Mrs. Wiggins by Mary Monroe

Mrs. Wiggins by Mary Monroe
Publisher: Dafina
Genre: Historical
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

The daughter of a prostitute mother and an alcoholic father, Maggie Franklin knew her only way out was to marry someone upstanding and church-going. Someone like Hubert Wiggins, the most eligible man in Lexington, Alabama—and the son of its most revered preacher. Proper and prosperous, Hubert is glad to finally have a wife, even one with Maggie’s background. For Hubert has a secret he desperately needs to stay hidden. And Maggie’s unexpected charm, elegance, and religious devotion makes her the perfect partner in lies . . .

Their surprising union makes the Wiggins’ the town’s most envied couple—complete with a son, Claude, whom Maggie idolizes. Until he falls in love with the worst possible fiancée. Terrified, Maggie won’t let Daisy destroy her son. And when her employer’s brother sexually harasses her, Maggie knows something needs to be done about him as well. In fact, she realizes there are an awful lot of sinning “disruptive” people who should be eliminated from her perfect world . . .

But the more Maggie tries to take control, the more obstacles are thrown in her way. And when it seems like the one person she always expected to be there is starting to drift away, Maggie will play one final, merciless game to secure what she’s fought so hard to earn . . .

How far would you go to get the family that you want? And to what extent would you go to keep that family once you have it?

Mary Monroe would be one of the authors that I would love to meet to get a first hand account on how she creates such imaginative characters and such entertaining story lines.

In the small town of Lexington, Alabama everyone knows Maggie Franklin as the daughter of a prostitute and an alcoholic. There’s also Hubert Wiggins, the son of a preacher and devoted religious parents who has his own secret to hide from his parents and the town. The two are best friends and work together to become partners-in-lies. With this combination of a marriage there is bound to be things that go wrong.

I thought Maggie and Hubert’s idea on how to have a baby was the craziest idea but I do agree it did give depth to the story. Their arrangement worked for them. Maggie and Hubert are my two favorite characters because they have trust, a deep friendship and they’ve worked hard to have something they both want, a family. As the story progresses readers will see what lengths Maggie will go to to keep their family at peace.

Once I started reading I quickly discovered in the first few paragraphs that this was definitely going to be a page turner for me. The characters were lively, and had their own personalities that I’m sure I’ll remember long after reading about them. The story takes place during a time of segregation. I loved Mrs. Dowler and the relationship that she had with Maggie.

I enjoyed the suspense. When I thought I knew what would happen the author’s creative mind gives a better outcome. Actions, even those with good intentions, have consequences. And the author gives her readers a lesson through Maggie.

I am embarrassed to say I cheered Maggie’s sinful deeds on because some of the characters were very unlikeable. The story delivered a lot and gives closure at the end. The characters dealt with spousal abuse, sexual harassment, and murder. A quick read that I highly recommend from one of my favorites authors.

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