Maggie's Journey With Review

Monday, October 31, 2011

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Maggie's Journey
Realms (October 4, 2011)
Lena Nelson Dooley


Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 675,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and president of the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers. She’s also a member of Christian Authors Network, CROWN Fiction Marketing, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Lena loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. She loves chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not the same year. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with fifteen signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins from American Christian Fiction Writers and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award at their national conference. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books. And she loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

Her last release is Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, from Summerside Press recently won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing western fiction. Lena is currently under two 3-book contracts with Charisma House/Realms.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally.

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. You can check out her books and find out more about her on her blog.


Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she's adopted. The spoiled daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed by her real parents and by the ones who raised her. But mystery surrounds her new discovery, and when Maggie uncovers another family secret, she loses all sense of identity. Leaving her home in Seattle, Washington, Maggie strikes out to find her destiny. Will Charles Stanton, who's been in love with her for years, be able to help her discover who she really is?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Maggie's Journey, go HERE.

My Thoughts: I am an adopted child and this book was hard at points and was touching in others. Maggie doesn't understand why her mother Florence treats her so badly. She loves to design dresses and her mother despises that. Florence doesn't even delight in her daughter. Maggie begins to wonder if there is something wrong with her. Just before her 18th birthday party Maggie goes up to the attic to look through old dresses that she knew her grandmother had made for her mother. In searching for the dresses she finds a trunk that holds a picture of a woman that looks just like her with curly hair, and a piece of paper with signatures denoting that she was adopted. She is confused, heartbroken, and betrayed. I found myself along with Maggie bawling. I have always know that I was adopted. I do know others whose parents didn't tell them and I know the pain that caused them. After Maggie's birthday party Maggie goes to Arkansas to see her grandmother and during that trip she gets answers to a lot of questions that most adoptee's have. Lena does a great job with this book in showing the pain that most adoptive kids go through in not knowing who they are. I highly recommend this one!


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