MAGGIE'S RETREAT, a sequel to the author's successful first novel MAN ON THE BALCONY, is a continuation of the lives of Maggie (an accomplished artist), and Brad (a doctor), each striving to make a difference in an unsettled world. Their love story brings them face to face with a misdirected youth, Alzhimer's disease, and a shooting that threatens to destroy everything.
Although Maggie and Brad's initial dreams have come true, they find there is no safe place or guaranteed future in their small town. Their home is invaded by a troubled young man but the encounter proves to be an unexpected blessing when Maggie and Brad are able to chart his course in a more positive direction.
Maggie's dream of running an artist retreat also comes true but not without the challenge of being caught up in the personal and often disturbing lives of the artists.
Just when Maggie's hopes are merging and expanding, her life is shattered by a shooting at Brad's clinic, leaving a life hanging in the balance. The shooting catapults him into national fame, a place he has no desire to be.Will their love, and determination pave their road to survival and unexpected joy?
MAGGIE'S RETREAT stands on its own, but those who loved MAN ON THE BALCONY will not want to miss the exciting twists and turns in the continued saga of Maggie and Brad. The author's descriptive prose and sense of story will delight you. Her books are written for all audiences. She is now working on her third novel, SPANISH MOSS, to be published in late summer 2009. Marie's book covers are from her own original oil paintings.
To read more and see her art visit her web site at http://www.mariepinschmidt.com