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The Misguided Souls of Magnolia Springs [Kindle Edition]

Olivia Darnell , Brendan Carroll
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A small town in Texas undergoes a remarkable series of changes when a couple of out-of-towners move in and open a tea shop in a rundown building. Everyone in Magnolia Springs is soon abuzz about the proprietors of the New Castle Gift Shop as it becomes apparent that something is unsettling about Mr. and Mrs. Aliger. A power company lineman, a police sergeant and a number of otherwise mild-mannered, country-fried characters try their hands at interpreting the strange actions and unusual behavior of their new neighbors. Things become curiouser and curiouser as the Aligers set up shop and begin making their rounds amongst the locals. Just why have they come to Magnolia Springs and what is on their hidden agenda? Could it be that the fate of the entire world might lie in the hands of a few unsuspecting souls in a sleepy little Texas Town?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Brendan Carroll; 2 edition (December 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00318D5VE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone WISHES they had neighbors like these!! February 3, 2010
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Ms. Darnell's wonderful book is such a breath of fresh air. The characters are eccentric and unique, and seeing the world through Peregrin "Perry" Aliger's eyes is not like looking through rose-colored's like strapping two telescopes to your eyes and viewing the galaxy. Through her creative descriptions, Ms. Darnell paints vivid pictures that you carry with you long after putting the book down. She makes you look at your neighbors differently and she revitalizes the way you regard relationships.
I thoroughly recommend this book, and absolutely can't wait till Ms. Darnell's next one comes out!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth another read! June 2, 2010
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I read this book months ago and neglected to write a review. Hopefully this will make up for that error!

The Misguided Souls of Magnolia Springs is a WONDERFUL book. So wonderful, in fact, that I'm getting ready to read it for the second time.

Writing is not my strength, but I wanted to say that Ms. Darnell captured the feeling of small town life quite well. When newcomers move to town they are a source of curiosity, and these particular newcomers are VERY mysterious! As I read this book I felt like I knew some of these characters personally, as though Ms. Darnell had come to the town I grew up in and written about some of my neighbors. I'm quite sure that anyone who grew up in a small town will feel the same way!

There are times when I need a book that will leave a smile on my face when I finish that last page. This is one of those books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable May 25, 2010
By bklvr
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I bought this book because it was recommended by Red Adept. I'm glad I did, I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to others.

Although I feel it could have been a tad bit shorter, it was well written, had very interesting characters and the plot moved well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 3/4 Stars March 29, 2010
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Overall: 4 3/4 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

The plot was an original idea and fairly unique in its execution. This is a difficult book to review as far as plot and storyline as I don't want to give any spoilers.

The book starts out with a few intriguing opening scenes that really made me want to keep reading. The storyline did progress pretty nicely, albeit at a slow pace, after those scenes. However, there were way too many extraneous scenes, sometimes entire chapters, that did not forward the storyline at all and just seemed to be added for speculation among the locals. There was plenty of speculating going on in the chapters that did forward the storyline without adding more.

The exceptional storyline did make plodding through these extra chapters worth my time. I just had to discover what was going on with the new neighbors, the Aligers.

My favorite parts of the story were the scenes where Perry Aliger gets confused with all of the English 'sayings.' These scenes really made me think about how often we say things without thinking of the literal meanings of the words.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Ms. Darnell excels at character development. Her novel is peopled with truly unique individuals. Each character has depth and is completely different in both personality and circumstances from every other.

There was a lot of imagination and thought put into each character. Ms. Darnell knows how to make the reader care about the characters and what happens to them.

Perry was one of my favorite characters, mostly stemming from what I mentioned above regarding his confusing with English colloquialisms.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The writing style was superb.
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More About the Author

I think I've been writing all my life. Even before I could actually write or print, I was making marks in the dirt or on paper with crayons, pretending that I was writing stories. When I was a young child, I couldn't wait to start school. Once I was in school, I couldn't wait to learn how to read and write. I remember driving my mother crazy reading to her over and over 'Run, Tip, run!' 'See Tip, run.' 'See Sally pet Tip.' I couldn't understand why she was not as interested in Tip's adventures in those first grade primers as much as I was and I think it was about then that I decided that I would need to write new and better adventures for Tip as soon as possible.

I never grew bored or tired of school. Of course, some of it was hard, especially the math classes as I progressed into high school and on to college. I never got along well with mathematics. And it was this problem with numbers that drove me further and further from my personal goals as I learned that I was never going to be an astronomer or an astro-physicist. I fell more in the humanities and literature crowd as fate would have it and excelled in composition. Well, duh! I wanted to be a writer so it seemed that hard core science was not for me, though I retain an acute interest in astro-physics, nuclear physics and other things that drive most people crazy. But these became more like hobbies over the years and I still enjoy listening to Michio Kaku expound upon the infinitudes of the cosmos.

I had several college professors who encouraged me to write or at least encouraged me to further my education in that direction. But again, fate intervened and I had to switch horses in mid-stream. I ended up with a degree in education, which isn't so bad as degrees go, but it does limit one's career. I mean it was hard to go to work for the USGS when the degree certificate said 'teaching' instead of 'engineering'. Alas, I drifted, unhappy, unsure of what I wanted to be until I was too old to make the decision. Life had made the decision for me. After a short stint teaching school, I left that stressful environment for another, stressful environment... that paid more. It was a job, I told myself, a temporary job until I really decided what I wanted to be when I grew up. (I was thirty-two at the time!)

Needless to say, I stayed with my government job and finally made a career of it. I can't say that it hasn't been interesting, but I can say that it was not a dream career.

Over the years, I continued dabbling in writing. Here and there, I banged out some fan fiction and some short stories. Got an agent, paid him some money and got nothing in return. Kind of like hiring a lawyer, letting him boss you around even though he works for you, right? And then finally losing the case in court. Not a good feeling. In fact, I was completely discouraged. I did send off manuscripts until I was broke from paying postage. They were all rejected and that was how I felt... rejected.

Finally, a friend told me about Kindle and the idea of self-publishing my work sounded like something I might like to try. It was free, it was fast and I had control of it. I wanted to see if anyone would read my work and so I went for it. Since then, I have published my first book on Createspace and learned that I do have an audience out there after all. I'm planning to bring some of my dusty tomes out of retirement and spiff them up in the near future. See what comes of it. Who knows? I could be mining gold out of my attic. One can only hope.

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