2022 Christy Award Finalist!
This night not only marked the end to the drought, but also the end to the long-held secret wed kept hidden under the magnolias.
Magnolia, South Carolina, 1980
Austin Foster is barely a teenager when her mama dies giving birth to twins, leaving her to pick up the pieces while holding her six siblings together and doing her best to stop her daddy from retreating into his personal darkness.
Scratching out a living on the familys tobacco farm is as tough as it gets. When a few random acts of kindness help to ease the Fosters hardships, Austin finds herself relying upon some of Magnolias most colorful citizens for friendship and more. But its next to impossible to hide the truth about the goings-on at Nolia Farms, and Austins desperate attempts to save face all but break her.
Just when it seems she might have something more waiting for herwith the son of a wealthy local family who shes crushed on for yearsher father makes a choice that will crack wide-open the familys secrets and lead to a public reckoning. There are consequences for loving a boy like Vance Cumberland, but there is also freedom in the truth.
T. I. Lowes gritty yet tender and uplifting tale reminds us that a great story can break your heart . . . then heal it in the best possible way.