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The Life She Imagines

(Granite Springs #5)

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Marie Cunningham’s life falls into disarray when she is suddenly thrust into caring for her teenage niece. After operating The Bean Sprout Café with her former partner, becoming a single parent is not a life she ever imagined.

Drew Hamilton has arrived in Granite Springs to take up the position of principal at the local high school. Recently divorced, he is struggling with
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Published August 21st 2020 by Cala Publishing
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Brenda
Marie Cunningham had been separated from her partner Frank for some time, but it was amicable, and they still worked together at the Bean Sprout Café, which had been in Frank’s family for generations. He’d lived his whole life in Granite Springs as had Marie, and while their wish for children hadn’t eventuated, Marie loved her fifteen-year-old niece from Canberra. Her sister Dee was a single parent and her and Lucy’s visit for the Easter weekend was one Marie was looking forward to. But the week ...more
Helen
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do love my visits to Granite Springs, the people are so friendly and very easy to become friends with and Maggie Christensen writes older heroes and heroines so well, you are never too old to find love and happiness. This time we get to see Marie find her love, and Marie has become a friend and it was so good to see her find it, I do hope that you pick this one up and enjoy a few hours of pleasure and smiles.

Marie has been in Granite Springs her whole life, she works in the local café with her
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Craig / Phil
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
An effortless gentle story you can easily read in one sitting.
Marie Cunningham has been co-running The Bean Sprout Cafe with her ex partner for many decades and lives a normal busy life.
But when she suddenly has to care for her teenage niece her life falls into disharmony.
Drew Hamilton has accepted a position as high school principal in the town of Granite Springs arriving with his teenage headstrong daughter and he finds all he does is battle with her.
A circumstance with the two girls brings M
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Anne
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Marie’s been there, quietly in the background, in all the Granite Springs books, running the Bean Sprout Café with her ex-partner Frank – but the focus has always been on other characters, meeting up, drinking the excellent coffee, eating her flapjacks. This book brings her to centre stage – at a point when she’s really wondering whether it’s time to change her life a little. But then change is rather forced on her, and not in a way she ever imagined, when she finds herself caring for teenage ni ...more
Janet Graham
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Life Has a Way of Changing Your Plans
This book of women's fiction has more romance than other books in the series. Our heroine is dealing with major life drama as she tries to choose which path of life to take. The story is spot-on in characterizing the two fifteen-year-old girls. Because this book is part of a series, it features characters we have met in other books. This book stands alone with no effort. I received this ARC book for free from the author and this is my honest review.
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Rosemary Strange
Maggie Christensen has done it again, I really enjoyed this easy read book. The story initially centres around Marie and Frank and the Bean Sprout Cafe in Granite Springs. Thirty years later they are more like brother and sister running their cafe, good friends who rarely argue. Fate intervenes and life changes for Marie when her sister dies suddenly and she finds herself a guardian for her young niece.

The story has twists and turns and I found it very difficult to put down. If you have enjoyed
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Lesley Mckenna
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Make up your mind, Marie!

I enjoyed this book more for its beautiful country setting and descriptions of the Australian countryside and my own imaginings of what life in such a beautiful rural setting would be like. But for me, this book wasn’t much of a romance. Marie was too wish-washy, not being able to make up her mind whether she wanted her ex-'husband' back in her life or whether she would follow the trail her hormones led her on with the new school principal, Drew Hamilton.

It is a long wa
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Linda
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🌄 Families ruined and reconfigured: real👍👍

I enjoyed this book immensely and powered through it in one day. The characters are people you'd like as neighbors, their problems very real.

Author Maggie Christensen knows how to weave a good yarn out of events that all too frequently occur in average lives like death, divorce, desertion and teen boundary testing. This series features strong mature women and the men and children they nurture in a provincial hub town in New South Wales with an emphasis
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Anne Rightler
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read several of Maggie Christensen's books, I knew that I would be in for a heart-tugging story about families with realistic and relatable struggles. Sure enough! In The Life She Imagines, the fifth book in the Granite Springs series, I enjoyed reading about Marie and Drew as they journey their way to a loving relationship despite the life issues they have to deal with. Past and ongoing relationships, sudden death, unexpected raising of teenagers whose moods change by the day, all work t ...more
Nancy
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of The Life She Imagines from the author, Maggie Christensen. The Life She Imagines is the fifth book in the Granite Springs series. Granite Springs is a small town in Australia.
It is the story of Marie who is amicably divorced from her first husband. Although she loves Ted, she realized she is no longer in love with him. Together they run The Bean Sprout Cafe together in Granite Springs. Marie's sister Dee and her daughter Lucy come to visit. Dee meets an unexpected tragic d
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Lesley
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Maggie Christensen has written another enthralling book about a second chance at love. Marie still works at the cafe with her ex partner Frank but her life is thrown into turmoil with the death of her sister Dee. Marie assumes caring for Dee's daughter Lucy who strikes up a friendship with Jess, daughter of Drew, the Principal of Granite Springs High School.
The author is an expert at weaving complexities into relationships and I found myself drawn into life in Granite Springs , and I enjoyed mee
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Kathy
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this fifth book of the Granite Springs series, we learn Marie's story, the co-owner of the Bean Sprout Cafe with her ex, Frank. They have a very unusual and special relationship, one in which she can always count on him for support. When a family crisis occurs, Marie suddenly finds herself guardian of her fifteen year old niece, and Frank is right there with her.

The new principal of the high school, Drew, has recently become a single parent to his teenage daughter. When the two girls become b
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Lena West
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been following the Granite Springs series from book 1 and it was lovely meeting up with old friends and learning Marie's story in THE LIFE SHE IMAGINES. Maggie creates absolutely true to life characters who are dealing with the same family crises we are all dealing with as we grow older. Seeing how they tackle whatever issues she throws at them allows us to take another look at our own lives, and see hope where we've been feeling overwhelmed. We are reminded that life goes on, and can be ve ...more
Meg Martin
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful series about not only second chances but also about family life. There are many lessons to be learned in this uplifting book about people of all ages. The series is about second chances in love for the not so young however it is also about life itself and surviving the complications that are bound to occur. It's about friendship and love. Relatable characters that draw you in to wish them happiness. The town described is interesting as well including hobby farms, regular hom ...more
Ruth
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Single parents, teenagers, moving and other twists make this middle age romance of Maria and Drew one you won’t be able to put down.
Diana
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Again

Maggie Christensen has written entirely believable characters and woven their stories into all the others. A fun read. I look forward to more.
Karen
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!

It was nice to be back in Granite Springs. The new characters seem to fit right in with their new friends.
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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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