Have a fab new book to share with you today which I was lucky enough to be sent by the wonderful Rachel’s Random Resources. I seem to have a few books on the go at the minute and haven’t actually finished one in a while, so it was good to pick this one up and find it a page turner!
Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody. Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change.
Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves. A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.
When I first read the blurb and started reading I was getting serious ‘The Notebook’ vibes of small town romance between two unlikely people. However, in it’s own right, this book tells a wonderful story. The author writes beautifully and really helps set up the story for you with lovely descriptions of the setting and fantastic character development. I loved the language she uses in the story, I think this helps set it apart from the everyday ‘chick-lit’ which is something I really liked about it.
I thought the characters were great and the author did a really good job of developing them all, especially Cotton and Maggie, although it was good to see the ‘supporting cast’ represented so well. This is her debut novel and it is really impressive – I can’t wait to see what else she brings out!
I don’t like giving away spoilers in my reviews so don’t want to give too much of the story away but if you are a fan of great writing and romance then this is one for you and comes recommended!
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Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish. Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cat, thinking the Internet loves him as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved. The Guilt of a Sparrow is her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love. Her second book, Fierce Grace, follows similar themes in a whole new way, and will be available later in 2018.
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I was gifted this book in return for an honest review – all opinions are my own