Maggsie McNaughton’s Second Chance by Frances Maynard

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 unfamiliar territory. Through words that make her fumble, perceived and actual slights, and anger issues. She makes new friends and learns to trust even as she makes very big mistakes. This last part seemed very out of sync with the tone of the rest of the book and that took away the one star from the five-star read. That is a personal reaction, I am sure most who read this book will like her misadventure as much as they would like her adventure in life.

I do not want to introduce the rest of the cast or the cat for fear that it will diminish the impact when they are casually thrown into the narrative inversely proportional to the importance they hold in Maggsie’s life. It is a book about a daily struggle and the effort it takes one woman and her new support system to see her way through. The British lingo (in some parts)took some getting used to but on the whole, was a very heartfelt book.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.

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