleak place, she’s now an adult trying to find hope, despite a crushing lack of self esteem and an all-too-recent criminal record. This ...more
A very easy & uplifting read. Maggsie is a bright and opinionated narrator, surrounded by a supportive and loving community. The story traverses into issues of crime & punishment, as well as the shame that can build through illiteracy. It was beautiful to witness compassion & empathy helping Maggsie to move past this.
There was also a delicately developed representation on adult mothers reuniting with lost children. Frances Maynard put a lot of care and consideration into this ...more
I'm married with one grown-up daughter and live in Dorset, on the south coast of England. I also spend time in Blackheath, south-east London.
The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr is my first novel. It was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping 2014 First Novel Award and shortlisted for both the 2016 Mslexia First ...more