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Jacey met the man of her dreams a year ago, and she hasn't seen him since. Finally relocating him as the pastor at her best friend's wedding was the last thing she expected. A year ago, Jacey was trapped on a rooftop during a flood with perfect strangers, including a family and a man named Colin. After two days there together, she had no doubt that Colin was the man of her dreams. When they were finally rescued, he tucked his number into her pocket, but an accident with the rescue boat left her hospitalized with amnesia and PTSD.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
"Theres no time," Colin said. "You have to go. Find me, call me . . ."
Jacey and Colin shared the three most intense days of their lives together, waiting for help as Mississippi floodwaters surrounded them. Jacey knew Colin was the love of her lifeuntil her rescue boat went under water, along with Colins last name and pieces of Jaceys memory.
The last thing she remembered was being submerged in water. Again.
As Jacey walks down the aisle as the maid of honor in her friends wedding a year later, the last person she expects to see is Colin. The biggest surprise, though, is that the man of her dreams is not wearing jeans and flip-flops as he did when he held her through those long nights of the flood. Hes the preacher.
As Jaceys memories come flooding back, its almost more than she can take. The fate of the young family trapped with them haunts her. The unwavering honestyand supportof her best friend Georgia forces her to take a fresh look at herself. Shes spent her life afraid of love. But this flood is opening Jaceys heart in the most unexpected ways.
Celeste Fletcher McHale lives on her family farm in Central Louisiana where she enjoys raising a variety of animals. Her hobbies include writing, football, baseball, and spending much time with her grandchildren. Website: fletchermchale.wordpress.com Facebook: FletcherMcHale Twitter: @FletcherMcHale
'McHale has a way of creating characters who are believably flawed and human. Her wit and hilarity are perfect matches for the heartfelt romance in this winsome book.'
This interesting take on a different type of post-traumatic stress and how it may be overcome with faith, love, and friendship would be a good read for fans of Beth K. Vogt.
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories Celeste Fletcher McHale (4.5-5 Stars)May 7, 2017Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Stranded on a rooftop during a devastating Mississippi flood, Jacey becomes attached to her fellow survivors, a poor mother, her four sons, and a man named Colin. Over the course of three days, Jacey and Colin formed an indescribable bond forged by their life-and-death situation. When a chance at rescue separates Jacey and Colin, they promise one another that they will reunite, only to have their contact information and Jaceys memory wiped away in a tragic accident in the flood waters. A year later, Jacey and Colin are unexpectedly reunited at a friends wedding. Jaceys faulty memory, triggered by her tragic accident, begins to return after talking with Colin and reestablishing their relationship in the normalcy of their real lives. However, the flood waters were not the only complication that Colin and Jacey encountered in the years prior. To move forward, each must have faith to overcome their previous challenges and fears, even if it means setting aside the relationship that they each have sought to relocate after the flood.
Ms. McHale shows herself to be a resonant voice in Southern fiction, writing in a style that reaches beyond traditional Christian fiction and into the real world challenges of everyday people. The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories will leave readers wanting far more of Ms. McHales stories.
Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories! After reading Ms. McHales debut novel, The Secret of Hummingbird Cake, I was left unsure as to whether she could ever write another story of equal caliber. In The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories, she shows herself to be an incredible (and surprisingly consistent) storyteller. The novel features complex and compelling characters faced with incredible, yet realistic, challenges, leaving the reader reflecting on the story long after it ends. While some aspects of the novel may fall outside of the norm for Christian contemporary fiction, Ms. McHales story offers a fresh and genuine tale that will resonate with a Christian audience. Additionally, the storyline, including the characters faults and challenges, will also ring true for a general readership. In this purely Southern tale, Ms. McHale offers an insightful look at the true meaning of redemption and second chances, whether for a family, marriage, friendship, or romantic relationship.
Special thanks to the author (Celeste Fletcher McHale) and BookLook Bloggers for the advanced copy of The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog