"Strong relationship drama"
Anyone who lives in Grand Haven off of Lake Michigan knows
that Maggie and Spencer MacKenzie clearly love each other
with a relationship so strong few if any can rival it.
Though their bonds are robust, the two adults nurture and
love their two preadolescent children. While Spence works
on a project, Maggie drives to the elementary school to
deliver a bicycle helmet for her daughter to use in show
and tell. An SUV runs a red light crashing into her
vehicle leaving her in a coma.
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
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2002