Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Oh, the first chapters into Magnolia Market, I couldn’t help wishing that Avery could catch a break. Her late husband’s parents, the Broussards, are a ruthless set, and Samford’s small-town drama illustrates how prejudice comes in many forms, sometimes showing its face as classism. Even Avery’s way of viewing people hasn’t wholly escaped it.
However, enough friendly faces eventually come around to bring some hope into Avery’s plight and to make the small town feel more livable. Then, the way Avery springs into action, utilizing her talents, getting into her flow, and gathering the pluck to fight for a fresh start out of a desperate situation makes her an admirable heroine. The unfolding of her relationship with T.J., and even more so, I believe, her relationship with an unlikely new best friend, has a genuine feel and is enjoyable to watch.
And, of course, being the Seattleite that I am, I couldn’t help smiling at the references to Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, Mount Rainier, and even Red Delicious apples.
This is indeed a novel full of hope, with romance and humor along the way, showing how beautiful it is to find the courage to begin again.
Magnolia Market is second in the Trumpet & Vine series.