Day by Day (Zebra Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2002
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After awakening from a deep coma that was induced by a car accident, Maggie MacKenzie discovers just how much everything in her once perfect life has changed, especially those closest to her, and decides to make the most of the second chance she has been given by living her life in a brand new way.
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The excuse that Spence was asleep and was dreaming so he thought Jackie was Maggie was not very credible because he and Jackie were talking about Maggie just before their encounter. Also, when Jackie told Maggie that Spence was dreaming, she never did answer when Maggie asked her, "And what about you? Were you dreaming too?" I believe that if I returned from a hospital after being told that my husband would be removed from life support the next day, I would not be doing any strange things in my sleep that night because I don't believe I would be doing much sleeping.
To add insult to injury, Ms. Steffan decided Jackie would get pregnant as a result of her brief encounter with her sister's husband and when she gives birth, the child is the son he has always wanted. Family events in that household must be a riot as Maggie constantly has her nose rubbed in her husband's infidelity every time she sees the "nephew" who is also her husband's son. I couldn't quite grasp why everyone's future unhappiness should be Maggie's fault if she couldn't forgive her husband and her sister. Surely, that responsibility rested with the two who cheated. When Maggie couldn't bring herself to sleep with Ivan in retaliation, I was hoping she would at least make Spence think she had done so.
While Ms. Steffan was apparently trying to show how much Jackie loved her sister, when Jackie thought of Maggie as "Saint Maggie" it seemed to me that showed the contempt and derision she actually felt toward Maggie. I keep almost every book I purchase but I did not enjoy reading about a man who would cheat on his wife with his wife's sister and I did not enjoy reading about a woman who would sleep with her sister's husband. This is one book I will not be keeping.
No he didn't apologize. He did try to though. But sometimes apologizing really isn't enough. I felt that both Spence and Jackie had to live with their hidden sin and guilt for so long until it was brought to light in all of it's ugly glory.
Maggie wouldn't have been able to accept a hastily worded apology. She needed to work through a lot of things to get to forgiveness. That is a daily chore, forgiveness. It's not easy and I'm sorry is NEVER enough.
I found some of the lines early on in the story very telling. How Maggie tells Spence that only someone she truly loves can hurt her or not wanting to waste so much energy to hurt someone that she loved. That was why it hurt so much and that is why she was divided in her feelings. If it had been anyone else I believe it would have been different. But since it was two of the people she loved best it hurt so much more and was harder to deal with.
The children are devastated with the loss of their mother, but perhaps not as much as Spence and Maggie's sister Jackie, already suffering emotional devastation from a recent divorce. After several weeks of raw feelings, Jackie and Spence fall in each other's arms and make love, but both regrets their actions the morning after. When Maggie regains consciousness, she has to learn how to live all over again and even try to love Spence, who is loaded with guilt. Will the once idyllic couple regain what they lost in a nanosecond of fate's intervention or is it over?
DAY BY DAY is an apt title for a strong relationship drama as Maggie recovers one step at a time. Audiences will feel the angst of those characters that cherish Maggie. The sidebar of the one night mistake and its aftermath add unnecessary emotion to an already terse drama filled with passion and feelings. Though that detour turns the novel into more of a soap opera, Sandra Steffen invokes sympathy from her readers who want the best for these basically good people.