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Book Review: Melissa Foster’s Megan’s Way

Posted by Julie on June 20, 2011 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

Last week I reviewed Melissa Foster’s latest novel, Chasing Amanda. Today I’m back with a review of her first book, Megan’s Way.

With two Melissa Foster books under my reading belt I can say she is a well rounded story teller. Usually you find writers are really good with characterizations or imagery and setting. They work hard to learn the craft so that they can be balanced and write both well. Melissa Foster is already there with amazing imagery and setting talent in her writing yet she crafted diverse characters with depth and emotion.

What I love about a story is when I can’t guess how it works out. In Megan’s Way I was almost cocky thinking I had the story all figured out but what a nice surprise to find it didn’t play out like I thought.

Megan is a single mom to teenage Olivia and she realizes cancer is going to take her away. She’s worried about how Olivia will fare and wonders if secrets from the past should be told and who should know them. Megan and Oliva share an intense connection and Olivia feels something changing with her mom. Holly is Megan’s best friend from childhood who isn’t able to have children of her own and carries secrets from the past.

Here is a product description:

What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she’ll be faced with the most difficult decision she’s ever had to make. She’ll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she’d made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.

Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia’s world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there’s nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance.

Megan’s closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.

Julie’s disclaimer: There is strong profanity and what some might define as new age practices in Megan’s Way.  If you are sensitive to that this might not be the book for you but I encourage you to give it a try.

I found things I could take away and apply to my life including the importance of transparency and honesty to avoid the need for harboring secrets. I felt re affirmed in what I’ve shared with others for years, you don’t know when your last day on Earth is. Make sure you are ready. Although I might not personally align my lifestyle to everything in Megan’s Way, I still found it a compelling read.

I received Megan’s Way from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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