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This book took just a few chapters for me to get into Once I did, however, I loved it There are just so many great things about it.One of my favorite things about it is the characters This book has so many quirky, fun, characters I loved all of them The main two characters that the reader gets to know are Maggie and Carly They are connected, but neither of them realizes it for quite a while in the plot Maggie is an old woman, living alone in an apartment building Her life made me a bit sad Her kids wanted nothing to do with her And it was obvious that Maggie had a secret.Carly s life was sad too Carly had run away from home Now she lives in Salt Lake City, in an apartment with a bunch of people Carly has become a thief as she was trying to learn to survive But I loved how she grew up along the way, and a lot of that growing up was due to Maggie.I loved the setting of this one I lived in Salt Lake City, in the area this one takes place for about a year All the talk of familiar places in this one made me smile.If you re looking for a great book, with great characters, plot and message, don t hesitate to grab this one I was sent a copy of Maggie s Place as a gift from the publisher All opinions are my own. 4.5 StarsMAGGIE S PLACE is part women s fiction and part suspense It s a story of heartbreak, loss, and mistakes, but also friendship, forgiveness, and second chances It s full of charming, quirky, and sweet characters that readers will fall in love with, and how their lives connect in complex ways Definitely recommended to women s fiction and LDS fiction readers.These characters What a riot these ladies were I loved them all immensely I also fell in love with Carly and Ed I loved the motley crew these characters make and the way they interact with each other Their lives have such a full history and they re in the latter end, and yet they re still learning and developing friendships There were so many laugh out loud moments as well as sweet ones Then there were moments that made me want to cry, that were heartbreaking Add to that the suspense elements and the situation Carly finds herself in It was the perfect balance of a slue of emotions and plot twists that kept this story entertaining and heartfelt from beginning to end.Just a note about this book I wasn t sure, at first, if this was a general market release or a religious one For those not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, there aren t any religious moments or preaching The characters are members of the church and there are some cultural references, but nothing that those not members wouldn t understand It s of a background to the characters and the downtown setting of Salt Lake City, Utah.In the end, was it what I wished for I wasn t sure what to expect when I picked this up, but I definitely enjoyed this story It was engaging from the first to the last page, with lovable characters, and a story full of heart with plenty of intrigue Highly recommended Content Some violence and blunt references.Source I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review All opinions are my own. Imagine a building with retirees that live together as friends Then imagine a group of homeless teens and young adults that have designs on those retirees monies The building has security, but the homeless group has an in, or do they What ensues is a delightful story about Maggie and her friends and the discovery of a long lost family member On the surface, there is the day to day struggle, but what I loved is that this beloved group of retirees is not going down without a fight.I laughed, I cried, I felt for these characters that were not my age and not in my stage of life It was a beautifully well written story of people I want to befriend and spend time with There are so many layers to this story that I couldn t put it down and would recommend it to others It is not what I usually read, but a great story nonetheless. November 20, 2019Format PaperbackVerified PurchaseMeet Maggie Sullivan, 74, widowed, healthy, mentally sharp, living in the historic Eagle Gate Apartments in the heart of Salt Lake City, where it s close enough to walk or take the bus anywhere she wants to go Maggie s in what she calls Act Three of her life, agile than most and still in possession of her original knees, and teeth , and chooses to live every day of that life happily After the rent s paid, her means are modest, i.e., nearly nonexistent , but her needs are few she s comfortable and surrounded by good friends, who believe anytime s an excuse for a party or a lively game of Scrabble.Devastating and painful secrets from Acts One and Two of her life caused Maggie to revert to her maiden name and begin a new life, Act Three Maggie s grand niece Carly appears at her door, deathly ill, with dangerous gang connections Maggie takes her in lovingly, knowing Carly could run back to the gang anytime, but prays she won t A mysterious wealthy man, Ed from 8 B, begins to pay attention to Maggie, but, unlike the throng of eligible single women longing to meet him, casseroles in hand, Maggie s not interested in dating, and something s not quite right about Ed.In Maggie s Place, Salt Lake City is featured almost as a character itself, with its unique and historical beauty, upscale lifestyle and culture, and, unfortunately, with its underbelly of crime common to all large cities Haws knows the city well, bringing the reader right to the actual bus stop where Maggie waits to ride to her part time job at a knitting shop the Symphony the Broadway Theater the Alta Club the Beehive House, power walks around Temple Square the unpredictable, often brutal, but sometimes extraordinarily beautiful winter weather and the quiet old elegance of the Eagle Gate Apartments Best of all, Haws leads us into the hearts and souls of the well developed characters who live in them, as well as those who don t.Maggie s place is a cozy read Haws takes an honest, unflinching look at aging and all that goes with it, addressing it with honesty, grace, and humor The plot is lively with unexpected elements, and the descriptions of the characters who wander in and out of Maggie s Place are priceless.I highly recommend this delightful book.Janet Kay JensenAuthor, The Book Lover s Cookbook and Gabriel s Daughters I wondered how the characters lives would intersect The runaway girl s troubles gripped me the most I also loved the security guard The only thing I found odd was sometimes the retired people seemed like the generation before them or too old for their ages Maybe because my parents are about the same age and seem younger The events unfold like watching a train wreck in slow motion The story came to a rewarding end. This story alternated between Maggie, a woman in her 70s and Carly a homeless teen in downtown Salt Lake City Utah and how their stories intertwine Maggie lives in Eagle Gate Apartments where she and her friends get together to go walking, play games and help each other with day to day chores Throughout the book, past parts of Maggie s life with her kids Kristen and Henry are mentioned along with current events which help them work towards healing and forgiveness.I found this book somewhat depressing I was hoping for of a lighthearted holiday story The parts about SLC Utah with crime, schemes and homeless teens was very accurate, sad and unfortunately real life The characters and story line were believable and likable, but the story just wasn t for me.I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review All opinions are my own. Years Ago, Mary Margaret Sullivan Changed Her Name, Boxed Up Her Previous Life, Moved Into The Eagle Gate Apartments, And Hid Her Painful Memories In Her Chicken Wire Storage Unit In The Basement But Secrets Have An Inconvenient Way Of Surfacing When Least ExpectedThree Weeks Before Christmas, An Elegant Man In A Penthouse, A Young Woman Named Carly Homeless And Ill With Pneumonia And Two Calculating Thieves Invade Maggie S Carefully Reconstructed Life, And In Different Ways, Each Is Connected To Maggie S Difficult Past As Maggie And Friends Nurse Carly Back To Health, Hearts Begin To Heal With A Hope For The Future But All Is Not As It Seems When Faced With The Shocking Truth, Maggie Must Rely On Her Wits, Her Friends, And Her Own Strength As Never Before Maggie s Place is a wonderful story about a 70 something year old living in a retirement apartment building This story has a sad undertone that ends with a note of hope While this story isn t one that I would usually pick up and read I m glad I did It made me think about my parents and grandparents in my life and the relationships I have with them It also gives a message of forgiveness and making things right in your life.There is a bit of a love story in the plot line, and does have The Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints as the religion of choice in the story. When I started reading this book I had a difficult time getting into it for about the first 25% of it because it was not my usual choice in genres But I am glad I persevered because I enjoyed it very much Being of the same age group as Maggie and the other characters I was able to sympathize with them and what they went through It is a very moving story that you will enjoy It is set in Salt Lake City and very much involves the Latter Day Saints Church It is set around the holidays so it is a good time to read and enjoy it I received an ARC of this book from the publisher All opinions expressed are my very own. This is another new to me author and I can say I honestly enjoyed this book.Annette Haws has done a wonderful job with the characters feelings and I felt their pain, secrets, and love and yes sometimes anger coming through the book.I think the thing I ve found out is that you can never hide your pain, past or whatever the case may be because it just follows you through life You might be able to box up your personal items but not your feelings Our past defines us in who we are and eventually secrets leak out Sometimes even though we don t want to letting secrets out can be healing even though hurtful at times But in the end it relieves us at the same time Friends are harder to trust A true friend is harder to find but once you do, hang on to them They are precious and sometimes when you just need someone to talk to they will keep your confidence no matter what I could feel Carlys pain I was an outcast at school Always being made fun of no matter what the case may be that day Heck, I even had drumsticks thrown at me in marching band one afternoon Did it hurt yes it hurt so I did the only thing that was instinct I threw them back at the drummer and hit him right square in the nose He never bothered me afterwards but I can t say that the others did I did have one good friend and he kept me insane Always loyal no matter what But as life tends to do we drifted apart after high school I run into him from time to time.I fell in love with these beautiful flawed people in this story They had me intrigued I was swept into the story before I knew what happened and was finished the same day Did I cry some Yes, I did Maggie is a tremendous woman and a strong woman but even she needed her friends at times I admired her very much and at times I know this is silly but I felt like she was my grandmother on my moms side I wanted to reach though the book and give her a big fat hug I think it s sad that kids want to put their parents away and never having anything to do with them any because they get old and can t take care of themselves I mean, It s wrong After all, they raised us and gave us all they had and loved us unconditionally Why can t we do the same for them Makes me glad that my grandparents were spared that They died peacefully at home.This story isn t what I usually read but something or someone called me to read it and I m sure glad I did I went on an adventure of a lifetime This story has so so many interesting places in it that you ll want to discover them all Therefore, you not want to put this book down until you finish it I may reread it again in the near future.I highly recommend this book It s so good My thanks to Covenant Communications for a copy of this beautiful book and NO compensations were received All opinions are my own.