The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories By Celeste Fletcher McHale

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“There’s 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 life—until her rescue boat went under water, along with Colin’s last name and pieces of Jacey’s 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 friend’s 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. He’s the preacher.

As Jacey’s memories come flooding back, it’s almost more than she can take. The fate of the young family trapped with them haunts her. The unwavering honesty—and support—of her best friend Georgia forces her to take a fresh look at herself. She’s spent her life afraid of love. But this flood is opening Jacey’s heart in the most unexpected ways.


My Thoughts:

I’ve read many books lately, but this has to be among my top 3 favorites- if not my absolute favorite! It’s well written and relatable. It draws the reader in and keeps them on the edge of their seat. I love that there are twists and turns that aren’t predictable.   The books stands alone and isn’t just another sappy love story that plays out like the rest.  I loved that about this book.

I love how Celeste Fletcher McHale  was able to make the characters so relatable. They are realistic, genuine, and well developed. I loved Jacey and Colin. Their story, their interactions, everything about them makes you want to cheer, cry, an even yell at times.  You will truly experience a wide variety of emotions as you get to know the characters, their story, and how it all plays out.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I definitely recommend adding this book to your list! You’ll read it cover to cover in no time and be left waiting for more! I didn’t want to put this one down and almost cried when I reached the last page.


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