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

Reviews Before and Again

  • 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 ...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    A gripping and emotional tale of a 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 aftermath...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON JUNE 28, 2018."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 terrific 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. BEFORE AND AGAIN...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Up All Night With Books
    ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***Before and Again by Barbara Delinksy was a heart wrenching, soul crushing life changer that left my chest aching in all the right ways.Imagine you take your eyes off the road for just a moment and your entire life is turned upside down. That’s what happens to Mackenzie. The life she had cannot be put back together so she runs away from what she knows to try and rebuild a new exist...
  • 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...
  • Karyn Niedert
    RELEASE DATE: 06/26/18RATING: 4 stars, definitely worth reading!GENRE: Literary Fiction; Women’s LitREVIEW: Maggie Reid lives a quiet life in the small, luxe town of Devon, Vermont. She enjoys her close group of friends, her job as a makeup artist at a local spa, and her lovely cabin and sweet pets. She lives a small but comfortable life, until events conspire to thrust her in the spotlight, bringing back her past and threatening her future...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the publisher --- 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 o...
  • Susan
    Barbara Delinsky can always be counted on for well-written, detailed women's fiction (I learned more about the artistry of applying makeup than I ever needed to know). Before and Again deals skillfully with grief and forgiveness - even as I was wondering why Maggie's narration seemed so emotionless considering the losses she had suffered, I gradually realized that it reflected the polite facade she had constructed to survive. And once she begins ...
  • MaryAnn
    Oh my goodness, I was so thrilled to receive an ARC of this novel! It was as good as I'd hoped it would be.The characters of Maggie and Ned were so wonderfully done and just what I expect from a Barbara Delinsky novel. She does an amazing job with characters and descriptions, filling in the little details that make everything work smoothly together.This book was so good that I didn't want it to end. I started to slow down near the end, but of cou...
  • Hmmm
    I was so honored to receive this in the mail. I won this book in a giveaway. Huge thank you to the author and publishers! I really appreciated and enjoyed reading this. In fact, once I started, I couldn't put it down. It was quite a compelling read!This book is wonderful! It is gritty it is real... and often it is heartbreaking. The characters were interesting and each and every one was flawed in their own interesting ways. They weren't just well...
  • Kelley
    ARC received courtesy of St. Martin's PressMackenzie Cooper was driving when she glanced at her GPS and ran a stop sign causing her daughter's death. After she and her husband divorced, she moved to Devon, Vermont to reinvent herself. She became a make-up artist working at the spa at the local inn. Her friends all have secrets and seem to have moved to Devon to start over as well. While she is content in her new life, she is stalled at the scene ...
  • Cindy
    Fans of Delinsky will definitively like this book. There’s a lot of “stuff” going on and the author does an excellent job in keeping the reader focused and interested. Forgiveness of others and especially yourself is the major theme along with strong women overcoming tragedies and starting over. This was a Goodreads win. Not exactly my genre but I did like.
  • Staci
    This is a very good book. I love the main characters, the secondary characters and the town. Just makes you want to go visit and never leave.
  • Jessica Call
    Wow....just wow! I’m a huge fan of Author Barbara Delinsky. She has a way of getting right to the heart and keeping you coming back for more. She never disappoints. Before and Again really gets to you. It’s heart wrenching and almost traumatizing. A mother’s biggest fear or at least one of them. This story reminds us all that every second counts because that brief moment, that one second you looked away can change your life and those you lo...
  • Lou
    Delinsky at her best. Maggie has hidden herself in Vermont after a tragic accident that cost her merge her family and her hope. Here she finds friends but as she is confronted by her past regains the love and hope of family. Great book!,
  • Julie Barrett
    Before and Again by Barbara DelinskyHave enjoyed many years of this authors works and know this will be another KEEPER.Starts out with Mackenzie Cooper and her daughter. Then we are at present time with Maggie and she's an artist and it's a small town in VT, Devon. Things advance to present day but many reflections on the past events that took others from her life.Love hands on with the clay and other forms of art being displayed at the gallery, ...