Maureen Edwards debut novel It Is What It Is takes the reader on a journey into the demanding, exciting, and creative world of teaching but also gives us an unexpected, frightening vision. Maureen brings her expertise of years working in the educational system into this mesmerizing story as she incorporates the delights and pressures of teaching, mixing it up with some adventure, romance, and a touch of fear. You will never look at teaching in the same way again.
Downtrodden Georgie, the passionate and dedicated new teacher at Eden Hills Middle School, fights to prove her worth against the self-centered vice-principal, Jose, who appears to have his own reasons for wanting her to fail. Georgie also fights other shocking, unexpected issues in her life. Despite Georgie’s setbacks, she is supported on all sides by many caring educators, especially her mentor teacher, Alex. However, all is not as it seems with the sweet and charming veteran technology teacher. Georgie finds herself slowly growing to admire Alex, drawing ever closer to him. As she stumbles upon secrets and scandals, will they have lasting repercussions? Is all hope lost? Only time will tell.
"A heartwarming, emotional story about the courage and resilience of a first-year teacher, and the saving grace of the friends she makes along the way. It Is What It Is will have you rooting for the lovable stressed-out Georgie Nelson from the first page. Such a touching story that made me appreciate educators even more.”
- Kerry Kletter, Critically acclaimed author of East Coast Girls and The First Time She Drowned.
“An intriguing read that showed me an alternate side to what being a teacher is all about. While a fictional story, there is obviously some element of truth within the story which left me wondering what was fact and what was imagination. This is a great first time novel and one worth reading, especially as it has quite a few twists and turns. I certainly enjoyed it and look forward to the next book by this new writer.”
-Ann Brady, Award Winning author of Dear Friends: Letters From Abroad
"This novel is an insider's view of what a job in a school district is like. Many undercurrents which are beyond control sweep teachers and other staff members along in the eddying swirls and the reader can observe that they are helpless to change the course. Sometimes though, brave leaders emerge who keep records and document patterns that eventually entangle those who are padding their own pockets. Finally, justice may be served and the staff and children can move forward without treachery and hidden agendas. Maureen Edwards has captured the essence of these challenges in heartbreakingly accurate detail."
-Carol A. Fredericks, BS, MBA, EdD
“Immersive and captivating best describe Maureen Edwards debut novel. It Is What It Is draws the reader into the life of Georgie, a new teacher who we meet on the first day of her dream job. From page one, you are side-by-side with Georgie steeped in her passion for making a difference in the world, and as she takes steps to navigate an increasingly complex life. This journey has all one would want in a beautifully written book. As the story progresses, Georgie’s new life unfolds in the challenging education system from meeting dedicated friends, suspecting possible enemies, uncovering potential mysteries, navigating health challenges, and feeling the embers of love and love lost. With characters representing the diverse fabric of our country, we are given a true experience beyond the page with insight into relationships, the feeling of strength from self-discovery, and a psychological spin on hidden motivations. Edwards novel conveys a true experience through these topics and more that are interwoven into a journey you will not want to end.”
-Jacqueline Zarro, PhD