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Megan's Way

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Author: Melissa Foster

Published: July 17th 2009 by Outskirts Press

Format: Paperback , 304 pages

Isbn: 9781432744427

Language: English


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One woman's struggle with illness, her daughter's will to survive, and a circle of friends shrouded in secrets. What would you give up for the people you love? When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist living on Cape Cod, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she's faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. The love she has for he One woman's struggle with illness, her daughter's will to survive, and a circle of friends shrouded in secrets. What would you give up for the people you love? When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist living on Cape Cod, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she's faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends will be stretched and frayed. Megan's illness reawakens her best friend, Holly Townsend's, torment of a long-held secret and years of betrayal. How does one choose between a daughter and a life-long best friend? Can the secret she has been keeping be revealed after years of lying without destroying everyone in its wake? Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, even the paranormal connection she shares with her mother might not be enough to save her - her life will hang in the balance. Megan's Way is a journey of self discovery and heartfelt emotions, exploring the depth of the mother-daughter bond, and the intricacies of friendship. WINNER, READERS FAVORITE AWARD: Fiction/Drama WINNER, BEACH BOOK AWARD: Spiritual FINALIST, Next Generation Indie Book Awards: New Age FINALIST, READERS FAVORITE AWARD: Women's Fiction HONORABLE MENTION, NEW ENGLAND FILM FESTIVAL: Spirituality *** Olivia's story will be continued in LOVING LIVI, Harborside Nights new adult romance series. Sign up for Melissa's newsletter and follow her on her author page here on Amazon to be notified of this release!

30 review for Megan's Way

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim Justice

    Three words: OH MY GOSH!!! The Author Melissa Foster has done it again here. This book took me from one emotion to another. It may be a work of fiction but how many times does this really happen in real life. Sickness, lies, love, secrets, looking back to the past. Melissa really puts a lot of punch into this book. The characters are down to earth, angry, hurt, concerned, scared, emotions all over the place. And when I say characters there, I mean All of them. YES, even the guys!! I do not believ Three words: OH MY GOSH!!! The Author Melissa Foster has done it again here. This book took me from one emotion to another. It may be a work of fiction but how many times does this really happen in real life. Sickness, lies, love, secrets, looking back to the past. Melissa really puts a lot of punch into this book. The characters are down to earth, angry, hurt, concerned, scared, emotions all over the place. And when I say characters there, I mean All of them. YES, even the guys!! I do not believe that I have every read a book in which my own emotions were all over like this. I mean that I have read some great awesome books but this one well. From one page to the next that I was not crying, screaming, mad, and yes even laughing. In some places where Megan would describe some of her beliefs and life I would just sit down and die... pardon the word there, but really, I would think of some other people that would say "yeah, that is how it is and if you don't like it there is the door" (not in the book that way but in my head) =] I have read some other book by Author Melissa Foster but this one for some reason I just wanted more. I wanted it to say the ending was not the real ending. Or some other twist. Not that there was not enough twists and turn in this one but it was just I rooted for Megan, and well I will not give away the book. I always try my best not too. I feel that you should read for your self. This review is just my words. And you need to make up your own mind. I love love how Author Melissa Foster put these friends together. I love the part that Megan had a daughter, but the other Characters did not. You will see what I mean about this when you read it. I even loved how the book took different paths and at times it seemed long it still all came together. Not many can do that, but here Author Melissa Foster did. Also in the back of the book she put a Conversation with Melissa Foster. Oh the insights!! This is a must read for 2011!! So for those reasons I am giving a Breath of Life Rating: Five Clock Rating!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. To me, it felt like the author didn't seem to know exactly what she was writing, and so subplots drop in and out with seemingly no warning. Is it a supernatural tale, what with the mother-daughter telepathic bond and the ghostly reappearances? Is it a tearjerker about love and loss and moving on, what with the mother's death? (This may seem overly harsh, but I feel like if your book throws cancer around, people are afraid to tell you about its weaknesses lest cancer has had a personal, tangible To me, it felt like the author didn't seem to know exactly what she was writing, and so subplots drop in and out with seemingly no warning. Is it a supernatural tale, what with the mother-daughter telepathic bond and the ghostly reappearances? Is it a tearjerker about love and loss and moving on, what with the mother's death? (This may seem overly harsh, but I feel like if your book throws cancer around, people are afraid to tell you about its weaknesses lest cancer has had a personal, tangible effect on you personally, as if denigrating the fiction is somehow denigrating your experience. Cancer is terrible. I can still feel awful that the author has experienced loss and be critical of the art that her loss inspired.) Is it a family-secret thriller, what with the numerous paternity fakeouts and the baby switch? Of all of these little twists and turns, the love-and-loss one is basically the only one that feels fully fleshed out. Gigantic plot points that would be the climactic emotional center of any other book land heavily and awkwardly, and seem to have lasting impacts on nobody. This was a dollar at Barnes and Noble's Nook store, and I guess I got my money's worth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Klaudyna Z.

    This book was awful. First of all it was so freaking depressing, even though I didn't shed one tear. To me, if an author makes you cry through her words, they are able to convey the emotion that they intended when they wrote the story. I didn't feel the need to cry once even though the story was sad. I felt like the authors writing and characters were one dimensional and had no depth whatsoever. I didn't really like any of the characters and didn't feel like I could relate to any of them. There This book was awful. First of all it was so freaking depressing, even though I didn't shed one tear. To me, if an author makes you cry through her words, they are able to convey the emotion that they intended when they wrote the story. I didn't feel the need to cry once even though the story was sad. I felt like the authors writing and characters were one dimensional and had no depth whatsoever. I didn't really like any of the characters and didn't feel like I could relate to any of them. There were too many secrets between all of them, and none were revealed at the end, which I thought was a cop out. The other minor thing that bothered me was that the author did not capitalize the word God. I feel like that is very disrespectful if you're going to use faith in the story and not capitalize it. I also thought that the description was misleading. It talks about how Olivia was going to be acting in ways that she can't understand and that will lead to dangerous behavior. i didn't get that at all from the book and there was only one dangerous situation. The blurb made it sounds like she was going to spiral out of control or something and none of that happened. Finally, the whole spiritual and ghost thing was just weird for me. Overall this book dragged on and was just too depressing and flat for me. I won't be reading anything else by this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For me, this book was just too spiritual and weird. I liked the basic premise but it seemed so disjointed, and like the author threw in some bizarre elements as an afterthought. The book also ended fairly abruptly, with a lot of story lines just hanging. BIG SPOILERS: I especially didn't understand the 'special connection' between Megan and Olivia; it was poorly thought out at best, but it was especially unbelievable after it was revealed that Olivia isn't Megan's daughter. I hated that the book For me, this book was just too spiritual and weird. I liked the basic premise but it seemed so disjointed, and like the author threw in some bizarre elements as an afterthought. The book also ended fairly abruptly, with a lot of story lines just hanging. BIG SPOILERS: I especially didn't understand the 'special connection' between Megan and Olivia; it was poorly thought out at best, but it was especially unbelievable after it was revealed that Olivia isn't Megan's daughter. I hated that the book basically ended after that secret was revealed, with no resolution on whether any of the characters admit that they know who Olivia's father is, or whether Olivia's true mother ever admits what she did. The sideplots with Olivia getting attacked, and meeting the boy at the beach were also really poorly incorporated into the story in my opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    sounded like it was written by a high schooler

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I first want to share with my readers the personal perspective I bring to this review of “Megan’s Way.” Some 29 years ago I was widowed as a young woman with three children under the ages of 9. My precious young husband died of melanoma that had metastasized to major organs: we had several months to prepare for his death. This came after the original cancer of 11 years in the first year of our marriage. So, I’m someone well acquainted with cancer’s toll on a person and those who love them. I rea I first want to share with my readers the personal perspective I bring to this review of “Megan’s Way.” Some 29 years ago I was widowed as a young woman with three children under the ages of 9. My precious young husband died of melanoma that had metastasized to major organs: we had several months to prepare for his death. This came after the original cancer of 11 years in the first year of our marriage. So, I’m someone well acquainted with cancer’s toll on a person and those who love them. I read this book with that intimate awareness. Melissa Foster has given us a true-to-life rendering of the process of dying. From the earliest stages of the person’s acknowledgement of impending death, to their release of loved ones, their body and spirit; to the angst and responses of those who live with and love them, Ms Foster paints a portrait of the struggles and survivals. She understands the pain of those left behind and the awareness of those who have to do the leaving. Through her very beautiful and tender portrayals, we come to know Megan and her intimate friends as if they were family. We get a clear and close up understanding of Megan’s loving and tumultuous relationship with her teen aged daughter, Olivia. And, we are given unique insights into Megan’s personality, thoughts, fears and death and dying processes from her own perspective, as well as from the perspectives of her friends and daughter. Ms Foster is spot on in her every detail of this experience with death, in my experience. I found Melissa’s writing, however, to be somewhat stilted in her efforts to get across all the points of the process, and then the major theme of the choices we have about our own death and dying. There is something lost in the flow of a story as the book progresses when it starts to be overtaken by a series of details on these numerous processes and points of dying, rather than having it more balanced within a storyline. This, however, does not take very much from the book or enjoyment of it in total, since I think it’s worthy on many other levels. While Megan considers her options of ceasing any other chemo or “prolonging” measures, and as she also contemplates the virtues of taking into her own hands the method and timing of her death, we are allowed to witness her conflicts. This option to choose is one that many come face-to-face with. Ms Foster gives us a balanced and open view of a woman who looks boldly into the face of death, weighs her options and takes into loving consideration the daughter she will leave behind. The complexity of “Megan’s Way” made this novel one that I loved reading. Certainly, it rang true to me in so many ways. It also touched my heart with its attempts to bring readers into a center of meaning and choices that will be an evitability in most of our lives. The intertwined tale of friends and surrogate family lends itself to be a realistic possibility in light of the “secrets” that people tend to hold close in relationships. While one is living, the secret is easily kept and the “family” can pretend to overlook and rationalize…but once a foundational/pivotal person is going to be removed–the structure that holds it all together is jeopardized and must be delicately “readjusted.” This is an element I’m also familiar with, personally, and one I thought Ms Foster handled elegantly. I recommend your choosing to read “Megan’s Way” before it’s made into the movie for the Sundance Film Festival. It’s going to have a great impact! And, it’s a very enjoyable read on the order of a Jodi Picoult novel. Strongly urge you to read more about Melissa Foster and her outreach programs, her book “Chasing Amanda,” her soon-to-be released book, and her social community for women called “The Women’s Nest.” http://www.melissafoster.com 4.5 stars from TheBookishDame *I received a reviewer's copy of this book from the author, however, the above-written review is strictly an honest reflection of my views and opinions without any monetary constraints.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Secrets - people keep them for all sorts of justified reasons. Sometimes it is to spare another and sometimes to spare themselves. Megan's Way is a novel full of secrets. On the surface the secrets are to spare others pain, but if you look closely you will see that each of the people also hope to spare themselves the pain and discomfort of admitting the secrets held deep. Megan Taylor is a single mother who has just found that her cancer has returned. She suffers silently each day, because she ha Secrets - people keep them for all sorts of justified reasons. Sometimes it is to spare another and sometimes to spare themselves. Megan's Way is a novel full of secrets. On the surface the secrets are to spare others pain, but if you look closely you will see that each of the people also hope to spare themselves the pain and discomfort of admitting the secrets held deep. Megan Taylor is a single mother who has just found that her cancer has returned. She suffers silently each day, because she has chosen to keep this a secret from her daughter Olivia and her close friends. This is not her only secret. She has also kept the name of Olivia's father from everyone. As Megan becomes sicker and her time left with friends and family lessens she has to decide what each of them should know about her past actions. Olivia is a wonderful fourteen year old. She and her mother have a bond that most do not. Megan can feel her emotions and her pain as if they are her own. The first time Megan was sick with cancer it was scary for Olivia and Megan knew just how hard it was. Olivia knows her mother is hiding something again, but cannot get her mother to admit it. As Megan pushes Olivia away to prepare her for a life without a mother Olivia becomes angry and feels hurt by her mom. These emotions cause Olivia to make decisions she would never have considered before. She just wants her mother to notice her again. Holly is the best friend. She also holds a secret so deep that it could change everyone's lives. As she watches Megan shrink from illness she can't decide if divulging the secret would help or just make everything worse. This novel is full of deep relationships. The relationship between Megan and her friends is one we all wish to have. These are friends that have been in her life for twenty-one years for everything that matters. These friends provide support and unconditional love. Each year on Megan's birthday they gather to renew themselves and their friendships. It is a time they bless each other and reconnect. Several supernatural aspects exist in the novel. We meet a psychic who predicts the future - too precisely for comfort, Megan feels the emotions of her child, and after death we view the world from above with Megan. These episodes are created beautifully in Megan's Way. The tenderness and love is portrayed deeply and the emotions are raw. Melissa Foster has written a novel that pulls your heart in so many directions. I cried more while reading this than I have for a long time for a book. My heart literally ached while reading this. I was drawn in deeply to the love and the friendships and didn't want to see it all end. I would absolutely recommend it to everyone!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Story Description What would you give up for the people you love? When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's wor Story Description What would you give up for the people you love? When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance. Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts. My Review MEGAN’S WAY is a story wrought with the strength of friendships, making choices, and keeping secrets. I’ve never read a book that focused so much on the thoughtfulness of others. Megan, Holly, Jack, Peter, and Olivia are all deeply thoughtful and caring people who are totally committed to each other. Each of them, through different circumstances, were forced to look deep within themselves and deal with their past and present decisions. Over time, people’s depth of morals, values, and traditions change – some for the better, some for the worst. Megan and her daughter, Olivia, had a strong relationship filled with so much love and closeness that they had a bit of a paranormal connection in that they could feel each other’s pain. The decision Megan made in the end is the same decision I think I would have made as well if I were ever in the same circumstance that Megan was. Tough decisions are not easy to make but Megan’s overwhelming love for her daughter propels her to that end. The characters were so well developed and I was immediately drawn in right from the beginning of this book. I had to keep the Kleenex box at hand for a few pages here and there. I would highly recommend this book for everyone and believe once you’ve read it, you’ll think of your own mortality a little bit differently.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Before I bought this book I had followed it around different blogs. I remember reading that this was definitely a have your hanky ready read and I was not disappointed. The synopsis from Goodreads states: "What would you give up for the people you love? When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethica Before I bought this book I had followed it around different blogs. I remember reading that this was definitely a have your hanky ready read and I was not disappointed. The synopsis from Goodreads states: "What would you give up for the people you love? When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance. Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts." As I read this book I was amazed at how one individual could touch so many lives with their presence on this earth. This was a very emotional book for me and I think I went through at least a half a box of Puffs, but maybe that is what I needed. The various characters all examine their life choices, their regrets, secrets, and how they will deal with the loss of this amazing individual. Most people in their lifetime will experience a significant loss and I loved the way this wonderful character was able to help those left behind deal with their feelings. The bottom line this was a beautifully written book with rich descriptions of the characters that was believable. These were characters I would like to have known in my life and Megan was a character I would have cherished as a friend. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a great story about and incredible woman's ability to touch so many lives, a good cleansing cry, and a resolution that lets you come away feeling good. The caveat being of course - have a big box of Puffs handy :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I loved book so much that I don't know where to start!! Do not miss out on reading this book. Read it before the movie comes out! Melissa Foster has a talent of putting raw emotions into words. By narration, conversation and revealing the characters' thoughts, she wove a story of unique family finding itself. Rarely, have I been so immersed in a book. Megan, the mother, Olivia, the daughter and Megan's close friends all became real to me. Megan is torn between protecting her long time friends from t I loved book so much that I don't know where to start!! Do not miss out on reading this book. Read it before the movie comes out! Melissa Foster has a talent of putting raw emotions into words. By narration, conversation and revealing the characters' thoughts, she wove a story of unique family finding itself. Rarely, have I been so immersed in a book. Megan, the mother, Olivia, the daughter and Megan's close friends all became real to me. Megan is torn between protecting her long time friends from their own secrets and also the panic of realizing that her daughter will soon loose her closest connection, her mother. Both Megan and Olivia are pushed and pulled through a deeply personal journey in this book. At the beginning, Megan Taylor, a woman finds out that her ovarian cancer had spread to the bones of her body. Her doctor tells her all treatment would do is buy her a few months of time. Megan Taylor, a single mother of a fourteen year old girl, had to make a decision for herself that would tear her daughter apart. Would her daughter ever acceppt it? When you read this book, you will be crying. I must admit that I was afraid to take it to an appointment because I might start crying in the doctor's office! But when you read this book, you will also feel the joy of self discovery and the recognition of a family emerging. There is something of the paranormal in this book. Usually, I have trouble reading a book that does but it fit so well, with the experience of death and grief that to take that out of the story would destroy the book. I am going to keep this book in my library and pull it out again for re-reading. I recommend this book for all mothers and daughters and all those going through the experience of grieving.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Eaton

    Before I read this book, I watched the video trailer of it. It can be found here for those who wish to view it, and I suggest that you do. http://www.melissafoster.com/content/... The video intrigued me to read this book. Not knowing more then what I had seen in the video, I began to read and found myself totally engulfed in this story. Author Melissa Foster not only wrote an inspiring story of love and loss but captivated me to the point that I have now put this book on my top 10 list of all tim Before I read this book, I watched the video trailer of it. It can be found here for those who wish to view it, and I suggest that you do. http://www.melissafoster.com/content/... The video intrigued me to read this book. Not knowing more then what I had seen in the video, I began to read and found myself totally engulfed in this story. Author Melissa Foster not only wrote an inspiring story of love and loss but captivated me to the point that I have now put this book on my top 10 list of all time favorite novels. Ms. Foster did an amazing job of bringing her characters to life, even after death, and made me feel the love, the pain, the humor and the grief of the characters. There were many times when the tears the characters shed also rolled down my cheeks. Within our world, Cancer is a bad word. A disease that we all know about and few speak about. Couple a very intense taboo subject with the pain of losing a loved one and the pathway to dealing with the grief and you find yourself in one very deep and meaningful story. Ms. Foster's view of the afterlife fell right in line with how many of us may view the thought of what happens after death. As a mother with a young daughter, I found myself thinking if I would have the strength to do what Megan did. Would my daughter have the strength to do what Olivia did? I pray that I will never have to find that out. Within this very powerful story you will not only find love and grief, but you will find yourself moving along to twists and turns that you could not have seen coming. The creativity that came out of the mind of Ms. Foster is absolutely captivating. I applaud her for her writing and will continue to follow her in her writing career.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Taslim Jaffer

    Megan’s Way started off with an intriguing scene at a carnival; it was a believable introduction with all the sights and smells of a carnival and an ominous visit to the tent we are all inexplicably drawn to: the psychic card-reader. The intrigue continues through the first quarter of the book and then it just kind of fizzles away throughout the remainder of the book. The overall plot was a journey of twists and turns, heartaches and few resolutions. There was one particular twist that left me r Megan’s Way started off with an intriguing scene at a carnival; it was a believable introduction with all the sights and smells of a carnival and an ominous visit to the tent we are all inexplicably drawn to: the psychic card-reader. The intrigue continues through the first quarter of the book and then it just kind of fizzles away throughout the remainder of the book. The overall plot was a journey of twists and turns, heartaches and few resolutions. There was one particular twist that left me rather disappointed. It added an element of flakiness that I couldn’t appreciate. I wish that the author had made room for more character development. I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to. They were a neat group of people but they didn’t really have much depth and they each had way too many issues for one book. For example, Megan and her daughter, Olivia, are supposed to have this wonderful relationship but it does not come through at all except in this talked-about way. It is not shown at all. Megan’s actions were not very believable considering her stage in life. That’s not to say I didn’t cry a lot – Megan’s journey with end-stages of cancer and her daughter Olivia’s sense of loss are hard to read through dry-eyed. This book has won awards and the making of its film is underway so I was really excited to read it but it didn't live up to the hype for me. Overall, if you’re looking for something to read that that you won’t be too invested in it’s a pretty quick read – but keep those tissues handy!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Secrets, everyone has a secret. And as each secret is revealed to the reader, they become more implausible. And then in the end everyone decides to keep their secrets to spare themselves and others more pain. Megan has cancer that has returned with metastasis throughout her body.Continuing aggressive treatment is futile. She is torn because she has a fourteen year old daughter to stick around for. But she believes the kinder thing would be to spare her and her clos THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Secrets, everyone has a secret. And as each secret is revealed to the reader, they become more implausible. And then in the end everyone decides to keep their secrets to spare themselves and others more pain. Megan has cancer that has returned with metastasis throughout her body.Continuing aggressive treatment is futile. She is torn because she has a fourteen year old daughter to stick around for. But she believes the kinder thing would be to spare her and her close friends the agony of watching her decline.But she has trouble telling them the truth of the matter. Holly,Jack and Peter, Megan's close friends are loathe to let her go. And they each carry a secret. After Megan passes they each experience an emotional quandary in regard to their secret. Megan's daughter, Olivia. She and her Mom have been so close. And now there seem to be things that Megan kept from her. As a young teenager she reacts with anger alternating with despair.I feel that Olivia"s character was the most well written and best developed. Megan sticks around after her death to help Olivia come to terms with her death. She manifests herself in clouds and by her signature scent. This is comforting and confusing to Olivia. Overall, this was an ok read. And I kept reminding myself that this was a debut work. It probably would have been better marketed as a teen read. Adults have trouble suspending belief with glaring implausibilities in regard to cancer and baby switching.

  14. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    When single mother Megan Taylor learns her cancer has returned and that she's dying, she does the opposite what a good mother would do, she stops treatment and lies to everyone, including 14 year old Olivia and get best friend Holly under the guise of saving them from watching her suffer. Additionally Megan has a creepy connection to Olivia where she can feel her physical pain. I'm a cancer survivor and this scenario I'd entirely unrealistic. I resent that the author presents Megan's choices as e When single mother Megan Taylor learns her cancer has returned and that she's dying, she does the opposite what a good mother would do, she stops treatment and lies to everyone, including 14 year old Olivia and get best friend Holly under the guise of saving them from watching her suffer. Additionally Megan has a creepy connection to Olivia where she can feel her physical pain. I'm a cancer survivor and this scenario I'd entirely unrealistic. I resent that the author presents Megan's choices as evidence of her love for jet daughter. This I'd poorly researched, because doctors don't tell patients they are terminal and give time lines, they give percentages when asked. Additionally, ovarian cancer that has spread to bones causes excruciating pain and the symptoms she describes aren't the most common or accurate for end stage cancer. About half way through the book the story becomes religious with all types of prayers and dead Megan looking down from the skies. There are positives in the book. It's a fairly readable, enjoyably worded book. Other than Megan, the characters were mostly relatable and likable. I wish the blurb had detailed the religious/psychic connection phenomenon because I wouldn't have chosen it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (Workaday Reads)

    When Megan receives the bad news that her cancer has returned, and is more aggressive and advanced than before, she struggles with what to do. Her daughter Olivia is devastated, not sure how to react. Together they must find a way to come to peace with each other, the current situation, and their complicated past. This was a very emotional, character driven story all about living in the moment. It reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks book (or movie). As a movie, it would be classified as a tear jerke When Megan receives the bad news that her cancer has returned, and is more aggressive and advanced than before, she struggles with what to do. Her daughter Olivia is devastated, not sure how to react. Together they must find a way to come to peace with each other, the current situation, and their complicated past. This was a very emotional, character driven story all about living in the moment. It reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks book (or movie). As a movie, it would be classified as a tear jerker. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of those types of movies. As such, I didn't really enjoy the story. I can see the appeal it would have for lots of readers, but it just wasn't for me. This was very much a story about characters and their emotions. I found the plot moved extremely slowly, and I just couldn't connect with the characters enough to care what happened to them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Megan finds out that her cancer has come back. On top of dealing with her current condition, she is also stuck in the middle of making a very difficult decision concerning her daughter, Olivia, and her best friend. All three are coping with the development of possibly loosing Megan. Secrets are revealed, lives are changed and difficult decisions are impossible to ignore. Megan’s Way is touching story about a mother’s love. This is a great book for all women. We’ve all hit rough patches and we’ve Megan finds out that her cancer has come back. On top of dealing with her current condition, she is also stuck in the middle of making a very difficult decision concerning her daughter, Olivia, and her best friend. All three are coping with the development of possibly loosing Megan. Secrets are revealed, lives are changed and difficult decisions are impossible to ignore. Megan’s Way is touching story about a mother’s love. This is a great book for all women. We’ve all hit rough patches and we’ve all had to make decisions that we wish we could avoid. I’m sure you will find it easy to relate to the women in this book and it will remind you or the group of sisters that are your life long friends.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Most of the reviews I read about this book are WAY more positive than what I would say....I thought it was full of silly plot twists and cheesy dialog!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna McBroom-Theriot

    “She sat up abruptly. Okay. That’s it. I can’t tell anyone. What’s done is done. I can’t tell Olivia, and Jack and Peter don’t need to know. It would only hurt them. And what would they think of me? of my deceiving them? It’s better left unsaid.” “His voice was just above a whisper, deep and solemn. ‘There are some friends who are always there for you, even when they are not present. There are others that are always present, and yet, somehow never there.’” “One will be released, and returned after “She sat up abruptly. Okay. That’s it. I can’t tell anyone. What’s done is done. I can’t tell Olivia, and Jack and Peter don’t need to know. It would only hurt them. And what would they think of me? of my deceiving them? It’s better left unsaid.” “His voice was just above a whisper, deep and solemn. ‘There are some friends who are always there for you, even when they are not present. There are others that are always present, and yet, somehow never there.’” “One will be released, and returned after death.” My Review: Megan’s Way is about four life-long friends whose lives are so intertwined it is hard to see where one ends and the next begins. Yet, they end up harboring the deepest, darkest, secrets from each other. It is a game for me to figure out where the title of a book comes from. Sometimes I am consciously looking for it, and other times it sneaks up on me and all of a sudden, there it is – the reason for the title. That is what happened with Megan’s Way. I was so caught up in the story line that it snuck up on me. Megan is a free spirit that her friends would always describe as “what you see is what you get.” She didn’t hide or pretend. She lived her life as herself and to its fullest; something I think we all would like to do. When she became pregnant, the only change Megan made in her life was to change the focus from herself to her daughter, Olivia. Even when she was diagnosed with cancer, her focus remained on what was best for her daughter. Megan had a sixth sense when it came to her daughter, Olivia. She knew and felt when she was in trouble or in need of her. I understand that sense and I really enjoyed experiencing it in the book. Not to give the story line away, when you read about their connection and learn about the secrets, it will leave you pondering. I admired Megan’s decision not to continue treatment. I have often wondered about what my decisions would be and I always come back to the same decision. I lean in the direction of not taking treatments. The book gave me some insight into how it might affect those around me. I will tell you that I spent a lot of time crying. This book is a must read, but first, buy yourself a box of really soft Kleenex!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen B.

    I loved this book. It was inspiring, full of love and hope in what could have been a "hopeless" situation. What I especially liked was the author's characters. Megan's love for her daughter and her friends is so warmly presented as are their love for her. How would a person who is dying deal with leaving those they loved and wanting to spare them the most pain and yet deal with her own feelings, knowing that there is no cure and that she will die, not to mention her physical pain? Olivia's confus I loved this book. It was inspiring, full of love and hope in what could have been a "hopeless" situation. What I especially liked was the author's characters. Megan's love for her daughter and her friends is so warmly presented as are their love for her. How would a person who is dying deal with leaving those they loved and wanting to spare them the most pain and yet deal with her own feelings, knowing that there is no cure and that she will die, not to mention her physical pain? Olivia's confusion, rebellion, anger with her mother seem realistic with what she is facing but also consistent with a teenage girl coping with growing up. She's suffered once with her mother's original diagnosis of cancer and when it returns, so does the pain. Megan's three friends are loyal and accepting of the choices that she makes. Holly jumps right in to care for Megan and Olivia the first time Megan gets sick and she never seems to count the cost, but gives her love truly from her heart. Peter is able to be their for Olivia and still be loyal to his friend, probably a very difficult thing to do when you become friends with both a mother and her teenage daughter. Jack, in the beginning seems very much an extension of Holly. The reader knows that their love for each other is a strong bond and it's only toward the end of the novel that we learn of his true role in the story. There are little touches of the supernatural in this book, but they are not the focus of the book. In the beginning Megan and Holly as teenagers themselves go to see a fortune teller at a carnival and this prepares the reader for the plot as well as the supernatural element. Megan, as a mother, has a sensitivity to Olivia's situations that go into the realm beyond a sixth sense. She literally feels things and knows things that are going on with Olivia that she could not know otherwise and that show what a loving mother she is. This love continues to manifest itself in the later half of the book as well when the picture is very different. (Don't want to give away a plot spoiler here) If there is another book coming, I can't wait to read it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle Ayala

    This book was a highly emotional read. The main plot dealt with Megan's courageous decision when cancer returned to ravage her bones. She struggled with guilt, fear and the wish to spare her daughter, but in the process pushed her daughter away. Olivia was a believable and normal teenage girl, caught between an intense love and dependence on her mother and the usual angst of being a teenager. She yearned to be included in her mother's confidence and felt rebuffed when her mother continued to keep This book was a highly emotional read. The main plot dealt with Megan's courageous decision when cancer returned to ravage her bones. She struggled with guilt, fear and the wish to spare her daughter, but in the process pushed her daughter away. Olivia was a believable and normal teenage girl, caught between an intense love and dependence on her mother and the usual angst of being a teenager. She yearned to be included in her mother's confidence and felt rebuffed when her mother continued to keep secrets from her. The high point of the story was her last minute inclusion in her mother's birthday ritual, one she had done with a close circle of friends since college days. Olivia begged and pleaded with Megan, but unbeknownst to her, Megan had been planning something drastic and did not want Olivia to witness it. The second half of the book changed dramatically from the first half and was a bit predictable and perhaps overly sentimental. I personally did not care for the secrets because I felt they distracted from the main theme of cancer, its effects on the family, and the survivors. But on the whole the book was engrossing and I finished it in one setting of four hours, ending at two in the morning. Kudos to Melissa Foster for a wonderful first novel, especially one tackling such a emotionally wrenching subject. I applaud Megan's choice and the dignity she took to live and die on her own terms.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Callie Norse

    Megan's Way kept me interested from beginning to end. Although the book is fiction, it deals with the realistic subject of cancer. Cancer is all about decisions, and Megan makes a huge one. Some may think it is a selfish decision. I feel it is quite a courageous and unselfish one. Her decision is based on what she feels is best for her daughter. At first her daughter feels her mom had no right to make the decision without talking it over with her. Later, she comes to understand her mom did it fo Megan's Way kept me interested from beginning to end. Although the book is fiction, it deals with the realistic subject of cancer. Cancer is all about decisions, and Megan makes a huge one. Some may think it is a selfish decision. I feel it is quite a courageous and unselfish one. Her decision is based on what she feels is best for her daughter. At first her daughter feels her mom had no right to make the decision without talking it over with her. Later, she comes to understand her mom did it for her. Melissa incorporates the supernatural concept into Megan's Way, which makes it even more interesting. Those of us who believe in life after death may not feel it is so much fiction, but that it may have some truth to it. Nevertheless, the concept is quite interesting and a bit surprising in places. There are many secrets, which seem to involve all the characters. The characters are quite intertwined with each other, which takes some thought at times...also making the story more interesting. The twist at the end came as a surprise to me. I wondered why I hadn't thought of it sooner. I would definitely recommend this to others.

  22. 5 out of 5

    L.L. Helland

    Megan's Way by Melissa Foster. Is an emotional read. I almost wished for more at the end of the book. Like what happened with Olivia and Jason? Did Holly every tell her secret? How did things work out for the family unit? As an RN I understood Megan's right of passage, and not to take her medication. The life with cancer drugs is a hard life to live. Deteriorating to the point you're really not living just existing. Towards the end when you're being supported by the ingenuous machines of the hos Megan's Way by Melissa Foster. Is an emotional read. I almost wished for more at the end of the book. Like what happened with Olivia and Jason? Did Holly every tell her secret? How did things work out for the family unit? As an RN I understood Megan's right of passage, and not to take her medication. The life with cancer drugs is a hard life to live. Deteriorating to the point you're really not living just existing. Towards the end when you're being supported by the ingenuous machines of the hospital-is only for the living. Feeling guilty and wanting a patient to stay alive is very selfish. I swore that I would never be put on any life support means if I knew I was terminal. It gives the family and friends more time to say their good-byes, but it's hard physically on the patient. With the descriptive page turner-I felt like I was right there with Megan, Olivia, Holly, Jack and Peter. What great friends Megan had for support. I wished the characters were real. I think that's the key to a wonderful writer. If you can believe in the characters, and wish you had friends just like them. I would recommend this book to any and all. Laura Stolmeier

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    My Thoughts: This is Melissa Foster's first book and I hope there will be many more to come. If you've ever lost someone to cancer or have cared for someone going through chemo, this is a very emotional and sensitive book to read, it's so dead-on to what you feel and go through when you're involved in something like that. I started crying on page 90 and did not stop until the end of the book, I am sitting here crying as I try to type my review. The characters in this book are so real, they become My Thoughts: This is Melissa Foster's first book and I hope there will be many more to come. If you've ever lost someone to cancer or have cared for someone going through chemo, this is a very emotional and sensitive book to read, it's so dead-on to what you feel and go through when you're involved in something like that. I started crying on page 90 and did not stop until the end of the book, I am sitting here crying as I try to type my review. The characters in this book are so real, they become like friends. I worried about what would happen to Olivia, I wanted to be best friends with Holly. I wanted to be in the backyard, laying on a blanket during the bonfire. Melissa Foster displays a talent for drawing the reader's senses into each scene, allowing vivid mind pictures where the story plays out. The characters' actions and reactions are natural, and the various plot lines are nicely woven throughout.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    WOW! Melissa did a great job writing this book! And how cool that she is one of our own 'Chicks'. This book kept my attention. I cried, I laughed. I wonder what I would do in Megan's shoes. I was drawn into the characters. It was not a young adult book per se, but I love that Olivia was as full a character as any other. As the mom of a 13 year old, I totally saw the young teen come out in Olivia. I liked the relationships in this book and how we came to know more about them as the story goes on. WOW! Melissa did a great job writing this book! And how cool that she is one of our own 'Chicks'. This book kept my attention. I cried, I laughed. I wonder what I would do in Megan's shoes. I was drawn into the characters. It was not a young adult book per se, but I love that Olivia was as full a character as any other. As the mom of a 13 year old, I totally saw the young teen come out in Olivia. I liked the relationships in this book and how we came to know more about them as the story goes on. I liked that Megan and Holly were friends since childhood and how they and Jack & Peter carried on as friends all thru their lives and thru Megan's passing. Melissa, I hope we see MANY more books from you!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    Remnants of Kleenex, a stack of napkins and a roll of toilet paper. Glad I didn't kill a tree for the actual book. I am, also, glad there is such a thing as text-to-speech as I wouldn't have been able to get through this. After reading a few books about Chinese orphans I didn't think there were tears left. If you are the kind of person who occasionally watched Beaches, just to get the sadness out, here is a book to take its place. The characters are well developed and likable. That's the problem Remnants of Kleenex, a stack of napkins and a roll of toilet paper. Glad I didn't kill a tree for the actual book. I am, also, glad there is such a thing as text-to-speech as I wouldn't have been able to get through this. After reading a few books about Chinese orphans I didn't think there were tears left. If you are the kind of person who occasionally watched Beaches, just to get the sadness out, here is a book to take its place. The characters are well developed and likable. That's the problem. Death is actually the elephant in the room, the entire book. This was a tough book to get through. I would have given this book five stars, the writing was excellent. I took off the two extra stars because for all the depressing angst, there didn't seem to be a pay-off. Death won. The end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I enjoyed Melissa Foster's debut novel, Megan's Way. I thought the author did a fabulous job of creating realistic, complex relationships in her characters. I was particularly drawn to the mother-daughter bond that existed between Megan and Olivia. From loving to rebellious, it brought memories of my own teenage ways. The storyline had many twists that kept the story interesting. The depth and complexity in the characters helped me understand (although, not always agree with) the choices and deci I enjoyed Melissa Foster's debut novel, Megan's Way. I thought the author did a fabulous job of creating realistic, complex relationships in her characters. I was particularly drawn to the mother-daughter bond that existed between Megan and Olivia. From loving to rebellious, it brought memories of my own teenage ways. The storyline had many twists that kept the story interesting. The depth and complexity in the characters helped me understand (although, not always agree with) the choices and decisions the characters were faced with. I look forward to more of the author's work. Great job!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    I truly enjoyed this book. The story is a beautiful tale of a mother's farewell to her young daughter and closest, most intimate friends. It's a story of friendship, choices and selflessness. This is the author's first published novel. The first 20 pages or so may seem a little scattered as the author clues us in to what is going on in the characters' lives. Don't be discouraged! Read on because you will be deeply moved by the love, admiration, and even secretiveness that permeates these relatio I truly enjoyed this book. The story is a beautiful tale of a mother's farewell to her young daughter and closest, most intimate friends. It's a story of friendship, choices and selflessness. This is the author's first published novel. The first 20 pages or so may seem a little scattered as the author clues us in to what is going on in the characters' lives. Don't be discouraged! Read on because you will be deeply moved by the love, admiration, and even secretiveness that permeates these relationships. It is NOT your typical, 'mother dies/daughter carries on', novel. The author knows and loves the characters. I now know them and love them, too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marilou George

    Megan's Way by Melissa Foster is one of the most wonderfully written and lovely books that I have read! A beautiful and heart warming story of a Mother and her Daughter and the extraordinary relationship they have. A story about life long and real friendships that defy time. Megan's Way will make you laugh and cry and be amazed all at the same time. I fell in love with all the characters and the way their lives intermingle with each other is beautiful. I loved this book and would recommend it to Megan's Way by Melissa Foster is one of the most wonderfully written and lovely books that I have read! A beautiful and heart warming story of a Mother and her Daughter and the extraordinary relationship they have. A story about life long and real friendships that defy time. Megan's Way will make you laugh and cry and be amazed all at the same time. I fell in love with all the characters and the way their lives intermingle with each other is beautiful. I loved this book and would recommend it to all readers, you will not be able to put it down. Thank you Melissa Foster for writing such a captivating and lovely book!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This was a book I got free from BookBub and I was pleasantly surprised! This was the best book I have read in a long time! It had wonderful relationships between friends and had plenty of secrets! Some you did not find out until the end. It would be a great book and would be a wonderful book club book because it has lots to talk about! My only negative is that there were a few times the book jumped from one subject to the next and it was not clear until a few sentences later. It still did not int This was a book I got free from BookBub and I was pleasantly surprised! This was the best book I have read in a long time! It had wonderful relationships between friends and had plenty of secrets! Some you did not find out until the end. It would be a great book and would be a wonderful book club book because it has lots to talk about! My only negative is that there were a few times the book jumped from one subject to the next and it was not clear until a few sentences later. It still did not interfere with the story at all!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I have a sick addiction to finishing a book once i have started it, no matter how awful it is. This is some of the flattest writing I have ever tried to read. This author has absolutely no talent in building her characters. They are extremely one-dimentional. I will actively avoid reading another of her books and thank my lucky stars that this one was a free amazon download.

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