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Review: She’s Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

She's Got a Way

Review: She’s Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis
by Maggie McGinnis
Series: Echo Lake #3
Also in this series: Heart Like Mine
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
on August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 340
Format: Print
Source: Bookstr
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Book Depository
Rating: 4 Stars




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?

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I can always count on a Maggie McGinnis story to cheer me up. She’s Got a Way brings out all of the charming characteristics that she always incorporates into her stories. Not only that, but you can always count on finding a new book boyfriend when you read them.

I liked the summer camp setting in this story. It set up scenes for funny encounters and it gave a romantic comedy sort of feel. Poor Gabi, being stuck with 4 hormonal teenage girls who cause nothing but trouble, finds her dreams of going on an exotic vacation go up in smoke. Gabi wants a Rom-Com romance but doesn’t think she needs a knight in shining armor. Her main problem is asking for help and it was interesting to see how she would get over her pride.

So when the teasing, ever so hunky, Luke enters the scene, their “meet cute” could not be any cuter.

“Gabi, have you ever seen a bear?”
“Have you ever seen a picture of a bear?”
“Of course.” She rolled her eyes.
“How about their teeth?”
He smiled, then turned back down the pathway.
“There’s no such thing as a bearproof tent.”

The whole tent thing endeared me to this story and it was funny to read the mishaps the girls had while pitching their tents. There’s a lot of bonding, lessons being learned, and personal growth for all to be had with this story. It was definitely cute and Gabi’s and Luke’s romance is a slow but steady one. Her need for family and stability and his personal demons are the main issues that are forefront to the plot.

A Little Note…

Somehow, I thought that this book didn’t fit in with the others in the series. There didn’t seem like a major tie between them besides being in the same town. It could have totally been a standalone release, so I was kind of missing that series feel.

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Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

LOL bear-proof tents don’t exist, eh? that’s really funny to me, Aleen! I’m glad you enjoyed this story, even if you missed the series feel a little bit. I think that can take away a little of my enjoyment, too – I need to feel the connection to the series, I guess 🙂
I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!


I haven’t heard of this author before, but I like how you describe this book. I once read a series set at summer camp and thought it was a fun setting for a book. A bit of a shame it doesn’t tie in as nicely with the series, but that does mean it probably would work well as a standalone read.

Lola recently posted: Sunday Post #209

Thanks for sharing! This sounds like a cute read – I really like the camp setting. How fun!


ShootingStarsMag recently posted: Gifts for Your Boss/Co-Worker/Other Acquaintance

This sounds wonderful and I love the gif. I want your book boyfriend material button it is too cute!!

kimbacaffeinate recently posted: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward

Looks like a sweet read and l love the cover…sorry it didn’t tie into the series better for you.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

This sounds like such a sweet story. Even if it doesn’t have that connection with the rest of the series, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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