“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.
GENRE: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017
Since the magnolia features so prominently in the title and cover of McHale’s latest novel, I thought it would be fun to take a look at this blossom to learn more!
- Anytime I hear the word “magnolia”, the very first thing I think of is this scene from Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975). I
may or may nottotally do say it this way, too.
- Magnolias are a group of over 100 flowering plants, native to Asia as well as North, South, and Central America.
- Magnolias can be evergreen or deciduous trees and can grow as big as 80 ft (24 metres) tall with a spread of up to 40 ft.
- Magnolias are named after Pierre Magnol, who was a French botanist.
- Magnolias are the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi
- Magnolia has dark green, oval shaped leaves that are covered with layer of wax and have a leathery texture.
- The blossoms can be pink, white, red, purple or yellow – depending on variety – and have a perfumed, almost citrusy/lemony scent.
Want to smell like a magnolia blossom?
Thomas Nelson Publishers are graciously offering a double book giveaway to one of my readers! (US only) Winner will receive one (1) finished copy of The Secret to Hummingbird Cake (info below the Rafflecopter) by Celeste Fletcher McHale and one (1) ARC (advanced reader copy) of her new book, The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is subject to RimSP’s giveaway policies which can be found here.
What about you? What’s your state flower?
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
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When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.
In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family— even if the threat is something you cannot see.
In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.