- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Southern Sun Press LLC (15 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997658762
- ISBN-13: 978-0997658767
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 367 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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"Ferguson hascrafted another winner in Magnolia Storms, dripping with witty characters andthe Southern charm of the Mississippi gulf coast. You'll almost smell the saltybrine in the hurricane winds as you devour this must-read."
Misty M. Beller, bestselling author of The Lady and theMountain Man.
"Going home, facinga past you'd rather forget, and pain that you'd wish would just go away.Magnolia Storms touches the heart of disaster and brings a soft touch of lovewhere there had only been angst."
Jennifer Rodewald, bestselling author of Reclaimed
"Magnolia Stormsexamines the impact of one's choices and the cost of holding a grudge whileoffering readers the hope of healing and redemption. Fans of inspirationalromance will thoroughly enjoy this delightful cast of characters and Southerncharm that has become the trademark of Ferguson's novels."
Heidi McCahan, author of Covering Home
I was quickly swept up in this lively tale of second chances and overcoming fears. The storm lurking off the Gulf coast is nothing compared to the ones brewing in the hearts of Magnolia and the ship's pilot she loved before Hurricane Katrina ripped through her dreams. I've enjoyed all of Janet Ferguson's books, but this might just be my new favorite!
Angela K Couch author of The Scarlet Coat and The Patriot and the Loyalist
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Josh Bergeron has followed in the footsteps of his teenage idol, Mr Marovich, and become a ship’s pilot—a decision that cost him his relationship with Maggie. But now they are brought back together when she returns to her childhood home in Ocean Springs … next door to where he lives with his son.
I loved Magnolia Storms. I think I read it all in one sitting (or I would have if my family hadn’t tried to talk to me). Magnolia was an excellent character—an intelligent and competent professional woman, but not perfect. A long way from perfect. But someone I could like and relate to and want to spend time with.
Josh (great hero name, by the way) was an equally strong character. He’s a boat pilot, and it was great (if scary) to see him in action in his work. He was also an excellent father—a testament to his relationship with Mr Marovich, because his own father was nothing like that.
The writing was excellent, and I especially liked the humour, and the way both Maggie and JD had a Christian faith that was central to the plot without being overwhelming or preachy. Okay, so maybe the end was a little cheesy, but this is a romance. It’s to be expected. There was also a lot of yummy-sounding Southern food like etouffee and beignets.
Recommended for fans of contemporary Christian romance, with an emphasis on the Christian. Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review.
“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?”
Maggie Marovich knows all about storms—both literal and figurative—but she’d rather avoid them altogether than rely on an anchor. Wouldn’t we all?! She’s faced the loss of both of her parents, and when her best friend and the love of her life refused to give up his dream of piloting ships—the very job that cost her father his life—she walked away, losing him, too. Now her sister Cammie faces the prospect that she might never walk again. Why has God abandoned her? Why does it feel like he ignores her prayers?
Josh Bergeron has often regretted not being there for Maggie after her father died. After all, he knows all too well what it feels like to be abandoned. But he’s never regretted becoming a ship pilot. Now he has the chance to be there for Maggie as she struggles to care for her sister’s ten-year-old daughter and their eight-five-year-old Aunt Ruth, keep her sister’s antique store running, AND prepare for the hurricane building off the coast. But watching Maggie with J.D. revives all the dreams he once had for them, and this time she’ll be breaking two hearts when she inevitably leaves again. Unless he can convince her to give them another chance...
It was all too easy to identify with Maggie. She’s loyal, compassionate, and resilient (some people might call it stubborn!), but she’s driven (or perhaps held back) by self-preservation, and nothing sends her into self-preservation mode like being around Josh Bergeron. The emotional and romantic tension crackled between these two every time they were on the same page. Josh’s adorable three-year-old son J.D. was a different story, though. He won Maggie’s heart from the get-go, meaning her wall of self-preservation was often going up and down around Josh like a malfunctioning portcullis!
Maggie has little choice but to accept Josh’s help, and as they work together she begins to learn what it means to have a Comforter and a Saviour who will be an anchor through life’s storms; to take one moment at a time, to count her blessings amidst the storm, and to see that God can work good in and through all situations.
An engaging and enjoyable read!
I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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I’m a Mississippian and though I live three hours inland from the Ocean Springs setting of this book, we saw plenty of destruction from Katrina in our own area. I have friends and family on the Mississippi Coast. As was stated in the book, it will NEVER be the same. I can’t imagine if it was my home.
"Your faith can't keep tossing and turning with the wind. Sooner or later, you must decide, 'Though He slay me, still I will trust Him.' Know that He is with you when you pass through the rough waters of life." (pg. 234)
Highlighting the devastation, emotional impact and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this book gives hope to people who question where God is in the midst of their trials and heartache. The faith element woven throughout was so beautifully done and my favorite part about this novel. The author allows her characters to be realistic and honest about where they stand in their faith after experiencing loss and pain yet gently encourages them to take heart and trust in God. Although I didn’t fall in love with the characters, I liked them and enjoyed spending time with them. The second chance romance between Josh and Maggie was sweet and seeing them – including the adorable J.D. – come together as a family was endearing. I definitely want to read more from this author and see what else she has in store!
Not to be out done in the stubborn department, Magnolia’s sister Camille remains in the coastal town that stole so much from their family. The town Maggie refuses to return to until an accident occurs and her family needs her.
When she arrives, she’s hit with another blow when she learns the man she once loved, the man who abandoned her when she needed him most, now lives next door.
The dynamic between Maggie and Josh is explosive from the get-go. It’s obvious there’s some big unresolved issues between these two. It’s also clear that there are still longings in both of them. Josh’s history with the Marovich family gives him a leg up when it comes to knowing how to handle them. There are some exchanges between Josh and Maggie that will leave a little smile on your face.
Add to that an adorable three-year-old, a sullen pre-teen, and a hard-of-hearing aunt, and Janet Ferguson has come up with the perfect combination of faith, family, and fun. Plus, many reasons for Josh and Maggie to find themselves thrown together.
Maggie has lived the past years of her life in fear. Sure, she has a good job and friends—though mostly surface-level—but she’s held herself at a distance. From family, friends, and living a life of joy. Loss has broken her heart but she’s forgotten who God is. He wants to carry her through the storms until the waters calm and the sun shines on her face again. If only she can trust him to do that.
***I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
The author skillfully achieves a sense of foreboding from the very beginning. Hero and Gulf Coast river bar pilot Josh Bergeron attempts to board a cargo ship in rough water and his foot slips off of the rung of the metal ladder. I am mostly a detective story reader and/or action-adventure. The most exciting parts of this novel for me were Josh’s scenes out on tumultuous seas.
Later in the story, we learn that heroine Maggie Marovich’s father, also a bar pilot and Josh’s mentor was swept away and lost during Hurricane Katrina. She left the Gulf Coast, never to return, but now her sister Cammie’s horrid accident and hospitalization forces Maggie back to their childhood home as another hurricane looms.
As a Christian reader, I appreciated the Bible verse that kept repeating: “Though he slay me, yet I will trust in Him.” Job 13:15
All of the characters were highly likeable and well developed in this emotional romance story. I’m not a romance reader and didn’t absolutely and totally fall into their lives. My favorite character was Aunt Ruth. I do recommend this novel to romance readers who enjoy a realistic, exciting clean read.