Maggie Again by John Husband is one of those books that just kept popping up on blogs a few months back. The premise of the story sounded so fascinating to me and I put it on my wish list several different times. Fast Forward to about a month ago when I heard about online book publicist Lisa Roe who makes books available to bloggers who are interested in reviewing them. (Go check her out!) Maggie Again was one she had on her list and happily Lisa agreed to send me a copy.
Maggie Again is the story of Maggie, a teenager living in a small farming community in Indiana, Cobbler's Eddy in 1926. Maggie's father decides to move the family to New York City and work in finance. Maggie is lonely and invites three of her friends - all boys - to visit her. They jump on a boxcar in 1926 and when they arrive in New York - the year is 1984 - and 74 year old Maggie's life did not turn out the way she had expected it to.
Maggie Again is an absolutely charming book and the word that kept coming to mind while I was reading it was nostalgia - even though this is a story about time travel it is told in an old fashioned way. I loved reading about the aspects of life in 1984 that surprised and confused the boys. I also loved reading about life in small town America. I think in order to enjoy books like this, one has to be willing to suspend their disbelief. The story is quite magical, and gave me a lot to think about. How does my life now compare to what I thought it would be like? What if I was given a second chance - would I change anything? Maggie Again is a sweet book about friendship - maybe because of this I kept thinking about Nan when I was reading it. I think she'd like this book.
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