Megan's Way

Megan's Way

by Melissa Foster


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FINALIST, Next Generation Indie Book Awards: New Age



One woman's plight with illness, her daughter's will to survive, and a circle of friends shrouded in secrets.

"Megan's Way...beautiful and tender portrayals...very enjoyable read on the order of a Jodi Picoult novel. " --The Bookish Dame


What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist living on Cape Cod, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she's faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends will be stretched and frayed.

Megan's illness reawakens her best friend, Holly Townsend's, torment of a long-held secret and years of betrayal. How does one choose between a daughter and a life-long best friend? Can the secret she has been keeping be revealed after years of lying without destroying everyone in its wake?

Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, even the paranormal connection she shares with her mother might not be enough to save her - her life will hang in the balance.

Megan's Way is a journey of self discovery and heartfelt emotions, exploring the depth of the mother-daughter bond, and the intricacies of friendship.


Olivia's story will be continued in LOVING LIVI, Harborside Nights new adult romance series. Sign up for Melissa's newsletter and follow her on her author page here on Amazon to be notified of this release!


Author Bio:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with Bella Andre. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary's Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480267
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

What People are Saying About This

Jennifer Stingley

"Megan's Way by Melissa Foster is an emotionally moving book...Melissa does a great job in bringing you into the life of her characters and keeps the story rolling smoothly...What made this book really catch my attention were all the secrets each character holds."--(Jennifer Stingley, Women's Literary Editor, Bella Online)

Jeanette Stingley

Megan's Way by Melissa Foster is an emotionally moving book...I cried at nearly every turn of the page. Melissa does a great job in bringing you into the life of her characters and keeps the story rolling smoothly...What made this book really catch my attention were all the secrets each character holds... (Jeanette Stingley, Women's Literary Editor, Bella Online)

Thomas Elliott

Megan's Way, by Melissa Foster (Outskirts Press). A wonderful, warm, and thought-provoking story with a touch of the paranormal. And it's set practically in my own backyard: Cape Cod. Who could ask for more? On the surface, it's a tale about a mother (Megan) whose cancer has tragically returned with a vengeance, and the interactions of her teenage daughter (Olivia), best friend (Holly), and several male friends (Jack, Holly's husband, and Peter, whom they've known since childhood). Many areas are touched upon: the emotional pull between mother and daughter, how one deals with death and separation, our mortality, what we give up for those we love, and the secrets and lies that are part and parcel of so many of our relationships. More than that, the author hopes that it will inspire all of us to reevaluate our lives and how we live them, to set our priorities on what's really important, and to reserve judgment of others' actions, as we can never know what they were thinking and what events influenced their decisions. This is a deep and moving book that speaks to men as well as women, and I urge you all to put it on your reading list. (Thomas Elliott, Book Review Editor, Mensa Bulletin)

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Megan's Way 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
mjstarkey3 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. A great book about love, faith and friendship. I look forward to her next book.
Jean Carrera More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful and sad story all in one. I laughed and cried reading it. This is a MUST read book!
Write_On More than 1 year ago
I really like the way Melissa Foster writes. From the beginning the characters surround you, bringing you into a world that could very well be your own. The mother/daughter bond is a theme explored through all of its permutations in this story. Nothing challenges this more than dealing with the terrible reality of the return of Megan's cancer and her struggle to protect Olivia, her fourteen-year-old daughter. The supporting cast of Megan's close friends brings humor, pathos, and completely unexpected surprises as the intricacies of those relationships are revealed. Megan's Way is a story that is insightful, thought-provoking, and a page-turner you won't want to miss.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
There are many reasons to keep secrets, some are for the love of a friend or family member you do not wish to see hurt emotionally if the secret was revealed. Some secrets are kept inside because they are too painful to be shared for any reason. In this book there are secrets revealed and secrets kept. The story is about Megan Taylor, her daughter Olivia, her friends Holly-Jack and Peter and the love they all share for one another and the secrets they all keep from one another. I can truly say that this was a book that swept me up into it's pages and kept me reading until I was done the night of the day I started it. The emotional connections that Megan, Olivia, Holly, Jack and Peter shared were part of the allure but the main draw for me was the absolute unshakeable love between Megan and her daughter Olivia. This was a hard read for me, it had me bawling my eyes out for most of the book because it was so hard to follow along on Megan's journey to saying goodbye to her daughter. It was so hard to see how very scared Megan was and how hard she searched her soul for the right way to let her life end so as to bring the least pain to Olivia and her lifelong friends. I say it was a hard read only because it was hard to see through the tears cascading down my face, it was a wonderful story about a woman who lived and died on her own terms. A woman who touched the lives of countless people in a positive way without even realizing the impact she made and the esteem that she garnered over years of being a bright light in a sometimes dark world. The author took what could have been a story that most would find to be a sad episode in one person's journey through life and made it one that is truly encouraging. The fact that the characters are fictional does not matter, we can all aspire to be the best we can be when we have such an example to follow. In the ending much is revealed that may make you think less of Megan, Holly, Jack and even Peter but for me the decisions each person made was made out of love for the others. I think that each of the characters had their hearts in the right place and living with the consequences of their actions so many years ago was a punishment that helped them to become wiser as well as better in the long run. Hopefully before the movie comes out that is to be based on this book you will get a chance to meet them all for yourselves and make up your own minds about how things were dealt with by the characters. [I must disclose that this book was read as part of the author's virtual book tour in the fall of 2011. The e-arc was a copy provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and rating for the book were in no way influenced by this and the only other compensation besides the book was my pleasure in reading about the characters in the story.]
ginath13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a nice debut. The story was touching, the characters were intriguing and the book was infused with a sense of good-feeling spirituality despite difficult topics and unpleasant situations. The only downfall in the story for me was that it tended to be a little repetitive at times, what seemed like filler. I would have liked some more information on the past of the characters since it so clearly shaped them in their present. All in all, well done.
Tmtrvlr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Megan¿s way is a very sad book. The book follows the main character¿s cancer return, death and funeral. There were quite a few storyline twists in the relationships among Megan, her daughter and her friends, but in the end the only character I cared about was the child. Without giving away too much of the story, I was annoyed with Megan¿s character for something she did to her daughter just before she died. She gave her information that should have been attended to by the adults and not dumped on a child to sort out. Unfortunately the adults seemed to have the "It's all about me" attitude. Also, one of the ¿twists¿ nullifies the reason for the special bond between mother and child. Not a bad book, but be prepared to spend a lot of time with the dying and funeral arrangements.
MDLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an amazing debut. This was a very powerful book for me because I can relate to both Megan and Olivia. I know exactly what they are feeling. I had to put the book down a few times just to get through my own grief. This was so beautiful.
sebago on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Megan's Way, sneaking it into work to finish it today! Megan, Olivia, Holly, Peter and Jack were all very "real" people. This book had me feeling the full spectrum of emotion... Melissa - I would love to see what life holds for all of these characters in the future, any chance of a "part 2"?
browngirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Megan Taylor is an artist full of so much spirit, seems to be the centerpiece of an intimate group of friends, and has a teenage daughter with whom she has a true empathic connection. But, her cozy world starts to unravel when she learns that her cancer is no longer in remission. Longtime secrets begin to haunt her and her best friend, Holly. Secrets that could destroy their close-knit foursome of friends. And as Megan deteriorates, her daughter, Olivia, begins to act out her frustrations.Melissa Foster's debut novel is a lovely effort. She explores the mother-daughter bond in such an intense manner. It's the kind of relationship, I think that all daughters want with their mothers. And the circle of friends! They are such a loving and supportive bunch. Foster has given us a set of very realistic characters that are regular people. Also, she presents ideas of spirituality in a way that's not obnoxious but is unapologetic. Everything is set against a picturesque Cape Cod. This makes even the toughest moments in the book a little more palatable than had they occurred anywhere else. It adds to the warm and fuzzy feeling that much of the book presents. At its core, I would say that this is a story that depicts love transcending everything.I really appreciate the author's simple language and real characters. All the imagery was wonderful without being weighty. And including a scene that brought a level of discomfort was very smart. Megan's Way is a great read and a solid debut for Melissa Foster.
redmore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an emotional read. I was very impressed with how the author caught the emotions and experiences of a teen and mom preparing for such a final seperation. I lost my mom when I was 15 years old from cancer and I thought the author did a wonderful job bringing respect and love to this story.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
loved book so much that I don't know where to start!! Do not miss out on reading this book. Read it before the movie comes out! Melissa Foster has a talent of putting raw emotions into words. By narration, conversation and revealing the characters' thoughts, she wove a story of unique family finding itself. Rarely, have I been so immersed in a book. Megan, the mother, Olivia, the daughter and Megan's close friends all became real to me. Megan is torn between protecting her long time friends from their own secrets and also the panic of realizing that her daughter will soon loose her closest connection, her mother. Both Megan and Olivia are pushed and pulled through a deeply personal journey in this book. At the beginning, Megan Taylor, a woman finds out that her ovarian cancer had spread to the bones of her body. Her doctor tells her all treatment would do is buy her a few months of time. Megan Taylor, a single mother of a fourteen year old girl, had to make a decision for herself that would tear her daughter apart. Would her daughter ever acceppt it? When you read this book, you will be crying. I must admit that I was afraid to take it to an appointment because I might start crying in the doctor's office! But when you read this book, you will also feel the joy of self discovery and the recognition of a family emerging. There is something of the paranormal in this book. Usually, I have trouble reading a book that does but it fit so well, with the experience of death and grief that to take that out of the story would destroy the book. I am going to keep this book in my library and pull it out again for re-reading. I recommend this book for all mothers and daughters and all those going through the experience of grieving.
marcejewels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a work of elegance, the writing was just a style of emotional grace. I recommend this to all book clubs, so much to discuss especially if it is among close friends. The mystery of the forbidden secrets unfolding, so touching, I was mesmerized. Only friends that are this in tune with each other would keeps these kind of secrets to protect each other, but in the end did it really protect them? The true meaning of God works in mysterious ways.I really enjoyed the title Megan's Way. She was dying from cancer and struggling with leaving her daughter and friends. She didn't want to deteriorate in front of everyone including herself. There were things she decided put in place, it was Megan's Way. The emotions of this circle of friends were so genuine, a special connection indeed. There was also a paranormal element, a feeling, a belief they had on life after death and being able to feel Megan which was easy to believe. When Olivia was hurt, scared etc she was able to feel it. There was a scene where she saved Olivia's life because of this connection. So many special moments, scenes, traditions, friendship history etc. I recommend this one to all fans of Adult Fiction.
kaitlin_btts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We both read this book for review. We were going to do our own separate thoughts, but the more we discussed the book, the more we realized that our thoughts aligned on the book and how we felt about it.Megan's Way is a tear jerker, no way around it. So if you read it, be prepared to have a box of kleenex next to you.Megan is a single mother (to Olivia) and is dying of cancer. Their mother/daughter relationship was incredibly close, and some of the dialogue felt almost unnatural between the two of them. Olivia doesn't appear to act like a typical 14 year old in that she doesn't seem to have any friends besides her mom. She was also incredibly whiny towards her mother, but this is mostly due to the fact that her mother is in fact dying and not saying anything to her about it.We also felt like some of the scenes were very drawn out and overly long, thus dragging out the sadness.What really kept us reading was the mystery surrounding Olivia's father. As the book progressed it became clear that there were a lot of secrets between the friends and a lot of unexpected twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book
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This book was very touching. It shows just how valuable life and family is and how life can so easily be taken from you. Always show love and trust to one another.
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I really enjoyed this book.
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It's a good read. While in hospital i read this and made me feel strong and positive. Keep tissues near by. I really enjoyed Megans character she WAS amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot was good and I would recommend this for a quick read. A little slow at first but not too bad as you read on. kinters6
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