A triangle but not!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🙂🙂🙂🙂
The Hero(s): Brody – he is an entrepreneur who is opening a brewery and a bar in the South Carolina island community that Magnolia grew up in.
The heroine: Magnolia – she is a single mom with a 3 year old daughter. She has gone through some very difficult times, but is coming out on the edge of them now and is making a life for herself and her daughter.
The Love Story: Four years ago Brody was mourning the death of his grandfather and had a one night stand with the Magnolia who told him her name was Rose. She had just been dumped over the phone by her high school sweetheart whom she had dated for 5 years. She got drunk and in the morning got a phone call that made her run back to her hometown.
Brody moves into Magnolia’s home town and they recognize each other immediately. Neither had forgotten about the one night they spent together. Brody immediately wants to date Magnolia and she wants to tell him about her daughter. She had tried to find him after she discovered she was pregnant but wasn’t able to remember where the house was where he was staying and she didn’t know his last name.
The story was a good one. Magnolia has something with Robert, her old boyfriend but it is unclear what her feelings are and it seems a bit shady on his part. Though it is obvious when Brody comes into the picture that she wants him. I was unclear as to what was happening a lot of the time and most of my questions were answered in the end, but I think this could have been one book instead of two. It seemed short (Amazon says it is 242 pages), they went fast. I would have guessed it was at least 100 pages less than that.
It just seemed a bit dumb that magnolia couldn’t tell Brody about her daughter when it was such a small town and much of it centered around the fact that nothing is secret in a small town where gossip abounds. So if she wanted to be the one to tell him, she should have just done it on their first date. Though I will give Brody credit for not wanting to know what the town gossip was about Magnolia and wanting to find out about her himself.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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