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Brought together by war, separated by duty, a love story for the ages

Margaret Kennedy lives on a dairy farm in rural Maine. Her husband Thomas—injured in a war overseas—will never be the man he was. When the President signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to the nation’s capital. Charlie King, a handsome Foreign Service officer, volunteers to escort her. As the rhododendron blossoms along the Blue Ridge Highway, the unlikely pair fall in love—but Margaret cannot ignore the tug of her marriage vows.

Joseph Monninger’s Margaret from Maine is a page-turning romance that poignantly explores the dilemmas faced by those who serve our country—and the men and women who love them.
Published: Penguin Group on Dec 24, 2012
ISBN: 9781101602690
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Margaret from Maine by Joseph MonningerThis book is about Margaret and it starts out with the injury of her husband in the war. He was told the dairy farm would receive help from the government if he went to fight for his country. He's now in a coma.6 years later we find Margaret at the farm milking the cows, doing daily chores.her father in law Benjamin runs the farm with help from her and her and Thomas' son, Gordon. Story also follows Charlie who is an amputee and he is to escort Margaret to DC to be with the president when he signs a law.Love they read a book to Gordon nightly! Listening to the evening at the ball sounds so luscious.Love the travel and locations they travel to as I've never been to DC.The book also follows Donny and Blake and their problems with life. Gordon also has nightmares and tries to figure things out.This book was recommended from another author and I love how the flowers are related to the chapters and the story that are being told.Nods to this book as not many can bring tears and very hidden feelings out.Loved the travel, story line and the things I learned, and I will seek out other books by this author, like they style of writing.read more
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I received this book through early reviewers. I throughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of the wife of a present-day war veteran who is in a persistent vegetative state. She winds up falling in love with another war veteran, now diplomat during a trip to DC. The story is beautifully told with great care and detail. I would highly recommend the book to anyone looking for a well told love story nread more
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This book is a challenge to read as it lacks any action of any kind. It gets tiresome reading of Margaret's dithering about enjoying a carefree time while her husband, Thomas, is a vegetable in a Veterans facility after suffering wounds in the war. This is just a very mundane story with little to hold the reader's interest. I appreciate LibraryThing allowing me to read this book, but I honestly cannot recommend it.read more
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i received this book thru early reviewers, and found this book to be a very fast read... it was a sad story about Margarets's husband in a coma and in the end dying, and a very romantic interlude with charlie, I can only give the book 3 stars at most, since there was not much substance in the story.read more
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Literati_lit's review Mar 02, 13 · edit My Private Notes:Elizabeth Author: Joseph MonningerTitle: Margaret from MainePublisher: Plume (Penguin)Release date: December 24, 2012Age Group: AdultGenre: Contemporary RomanceBook Description:The end of Maine Guardsman Sgt. Thomas Kennedy’s conscious life is ushered in by a flash of light on a plain in Afghanistan. While he languishes in a veterans’ hospital, Thomas’s devoted wife, Margaret, is raising their son on a dairy farm in rural Maine. She receives an invitation to Washington, DC, to meet the President of the United States as he signs a bill in support of wounded veterans with war veteran and West Point graduate Charlie King as her appointed escort. Charlie and Margaret’s shared circumstances inspire them to confide in one another. Suddenly, the pair creates a private world all their own, leaving the effects of war behind them. Margaret’s vows to her husband linger, raising a series of harrowing choices.MY REVIEW:Rating: 3.5/5In this story we are given a woman living her day to day life on a dairy farm in Maine with her son Gordon and father-in-law Ben, keeping herself together and poised as ever. She’s a simple woman, not wanting for much, and considering which direction her life has taken, that says a lot about her character and strength. Unfortunately we never really get to “meet” her husband, Thomas, because he’s now just a shadow of the man he once was. He joined the Reserves, just like countless others do, to help support their life and possibly do something bigger. But, life had a different plan for him. He is now considered an injured veteran and with that label comes a very tricky and sometimes treacherous path to be on. Being married to an injured veteran with Tom’s specific condition, Margaret is invited to attend a bill signing in Washington D.C. that is meant to improve the lives and care options for these tattered soldiers. With that invitation came Charlie King, her assigned escort. It’s when Charlie and Margaret are together that we see just what she is missing in her life and I felt empathy for her. Yes she is a married woman, and those vows I do not take lightly, but I could also see her daily sacrifices slowly destroying her and I knew deep down that embracing her feelings and thoughts towards Charlie was the right choice for her. Charlie opens a door to a world Margaret knew little of and with that he also awakened something inside her she did not realize had been dormant. She is not just Margaret the dairy farmer/mother/caretaker…she is a woman with needs and yearns for the things taken from her before she had time to really enjoy them. There were times I found myself wishing there was a bit more internal conflict from each character considering certain situations that they were presented with but I was satisfied it wasn’t all sweetness and roses. The subjects dealt with between them deserve an honest light and in order to feel connected with the characters, I need to be able to feel their feelings but also place myself in their shoes. I struggled at times to do that but I never found myself bothered or annoyed with the situations completely.Charlie is a very honorable and giving man to me and I never once considered him aggressive or opportunistic, which could have been easily done given his particular role in Margaret’s life. He showed true compassion and never failed to put everyone before himself which is a must in my yes column. He has ties to the Army as well as a unique connection to the situation Margaret finds herself in. I won’t spoil the story here, but I will say that the way Mr. Monninger connected Margaret and Charlie was thoughtful, respectful, and never once did I find myself questioning the purpose.Margaret and Charlie embark on a journey together and the style of descriptive writing used here both enhanced it and overshadowed it at times. It took me a moment or two to really get into the story at the beginning and I did find myself wondering why certain elements of the background were included the way they were. By the time I reached the end of the book I realized that although they weren’t necessary to push the story forward, they were elements that added to my overall experience within the story.“For the last three sunsets the prism had caught fire and it did not disappoint her this night. It sparkled bright white for just an instant, and she thought of Thomas, and she thought of good grace falling over the farm, and she hugged Gordon as the prism accepted light, bent it, and sent it on its way. She felt a lesson rested in its performance, that she, too, must accept what came toward her and pass it on its journey, but that seemed too grand an idea for the moment.”Although Margaret and Charlie are mean to be modern day people they did speak and have thoughts that seemed slightly outdated but it did not detract too much from the story for me. If anything I considered them polite and proper, with maybe even a touch of southern style.I was drawn to this book for one reason…Margaret is a military spouse. As one myself, I am always interested to see how authors handle this very different life we live. Which aspects are covered and which are barely touched out of fear of the unknown are typically the first thoughts I have when I read a synopsis that includes any mention of military married life. Most people have ideas of what military spouses face but I can say, without a doubt, their ideas don’t even scratch the surface. Regardless of the branch of service their spouses serve, they all have had to face the same trials and tribulations in some form or another. Long separations, the worry of unknown dangers, and carrying the responsibilities alone that most share with others are a constant presence in a military spouse’s daily life. There are sacrifices made by both the active duty member as well as his/her spouse but the focus and point of discussion is typically only on the soldier’s side of the spectrum. I’m not implying that a soldier’s sacrifice is in any way lessened because it’s their sacrifices that keep our country safe from harm, and that in itself is the biggest one a person can make. Even after these troops return safely to their families, there are even more obstacles and worries that must be overcome in order to find peace with what each has experienced during a deployment. It’s a very tricky situation to be in and their inner strengths are tested again and again long after the battle has been fought. War changes people regardless of the uniform or responsibilities held during it. It forces us to accept a reality that most would like to ignore and pushes our strength and resolve beyond every limit we felt existed.This story highlights just a fraction of what our troops and their families face upon their return but it was done with tastefulness that I respect. I will say that Mr. Monninger handled the role of a military spouse with class and dignity, never once casting Margaret, or other military spouses, in a poor or weak manner and I certainly appreciated it. I enjoyed this book and felt that it ended appropriately leaving the imagination to do what it was designed to do. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to step into the delicate but muck covered shoes of a military spouse.***“She did, in fact, believe her husband Tom had acted bravely, but she did not see it in quite the same light as others wanted to see it…..She knew her husband—saw him bracketed by his son on one side, his father on the other—and she did not believe he would have acted courageously for a concept as vague as patriotism. No, it made perfect sense that he would raise his arms and try to protect a fellow soldier, but that had nothing to do with God and Country and flag waving.”***“Did you believe in the war, Charlie?” Margaret asked softly, her eyes studying the statue.“Which one?”“Is there a difference really? I suppose there is. I’m cynical. After Thomas, I don’t have much faith in any of it. I imagine I did at one point. We were told so many lies and I believed them.”“I think a lot of my friends still believe in the cause,” Charlie said, not sure of himself where he was heading with it, “because to go back on it now makes us…what? Murderers? Professional assassins? I’ve had trouble with it.”flagread more
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This seemed like a book I would like and that would be a fast read, but unfortunately I found it a bit too dull and predictable to hold my interest. It ended up taking me quite awhile to read. This is the story of love at first sight between Margaret and Charlie. That should be magical and I can actually believe in star-crossed lovers, but kind of like a movie where the two stars have no chemistry, I felt like the attraction was really forced. It was seemingly unfounded really. Additionally, part of the story is Margaret getting to meet the President of the United States and that is so glossed over as to be an afterthought and I have a hard time believing it would be anything like that. That irked me throughout the book. Frankly both Margaret and Charlie were too good. They had no flaws to make them human. I can't relate to perfect people like that and I think that stultified the potential passion of the book.read more
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A 21st edition of Bridges of Madison County!!! A predictable, but engaging love story of people and their struggle to do the right thing. The farmer's wife, Margaret, is running the farm with her father in law and her young son. Her husband was hurt in Iraq and is in a vegetative state. She faithfully visits him several times a week, although he is completely unresponsive. Margaret is invited to a bill signing ceremony in D.C. and finds herself attracted to her escort, a member of the diplomatic corp, also a war victim. While I found the story and plot predictable, the writing does suck you in. The author's description of New England as well as the mountains of the Carolinas is very realistic. What is also interesting is that the author, a man, is writing from the man as well as the woman in his point of view. Definitely worth reading!read more
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I had mixed emotions about this book. I don't like the idea of a spouse 'walking away' from another spouse, or having a weekend fling, but I don't pretend to imagine what happens to someone emotionally when their partner is still alive, but for all intents and purposes is not 'here'. It wrapped up rather quickly and I'm not sure I liked it - especially after such detail was previously put into pointless parts. I would have liked to see the author make a decision for his characters rather than cop out and leave it open-ended for the reader to decide.read more
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From reading the book blurb I thought for sure that this book was going to be a great book. Unfortunately this book turned out to be far from great. This book follows two supposed "star-crossed lovers" as they navigate their sudden love for each other and the obstacles they find in their way. To me Margaret and Charlie seemed like that annoying couple that is always lovey-dovey and hanging on each other constantly. The dialogue was so mushy that I was constantly rolling my eyes and found myself losing my motivation to read this book. Love is messy and complicated and this book couldn't seem to completely convey that. Margaret and Charlie didn't seem to be conflicted much to me. I felt that Blake and her struggles were interesting and would rather have heard more about her. I do have to say that the ending was well-written and the most poignant part of the book. Overall I don't feel that I was the target audience for this book and would only recommend it to someone that doesn't mind sugary-sweet love stories.[I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. The content of my review is not affected by that in any way.]read more
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The story and the characters drew me in. At the end of the book, I wanted it to continue to follow the characters further into their lives and decisions and what would become of them. Margaret Kennedy's husband, Tom was changed physically and mentally by the war. He comes home and Margaret cares for him and the diary farm. When she accepts an offer to go to DC to assist in getting better benefits for Veterns, she meets Charlie. The attraction is immediate. It makes the reader wonder what would you do when one relationship is not really a martial relationship, yet the vow is still there and the other is what you crave and lack. Great story, brings up a lot of thought provoking questions.read more
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Margaret's husband Tom was injured while deployed with the military. For 6 years she visits Tom and talks to him knowing he will never wake up. Margaret is going through the motions of life, but not really living until she meets Charlie. Charlie is her escort to the signing of a bill by the president, and in an instant her world changes and she starts living again.read more
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I'm not used to reading books by men but this was a great love story on so many levels.What do marriage vows mean when faced with a spouse that was severly injured, in a coma, and not likely to survive? Margaret's husband was injured in the war and comes back a changed man. His body is there but his mind is not. She nutures him as best she can but when she travels to the Washington D.C. to sign a bill for wounded veterans, she never realized she would fall in love with her escort. She is torn between feeling like a woman again and the marriage vows she took. Will she decide to make a little time for herself or continue to visit her husband and the shell that is him?read more
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Margaret Kennedy's husband of less than a year, Thomas, was severely wounded in the Afghan War and left a vegetable in a turning frame in a VA hospital. Margaret lives with Gordon, the son he never knew, and her father-in-law, Ben on a dairy farm in Maine. When President Obama signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to Washington D.C. to witness the signing. Charlie King, himself a wounded war veteran, is paid by the government to escort her from Maine to D.C. (Does this happen in real life with our tax dollars paying for limos, etc.?) The book starts off in an engrossing fashion and ends as a real tear-jerker. It's a shame that what's in-between features such pedestrian prose and dialog. The book seemed to be very much a 2013 remake of The Bridges of Madison County. Which was the better book would really be a toss-up. In Bridges the lover came to the farm wife while in Margaret from Maine, the farm wife goes to the lover. Should Margaret leave her non-responsive husband for Charlie, the soon-to-be African diplomat? That's the central question of the book. While the book has its moments, much of it is torture to read. What a shame because Monninger can really write when he puts his mind to it.read more
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As I began to read "Margaret from Maine", by author Joseph Monninger, the fluidity of the story line and the immediacy of the characters quickly drew me in. Before I knew it, I had finished the book, but I didn't feel finished with the characters--I wanted to read more. I wanted to know what the future held for these people whose loneliness led them to each other. Margaret Kennedy's husband, Tom, was considered a war hero. His personal sacrifice to save a comrade had left him in a vegetative state. His body lived, but the spirit of the man had long ago left his physical shell. We meet Tom in the first chapter of the book, and experience the horrible moment which changed the lives of all the Kennedys forever. Tom never got to know his young son, Gordon, and Margaret took over the running of their dairy farm with the assistance of Tom's father, Ben. Six years after Tom was wounded, Margaret receives an invitation to attend the Washington, DC signing of a bill to improve care for comatose veterans. Margaret would be escorted to DC by Charlie King, a member of the diplomatic core with whom she had conversed by phone. Charlie is himself a veteran, assigned to desk duty after losing part of one leg due to a battle wound. When Charlie and Margaret meet, there is an immediate and intense attraction of both body and soul. The trip to DC becomes an extended romantic interlude, one that is unexpected and irresistible despite the undercurrent of conflict. Margaret never expected to be with any man other than her husband, but Charlie is warm and courtly, and his attention to her is like sustenance for her too-long-deprived female sensibilities. Charlie is smitten, and he knows it. Margaret is the woman he has waited for his entire life, but how to make her see it? Two good people, who have lived dutiful lives, now have a chance for true love and happiness, or do they? Charlie is about to leave the States for a diplomatic post in Africa. Margaret has the huge responsibility of caring for her family and overseeing the running of the dairy farm. She's still married to a man who has been spiritually dead for six years, and as long as his body still breathes in the care facility, she is bound to him as his wife. Will the love between Charlie and Margaret be lost, or will their fates somehow become intertwined? Joseph Monninger has created a compelling and touching romance with characters for whom you root for to find a happy ending. Happiness comes and goes sometimes in unexpected, random surges, but we must all be prepared to grab that happiness and hold on when it finally comes our way.Review Copy Gratis Library Thingread more
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Margaret from Maine by Joseph MonningerThis book is about Margaret and it starts out with the injury of her husband in the war. He was told the dairy farm would receive help from the government if he went to fight for his country. He's now in a coma.6 years later we find Margaret at the farm milking the cows, doing daily chores.her father in law Benjamin runs the farm with help from her and her and Thomas' son, Gordon. Story also follows Charlie who is an amputee and he is to escort Margaret to DC to be with the president when he signs a law.Love they read a book to Gordon nightly! Listening to the evening at the ball sounds so luscious.Love the travel and locations they travel to as I've never been to DC.The book also follows Donny and Blake and their problems with life. Gordon also has nightmares and tries to figure things out.This book was recommended from another author and I love how the flowers are related to the chapters and the story that are being told.Nods to this book as not many can bring tears and very hidden feelings out.Loved the travel, story line and the things I learned, and I will seek out other books by this author, like they style of writing.
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I received this book through early reviewers. I throughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of the wife of a present-day war veteran who is in a persistent vegetative state. She winds up falling in love with another war veteran, now diplomat during a trip to DC. The story is beautifully told with great care and detail. I would highly recommend the book to anyone looking for a well told love story n
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This book is a challenge to read as it lacks any action of any kind. It gets tiresome reading of Margaret's dithering about enjoying a carefree time while her husband, Thomas, is a vegetable in a Veterans facility after suffering wounds in the war. This is just a very mundane story with little to hold the reader's interest. I appreciate LibraryThing allowing me to read this book, but I honestly cannot recommend it.
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i received this book thru early reviewers, and found this book to be a very fast read... it was a sad story about Margarets's husband in a coma and in the end dying, and a very romantic interlude with charlie, I can only give the book 3 stars at most, since there was not much substance in the story.
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Literati_lit's review Mar 02, 13 · edit My Private Notes:Elizabeth Author: Joseph MonningerTitle: Margaret from MainePublisher: Plume (Penguin)Release date: December 24, 2012Age Group: AdultGenre: Contemporary RomanceBook Description:The end of Maine Guardsman Sgt. Thomas Kennedy’s conscious life is ushered in by a flash of light on a plain in Afghanistan. While he languishes in a veterans’ hospital, Thomas’s devoted wife, Margaret, is raising their son on a dairy farm in rural Maine. She receives an invitation to Washington, DC, to meet the President of the United States as he signs a bill in support of wounded veterans with war veteran and West Point graduate Charlie King as her appointed escort. Charlie and Margaret’s shared circumstances inspire them to confide in one another. Suddenly, the pair creates a private world all their own, leaving the effects of war behind them. Margaret’s vows to her husband linger, raising a series of harrowing choices.MY REVIEW:Rating: 3.5/5In this story we are given a woman living her day to day life on a dairy farm in Maine with her son Gordon and father-in-law Ben, keeping herself together and poised as ever. She’s a simple woman, not wanting for much, and considering which direction her life has taken, that says a lot about her character and strength. Unfortunately we never really get to “meet” her husband, Thomas, because he’s now just a shadow of the man he once was. He joined the Reserves, just like countless others do, to help support their life and possibly do something bigger. But, life had a different plan for him. He is now considered an injured veteran and with that label comes a very tricky and sometimes treacherous path to be on. Being married to an injured veteran with Tom’s specific condition, Margaret is invited to attend a bill signing in Washington D.C. that is meant to improve the lives and care options for these tattered soldiers. With that invitation came Charlie King, her assigned escort. It’s when Charlie and Margaret are together that we see just what she is missing in her life and I felt empathy for her. Yes she is a married woman, and those vows I do not take lightly, but I could also see her daily sacrifices slowly destroying her and I knew deep down that embracing her feelings and thoughts towards Charlie was the right choice for her. Charlie opens a door to a world Margaret knew little of and with that he also awakened something inside her she did not realize had been dormant. She is not just Margaret the dairy farmer/mother/caretaker…she is a woman with needs and yearns for the things taken from her before she had time to really enjoy them. There were times I found myself wishing there was a bit more internal conflict from each character considering certain situations that they were presented with but I was satisfied it wasn’t all sweetness and roses. The subjects dealt with between them deserve an honest light and in order to feel connected with the characters, I need to be able to feel their feelings but also place myself in their shoes. I struggled at times to do that but I never found myself bothered or annoyed with the situations completely.Charlie is a very honorable and giving man to me and I never once considered him aggressive or opportunistic, which could have been easily done given his particular role in Margaret’s life. He showed true compassion and never failed to put everyone before himself which is a must in my yes column. He has ties to the Army as well as a unique connection to the situation Margaret finds herself in. I won’t spoil the story here, but I will say that the way Mr. Monninger connected Margaret and Charlie was thoughtful, respectful, and never once did I find myself questioning the purpose.Margaret and Charlie embark on a journey together and the style of descriptive writing used here both enhanced it and overshadowed it at times. It took me a moment or two to really get into the story at the beginning and I did find myself wondering why certain elements of the background were included the way they were. By the time I reached the end of the book I realized that although they weren’t necessary to push the story forward, they were elements that added to my overall experience within the story.“For the last three sunsets the prism had caught fire and it did not disappoint her this night. It sparkled bright white for just an instant, and she thought of Thomas, and she thought of good grace falling over the farm, and she hugged Gordon as the prism accepted light, bent it, and sent it on its way. She felt a lesson rested in its performance, that she, too, must accept what came toward her and pass it on its journey, but that seemed too grand an idea for the moment.”Although Margaret and Charlie are mean to be modern day people they did speak and have thoughts that seemed slightly outdated but it did not detract too much from the story for me. If anything I considered them polite and proper, with maybe even a touch of southern style.I was drawn to this book for one reason…Margaret is a military spouse. As one myself, I am always interested to see how authors handle this very different life we live. Which aspects are covered and which are barely touched out of fear of the unknown are typically the first thoughts I have when I read a synopsis that includes any mention of military married life. Most people have ideas of what military spouses face but I can say, without a doubt, their ideas don’t even scratch the surface. Regardless of the branch of service their spouses serve, they all have had to face the same trials and tribulations in some form or another. Long separations, the worry of unknown dangers, and carrying the responsibilities alone that most share with others are a constant presence in a military spouse’s daily life. There are sacrifices made by both the active duty member as well as his/her spouse but the focus and point of discussion is typically only on the soldier’s side of the spectrum. I’m not implying that a soldier’s sacrifice is in any way lessened because it’s their sacrifices that keep our country safe from harm, and that in itself is the biggest one a person can make. Even after these troops return safely to their families, there are even more obstacles and worries that must be overcome in order to find peace with what each has experienced during a deployment. It’s a very tricky situation to be in and their inner strengths are tested again and again long after the battle has been fought. War changes people regardless of the uniform or responsibilities held during it. It forces us to accept a reality that most would like to ignore and pushes our strength and resolve beyond every limit we felt existed.This story highlights just a fraction of what our troops and their families face upon their return but it was done with tastefulness that I respect. I will say that Mr. Monninger handled the role of a military spouse with class and dignity, never once casting Margaret, or other military spouses, in a poor or weak manner and I certainly appreciated it. I enjoyed this book and felt that it ended appropriately leaving the imagination to do what it was designed to do. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to step into the delicate but muck covered shoes of a military spouse.***“She did, in fact, believe her husband Tom had acted bravely, but she did not see it in quite the same light as others wanted to see it…..She knew her husband—saw him bracketed by his son on one side, his father on the other—and she did not believe he would have acted courageously for a concept as vague as patriotism. No, it made perfect sense that he would raise his arms and try to protect a fellow soldier, but that had nothing to do with God and Country and flag waving.”***“Did you believe in the war, Charlie?” Margaret asked softly, her eyes studying the statue.“Which one?”“Is there a difference really? I suppose there is. I’m cynical. After Thomas, I don’t have much faith in any of it. I imagine I did at one point. We were told so many lies and I believed them.”“I think a lot of my friends still believe in the cause,” Charlie said, not sure of himself where he was heading with it, “because to go back on it now makes us…what? Murderers? Professional assassins? I’ve had trouble with it.”flag
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This seemed like a book I would like and that would be a fast read, but unfortunately I found it a bit too dull and predictable to hold my interest. It ended up taking me quite awhile to read. This is the story of love at first sight between Margaret and Charlie. That should be magical and I can actually believe in star-crossed lovers, but kind of like a movie where the two stars have no chemistry, I felt like the attraction was really forced. It was seemingly unfounded really. Additionally, part of the story is Margaret getting to meet the President of the United States and that is so glossed over as to be an afterthought and I have a hard time believing it would be anything like that. That irked me throughout the book. Frankly both Margaret and Charlie were too good. They had no flaws to make them human. I can't relate to perfect people like that and I think that stultified the potential passion of the book.
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A 21st edition of Bridges of Madison County!!! A predictable, but engaging love story of people and their struggle to do the right thing. The farmer's wife, Margaret, is running the farm with her father in law and her young son. Her husband was hurt in Iraq and is in a vegetative state. She faithfully visits him several times a week, although he is completely unresponsive. Margaret is invited to a bill signing ceremony in D.C. and finds herself attracted to her escort, a member of the diplomatic corp, also a war victim. While I found the story and plot predictable, the writing does suck you in. The author's description of New England as well as the mountains of the Carolinas is very realistic. What is also interesting is that the author, a man, is writing from the man as well as the woman in his point of view. Definitely worth reading!
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I had mixed emotions about this book. I don't like the idea of a spouse 'walking away' from another spouse, or having a weekend fling, but I don't pretend to imagine what happens to someone emotionally when their partner is still alive, but for all intents and purposes is not 'here'. It wrapped up rather quickly and I'm not sure I liked it - especially after such detail was previously put into pointless parts. I would have liked to see the author make a decision for his characters rather than cop out and leave it open-ended for the reader to decide.
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From reading the book blurb I thought for sure that this book was going to be a great book. Unfortunately this book turned out to be far from great. This book follows two supposed "star-crossed lovers" as they navigate their sudden love for each other and the obstacles they find in their way. To me Margaret and Charlie seemed like that annoying couple that is always lovey-dovey and hanging on each other constantly. The dialogue was so mushy that I was constantly rolling my eyes and found myself losing my motivation to read this book. Love is messy and complicated and this book couldn't seem to completely convey that. Margaret and Charlie didn't seem to be conflicted much to me. I felt that Blake and her struggles were interesting and would rather have heard more about her. I do have to say that the ending was well-written and the most poignant part of the book. Overall I don't feel that I was the target audience for this book and would only recommend it to someone that doesn't mind sugary-sweet love stories.[I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. The content of my review is not affected by that in any way.]
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The story and the characters drew me in. At the end of the book, I wanted it to continue to follow the characters further into their lives and decisions and what would become of them. Margaret Kennedy's husband, Tom was changed physically and mentally by the war. He comes home and Margaret cares for him and the diary farm. When she accepts an offer to go to DC to assist in getting better benefits for Veterns, she meets Charlie. The attraction is immediate. It makes the reader wonder what would you do when one relationship is not really a martial relationship, yet the vow is still there and the other is what you crave and lack. Great story, brings up a lot of thought provoking questions.
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Margaret's husband Tom was injured while deployed with the military. For 6 years she visits Tom and talks to him knowing he will never wake up. Margaret is going through the motions of life, but not really living until she meets Charlie. Charlie is her escort to the signing of a bill by the president, and in an instant her world changes and she starts living again.
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I'm not used to reading books by men but this was a great love story on so many levels.What do marriage vows mean when faced with a spouse that was severly injured, in a coma, and not likely to survive? Margaret's husband was injured in the war and comes back a changed man. His body is there but his mind is not. She nutures him as best she can but when she travels to the Washington D.C. to sign a bill for wounded veterans, she never realized she would fall in love with her escort. She is torn between feeling like a woman again and the marriage vows she took. Will she decide to make a little time for herself or continue to visit her husband and the shell that is him?
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Margaret Kennedy's husband of less than a year, Thomas, was severely wounded in the Afghan War and left a vegetable in a turning frame in a VA hospital. Margaret lives with Gordon, the son he never knew, and her father-in-law, Ben on a dairy farm in Maine. When President Obama signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to Washington D.C. to witness the signing. Charlie King, himself a wounded war veteran, is paid by the government to escort her from Maine to D.C. (Does this happen in real life with our tax dollars paying for limos, etc.?) The book starts off in an engrossing fashion and ends as a real tear-jerker. It's a shame that what's in-between features such pedestrian prose and dialog. The book seemed to be very much a 2013 remake of The Bridges of Madison County. Which was the better book would really be a toss-up. In Bridges the lover came to the farm wife while in Margaret from Maine, the farm wife goes to the lover. Should Margaret leave her non-responsive husband for Charlie, the soon-to-be African diplomat? That's the central question of the book. While the book has its moments, much of it is torture to read. What a shame because Monninger can really write when he puts his mind to it.
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As I began to read "Margaret from Maine", by author Joseph Monninger, the fluidity of the story line and the immediacy of the characters quickly drew me in. Before I knew it, I had finished the book, but I didn't feel finished with the characters--I wanted to read more. I wanted to know what the future held for these people whose loneliness led them to each other. Margaret Kennedy's husband, Tom, was considered a war hero. His personal sacrifice to save a comrade had left him in a vegetative state. His body lived, but the spirit of the man had long ago left his physical shell. We meet Tom in the first chapter of the book, and experience the horrible moment which changed the lives of all the Kennedys forever. Tom never got to know his young son, Gordon, and Margaret took over the running of their dairy farm with the assistance of Tom's father, Ben. Six years after Tom was wounded, Margaret receives an invitation to attend the Washington, DC signing of a bill to improve care for comatose veterans. Margaret would be escorted to DC by Charlie King, a member of the diplomatic core with whom she had conversed by phone. Charlie is himself a veteran, assigned to desk duty after losing part of one leg due to a battle wound. When Charlie and Margaret meet, there is an immediate and intense attraction of both body and soul. The trip to DC becomes an extended romantic interlude, one that is unexpected and irresistible despite the undercurrent of conflict. Margaret never expected to be with any man other than her husband, but Charlie is warm and courtly, and his attention to her is like sustenance for her too-long-deprived female sensibilities. Charlie is smitten, and he knows it. Margaret is the woman he has waited for his entire life, but how to make her see it? Two good people, who have lived dutiful lives, now have a chance for true love and happiness, or do they? Charlie is about to leave the States for a diplomatic post in Africa. Margaret has the huge responsibility of caring for her family and overseeing the running of the dairy farm. She's still married to a man who has been spiritually dead for six years, and as long as his body still breathes in the care facility, she is bound to him as his wife. Will the love between Charlie and Margaret be lost, or will their fates somehow become intertwined? Joseph Monninger has created a compelling and touching romance with characters for whom you root for to find a happy ending. Happiness comes and goes sometimes in unexpected, random surges, but we must all be prepared to grab that happiness and hold on when it finally comes our way.Review Copy Gratis Library Thing
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