Before and Again

Before and Again

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends--and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She's thankful for the new friends she's made--though she can't risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 25 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250119490


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Aug 05, 2018

Mom who carried huge guilt following car accident that killed her 5 yr old daughter. Created a new life to forget while on probation. Redemption and renewal

Aug 05, 2018

Before and Again was definitely not Barbara Delinsky's best effort.

In the final chapters of the book, I discovered how many intriguing story arcs were sacrificed to Maggie's PTSD and survivor guilt as well as Edward/Ned's beard, and the probation officer. Arrrgh.

It would have been an infinitely more intriguing book if Grace's (massage therapist) story had been developed earlier and more fully and linked to Cornelia's (postmistress) story.

Maybe the point of the book is how much we miss out on when we get stuck in emotional ruts.

Jul 17, 2018

What a way to show how one mistake can ruin several lives. Mackenzie is distracted by her GPS that is not cooperating while she is taking her 5-year-old daughter to a play date somewhere they haven't been. Those few seconds costs her a daughter and a marriage. Now five years later she is Maggie trying to live a safe life with 4 months left on her probation. At first I didn't understand why she was on probation when it was an accident. But slowly things are revealed that explains why she got convicted like she did. I enjoyed her new life, her friends, and how her family started to come back into her life. This book is all about hope and coming out on the other side a better person. It's also about family and what you would do for friends. I had a hard time putting this book down. I wanted to know what was happening to all the characters and I really cared for them.


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