Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale

Posted May 25, 2017 by meezcarrie in Celeste Fletcher McHale, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 58 Comments

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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.

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017
PAGES: 320

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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 not totally 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.
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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.

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What about you? What’s your state flower?

about the author

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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“Why won’t you just tell me what’s in that cake?” I’d been trying to get Laine’s recipe for years. We all had.

 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.


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58 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale

  1. Martha T.

    The state flower of Iowa is the Wild Rose.We have some blooming in our yard right now!

  2. Allison

    Love this post so much! Especially like trying to smell like a magnolia (they have one of the BEST natural fragrances!).

  3. Lori Smanski

    Illinois state flower is the violet. i loved the apple dumpling gang. it was so fun. one of those that i passed on to our children. some interesting facts about magnolias. thanks for sharing. this sounds like a fun book

  4. Maria Babich

    Maryland’s state flower is the Black Eyed Susan. If you watched the Preakness horse race last Saturday you saw a blanket of those flowers placed on the back of the winning horse. The race takes place in MD!

  5. Winnie Thomas

    The state flower of Utah is the Sego Lily. The bulb part is edible, and some of the early settlers of the state were saved from starvation by cooking and eating them.

  6. Vivian Furbay

    Colorado’s state flower is the columbine. I have seen yellow, blue and lavender ones.

  7. Valerie Stoj

    The Nebraska state flower is Goldenrod. “There is probably not a nook or corner of the state where one or more of the numerous species of goldenrod are not found. … It has a long season, and nothing could better represent the hard endurance of Nebraska’s pioneers.”

  8. Paula S.

    Missouri state flower is the white hawthorn blossom . We have a lot of Magnolias around and some of them had blooms too early because of a warm- up too soon. It was an interesting post!

  9. Lisa Hudson

    I’m from MISSISSIPPI & proud to say the MAGNOLIA is our State Flower!! My husband is from Louisiana, the neighboring state with the MAGNOLIA as its State Flower!

  10. Meredith Miller

    Florida’s state flower is the Orange Blossom. They smell great when the groves are in bloom.

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