By Jacqueline Sheehan

Julie Maloney’s debut novel, A Matter of Chance, is a remarkable, riveting journey. Clear your schedule for this book because you will not be able to stop reading.

In this novel, New York single mother Maddie Stewart, is an editor at a job she enjoys. She has a lovely and intelligent eight-year-old daughter, Vinni. One morning during a summer holiday at the Jersey shore, Maddie and Vinni spot an older couple, Rudy and Hilda, strolling hand in hand on the beach. Suddenly, Rudy collapses. Maddie leaves Vinni with Hilda and rushes back to her cottage to phone for an ambulance. When she returns, Hilda and Vinni are gone and Rudy is dead.

Thus begins a five-year, desperate search for her daughter that brings Maddie to the brink of madness. Because, wouldn’t you do anything possible to find your missing child? And even if you stumbled on the tendrils of the Russian mafia, would you be deterred? Every mother I know, myself included, wouldn’t stop and Maddie doesn’t either.

Maloney is a former dancer/choreographer. She is the director of Women Reading Aloud, an international organization dedicated to the support of women writers.

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About Jacqueline
Jacqueline Sheehan is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is also a psychologist. A New Englander through and through, she spent twenty years living in Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, photography, freelance journalism, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of high school puppeteers.

More on Jacqueline on her bio page.