These things can't be happening to me can they?
Maggie is a good person but still hasn’t healed from the emotional scars from the death of her daughter or the divorce from her husband.
Maggie moved away to make herself anonymous after the accident and hadn't seen her husband for four years. He now shows up in the new town she has moved to, but why?
Another problem besides her ex-husband then surfaces. Maggie is still on probation because of the automobile accident and is not to associate with other felons, but a criminal incident occurs that makes Maggie think about being there for her friend instead of thinking of herself. Her probation officer thinks differently.
We follow Maggie as she deals with her struggles and as she goes about her days as a makeup artist and an artist that works with clay. I definitely would want to go to the spa where Maggie works and be pampered.
All of the issues that were addressed and dealt with by Maggie were frightening, but handled well by her. The personal issues were more difficult, and the criminal issue addresses current problems that could occur with the digital world we live in.
Most of the characters are ones you would want to connect with.
Maggie was someone who had a heart and was a hard worker.
Kevin was a terrific friend and confidante.
Grace was a bit flighty.
Maggie’s husband Edward was someone who turned out to be great.
Maggie's mother was a strong woman.
Maggie’s brother Liam was a brother.
Ms. Delinsky's beautiful, pull-you-in writing style kept me reading as always.
I haven’t read a book by Ms. Delinsky for a few years, and it was a pleasure to re-connect with her marvelous style and terrific story lines.
BEFORE AND AGAIN always had some warmth coming from somewhere whether it was a character or situation.
This book deals with friendships, healing, emotional pain, and choices.
BEFORE AND AGAIN had some difficult situations, but the ending is heartwarming, very satisfying, and marvelous. 5/5
This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.