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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Back to McGuffey’s by Liz Flaherty is a story about love. Kate is the star of the book and I immediately liked her a lot. Ben is the love interest, kind of, and though he was confused and stubborn, he too was very likeable. The story takes place in Vermont in the small town of Fionnegan. As we meet and become friends with its residents, it became a town I would love to live in. Liz has lost her job, her home has just burned to the ground and she is forced to make a new life for herself. Ben is a doctor with a practice in Boston, but has come home to spend the summer in Fionnegan. His father is dying and he is questioning his chosen career path. Kate and Ben were high school sweethearts, who remained friends and never really stopped loving each other. The McGuffey brothers and sisters, Kate’s best friends, and a lovable 16-year-old Down’s Syndrome boy are all an important part of what makes this town so special.
Liz Flaherty writes with insight and depth of real life. Back To McGuffey’s has it all: happiness, sadness, love, life, death and everyday emotions. The characters and the plot were so real that I hated when I had to leave Fionnegan and return home. If you like a good, old fashioned type of love story, then this is a must-read. I am anxiously awaiting Liz Flaherty’s next book. I sincerely hope there is a follow-up and we can check out how Kate, Ben and the people of Fionnegan are doing. Loved, loved, loved Back to McGuffey’s.