Monday, November 18, 2013

Blog Tour for Maggie's Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Join author Deanna Lynn Sletten,author of the contemporary women’s fiction, Maggie’s Turn, on her Virtual Book Tour presented by Pump Up Your Book! from November 4 – November 29, 2013.  Please leave a comment or question for Deanna to let her know you stopped by.

Title: Maggie’s Turn
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 246
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1491277287

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About the book:

Maggie Harrison is a devoted wife and mother, always putting the needs of her family ahead of her own. Then, one day, without planning to, she drives away, leaving behind an indifferent husband and two sulking teenagers. Maggie goes off on a quest of self-exploration, enjoying adventures, meeting new people, and rediscovering her passions. For the first time in years, she dreams about what she wants out of life, and she realizes that her deteriorating marriage can no longer continue as it is. Can she and Andrew repair their floundering relationship, or is their marriage over?

Andrew Harrison likes his life to be in perfect order. He enjoys his work and status in the community, leaving Maggie to take care of everything at home. He knows his marriage isn’t perfect, but after twenty-three years and two kids, whose marriage is? When Maggie leaves without a word, he is forced to start paying more attention to his home life and his almost grown children, and he begins to do a little self-exploration of his own. Slowly, he begins to understand what drove Maggie away, and how important she is in his life. Is it too late to resolve their differences and save their marriage? Or will Andrew lose Maggie forever?

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Deanna Lynn Sletten writes women’s fiction and romance novels that dig deeply into the lives of the characters, giving the reader an in-depth look into their hearts and souls. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna’s romance novel,Memories, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012. Her novel,Sara’s Promise, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2013 and a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

Her latest book is the contemporary women’s fiction, Maggie’s Turn.

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My Review

Is it human nature that we don’t know what we have until we lose it?  That’s the question asked and answered in Maggie’s Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten.  A contemporary woman’s fiction novel, Ms. Sletten’s story features well developed characters, a little teen angst and rebellion, and a family’s second chance to recognize what they have and learn to treasure it.  Told from various characters point of view, with lively dialogue and taking place in several parts of the country, this is a very enjoyable book.

A good mother and wife, Maggie Harrison has finally reached the end of her rope.  While abandoning her family was never planned, Maggie can’t help driving away when she realizes she hasn’t done anything that makes her happy in years.  Realizing she’s lost sight of who she is, and inspired by a Bob Seeger song, Maggie heads out on a journey to rediscover who she is.

Ms. Sletten does a wonderful job developing Maggie’s character; she really nails the nasty and often unaddressed truth that we all take advantage of and take for granted the people in our daily lives.  Forgetting that life can change from one minute to the next, Maggie’s family has lost sight of all she does for them and what she means to them.  It’s only when Maggie is gone that Andrew, her husband, is forced to confront how he’s let his goals turn his marriage cold and left his children alone with their mother too much.  He’s allowed distance to grow in the most important relationships in his life.

Andrews’s not the only one that needs to learn that lesson though, and soon both of Maggie’s children have to take a look at how they’ve taken their mother, and her love for them, for granted.  They’re also forced to deal with their father in a more open and honest way – something that’s good for all of them.

As Maggie travels the road west, headed towards her childhood home in Seattle, she meets an interesting set of characters that help her remember what she wanted for herself in life.  As Maggie begins to rediscover what she wants in life, and who she is, she allows herself to make some necessary changes.  She also begins having some honest telephone conversations with both her husband and her daughter.

Will Maggie eventually go home to her old life?  And if she does, what changes are the people in her life willing to make to make her happy?  You’ll have to read Maggie’s Turn to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Sletten’s work.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 4 – First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Monday, November 4 – Book Feature at Jody’s Book Reviews
Tuesday, November 5 – Interview for The Book Connection
Wednesday, November 6 – Interview at Examiner
Wednesday, November 6 – Book Feature at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Thursday, November 7 – Book Feature at  Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Friday, November 8 – Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, November 12 – Book Review at Teena in Toronto
Tuesday, November 12 – Book Review at Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, November 13 – Character Interview at Beyond the Books
Wednesday, November 13 – Book Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Wednesday, November 13 – Book Feature at Ashna Wanted Readers
Thursday, November 14 – Book Review at Hanging Off the Wire
Friday, November 15 – Book Feature at Confessions of a Reader
Monday, November 18 – Book Review at Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, November 19 – Book Review at My Book Addiction Reviews
Wednesday, November 20 – Book Review at Steph the Bookworm
Wednesday, November 20 – First Chapter Reveal at Reader Girls
Thursday, November 21 – Interview & First Chapter Reveal at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, November 22 – Book Review & First Chapter Reveal atBibliotica
Monday, November 25 – First Chapter Reveal at Literary Winner
Tuesday, November 26 – Book Review & First Chapter Reveal atDeal Sharing Aunt
Tuesday, November 26 – Book Review at Hardcover Feedback
Wednesday, November 27 – Book Review at I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Friday, November 29 – Book Review at Melissa’s Midnight Musings


  1. Thank you so much for being a host on my book blog tour and for that lovely review of Maggie's Turn. The entire post looks amazing. I appreciate all the work you put into it and you sharing my novel with your readers. :-)

  2. It is this type of interesting thing with this post of yours. I had been interested with all the topic along with the flow in the story. Keep up to date the truly amazing work.

  3. Hmm, I'm a Maggie with two surly teens. Have Deanna and I met?? Looks like a really great read. I've added it to my to read list on good reads.