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Maggsie McNaughton's Second Chance

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  36 reviews

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.
Even her.

The thing about trusting oth

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Published June 25th 2019 by Mantle
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Dale Harcombe
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marguerite McNaughton, who prefers to be known as Maggsie, has a prison record and has had to deal with anger issue a number of times in her life. Though small in stature she is a feisty character who takes umbrage at those who look down on her for her stature and her dyslexia. She also has trouble accepting help. While in prison another woman, Enid, helps Maggsie learn to read a little from Woman’s World magazines. When she comes out of prison and is offered a job in London, Maggsie has no idea ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an unexpected piece of Uplit. I did not remember the blurb while going in, which meant I was meeting Maggsie on her terms and with only the information she deems important enough to tell me. 

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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggsie McNaughton’s Second Chance
Frances Maynard

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
Paula Sealey
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful character Frances Maynard has created here! Maggsie McNaughton is not your average woman. With a tough childhood and a prison sentence behind her, she determines to grab hold of a second chance that comes her way. As Maggsie battles to improve her lot in life, she becomes embroiled in some rather interesting situations. You can't help but root for her throughout, and I barely put the book down once I'd started. A very engaging story with fresh and interesting characters. I can d ...more
Elaine Armstrong

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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored Maggsie - a refreshingly different heroine - and I liked this story very much.

Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh my! I absolutely loved Maggsie's story and I just know that she will stay with me for a very long time.

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
Fay Flude
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this down to earth, funny, quirky and uplifting novel about Maggsie, an ex criminal, trying to start again and learn how to live life the right way. She is dyslexic, cannot read or write and finds it very hard to control her anger. She is living in supported housing and has a job at Scanda, a Danish design company in London which runs a scheme to help women like Maggsie.
The book is narrated by Maggsie throughout and we learn a lot about life through her experiences, how hard it is to do
I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky, funny, uplifting and heart-warming read! I loved Frances Maynard's character creation of Maggsie - her persistence, drive, stubbornness and hope and I couldn't help but root for her throughout,

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
Hannah Wingfield
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Frances Maynard's first book, The Imperfect Rules Of Elvira Carr, so was very excited to see she had a new book out. Like her debut novel, this one is about someone living on the edge of society who overcomes challenges in order to improve their day to day life and prospects (apparently this is called UpLit?). At the start of the novel protagonist Maggsie is fresh out of jail and living in a supported house whilst working in a kitchen (is it bad that I am cynical that many of these oppo ...more
Hannah Wainwright
I saw this book on the new releases section in the library and picked it up on a whim but am so glad that I did. It’s a story of the redemption of the main character, Maggsie, who is flawed and endearing in equal measure. Lots of the secondary characters are very colourful and I enjoyed the honesty with which Maggsie appraises them. The book had me hooked from the beginning and will not be quickly forgotten.
Barbara Kennard
Loved this book. Listened to it through local library service and the recording is well done. Uplifting and highly recommended. I feel the other reviews on Goodreads tell you more if you are interested.
Alison Cairns
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggsie is the kind of character you are likely to judge if you met her in real life. But as we get to know her we see how background and circumstance can affect someone's entire life. It's good to get to know Maggsie as the book continues and to root for her doing the right thing. We see Louise taking advantage and I know I was hoping against hope that Maggsie would see through her. It's heartening to see her growing in confidence as the book goes on, and learning how it feels to do the right t ...more
Alexandra WhimsyPages
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
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting to love this but it was brilliant. I enjoyed it, I laughed and I cried. I swore and hoped things would't happen but they did. An unexpected hit for me. ...more
Mrs Lindsey E King
Frances Maynard expertly handles the subject of dyslexia and low literacy to create an unexpectedly delightful character the reader is soon rooting for. The first person narrative from Maggsie a defensive former convict with anger management issues is brilliantly crafted without relying on ugly prose or profanity which I don't particularly enjoy reading, personally. Maynard still manages to write believable dialogue and through addressing the reader directly, Maggsie expresses herself in the way ...more
Kitty Brown
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant book by this author (I recently read The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr). I couldn't put it down - Magsie is just as engaging as Elvira and the other characters are so well drawn. Without sugar-coating, Maynard knows how to draw to a satisfying conclusion. ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel that reassures you that, when things aren’t going your way, there’s a door to be opened to a better and deserved tomorrow.
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
Tanya Hunter-Robinson
This was a really sweet read about a woman desperate for a second chance. I really enjoyed the way it was written so the reader could really hear Maggsie’s thoughts, her feelings and really get inside her head. Her kind nature comes out through her caring of the stray cat - Audrey - and her unusual friendship with her colleague TJ. This is my first novel by Frances Maynard and I’ll certainly be reading more. It says in her bio that she lives in Dorset, which is my home county and it always makes ...more
Sue Bakker
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light hearted feel good read. everyone deserves a second chance and its what you do with it that counts. I liked Maggsie as a character and I think this book would make a good movie!
Donna Derons
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Maggsie! Though I am definitely one of the people you scoff about who loves a good, long book, I won’t hold it against you. I LOVED this book. Positive, uplifting and funny, it’s the best book I’ve listened to for a while. Great for fans of Eleanor Olliphant, quirky, well-crafted character driven fiction.

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
Sarah Jane
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 3.5.

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
Samantha Dear
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was classed as an 'Uplit' book in a magazine article I read (along with The Lido by Libby page - which is an EXCELLENT BOOK! & Eleanor Oliphant) as it is meant to be uplifting and have kindness at it's heart. If there is ever a time to be reading 'Uplit' it is now (currently in Lockdown April 2020). This was a lovely book, gentle, easy to read and I was personally really rooting for the main character to be able to turn her life around like she so desperately wanted to. It's worth a read! ...more
Karen Keane
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magsie has spent time in prison, but she now has a second chance of making life right and with the help of TJ, a workmate, Enid a prison inmate and her friends at the hostel she sets about doing this. A lovely, uplifting book which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Sian  Morant
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful quirky read. Maggsie is an unlikely, but not unlikeable heroine. The story of her overcoming adversity has you rooting for her all the way. The moral of the book must surely be that you must never give up as there is always hope.
Nikki Houghton
I really want to like this book, I really do. So I’m not going to review it and I’m going to re-read it next year in the hope I can, then, appreciate it; but for now I will simply dislike it and feel a bit ashamed at my distaste and worry that such a novel should have ever been published.
Amazing lots to think about on her difficult first year out of prison and she overcomes them
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the audio book.
Victoria Sorensen
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining read!
Barbara Kennard
Did enjoy this book and thankful for the recommendation. It's a while ago. Highly recommend. ...more
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I teach English part-time to adults with learning difficulties, including Asperger's.
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

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