Margaret from Maine:

A Novel

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Brought together by war, separated by duty—a love story for the ages by an author hailed as “Henry David Thoreau meets Nicholas Sparks” (Publishers Weekly)

Margaret Kennedy lives on a dairy farm in rural Maine. Her husband, Thomas, was injured in a war overseas, and he will never again be the man he was. When the president signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to the nation’s capital. Charlie King, a handsome Foreign Service officer, volunteers to escort her.

As the rhododendrons blossom along the Blue Ridge Highway, the unlikely pair falls in love—but Margaret cannot ignore the tug of her marriage vows.

Like Nicholas Sparks’ Dear John, Joseph Monninger’s Margaret from Maine is a page-turning romance that poignantly explores the dilemmas faced by those who serve our country—and the men and women who love them.

Editorial Reviews

“A heartfelt, romantic novel about love, loss, the consequences of war, and the price of honor. It reminds us in surprising and gentle ways that love appears when you least expect it.”

Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

“Monninger comes to writing with his five senses wide open.”

New York Times Book Review

“A well-crafted tale that manages to be poignant and sweet, all at once. Recommended for fans of Nicholas Sparks.”

Library Journal

“A wonderful love story and an impassioned look at the world of soldiers and those who love them. If you enjoyed Kristin Hannah’s Home Front, you will want to explore Margaret from Maine.

BookReporter.com

“Tavia Gilbert’s buttery voice brings a contemplative quality to this story…With her combination of precise enunciation and soothing tones, Gilbert brings clarity and poignancy to this stirring romance.”

AudioFile

“A love affair filled with beautiful words and beautiful places.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Monninger, author of Eternal on the Water covers themes of loss and longing…strengthening the impact of the novel with his insights into the timely topic of the cruel toll of modern warfare, and the beauty of his depictions of the eastern US.”

Booklist

“Monninger astutely renders the tension in Margaret’s struggle between her heart and her belief in what’s right.”

Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Joseph Monninger has published several award-winning young adult novels and three books of nonfiction, including the memoir Home Waters. He has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and lives and teaches in New Hampshire, where he also runs a dogsled team.

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Reader Biography

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.

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