Author: Camille Pagan
“At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.
On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s become invisible to the world—and to herself.
Maggie cautiously begins to rebuild her life with a trip to Rome, a new career, and even a rebound romance. But when a fresh crisis strikes and an uncertain future looms, she must decide: How much will she risk to remain the woman she’s just become?”
I’m pretty sure I just read a Hallmark movie. I’ve never seen a Hallmark movie but I’m convinced Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is everything a Hallmark movie is made out of. A good woman has her life upended after a divorced, does some soul searching and realizes that the end of a marriage isn’t the end of her life, but the beginning of a new one. I can also say that this isn’t a particularly original plot for a movie or a book, but I didn’t hate it. Didn’t love it either.
The plot was something that thousands of books and movies had done before. That’s not a negative or anything, these stories work for a reason. There’s something about a woman picking herself up when the future she thought she knew disappears.
Maggie was a very human character. She was equal parts annoying and interesting. I did pity her a lot in the beginning, as you were supposed to and was rooting for her to get her shit together. I don’t like Adam. Hopefully, he wasn’t written so the reader could find it in their hearts to sympathize with him because I certainly didn’t. Dude was a dick. The logic of lying to your wife about an affair with a younger woman (who didn’t even exist!) so you could divorce is so fucked up. When he showed up after his heart surgery to ask for Maggie to take him back, I wish she would’ve shooed him off the porch with a broom. I have a genuine dislike for a man that doesn’t exist.
The writing wasn’t all that engaging. I didn’t experience any strong emotions from the writing and nothing really pulled me back in when I put my kindle down to do something else. The one thing that irked me slightly was the dialogue. Maybe I’m just a lowbrow hick from the hills of Queens but the way Maggie and almost all the characters spoke was unrealistic. There were several characters from all walks of life and different generations and yet they all had the same sort of tone and voice. An 80 yr old woman, a 54-year-old woman, and a 20-something woman should have pretty distinct voices. There wasn’t any of that in the book. It made the book flatter.
This would be a very good airport of long trip kind of book. There’s no chance of you bursting into giggles or tears in public, just a way to hold your attention when your flight gets canceled for the third time that night. I’d say give it a read. There’s nothing in here that you’ll regret.