She’s Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis: Review

Posted August 28, 2016 in review Tags:

She’s Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis: ReviewShe's Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis
Pages: 352

Series: Echo Lake #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Gabriela O’Brien is devoted to the girls at Briarwood Academy—even when their bad behavior earns them an entire summer at a remote campground in Echo Lake, Vermont. When the headmaster assigns Gabi to be their chaperone, how can she refuse? A long, hot summer with neither indoor plumbing nor wireless access might be just what she needs to get her own life in order…right?
Before Briarwood took over Camp Echo, Luke Magellan spent years there helping troubled boys. When four spoiled rich girls and their seemingly uptight den mother show up for the summer, it’s hard to hide his amusement as he watches them tackle the great outdoors. But it’s even tougher to resist the passion he sees in Gabi—especially when he learns about her past, and sees how much she cares about her students. Is this destined to be just a grownup version of a summer-camp romance—or can they find enough in common to build a love for all seasons?
“A new, witty voice in contemporary romance. Maggie McGinnis is gonna make you smile.”—Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author
She's Got a Way is the third book in Maggie McGinnis' Echo Lake series!

She’s Got a Way
Maggie McGinnis

This is my first Maggie McGinnis book, but I can say I plan to read more. She’s Got a Way is exactly what you want and expect in a contemporary romance. Nothing overly angsty like new adult, no crazy supernatural elements like paranormal romance, and no MC clubs or mafia men in sight. Normal people, with normal jobs, doing normal, mundane things. Its, strangely, refreshing!

She’s Got a Way is about Gabi, a ‘housemother’ at an all girls boarding school. 4 of her charges get into some serious trouble and as punishment, they are forced to spend 4 weeks at a ‘camp’. The ‘camp’ is closed for upgrades. There is really NOTHING there-no cabins, no programs, no amenities. Gabi is not given the choice to supervise the girls and she had to forgo her vacation to Barbados because of the girls.

The girls were interesting. Its a boarding school, so I expected them all to be rich and bratty. However, 2 of the girls are foster kids. The girls bring some humor, some drama, and some depth to the story as they learn and grow. As a teacher, I am a total sucker for stories like this because its why people become teachers. You want to make a difference in a kids life! Anyway, I digress.

So, of course, there is a hottie ‘handyman’ at the camp. He was the director of programs but now that the camp is closed, he is making repairs. He resents the girls presence and plans to leave them to their own devices, but he can’t quite stick to that plan. Watching Luke and Gabi’s relationship develop is beautiful and well written, but even more amazing was seeing the magic Luke worked on the girls.

There were times when Gabi’s attitude bothered me. She didn’t want to be a poor little rich girl, but then said she couldn’t imagine leaving Briarwood because its all she has ever known. She wanted to turn Briarwood into something better, which is admirable, but kind of selfish. She basically is saying Briarwood is bad; I am sure there are lots of good kids there (I mean, she was one of those kids!). I totally understand and agree with her vision, but I think she was a little misguided.

This is another “Safe for my mom” pick! McGinnis uses fade to black scenes.


Interference by Sophia Henry, Wrapped in you by Jules Bennett, Coach Maddie and the Marine by Blaire Edens…then you will probably like She’s Got a Way!

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About Maggie McGinnis

Maggie McGinnis is a USA Today bestselling author and Golden Heart Finalist who lives in New England, vastly outnumbered by both children and cats. She used to be an English teacher, a certified black belt, and a cool-car driver. Then ... twins. Now she swills caffeine while driving the one vehicle she swore she'd never own: a minivan.

She's a sucker for romantic comedies, popcorn, and the perfect green pen, and if she wasn't an author, she'd totally be rocking a Nashville club in her pink cowgirl boots. It's probably good that she embraced the author thing, because her singing skills are better suited to the shower, and really? Pink cowgirl boots?

Her Whisper Creek series features modern-day Montana cowboys and the women who can't help but fall for them, and her Echo Lake series is set in small-town Vermont, where everybody knows your business, but most of them also love a good happily-ever-after.

You can find Maggie at

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