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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale is a wonderfully told story with a unique twist on the typical romance storyline. Jacey survived a horrible Mississippi flood, while meeting the love of her life (Colin), and is now dealing with amnesia and PTSD. A year after the flood, she meets back up with her soulmate in a most unexpected way. He is the minister at her best friend's wedding.

The southern setting and precocious characters are described beautifully. Jacey's friendship with Georgia and Willow is beautifully portrayed, with Georgia's blunt honesty keeping Jacey in check. Her loyal friendship is such a big part of the story, and I enjoyed getting to know Georgia just as much as Jacey.

McHale does an excellent job of writing Jacey's PTSD experiences, pulling the reader into each moment with Jacey. The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories flows along so nicely, I got immersed in the story right away as if I were watching a movie. The relationship between Jacey and Colin unfolds in a compelling way, but it does not take over the story. There is a nice balance between this relationship and time spent with other parts of Jacey's life.

Well worth spending time with, The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories is a sure bet for summer reading.

The publisher provided a review copy of The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories.