2017 Summer Reads, Celeste Fletcher McHale, Christian Fiction, fiction, Romance, The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories
After reading Celeste Fletcher McHale’s debut novel, The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, I have been anxiously awaiting her next novel. If you have not read The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, you must! I recommended it to more friends last year than I can remember. This new novel by McHale is also a page turner and an excellent choice for summer reading.
I love the use and reference to the magnolia in this novel. The central character in this book, Jacey, is both strong and soft, much like the magnolia. Jacey suffered PTSD from an experience she had in the flood waters of the Mississippi. She doesn’t want to remember the terrible day that her life was forever changed, but she also can’t forget. Mostly, she can’t forget the man she spent three days with during the flood, Colin. They had an instant connection, but somehow in the turmoil of rescue, they lost one another. In this novel, Jacey and Colin try to find their way back to each other.
I enjoyed this book for its southern flair and interesting twists and turns. Like any good book I read, I managed to finish in just a few late night binges. I didn’t love it quite as much as McHale’s first novel, but I would definitely recommend it without hesitation. I would have loved a little more page time between Jacey and Colin. Other than that, this book is a must read! I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher and BookLookBloggers. I was not required to give this book a positive. review. I have not been compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.