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Before and Again
Before and Again | Barbara Delinsky
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, a brand-new novel about a woman in hiding finding the courage to face the world again. Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friendsand thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. Shes thankful for the new friends shes madethough she cant risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered. Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isnt the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friends teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful mans Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herselfor stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggies own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones. From a multimillion-selling master of womens fiction, Before and Again is a story of the relationships we find ourselves inmothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friendsand what kind of sacrifices we are or arent willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad.
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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book63
I liked the characters and the majority of the plot, but one of the major conflicts seemed kind of tossed in sporadically when it should have been the main storyline. The main character also kept regressing instead of growing until finally doing a complete 180 in the last chapter.

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Cupcake12
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#blinddatewithabook
Look what arrived today! Thank you Christine. The tea smells gorgeous and blurb of the book sounds intriguing...can‘t wait to start it ❤️

Tattooedteacher Yay. That made it quite quick. I hope you enjoy it! 1y
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marleed
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This is an odd pick for me. I liked the premise of the book and even how it reached its conclusion. I get that when someone is held accountable for the accidental death of their child much introspection is needed. However, MC‘s Maggie‘s thinking was often repetitive and sometimes pointless to her agony (her mom‘s muffins??). I think the story would have been better had fewer pages been spent inside Maggie‘s head.

#ReadTheUSA2020 Vermont

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KayJaysReads
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Great story about community, love and moving forward.

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Bec_lectic
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I struggled through this book but made it to the end. Not much excitement and underwhelming plot with an ending you can guess. I skimmed over a lot of the pages as parts of the story just draaaaaagged on.

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kstadt929
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Mehso-so

This one started off strong - Mackenzie Cooper crashes her car while messing with the GPS, killing her daughter. She moves to a new town, changes her name and makes a new life for herself where no one knows her past. I loved the premise of the book and the beginning, but near the middle/end it got a little sappy and unbelievable with the twists it took. Still an enjoyable read, but I was disappointed in the ending after the great start.

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kstadt929
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If we had been home yesterday, this chocolate wouldn‘t have made it the through the last 24 hours. It‘s about to be ripped open! @CrowCAH

CrowCAH Woohoo 🎉 perfect; super yummy chocolate 🍫 4y
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kstadt929
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Next up...before visiting family later this afternoon ❤️

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intothehallofbooks
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Fencing practice means I‘m in the sitting area with a book! 🤺

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Clwojick
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This one is on the top of my 2018 favourites!

Breathtaking, Heart Wrenching, and Beautiful all in one go. I loved the main characters, and feel like I‘ll be recommending this one time and time again. ♥️♥️♥️♥️

#netgalley

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Hazel0303
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Bailing at 20%. I just don‘t care about the hacking scandal and I have a lot of other books to read. It‘s too bad, I was really looking forward to it.

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monkeygirlsmama
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Mehso-so

This started a bit slow for me, but in the end it was a really moving story that kept me engaged. I love that Delinksy‘s characters are believable and no different than the average person. That‘s what makes their plight, reactions, and experiences so realistic and relatable.

#NetGalleyReads

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tammysue
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5 ☆ Woop! Another fab novel from Barbara Delinsky! Mackenzie is involved in a crash taking her daughter‘s life, ending her marriage + friendships.
“To live through trauma and thrive? That was my goal”
She moves + rebuilds a new life finding meaning in a career that helps others feel good about themselves while building solid friendships; 4yrs later chaos erupts turning her life upside down again. A beautiful gripping story of loss, love + healing.

tracey38 This books sounds good. Also, love the carousel in the picture. 💜 4y
tammysue @tracey38 It was wonderful and Sweet Salt Air is a great book too.. a perfect summertime read. I bought the carousel piece at our local Hallmark store years ago, it also lights up and turns. I enjoyed that every year they released two more carousel animals to add to it. Was fun to collect them! 4y
tracey38 @whatshesreadingnow that's so neat that they would release a couple animals to add to it each year. I love Hallmark. 4y
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desertbibliophile
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Breathe in. Breathe out.

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Marla
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I‘m having a hard time putting this one down. I was going to take it on my trip in 3 days but I will probably finish before then.

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Bostonmomx2
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Yes, it‘s barely 8am here and yes, I am having cold pizza for breakfast. 🍕❤️🍕

Blueberry Haha, well I guess you don't live in Boston ( the time). Actually I think I remember you might live in California.? 4y
Tamra Works for me! 4y
Bostonmomx2 @Blueberry close...northern Nevada 😉 4y
Bostonmomx2 @Blueberry oh lol the bostonmom thing comes from having 2 Boston terriers. 4y
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Bostonmomx2
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Pretty much my day today. Headache, my Kindle and binge watching Gilmore Girls.

Jas16 Hope your headache goes away soon 4y
Bostonmomx2 @Jas16 I‘ve had it for 3 years almost continually so unlikely but some days are worse than others. It‘s getting old. Thanks tho 😉 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Headaches are the worst!! I hope you feel better soon 😘💗 4y
Eggs Sorry you're having those headaches, I feel for you 4y
Purrfectpages This was nearly my day yesterday, except I watched a lot of Grace and Frankie and Silver Spoons. 😂 (edited) 4y
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Bostonmomx2
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Starting this today....

AnnieReads I‘m reading this one now. About halfway through. 4y
Bostonmomx2 @AnnieReads is it good? I only got a few pages read today. 4y
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Luvtoread
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Mehso-so

I found this to be much too slow and therefore found it too long. I did enjoy the characters and the romance, but found it too detail heavy. Which is a shame, as I did love the characters and the overall themes. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Reecaspieces
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Headed home from St. Louis! Nothing like reading and riding! #goodhubby

tracey38 Wish I could read and ride, but I get so nauseous. Glad you can do it! Makes for more reading time. 🙂 4y
Miss_Shush I chum the car when I do that-safe travels home! 4y
Reecaspieces @tracey38 my husband gets nauseous too. So that‘s why he drives. Works for both of us! 4y
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SilversReviews
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BEFORE AND AGAIN by Barbara Delinsky

Ms. Delinsky's beautiful, pull-you-in writing style kept me reading as always.

BEFORE AND AGAIN always had some warmth coming from somewhere whether it was a character or situation.

This book deals with friendships, healing, emotional pain, and choices.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2018/06/before-and-again-by-barbara-delinsky.h...

tammysue Fab review, Elizabeth! 4y
SilversReviews @whatshesreadingnow THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 😊 4y
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SilversReviews
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Review of this marvelous book will go live on my blog tomorrow.

I hope you get to read it if you haven‘t.

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BritanyA
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️: Good not great. Maggie Reid suffers a traumatic accident that changes her life. She starts over in Vermont and becomes the person she thinks she should be. Nice one for the beach, but ultimately predictable and just ok.

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ReadingisMyPassion
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Beautiful story of healing after loss. See my review at www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion. #StMartinsPress. #NetGalley

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Bakingbookworm
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2 STARS - This was my first Delinsky book and I can‘t say I enjoyed it. It took me over 2 weeks to read it and I found it soap opera-ish and predictable. Too much time spent on make-up application and making pottery. 🤔 My full review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2018/06/before-and-again.html?m=1

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imabusybee
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Taking a little time to smell the flowers this morning.

DivineDiana And how lovely they are! 💗 4y
SilversReviews Beautiful flowers. The book you tagged was good too. 4y
imabusybee @SilversReviews yes it is. I am about half way. 4y
SilversReviews @imabusybee I always like her books. 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌸🌸🌸🌸 4y
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imabusybee
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Starting a new one.

Samplergal I‘ll be interested in seeing what you think. 4y
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Bibliosmiast
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Hold your children and family close, life is too short, and can change in the blink of an eye. Reach out to family and friends to help you through tough times, you‘re not alone. #beforeandagain #stmartinspress #barbaradelinksy

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mrozzz
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Mehso-so

Hmm. I found this to be like a bit of Jane Green romance & Mary Kubica's internal dialogues- the mix of which was very shallow & stuttering.

The main character Maggie Reid/Mackenzie Cooper, spent the whole book questioning herself, forced into a new life after she caused a traffic accident resulting in 2 deaths, one of them her daughter, is divorced by her husband, & put on probation. I could see this as a successful beach read.... out June 26th.

RaimeyGallant I see the problem, then. 4y
mrozzz Do you? @RaimeyGallant I‘m always so torn when reviewing an ARC but this just didn‘t quite add up to something that felt exciting/compelling/complete 😐 4y
RaimeyGallant I haven't read Jane Green but I have read Mary Kubica. 4y
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mrozzz Aha! Yes. I‘ve read 1 by each and that was enough for me. @RaimeyGallant 4y
Bakingbookworm I‘m struggling big time with this book. It has good bones but it doesn‘t follow through. Main character is dull and silly, the issues sound good but overall it‘s long winded and dull, dull, dull. I feel I need to finish it because I got it as an ARC. 4y
mrozzz Yes... it was hard at points to want to continue... but I also had the ARC from Net Galley and wanted to finish so I could rate it properly. That said, if you don‘t like it now, it does not get better. @Bakingbookworm 4y
Bakingbookworm @mrozzz I got it from NG too. I‘m at 80% now and skimming through it. Wordy passages and not a strong enough story line. *sigh* 4y
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BlueStockingReviews
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5⭐️. A gripping and emotional tale of a woman‘s heartbreak, recovery and self-realization.
Check out my full review at www. bluestockingreviews.com

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SilversReviews
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"Ms. Delinsky's beautiful, pull-you-in writing style kept me reading as always.

I haven‘t read a book by Ms. Delinsky for a few years, and it was a pleasure to re-connect with her marvelous style and story lines.

BEFORE AND AGAIN always had some warmth coming from somewhere whether it was a character or situation.

This book deals with friendships, healing, emotional pain, and choices. 5/5"

Full Review will be on June 28.

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#latenightthoughtswithMisty
@Seascape28
@thegreensofa

1. I am currently reading: BEFORE AND AFTER by Barbara Delinsky.
2. I can only think of one book I would love to read that I don‘t own: THE GLASS OCEAN by Karen White, Lauren Willig, and Beatriz Williams. Coming out this fall.
3. Historical fiction.
4. Not really on collecting anything unless books count. :)
5. @Kaye

Thanks for the tag, @Seascape28

Kaye Thanks for the tag Silver. ❤️ 4y
SilversReviews @Kaye 😍😍😍 4y
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suvata
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Bailedbailed

DNF

Reecaspieces Well crap. This is. On my list 4y
Samplergal That bad? It‘s next on my ARC list. Maybe with a drink 🥃? 4y
suvata It may just have been me but there was just too much dialogue about make up and mascara. After the preface it went straight down hill for me. You may find it fun. I hope so. Not every book is for every person. (edited) 4y
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East_Of_Imagination
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Looking forward to Before And Again by Barbara Delinsky! I‘m ready to dive into a dense book after a row of shorter ones

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suvata
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I don‘t think that I have read any Barbara Delinsky before but St. Martin‘s Press was kind enough to send me this ARC. So, in I go ....

Samplergal I received that one too. Hope it‘s good. Typically not my style. 4y
suvata @Samplergal Not usually my style either but I‘m willing to give it a go. 4y
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monkeygirlsmama
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Top 3 on my TBR:

1. Before and Again by Barbara Delinksy
2. Insanity: Mushrooms by Cameron Jace
3. The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz

#Nattys25KGiveaway (Congrats on your awesome Litfluence! 😎)

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Rhondareads
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Love Barbra Delinskys books perfect escape fiction Shadow Child ,two sisters a small Hawaiian town the adventure life brings them historical fiction to dive into.