Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

Before and 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 friends―and 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. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much....

Details Before and Again

TitleBefore and Again
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Before and Again

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars!!! I’ve enjoyed quite a few novels written by Barbara Delinsky and as soon as I read the description for “ Before and Again ”, I knew I had to read it. I’m thrilled to say that I really enjoyed this novel.After a very heartbreaking beginning, I was immediately pulled into the story…Mackenzie Cooper has a wonderful life. She is a talented artist, she has ma...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I was blown away by this book. No really, I was assuming this would be your run-of-the-mill, standard type of women's fiction, but it was so much more. This was a character driven study involving detrimental loss and how to rebuild yourself after making a fatal mistake. I found myself floundering about in a wide variety of emotions, and for a novel that isn't intended to be plot driven, it has multiple twists and turns to keep the 400+ pages feel...
  • Theresa Alan
    This women’s fiction novel starts with a tragic accident in which Mackenzie Cooper is fiddling with her GPS and misses a stop sign. The truck that runs into them kills her five-year-old daughter. The DA wants to make an example out of Mackenzie, so as if losing her only child wasn’t enough, her face is splashed over national news. The grief and stress of the spotlight leads to divorce and renders her unable to sculpt with clay.Mackenzie start...
  • Carrie
    One afternoon Mackenzie Cooper was driving her five year old daughter to a playdate when the unthinkable happened. Mackenzie had been glancing down at the GPS trying to find the home of her daughter's friend when she accidentally runs a stop sign and a truck crashes into them. As if losing her daughter wasn't punishment enough Mackenzie ends up splashed all over the media to be made an example.Now on probation Mackenzie has changed her name to ...
    Thank you to the publisher St. Martin's Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.I've had this book since December, but intended to read it close to its June publication date. During all this time I've read early reviews lamenting that it doesn't measure up to author Barbara Delinsky's previous stellar offerings. I've never read any of Ms. Delinsky's other books, but this was indeed a lukewarm read.Mackenzie Cooper was driving her ...
  • Lisa
    A gripping and emotional tale of one woman’s heartbreak, recovery and self-realization. SUMMARYMacKenzie Cooper was using her phone’s GPS, desperately trying to find the home of her five-year-old daughter’s friend. It was a narrow, dark and wooded road. She looked at her phone again for just a second. She didn’t see the stop sign, it blended with the fall foliage. A large van hit her hard. The accident killed her daughter, and the afterma...
  • Zoe
    Heartwarming, poignant, and sweet!Before and Again is a heartfelt, entertaining story about accepting the things you can’t change, letting go of the past, forgiving one’s self, surviving, taking chances, and moving on.The writing is fluid and well turned. The characters are flawed, supportive, lovable, and real. And the plot is an emotional, engaging tale with a side of mystery that’s full of heartache, loss, grief, guilt, hope, friendship,...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    These things can't be happening to me can they?Maggie is a good person but still hasn’t healed from the emotional scars from the death of her daughter or the divorce from her husband. Maggie moved away to make herself anonymous after the accident and hadn't seen her husband for four years. He now shows up in the new town she has moved to, but why?Another problem besides her ex-husband then surfaces. Maggie is still on probation because of the a...
  • Erin
    This is my 10th Barbara Delinsky read and certainly not one of my favorites. Before and Again showcases what Delinsky does best which is contemporary family drama. In this story, readers are introduced to Mackenzie( Maggie Reid) Cooper trying to live her life anew in a small town that doesn't know her difficult past. What should have been an emotional rollercoaster was just an o.k read in my eyes. Although I realize that the character was in pa...
  • Kristy
    Driving her five-year-old daughter to a playdate, Mackenzie Cooper's life changes in a moment when she takes her eyes off the road to check her phone's GPS. In that second, she runs a stop sign, and as a result, the other driver and Lily are dead. In the aftermath, Mackenzie finds herself divorced, estranged from her mother and brother, on probation, and moving away from her friends and former life. She reinvents herself in the town of Devon, Ver...
  • Marialyce
    5 emotional heart breaking stars My reviews can be found here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...A split second can change your life. A glance away can be the moment when life does change. A heart refusing to heal can end a marriage. ....and guilt filling every portion of one's body can make life an unending torture. Mackenzie Cooper has lost everything, a beloved daughter, a husband she loved, a mother who blames her, and the ability to fo...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky was a very emotional book to read and I'm not even a mother. I think anyone with kids that reads this book will experience a wide range of emotions and if you've lost a child it may hit you even harder.Mackenzie Cooper is a woman that has lost it all - her child, her marriage, her so-called friends, and the support of her parents all in the time it took to look down at her GPS while driving. Sh...
  • Charlie
    Gotta rest a bit after this one. Review coming up in a few days. Honest.My honest review or rather my opinion. I didn't see this coming. A soap-Opera. I don't watch em on TV. OR Soap-Opera type books The mother ran a stop sign. Crashed - killed her daughter - convicted - divorced and so the Soap-Opera begins. She changes her name to avoid publicity and exposure and moved to a different town. I'd tell you more but that would be a crime and a Spoil...
  • Britany
    Maggie Reid has restarted her life in picturesque Devon, Vermont. She has completely immersed herself in her new life-- doing makeup at the town Spa & Inn. Can she really leave her past behind? Especially when the present threatens to expose her.I liked this book, but didn't love it. The characters have their own flaws (don't we all?) but I found it hard to connect fully with them. Maybe the writing was too heavy, too many words clouding the char...
  • Sheyla ✎
    4.5 Fangs I love when a book surprises me. Before and Again was a welcome unexpected revelation for me. In a fraction of a second, Mackenzie Cooper loses everything she cared for. Before the accident, she was a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and an artist. After the motor vehicle accident, she's left with nothing. The collision takes the lives of two people. One of them being her small daughter. Mackenzie can't let go of the guilt and the d...
  • Mandy
    A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for this ARC. Maggie Reid, a makeup artist at the Devon Inn and Spa is rebuilding her life after a horrifying event changed her life in every way possible five years earlier. Now in Devon she’s moved past the terror of the accident and seems to be living a simple and normal life. Then one day two things happen to her that could cause her new life to completely unravel. Her best friend’s son has been ch...
  • Selena
    I received a free e-copy of Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky from NetGalley for my honest review.A powerful and heartfelt story of a woman, (Maggie) who has a happy life, wonderful home, a handsome husband (Ned) and beautiful child. In one quick moment, while driving, gets distracted and looses what is most precious to any parent. Maggie's life changed in so many ways after that day. She had to live with the guilt of the loss, her shattered m...
  • Susan Peterson
    In Before and Again, Barbara Delinsky has written a riveting, poignant story filled with the most amazing characters. Each of the characters has their own story...a past which they are trying to escape, scars they are trying to hide...trying to build a present and move forward with a future, but can they forgive each other and themselves? This story is filled with grief and guilt, but mostly love, and it tugged on my heartstrings with every word,...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    An emotional roller coaster from start to finish that asks can we really move on after tragedy? What if we feel we are to blame for the tragedy, if you can't forgive yourself, can others forgive you? After Maggie loses her 5 year old daughter in a car accident, where she admits she was distracted and ran a stop sign, her life is shattered and she moves to a small town and reinvents herself to start over. Years later, her life is thrown into a tai...
  • Amy
    Before and Again was my first Barbara Delinsky book so I really wasn’t sure what to expect, when a book is labeled as women’s fiction it’s hard to know if it’ll be on the light, funny side or if it’ll be more serious and emotional. This one definitely fell on the emotional side, though it wasn’t too heavy, more thought provoking than depressing and definitely hopeful in the end.Maggie had one of those life changing moments when she wa...
  • Natalie
    Sadly, this novel begins with a tragedy, the death of a child, but it takes the reader through the slow rebuilding of love and hope. Delinsky tells the story of Maggie who has rebuilt her life after the death of a beloved child. She carries all the guilt for the tragedy and ultimately watches it destroy her marriage. As if the reader watches a lovely bloom unfold, we watch Maggie’s life blossom as each person she believes has abandoned her move...
  • Cathy Ryan
    4.5*In order to survive after the death of her five year old daughter in a tragic road traffic accident, Mackenzie Cooper, now known as Maggie Reid, lives a quiet life in the rural town of Devon, Vermont. The trial, her arrest, time in the media spotlight and the breakdown of her marriage left Maggie feeling increasing stress over the lack of privacy and the intense anguish and guilt that never leaves her. All she wants is to live in obscurity an...
  • Aisling
    This was decent tear-jerking chic lit. Delinsky does a great job with characters and setting so these characters and this town come alive. It was a little too long, and parts of the story dragged or were too repetitive but for the most part it was entertaining.
  • Susan Haught
    Oh. My. Gosh.I love Barbara Delinsky's books, but this one...this one rooted itself into my heart and will live there for as long as I do. I cannot imagine the horror and mental anguish an accident of this magnitude would cause, but Delinsky found a way to deliver each character's unique reactions. I grieved with them. I laughed with them. I held my breath and waited with them. I rejoiced with them, and when I set the book down, I picked it up ag...
  • Laura Rash
    Wow, I really got swept into this story & devoured this monster of a book in no time! A complicated story with intertwined characters that spoke leaps & bounds on levels of forgiveness. BD has the knack for drawing you right in her books from the first few pages & you turn the last with a sigh of contentment. Thanks to St. Martins Press for this free early copy:)
  • Patty
    Before And AgainByBarbara DelinskyWhat it's all about...Maggie has lost a child, ended her marriage and moved to a new town. She has buried the person she used to be and strives for peace every single day of her life. Her heart is broken, her soul is wounded...her comfort is her rescued animals and her sweet little cabin and her work as a make up artist. She gives beauty to damaged faces. She sculpts, too, but just not the way she did before her ...
  • Cathy
    Before and Again is a book that is about a love that was lost when a child died accidentally in a car accident, divorce followed. ...years later they reconnect... not a whole lot of mystery involved with this book but it is a pretty solid read.
  • Sarah Joint
    This is a great example of a book that will be very well-received but is not exactly a book for me. I felt like it was dragging on. If it had been edited down, it still would have been a respectable length and I don't think it would have suffered from it. There is a lot to appreciate in this one: an original story, lots of quirky characters, secrets, a great small town, tragedy, and a bit of romance. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind...
  • Sharon Huether
    There was so much heart break in the beginning of this book. Loosing a child, which Mckenzie felt responsible for, she could not forgive herself. She and her husband divorced.In a bold move she reinvented herself. In time there was good change. Love was still there. Events brought McKenzie and her extended family together.I want to thank St Martin Press for sending me this wonderful book.