Thursday, September 14, 2017

Magnolia Nights by Ashley Farley

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: September 12th 2017

From the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sister Series and Sweet Tea Tuesdays comes a new novel of passion, intrigue, and redemption. 

Ellie Pringle has spent endless hours and countless dollars working with a therapist to remember the lost years of her childhood. She’s baffled and more than a little intrigued when the grandmother she hasn’t seen in thirty-four years dies and leaves her a fortune. The time has come to face her past in person. Still reeling from a recent breakup of a long-term relationship, and with nothing to keep her in San Francisco, Ellie packs her meager belongings and boards a plane for the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Standing in the entryway of her grandmother’s antebellum home on South Battery Street in Charleston, Ellie faces the first of many ghosts who will soon haunt her. On her first night in the creepy, creaking mansion, as she’s perusing the titles in a dusty bookcase, she comes across her deceased mother’s leather-bound journal. Her mother’s words create more unanswered questions and send her on a quest to find more journals. As Hurricane Irma bears down on the South Carolina coast, Ellie encounters Julian Hagood, a handsome architect who has the talent to restore her dilapidated mansion and the charm to mend her broken heart. But as Ellie reads her mother’s diaries, they dislodge a stone in the wall that safeguards her memories, causing her world to come crumbling down. Revelations about her childhood lead Ellie on a harrowing journey of discovery that will hold readers spellbound until the dramatic conclusion. 

My Thoughts…

Nothing makes me fall into a book faster than it being set in a place I have never been yet the author takes such great care with the details that I feel like I have been there many times.    I find myself picturing the grand houses, hearing the charm of the southern voices, and feeling the southern heat.       Ashley Farley is amazing with her detailing.

The story in this is heart breaking.   A woman comes home to her mother after finding herself pregnant and the mother takes her in only to make her a prisoner of her house.    When she gives birth, the child becomes a prisoner also.   Then the mother dies leaving her house in Charleston to her grandchild.    There is so much more to this story but I don’t want to give away too much and ruin your experience of reading Magnolia Nights.

There is multiple points of view in alternating labeled chapters.  I really enjoyed this format.  I liked that you could see other characters perspective on the same events and how it affected their lives.    There was no confusion; each chapter was labeled so you knew exactly who was sharing their thoughts.   

Ashley Farley is a talented author and I recommend picking up your own copy of Magnolia Nights ASAP.   This is a must read.  

Thank you Ashley Farley and Kimberly Costa for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  

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