383589: Maggie"s Journey, McKenna"s Daughters Series #1 Maggie’s Journey, McKenna’s Daughters Series #1
By Lena Nelson Dooley / Realms

When 18-year-old Margaret Lenora Caine learns that she’s adopted, she feels betrayed by her birth parents and by the wealthy family who raised her. When another secret robs Maggie of what’s left of her identity, she strikes out on her own to find her "real self." Will her long-time love, Charles, be able to help?

When I received an email from Lena Dooley about visiting FCB I was shocked! I’ve followed her blog and enjoyed her interviews and giveaways for a few years now. And she wanted to me on MY blog!!! I had never read one of Lena’s books since she seemed to write historical fiction which wasn’t my first choice in genres.  However, I was so honored to have Lena here that I thought it was time to try it out.  I’ll tell you more about that in the review later. For now, my interview with Lena.


Lena Nelson Dooley

FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?

Lena: There are so many, it’s hard to decide. It would be either Queen Esther or Mary the mother of Jesus.

FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?

Lena: With Esther, I’d want her first-person account of the events that led her to make the decision that could have cost her life. And with Mary, I’d want to ask her how she was able to withstand the gossip that had to surround her pregnancy.

FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lena: I don’t remember wanting to be anything but a wife and mother when I was a little girl.

FCB: What are your New Year’s Resolutions or goals as we start this new year?

Lena: I’m not much of a New Year’s Resolution person. I do plan to try to get closer to the Lord this year. And I must meet a couple of book deadlines as well.

FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?

Lena: I do like for the reviewer to be honest. Too much flattery isn’t helpful. Neither is too much criticism. The reviewer should realize that there are so many different genres of books because readers like them. If a book isn’t to that reviewer’s taste, he or she should find things about the quality of the writing to compliment. And that person can couch any negative things in kinder words, instead of attacking authors or their subject matter.

As an author, I do like to know when the reviewer really "gets" what the author was trying to do with the story. But as an author, I know that not everyone will love the books I write.

And a reviewer should never, ever have any spoilers that reveal too much of the story.

Thank you so much Lena.

Ways to get to know more about Lena:

www.facebook.com/pages/Lena-Nelson-Dooley/42960748768?ref=ts – Official fan page
lenanelsondooley on Goodreads
lenandooley on Twitter

Lena’s Synopsis:  Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she was adopted. The daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed both by her real parents and by the ones who raised her.

Maggie desires a place where she belongs. But her mother’s constant criticism and reminders that she doesn’t fit the mold of a young woman of their social standing have already created tension in their home. With the discovery of the family secret, all sense of her identity is lost.

When Maggie asks to visit her grandmother in Arkansas, her father agrees on the condition that she take her Aunt Georgia as a chaperone and his young partner, Charles Stanton, as protection on the journey. Will she discover who she really is and, more importantly, what truly matters most in life?

My Review: Being only the second historical fiction story I’ve ever read, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was drawn into the story. The author gives us a storyline that could be very realistic as you think about what life was like during the time of the wagon trains to the west. Even eighteen years later with train travel, it was a difficult and often dangerous time. The author articulates in an easy to read and follow manner that allowed me to feel like I was there experiencing the hardships.

Each character brings something to the story that allowed me to see myself. My first impression of Maggie was she was a spoiled little rich girl, which of course, she was, however, as the story develops so doe she. In her search for the truth about her real parents she learns the true meaning of family. Other characters reminded me of the dangers of passing judgment when we don’t have all the facts. (Ok, even when we have all the facts should we judge?) This story also teaches the importance of forgiveness.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read and is willing to step out of their norm.  I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review her book. I was under no obligation to give this review anything buy my honest opinion.

The Giveaway: Be sure to read the instructions otherwise you won’t have a chance to win.

1 copy of Maggie’s Journey (North America only)

Winner must find the answer to this question on my web site:

What scripture, given by Tommy Tyson at a retreat, did God use to tell me to become a professional writer?

The winner will be chosen on January 22, 2012 at 9:00PM PST.

8 Replies to “Maggie’s Journey–Lena Dooley Giveaway”

  1. Looked everwhere and hope this is answer to your question, Ecclesiastes 3.

    I can’t wait to read Lena’s story. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

  2. Thank you Lena and HollyMag for the great interview. The scripture is Psalm 37:4.
    I love historical fiction. And the cover is beautiful!
    smoore at tcq dot net

  3. http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/p/about-me.html
    The next day, our church was having a church-wide spiritual life retreat at a camp in Glen Rose, Texas. Our family went. The speaker was the nationally known writer and speaker, Tommy Tyson. I can tell you what he talked about on Saturday morning.

    He started by reading Psalm 37:4. I have used that scripture when I sign books. The scripture says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I remember wondering which direction Mr. Tyson was going with the message. Early in my walk with the Lord, I understood that scripture to mean that if you delighted in the Lord, He would give you things you had always desired. And that is one meaning of the verse. As I matured, the Lord showed me another meaning. If I delight in Him, He will put into my heart the desires He wants me to have.

    The answer is: Psalm 37:4.
    Please, Please, Please… enter me in this drawing for your wonderful book!! I have wanted to find out what happens to Maggie for a long time!!! pick me! pick me! I would love to win a copy of Maggie’s Journey!!!!!!!!!

  4. Oh, did I forget to mention?! Historical Fiction is my favorite. I appreciate the research the authors do to entwine their characters with factual events/happenings. I too realize Psalm 37:4 speaks to the Lord giving us His desire for our heart, which He knows so well!

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