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The Stuff That Never Happened

by Maddie Dawson

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Great family novel. ( )
  pidgeon92 | Apr 1, 2013 |
The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson is an artfully crafted story of Annabelle McKay, a wife and mother who, by outside accounts, has all the reasons to relish in her life. But Annabelle, after her two children were grown and moved from home, begins to think of days long past when she, in the very first years of her marriage to Grant, had a secret affair. Exploring the emotions invoked when pondering how things may have been under different circumstances, Dawson tempts readers through the well-crafted thoughts and feelings that Annabelle experiences, especially when a chance encounter brings her face-to-face with her love of past years. The emotional range of this story is enough to keep fiction fans entranced by the choices made long ago by one woman, the rebirth of opportunity as the path not taken reopens before her, and the ultimate decision she faces at this new crossroads.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Stuff That Never Happened through the Amazon VINE Program, for review. ( )
  knittingmomof3 | May 23, 2012 |
The writer does a great job of making you feel like you are in the situation. However, at times she is quite wordy when it is not needed (almost like she couldn't tell if she wanted to be thought-provoking or entertaining). If she had picked one or the other this book would have been much better. ( )
  sunnydrk | Jun 22, 2011 |
I loved this book ...I had been pretty tired of the various "women's fiction" titles I had started lately but this book goes far beyond that label. Annabelle and Grant's marriage is the primary focus but also the author brings in the empty nest issue, infidelity, mid-life crises, preoccupation with work-and many other themes and issues that all tie in together and all make sense. I am very glad I read this novel. ( )
  Bookbets50 | Apr 26, 2011 |
Loved it! For various reasons....check this one out for sure. ( )
  wendytrim | Apr 10, 2011 |
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"Comparing her stable marriage to a passionate affair she had twenty-six years earlier, Annabelle feels neglected by her busy husband and cares for her pregnant daughter before an encounter with her past love forces her to question her choices." -- NovelList.… (more)

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