- File Size: 2053 KB
- Print Length: 185 pages
- Publication Date: November 7, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0815XC4CT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen is an unexpected Southern delight with a romance that goes down as smooth as sweet tea. You don't want to miss this treasure!
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I am a sucker for any novel that features a Southern storyline, so I knew from the get go that <em>The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen</em> was right down my alley. However, this beautiful novel came to mean so much more to me, and I am proud to announce that it has made it on my Top Ten Books of All Time list - which is quite a feat. I haven't read a book this delectable in quite some time, and I am honored to share it with you.
The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen</em> by Ray Smith is largely about love and realizing that there is no age limit on one's dreams coming true. The novel follows Molly Valle, a forty eight year old woman who has been disrespected by men and has given up on love...that is, until she meets John Pressman, an activist who challenges her view on life, love, and most importantly, herself. While this novel is a romance, it also features adventure elements and forces the reader to experience self-realization along with Molly. I feel changed after reading this gorgeous novel, and I am so thankful to Ray Smith for sharing his imagination with me.
The novel begins with a rather angry and bitter Molly Valle, but as one reads on they witness the slow unfolding - or blooming - of this special woman. I couldn't help but empathize with Molly and encourage her as I saw a lot of myself in her. Smith's descriptions made Molly so realistic that it was hard for me to keep reminding myself that I was reading fiction. I adored seeing Molly re-open herself to love and find the happiness she so deserved.
Ray Smith's writing was poetic and flowed from each page like magic. His character development was flawless and reminiscent of the classics. I can see The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen easily becoming a treasured classic for years to come. It has earned my respect in so many ways,
If you are a fan of Southern romances with a twist of self-realization and adventure, then you simply must pick up <em>The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen.</em> It is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read, and it is bound to leave you changed. Enjoy!
Molly started on that journey after a chance meeting with John Pressman, who is her age and white, as she also is, and two young black students at a sit-in at her local diner.
RC gets enough of his story for the history paper, but thirty years later he meets up with Molly again. He is astounded she is still alive. He wants to learn more of the background, so perhaps he can finally write the book that has been his dream.
The author does a tremendous job weaving the past and present together by using three protagonists. He shows Molly as someone who has taught school for many years, but who doesn't realized the lasting impact she has made in so many lives.
John is shown as a man who has risen from poverty, but discovers that life holds many adventures and you have to be brave to help make change.
Many readers will be able to relate to RC. He gets to middle age and regrets that he did not fulfill the dreams he had for himself. We all need to recognize that no matter our age we can be content with life and see the positive.
Although I was only 10 in 1961, I lived through civil rights era of the 1960's. I still start to cry when I see videos and photos of the horror African-American endured during peaceful marches. It is ironic that as I write this there has been a new era of racism and police brutality. I can only pray that someday we can see each other as brothers and sisters. The author created the authentic atmosphere of Mississippi of the 1960's.
This is not always an easy book to read, but it will touch you on many levels and hopefully make you think more deeply.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.