A brief summary from Janet W. Ferguson:
Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.
The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.
Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?
Meteorologist Maggie Marovich can’t abide storms, particularly the destruction they reek along the coast. She aims to do everything in her power to protect people from storms, hence her job, in order to save them, something she couldn’t do for her own father. But when Maggie is called upon to visit her home on the coast before a hurricane is about to hit, fear grips her heart. Will Maggie be able to save her family before the storm hits? Or will her hurting past knock her overboard into a tumultuous sea of memories that she’s tried so hard to forget about?
Magnolia Storms will capture its readers with its vivid descriptions, heart-wrenching turmoil, and intricate and easily relatable characters. This is my first read of Janet’s works and I’m already adding her other books to my TBR list! Magnolia Storms is an impactful read, especially with all the hurricane devastation that hit the states this past season, and will leave readers contemplating the true values in life. Readers will adore this heartfelt novel, but word to the wise – keep those tissues close-by! 🙂
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Janet W. Ferguson in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.