- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing (June 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939023394
- ISBN-13: 978-1939023391
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,181,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
April McGowan loves to read and write inspirational fiction. She made her début into publication with Jasmine. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When shes not writing, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining shes on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.
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Top Customer Reviews
Macy is a moving tale of deception and abandonment. I was constantly guessing at the direction the storyline would take, and I was never disappointed by the unexpected twists and turns.
If you're looking for contemporary fiction that deals with the themes of abuse and healing, Macy is a wonderful novel. If you're just looking for well-developed characters, an engaging plot, and skilled writing, you've also come to the right place. If you've finished Macy and you need another book to read, I suggest April McGowan's first novel Jasmine. Personally, I can't wait for her next book.
This book is a very easy read. I read it in 2 days because it was so hard to put it down. I found myself guessing as to where the story might go next.
I especially liked the discussion questions at the end. It personalized it for me, and made me relate to Macy even more.
After reading her first book Jasmine, I knew I couldn't wait to read her next...Now I can't wait to read her third book!
When sixteen-year-old Macy Stone agreed to marry Arthur, a man old enough to be her father she thought he loved her and she daydreamed of their future home “nestled in the trees,” with a garden, a dog and children of her own. She didn't know about the secret agreement that was part of the exchange.
Macy saw it as a chance to be independent, released from the responsibilities of “taking care of three little ones at home while her mother nursed her dying father.” She knew Arthur would take care of her and she would learn to love him, even change his mind about wanting children. In spite of the fact he made his living as a long-haul trucker and she would now share his "sleeper-cab" truck with him.
Seven years later, little had changed except for Arthur's demanding and abusive ways. Now they sat across from one another in a roadside diner, Arthur’s cold “steely gray eyes” boring into hers from across the table, his lips curled with disgust as he said. “You’re what?”
“We’re going to have a baby,” Macy whispered.
Thus begins a first-person account of lost innocence, family secrets and a young woman challenged to live by God’s grace when her husband abandons her. Macy had married Arthur to escape. Now she felt lost, alone and unable to care for herself, let alone care for the baby she carried, a story that mirrors the emotional challenges of many young woman today.
McGowan's realistic characterizations, engaging and surprising plot twists, enhanced by inner thoughts and authentic conversations make Macy an unforgettable and persuasive read. It's a story of commitment, healing, budding faith and learning to trust God with an unexpected ending that leaves room for a sequel.
The book is a five on a scale of one to five and would be especially good for anyone challenged by emotional abuse.
Macy, by April McGowan, Whitefire Publishing, 2014, 262 Pages, 978-1939023391, $14.99
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Author April McGowan got right into the head of a young woman, pregnant and abandoned by her husband. I knew the feelings showed by the character to be true because I was once a young pregnant woman with no husband to help me. So Macy swept me along with the grittiness of real life, but with such tenderness, and frequent glimpses of hope, joy, and loveliness on the horizon.
Your heart hangs on every page as young twenty-something Macy discovers she can stand on her own two feet, especially as she uncovers old family secrets, how she remains firm against the temptation to forget her marriage vows and run off with a new love. We root for her as she does the right thing, and how she struggles in her growing faith.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys authentic Christian fiction with great depth and yet is also beautifully entertaining.
A few of my favorite lines:
“How ironic. I’d finally found a true friend after waiting nearly my whole life, and now I might have to start avoiding him.”
“My apartment shifted around me, warped and warbled like looking at the world through the bottom of a canning jar.”
“She put the plate before me, and I watched as the buttery potatoes were engulfed by the volcano of veggie and meat goodness swirling and melting the sides of the fluffy mounds.”
One of my top five favorite Christian books of the year.