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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Finding Morgan is an interesting entry in the LeFay Trilogy by S.M. Traphagen. Morgan suffers abuse as a child from a mother who believes they are descended from the legendary Arthurian roots. Morgan believes her mother to be mentally ill. She flees home and starts a new life on the New England coast, building a family of her own. Her life seems perfect, but then she starts exhibiting the same symptoms of her mother’s insanity. A connection with the mysterious Irishman, Roan McNally, awakens something in her. As she navigates her feelings for the man and the disturbing sense that her mother might be right, she makes the difficult decision to leave everything behind to find out who she really is. Can she ever discover the truth of who she is and can she pay the price?
S.M. Traphagen writes well. The scenes are focused, and the characters are elaborately developed, with emotional and psychological depth. The conflict starts as an absurd claim from a mother who seems unstable, but it morphs into a strong psychological one as the protagonist navigates the different phases of her life. The themes of family, love, parenting, and friendship are beautifully explored, but these are underlying themes, supporting the protagonist’s quest to redefine her identity and mission. There are elements of the paranormal in the narrative and it is interesting how something that starts like a faint idea quickly develops into an engrossing problem. Finding Morgan is fast paced, intelligently plotted and expertly developed. I love the way the different elements of the narrative fit together.