The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale (review by Cathy)

The Sweet Smell of magnolias


About the book:


Jacey met the man of her dreams a year ago—and hasn’t seen him since. Finally relocating him as the pastor at her best friend’s wedding was the very 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 phone number into her pocket. But an accident with the rescue boat left her hospitalized with amnesia and PTSD . . . and his number nowhere to be found.

Now, Jacey has still only recovered bits and pieces of her memory from that time. She clearly remembers Colin—but not his last name or any other details that would help her locate him. She’s trying to immerse herself in the joy of her best friend’s wedding . . . when she looks up at the end of the aisle only to discover Colin there in the minister’s role. Shock is an understatement.

On one hand, she’s elated to see him again. And then reality sets in. She never intended to get married or have kids. And being a minister’s wife was definitely never on her list. Was Colin not the man she thought he was? Or has the amnesia changed her more than she realized?

With the typical wit and honesty Celeste Fletcher McHale is becoming known for, it’s time for Jacey to take a fresh look at her life. Could this string of unexpected events have been setting her up for something far better than what she had planned for herself?

Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Thomas Nelson
My review (4-stars)
I had been eagerly anticipating this book after having read, The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by this author.  I was thrilled when I saw the cover of The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories and couldn’t wait to start reading it once I had it in my hands.
I have to say that it took awhile for me to become interested in the story of Jacey and Colin, but once I did, it became  a fast read.  I find authors humor very much  to my liking and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy work so much.  She infuses humor in the most serious situations.
My favorite character is Georgia, the best friend  of Jacey,  She really doesn’t pull any punches and will speak her mind, no matter what.   All of the characters have a lot to overcome in their lives and with faith anything is possible.
I found myself  laughing at times and  feeling a bit sad, too, which I consider that a bonus when a book can make you feel those emotions.
I received this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.

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