Reviewed by Claudia R.

” She sat on the edge of the tub, pushed the shower curtain aside, and rested her back on the corner of the chilly wall. Using her old bubble script from high school, glossy windows added for dimension to the bloated letters, she scribbled a to-do list: 1) Get control of life; 2) Be nice to Martin; 3) Do not call Julia when mad; 4) Do something about Beverly; 5) Forget everything about Tyson/David; 6) Plant mums. It’s good to live a balanced life, she thought reasonably, and snapped the notebook shut. ” Maggie, On Maggie’s Watch

After the loss of her first child, Maggie and her husband move back to Hemlock St., Wisconsin, where her intent is to heal, try to move on, and create a safe space for her family, which includes the baby growing in her belly. Intent on assuring the safety of the community, Maggie jumps on the idea, presented to her in jest, by her long time best friend, Julia, of reviving the Neighborhood Watch.

When an Internet search reveals a sexual predator living in their midst, Maggie becomes obsessed with rooting out the evil-doer, by any means possible; up to, and including, harassment.

The interest of a handsome newcomer to the neighborhood serves as a more pleasant distraction, and Maggie suddenly finds herself contemplating her marriage, her life and her future. A twist of fate brings the two diversions together and sends Maggie’s world into a tailspin, ultimately resulting in a complete reexamination of values, friendships, priorities and choices.

[amazonify]0425236781[/amazonify]Ann Wetz Garvin, author of On Maggie’s Watch presents an amusing tale of suburbia, domesticity and life’s lessons, writing with ease, simplicity and unobtrusive clarity. There lacks however, depth, despite Ann’s attempt at illuminating human nature in every light, for better and for worse. What would be labeled, if written by anyone else, as a fun, light read, becomes slightly disconcerting because of Ann’s obvious talent. Under the subterfuge, there is an obvious ability to razor away the bubblegum aspect of writing and produce something tangible and challenging. Whether the author felt unsure of her skills, or wanted to use On Maggie’s Watch as warm-up material, it’s unclear.

On Maggie’s Watch is not a bad read, per se, the blanks are filled in where needed, but the reader is left hoping Ann Wertz Garvin will find her voice and use the obvious knowledge of the human heart and it’s fickleness to pen something more substantial and expressive of her talent in the future.

Claudia lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children. She entertains her passion for reading in between being a full-time Mom, aspiring writer, avid photographer & volunteer for Missie’s Closet, an emergency food & necessities pantry for the low-income in her area.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Berkley Trade. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.