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Six years after Thomas’s unfaithfulness in college, Maggie has nearly given up on love.Enter Izzie, a motherless eight year old, and every maternal instinct kicks-in. With Donald, Izzie’s dad, Maggie waits for the thrill—for anything magic: a spark, a quickening, a quiver racing up her spine. The magic never comes, but it is precisely the ordinariness of his kisses and subSix years after Thomas’s unfaithfulness in college, Maggie has nearly given up on love.Enter Izzie, a motherless eight year old, and every maternal instinct kicks-in. With Donald, Izzie’s dad, Maggie waits for the thrill—for anything magic: a spark, a quickening, a quiver racing up her spine. The magic never comes, but it is precisely the ordinariness of his kisses and subsequent proposal that make her feel safe. She imagines that loving Izzie is enough to finally lock Thomas out of her heart.Over time, Donald sways Maggie to quit work and be a stay-at-home mom to Izzie, dismisses her desire to finish her degree, cajoles her to wait for the right time to have a baby.Izzie is the center of her world, but some days Maggie cannot think over the roar of her biological clock. Unable to win the baby debate, she returns to college, graduates, and accepts a teaching job. She has what many women long for: the house and minivan, the daughter and spouse, a career and steadfast girlfriends.But there’s an empty space inside that no amount of bingeing can fill.By chance, Maggie and Thomas, also a teacher, reconnect when Maggie attends a teacher’s conference in her college town, a handful of miles from where her heart first came alive—and where it was irrevocably shattered.Can Maggie and Thomas mend their relationship? And, will she return to her loveless marriage for the sake of the daughter who has become her own, or this time around, will she trust Thomas and follow her heart?...

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Peace by Piece Reviews

  • Camie
    2019-03-08 11:22

    Maggie has struggled with anorexia and bulimia for years when she meets 8 year old Izzy at the library and falls in love with the motherless child. Later she ends up marrying Donald , Izzy's father mostly to become her mother and to feel a sense of security . Many marriages have been built on worse foundations, but this one seems doomed to fail, or will it? When Maggie meets her first love after many years, she must decide if she should do the " right" thing or follow her heart . Young women these days seem to be waiting longer to marry, having their own plans and ideas about what constitutes a happy or successful life. Likeable characters make this book a good summer read. 3 stars Awesome job Carol!

  • Dianne
    2019-02-25 08:06

    SEVEN CHANCES TO WIN SOME GREAT SUMMER READING!!Click on Banner to EnterPeace by Piece is a heart wrenching portrayal of one woman’s journey as she picks up the pieces of her existence, examines them and finally finds the inner peace she has been searching for. Maggie suffers from lost love, low self-esteem and the guilt and turmoil of a compulsive eating disorder that is slowly destroying what is left of her after her struggles with love, family and her career. Was it meeting little Izzie that showed her how to give and receive love and acceptance, no strings attached? Was it her love for Izzie that made marrying Izzie’s father the” right” thing to do? Will he become another tool in the arsenal against Maggie’s self-esteem or will he become a victim, himself? Will Maggie’s past come back to haunt her heart?I am in awe of the writing ability of Carol Fragale Brill. She has created a soulful tale of finding that knowledge is power, understanding one’s triggers of self-destruction are power, and combined with the hidden strengths within are like kindling to fuel the flames of self-respect and self-love. Don’t look for any hard and heavy action; let this story gradually lead you along with Maggie on her painful, yet enlightening journey. Beautifully written and presented, this is women’s fiction at its finest, thought-provoking and memorable.I received a review copy from Carol Fragale Brill in exchange for my honest review.Publication Date: January 31, 2013Publisher: BookBabyISBN: 0615741010Genre: Women's FictionPrint Length: 369 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • Linda Lange
    2019-03-21 10:52

    I loved “Peace by Piece.” From the moment I was introduced to the needy child Izzie and her mentor Maggie, I had to know how their story turned out.Carol Fragale Brill has created complex, appealing characters in her story of missed opportunities and second chances. It surprised me that this is not only a first novel, but self-published. Ms. Brill avoids overwhelming the reader with intrusive exposition and backstory as so many first-time novelists do. Rather, her characters reveal themselves through a myriad of small, delicious details-- Maggie wonders if a cream-colored skirt makes her hips look big; Maggie’s mother blots a teabag and puts it away for a second use.“Peace by Piece” should appeal to fans of best-selling authors Luanne Rice and Kristin Hannah. There’s plenty of romance, but Ms. Brill addresses more serious subjects as well. Maggie struggles with an eating disorder as well as with regrets about her first love, Thomas. When she marries Izzie’s father, Donald, I wondered whether this was simply a marriage of convenience or whether true love would blossom. I rooted for Maggie as she struggled to overcome her bulimia, complete college, and establish her career.One nitpick: While the basic plot is timeless, it took me a while to pinpoint exactly when the action takes place. I’ve praised the author for not telling me too much, but I wanted her to tell me that one thing. Through cultural references, I decided it is the early-to-mid 1970s into the ‘80s. Donald is described as “old school,” and I wanted to know just how antiquated his views might be. Maggie, who is in her twenties and thirties during the action of “Peace by Piece,” is an authentic boomer heroine. Her accomplishments as stepmother, student, and teacher draw on the evolving women’s roles of her time.“Peace by Piece” is not only well-written, it’s well-edited. This is a substantial book—363 pages in the Kindle version I read—and I spotted very few typos, no more than are common in books from the major publishers these days.I am eager to read Ms. Brill’s second book, “Cape Maybe.”

  • Lynne
    2019-03-13 14:10

    This is one of those books that gets me in trouble by getting me so involved in the main character's story that I don't want to put the book down when I should be doing something else around the house. In fact, the well-constructed, complex main character is why I loved this book. Maggie is so realistic with traits and problems that would resonate with many readers. This writer had me truly caring about Maggie, anguishing with her dilemmas and wondering how she would solve her complex, but very realistic problems. The author also did a good job of building a background and a "history" for Maggie that helped to develop her character in the book even more believably. As the story progresses, Carol Brill adds just enough twists and turns to the plot to keep the reader involved in Maggie's story and wanting to keep reading to see how Maggie will resolve her problems. Even though this book concludes with a satisfying ending, I still wanted to read more about Maggie as her life continues.

  • John Caviston
    2019-03-13 11:14

    This is a finely wrought, insightful. gripping portrayal of a young woman's struggles with her life over a period of years - relationship wise, family wise, and career wise - while also battling bulimia. While I freely admit to not normally being a fan of chick lit, as a well read librarian of over forty years, I found the lead character - Maggie - to be as realistically complex a person as you will find anywhere in contemporary adult fiction. Her ongoing conflicts, albeit told from a uniquely female perspective, can resonate with any of us -male or female - who stumble and fumble our way up and down the highways and biways of life with all of its attendant challenges, regrets, and accomplishments. Very well done, and deserving of any serious reader's attention.

  • Maria Ulery
    2019-03-07 11:07

    I fell in love with this tale of Maggie and the struggles she has faced from Childhood to Adulthood from the man of her dreams to the man that ended up taking care of her and the motherless little girl she raised. Love comes in all forms but when you find your other half you just know! It is hard to find 2 in a lifetime however making someone feel safe and talking care of and providing for them is another form of love! Lots of times you have one w/o the other but is it possible to have the best of both worlds! This book was very very well written and Ms. Carol Fragale Brill is a new author for me and she gets 5* for this masterpiece. Check it out today, you wont be sorry you did.

  • Cathy
    2019-02-26 10:18

    I received this book from the author in return for my honest review. I was engrossed in Maggie’s life cheering her on when she had sweet moments with her love. When she met Izzie and how she was with her. She would be such a good mom. Donald, ugh I never liked that one, it’s a wonder Maggie could not hear me in my head saying to her “what’s wrong with you? No no no that is so not what you should do.” I won’t give away the gist of the book. I loved the characters, Maggie’s friends and how supportive they are of her. Great book Ms. Brill, keep em coming!

  • Beth Ujvary
    2019-02-28 10:56

    What a great book. Couldn't put it down and left me wanting more. Maggie is someone everyone can relate to. You root for her, cry with her and hold your breath at times. Such a wonderful story about love, loss and the choices we make throughout our lives and how each choice makes us who we are. Definitely a must read.

  • Grete DeAngelo
    2019-03-01 13:08

    My aunt gave me this book because she knows I like women's fiction, and it didn't disappoint. I really got into the story and found the ending satisfying because it didn't tie up all the loose ends but left me wondering how Maggie's life would turn out.

  • Kristina
    2019-02-25 08:07

    Peace by Piece was a wonderful and enjoyable read. Carol Fragale Brill created a heroine who I found myself cheering on with every turn of the page. I only hope now for a sequel to Maggie's adventure!

  • Peggy Strack
    2019-03-16 15:52

    What a terrific novel to curl up on the couch with on a Sunday afternoon. Great story, characters, and writing!

  • Lynn
    2019-03-14 12:04

    Peace by Piece by Carol Fragale Brill, is an introspective look at first love and the choices we make. It is told in first person, present tense and there is a surreal, almost haunting quality to the prose. The character is fragile; introverted and unsure of herself, and suffers from anorexia and bulimia. She appears to have low self-image, yet, the reader knows this is without basis.It's a character-driven novel with a good story. Maggie sees something, makes assumptions, and because of her insecurities, abruptly leaves her first love. Years later, she meets a little girl, a motherless child, and the connection is so deep between them that Maggie ends up marrying Donald, who is the girl's father. Years later she is back in contact with her first love and the decisions she has to make are such that no matter what she does, someone is going to get hurt, and it might be herself.The story is well told; the backstory seamlessly inserted, the dialogue and characters believable. Maggie valued security and family and stability, but with that came structure and inflexibility and conflict. She wanted a family above all, and for a long time thought she had what she wanted. She finally examines what's underneath, and seeks the help she needs to fight her addictions, and only then can she become the woman she wants to be.I thought many of the sentences in this book were beautiful. Some I will never forget. I loved this novel, I couldn't stop reading, yet I wanted to save it so it wouldn't end so soon. I'd recommend it to anyone who is enthusiastic about great women's fiction.

  • Mitsy
    2019-03-23 11:19

    Yes! When Carol Fragale Brill offered me a free copy of Peace by Piece, I accepted. I wanted to try something different. I'm glad I did. I love this book so much. I love the descriptions of small town life. I love the characters. I love how sweet it is. I love Maggie's slow transformation. I even love the ending. :-) Peace by Piece is about Maggie, a small town girl working at the local library. The story chronicles her current life while she reminisces about Thomas, her college boyfriend. Maggie struggles with an eating disorder. But when she meets a young girl, Izzie, her life changes. Their friendship is so sweet. Then Maggie meets Izzie's divorced father, Donald. Maggie's friends are wonderful. However, this is Maggie's story and it is incredible. Does she decide to start a relationship with Donald because of her love for his daughter, Izzie? If so, will she be happy? Does she finally overcome her food issues? Or does she follow her heart and find Thomas? What about Izzie? This is a story about family and it is wonderful. Highly recommended to everyone, even if this is not your usual genre. Amazing!!! :-)

  • Beth Cutwright
    2019-03-24 07:59

    Maggie, librarian turned third grade teacher, befriended a motherless child, Izzie, at the library where she waited for a ride home. As their friendship bloomed and grew,Maggie realized her greatest desire to be a mother. The book is told from present day chapters, alternated with reminiscent chapters from the times of college and her first true love.Maggie's character was disappointing in some respects as she surrendered desire for passionate love for motherhood to Izzie, hoping her husband Donald, would fulfill her dreams in the future. Donald was an aggravating character who truly believed he knew best for his daughter and his wife, but more often than not, he missed the mark by miles.I hated how controlling Donald was. I hated that Maggie settled. But I loved that she was given a second chance with Thomas and the decisions she made that were hard and ugly. This was also a story of issues and I appreciated how they were dealt with.I enjoyed this novel, although I wasn't always in the mood to deal with Maggie's turmoil. But I appreciated her growth throughout the book and that she did finally deal with things head on. I love a character driven book.

  • Kaye
    2019-03-26 16:03

    Maggie was a damaged woman. She had a dysfunctional childhood, her parents locked into age old conflicts. When she was at college, she had a relationship with Thomas, who was her greatest love, but when she saw him in an embrace with his ex-fiancee, Maggie fled. She's been working at the library and still working on her degree, one class at a time, but has given up on love. But when she meets motherless, 8 year old Izzie, she falls completely in love with her. With her maternal instincts full-force, she agrees to marry Izzie's father, Donald. The thrill is never there, and her eating disorder increases, but she keeps telling herself that Izzie is worth it. When she runs into Thomas, she finds she has a decision to make, does she stay in her loveless marriage, or does she follow her heart?I loved this book. Maggie was so conflicted and unhappy, that I wanted to tell her that she was worthwhile. This was a story of Maggie and how she became the way she was. It was a story of love and relationships and loyalty, and hope.

  • Jacqueline Rhoades
    2019-02-25 13:11

    This is the story of love lost and love found, and a woman's journey to inner peace. There are no earth shattering moments or events, just the everyday drama of a life, softly joyful and heart-wrenchingly painful. Carol Fragale Brill's prose is deceptively simple. Written in first person, you are taken into Maggie's head and heart. Her gradual understanding of her eating disorder and how the loved ones in her life have affected her is subtle, yet compelling. You understand her choices as she struggles through a loveless marriage in hope of finding stability and purpose. The characters are exquisitely drawn and very real, with no superfluous detail.This is the kind of story that stays with you long after you've read the last page; a beautiful story, beautifully written. Thank you Ms. Brill.

  • Carol Peace
    2019-03-10 12:58

    I was given a copy of this book by the author for a frank review.I loved the book and was with Maggie for the whole book she was dissapointed and let down by Thomas in high school and constantly battles to make herself forget what that felt like. She is also battling with bulimia which seems to overcome her in stressful decisions. When she does meet someone else (Donald)it seems she fell in love with his daughter Izzy before getting involved with him. Maggie is such a likeable character and whilst I sympathised with her situation I found myself disparing at some of her decisions. Just when she though happiness was within her grasp it all seemed to be moving away from her. I loved the story and believable characters and also couldn't wait for the outcome. Will definately be looking out for more from this author.

  • Libby Jacobs
    2019-02-26 08:58

    Carol Fragale Brill’s Peace by Piece is an engaging, beautifully written novel about Maggie, who closes herself off from romantic relationships after losing her college love. Skillfully interweaving past and present, Brill examines the tensions between mother and daughter, and the close bond that develops between Maggie and her stepdaughter. We experience her struggle to make the best of a difficult marriage, as she relives memories of her first love. While much of the book passes as pleasantly as a vacation on the Jersey shore, undercurrents of emotional abuse and eating disorders establish this as a story about very real characters and situations.I found myself rooting for Maggie to find peace and happiness as she makes tough decisions in this captivating novel about loves lost and found.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-01 13:57

    Peace by Piece is a great novel. Focusing on the life of Maggie, the book follows the love and losses of her life. The story follows smoothly, but I think the anorexic/bulimic dialog is spot on. It is not a tragic bunch of events-it is the true battle someone faces throughout her life. Maggie's love for her step-daughter is touching and real, and the author hits on the emotion of her lost love with precise descriptions. Throw in her parents, her husband, and her best friend, Lily, and you find you will be anxious to see how Maggie will deal with the people in her life. It is a page turner, for sure.I'm curious if there will be a sequel.

  • Donna
    2019-03-06 15:56

    I received this book free from the author for a honest review. I can not say enough about this book. The book flows as if someone is sitting across from you and telling the story of their life. It is a book I did not want to quit reading. Easy to read and follow. A story about what can really happen in a person's life. I would love to know what happens in Maggie's future.

  • Claire
    2019-03-20 14:00

    I loves this book. I was immediately connected with Maggies and could not wait to see what happened in each new chapter with her love, family and friends. I loved all the local references and if you are a Jersey Girl or Philly gal with sand in your shoes you will love this book. I hope there will be a follow-up "piece".

  • Deb Jackson
    2019-03-08 12:53

    I really enjoyed this book.. great characters & I just loved the relationship between Maggie & Izzie. Really well written, with an interesting look into a young woman's "inner" self & the turmoil she puts her life into... very good story! I just realized now that it is the same author who wrote "Cape Maybe", which is an awesome book!

  • Sandra Nachlinger
    2019-03-18 15:15

    Author Carol Fragale Brill does a marvelous job of getting inside the head of someone suffering from anorexia/bulimia. But the story is about more than that. She also tackles love lost (and love found), motherhood, step-parenting, and other issues through her sympathetic and believable characters. She has crafted a touching and meaningful story that gripped me from Page 1.

  • Dot Byrne
    2019-03-27 13:59

    This is a wonderful book. I read it in two days - I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen but I hated that it was over. This will be a great book for my book club. I hope there's a sequel available soon.

  • Fay
    2019-03-04 08:15

    This is a well intentioned novel with a protagonist who is suffering from anorexia. However, it's predictable and a little tedious. It does shine a light on a massive societal problem, and may work for some.

  • Christina Griggs
    2019-03-03 15:10

    This was a heartwarming story of a love begun between a woman and a little girl and how their lives became entwined to include a marriage and enough life-lessons to keep you reading to see how it all unfolds. I could not put this book down! Can't wait until this author's next book comes out!

  • Loretta
    2019-03-08 09:17

    This is a beautifully written work. Carol Fragale Brill has a style which is almost lyrical. Tender and evocative, you can see the delicate colours, feel the fragility, the joys and the sorrows. I really cared about the characters.

  • Susan
    2019-03-01 12:04

    I'm glad I got to read this first novel. It was very good for a first novel. I still wish I could do that. It was the first book I read on my new Kindle.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-10 13:02

    Quick easy read. I liked it.

  • Debbie Nicholls ringland
    2019-03-14 11:56

    A great read. Maggie is a very easy character to relate to and her love for Izzie keeps you turning the pages.