Lena has crafted a great start to a series with Maggie's Journey. First off, I love the concept! Wagon train is almost to it's destination and pregnant woman dies in childbirth... to triplets, leaving dad distraught, heart broken and overwhelmed. In desperation he gives two of the baby girls to families willing to adopt them and he keeps the third baby girl. We start off with this focus on Margaret Lenora's life with her mother and father, a soon to be affluent couple not able to have children of their own. We come back as Margaret (Maggie) is turning 18 and wants to journey back to Arkansas to see her grandmother and see where her parents came from (not knowing she is adopted). It is a great journey of finding out who she is, where she came from and where she wants to go with her life. A journey of healing as well. Overall this book was captivating with charming characters and a great example of how guilt will fill you with bitterness if you let it and forgiveness means everything. I look forward to the next two books in this series and finding out what happened to Maggie's two sisters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.