Eve Darling has learned one very important lesson in her twenty-six years; life never goes according to plan. The night of her high school graduation her heart was bursting with hopes and dreams for the future, but the universe had other ideas. Instead of New York and culinary school, she stayed in Magnificent, Wisconsin. Barely an adult herself, Eve was irrevocably tasked with becoming a mother to her big brother, Davis, a man with the heart and mind of a five-year-old boy. Now, seven years later, she's become a successful entrepreneur, chef, and businesswoman. All of those responsibilities came at a price and her personal life was payment. No one was more acutely aware of that than she was. And then, with one phone call, everything changed. 'After life organizer' Abraham Von Sallage was not like any funeral director Eve had ever known. He was young, charming, witty, and had a unique perspective on life, because his business was death. They both carried burdens society couldn't, or wouldn't acknowledge, and because of those burdens, they found an instantaneous connection. That night, as Abraham stood in the doorway of her cooking school, she saw hope in his eyes. And then her world crumbled. An inexplicably cruel twist of fate called into question everything she knew about life, and death. With her soul adrift in guilt, she clung to the only person she could trust to save her from the agony her life had become. Shrouded in grief, it would take the love of one man, and the resolve of an entire community, to show her just how magnificent life could be.
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Katie Mettner writes amazing stories. In my humble opinion though, Magnificent Agony is her best so far. Eve Darling had high hopes for her future but everything changed in the blink of an eye. At eighteen she became the care-giver and decision-maker for her mentally challenged older brother, Davis. Seven years later she's still handling the responsibility of Davis but has established herself in the business world as the owner of a kitchen gadget store who also gives cooking lessons in the evening. Enter Abraham Von Sallage; a handsome guy who needs to learn how to cook ASAP. Abraham happens to be the local funeral director. There's an instant spark but Eve has a lot to deal with. She bumps into him later at the grocery store. The attraction she'd put on the back burner can no longer be put aside. Their romance takes off. She's happy. Life is great. And then, in the blink of an eye again, Eve's world takes another cruel turn. This particular event sets the stage for the rest of the story. (I can't say what it is. You'll have to read the story to find out.) I cried like a baby but had to keep reading. With this tender saga, Katie Mettner effectively shows how certain people come into your life at the right time. Magnificent Agony ran me through a gamut of emotions. I felt Eve's joy and experienced her sorrow. Her heart and head were a mess, but Abraham was there for her when she needed him the most. In the midst of tragedy, they found love. One of the most remarkable things about Eve was her strength to forgive. This is an incredible tale that touched my heart and made me wonder how I would react if I was faced with the same challenges and circumstances.
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