The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

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. You have to go. But a flood is opening Jacey’s heart in the most unexpected ways. 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. 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. He’s the preacher. As jacey’s memories come flooding back, it’s almost more than she can take. 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. 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. A southern novel full of friendships and finding love. There’s no time, ” Colin said.


The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. A must read for aLL girls, 18 to 80 Ladies southern lit society “McHale’s magnificently penned novel is a story which demonstrates the power of genuine female friendships. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way. Cba reviews“a delightful, and heart wrenching story that captures the beauty and essence of living in a small, heartwarming, southern town.

It will make you laugh out loud and make you cry and stay with you long after the read is done. Wow. Linda stasi, tv commentator for ny1, author of the sixth station as well as six nonfiction books, Columnist New York Daily News, What A Week “McHale’s debut novel is such an amazing surprise. Its humor, poignancy, and a dash of sass will touch the heart.

In the south you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am. You know everybody’s business. Now, as adults, they’re still almost inseparable as they life together: from the sometimes rocky path of marriage to the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws—from devastating pain to absolute joy.

Just when you think you’ve heard this song before, the music changes.

Hurricane Season: New from the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Hideaway

Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades. Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But when her free-spirited sister, jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks, ” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. From the author of the usa todaY bestseller The Hideaway comes a new story about families and mending the past. A poignant and heartfelt tale of sisterhood, motherhood, and marriage, Hurricane Season deftly examines the role that coming to terms with the past plays in creating a hopeful future.

But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom. When hurricane ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts.

Readers will devour this story of the hurricanes—both literal and figurative—that shape our lives. Kristy woodson harvey, national bestselling author of Slightly South of SimpleA full-length Southern Women’s Fiction NovelIncludes Discussion Questions for Book Clubs. While ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood.


But a shed fire, and the injuries it caused, changed everything. But now that she’s returned, she’s realizing things at home were not always what they seemed. Eva sutherland—known to all as lovey—grew up safe and secure in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by a rich literary history and her mother’s stunning flower gardens.

Bitsy became the homecoming queen and the perfect Southern belle who could do no wrong. But despite the risks, “family first, her father’s words, ” draw her back to the red-dirt roads of Mississippi. Lovey is quickly engrossed in a secret project—a memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise.

But at forty-five, lovey is feeling more alone than ever and questioning the choices that led her here. When her father calls insisting she come home three weeks early for her parents’ 50th anniversary, Lovey is at her wits’ end. Her older sister, Bitsy, blamed Lovey for the irreparable damage. Free from bitsy’s vicious lies, she became a successful advertising executive and a weekend yoga instructor, carving a satisfying life for herself.

As she helps create this sacred space, Lovey begins to rediscover her roots, the power of second chances, and how to live perennially in spite of life’s many trials and tragedies. But the landscaper who’s also working on it is none other than Fisher, the first boy she ever loved. All the while, lovey served as the family scapegoat, always bearing the brunt when Bitsy threw blame her way.

Glory Road

As three generations of women navigate the uncertain paths of their hearts and futures, one summer promises to bring change—whether they’re ready for it or not. At thirty-eight, after her failed marriage, garden shop owner Jessie McBride thinks her chances for romance are years behind her and, she’s fine with that.

And ben bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school days who’s known her better than anyone and whom she hasn’t seen in years, moves back to the red dirt road. Lauren denton has done it again!” —lisa patton, bestselling author of Rush and Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter“Once again Lauren Denton brings her lyrical writing and compelling characters to a story that will enthrall readers from page one.

Marybeth mayhew whalen, author of Only Ever Her and co-founder of She Reads, for Glory Road. But for these three strong southern women, the roots they’ve planted on Glory Road will give life to the adventures waiting just around the curve. Praise for glory road:“Brims with family, second chances, and new horizons.

Lisa wingate, new york times bestselling author of before We Were Yours“Rich colorful characters capturing my heart, combined with a story that kept me up till the wee hours,  Glory Road is a perfect read. At the same time, jessie’s mother, Gus, increasingly finds herself forgetful and faces a potentially frightening future.

In one summer, everything will change. She lives contentedly with her fiery mother and her quiet, headstrong daughter.

Wide Plank Porches

This book grabs you by the collar and drags you in to bear witness. Her sister, purdy, becomes desperate to take control and devises a sinister plan to rid the Parker’s of yet another family secret. Waters“the bonds between these women were so touching. Amazon customerthe parker women of Riverton, storytelling, North Carolina are known for three things: southern graces, and sassiness.

But janie’s upbringing has instilled a deeper faith in her than anyone realizes. But the parker legacy has never been what it seems and keeping up appearances has trumped the truth every time. A riveting read to the end. A. Just as charlotte is about to break the news of her plan to strike out on her own, her daughter, Janie, returns from college to announce she’s pregnant.

The second to some, would be considered outright lying, the last a surprise to those who view them as ladies with a gentle upbringing. Compelling and unexpected, faith, Wide Planked Porches is a moving novel that will make you rethink family duty, and fortitude. For fans of kathryn stockett the help and sue monk Kidd The Secret Life of Bees, a must-read for lovers of the South, and eavesdroppers who love to listen in on someone else's family drama.

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Things We Keep: A Lowcountry Novel

To build the life she wants, she’s forced to rely on herself and what she knows: the rich history of her city and her own hidden strength. It is 1953 in charleston, South Carolina and Eudora’s life is about to change. Eudora grace gadsden’s life has been planned for her since birth: private school, cotillion, social debut, and an engagement at the end of her Season.

But eudora is still a woman bound by the rules of her class and time. How far is she willing to go to create a different future? Generations of gadsden women have flourished in society, with these advantages, and Eudora’s life will be no different. But what if the life she’s expected to live is not the one she wants?When her attempts to change her destiny goes awry, Eudora finds herself alone, without the safety net she’d taken for granted all her life.

To deviate from the path set for her is to risk losing everything.

Aunt Sookie & Me: the sordid tale of a scandalous southern belle

All political correctness is buried alongside the dead corpse in the family vegetable garden in this riotous book. Aunt sookie & me: the sordid Tale of a Scandalous Southern Belle is irreverent, hilarious, and heartbreaking. Through the enlightened eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, the hilarity and insanity ensues.

From the best-selling author of A Faithful Son, this rollicking romp of a ride does not disappoint. Publishers weekly - booklife finalist*****indie brag award winner*****pinnacle book award winner*****shelf unbound notable 100 books*****biba star award*****book excellence Award Winner*****Golden Crown Winner*****Winner of The Beverly Hills Book Awards*****Winner of The Royal Dragonfly Awards*****New York Book Festival Finalist*****Five Star Readers' FavoriteYoung Poppy Wainwright feels much like a deck of cards, shuffled around from a boozing mother to a beloved grandmother.

Finally bussed to savannah, to live with her grandmother's cantankerous sister, Georgia, Sookie. But don't let the folksy and fresh recipe fool you, Garvin serves up a big helping of reality, cutting through small-town bigotry and bias.

The Summer House

Now she runs a tight ship, making sure the residents follow her strict rules. Lily and rose form an unlikely friendship, and Lily’s salon soon becomes the place where residents share town gossip, as well as a few secrets of their own. Sometimes it takes losing everything to find yourself again. Lily bishop wakes one morning to find a good-bye note and divorce papers from her husband on the kitchen counter.

But when lily shows up asking for a job and a place to live, Rose’s cold exterior begins to thaw. Lily even finds herself drawn to rose’s nephew, Rawlins—a single dad and shrimper who’s had some practice at starting over, and one of the residents may be carrying a torch for Rose as well. Neither lily nor rose is where they expected to be, but the summer makes them both wonder if there’s more to life and love than what they’ve lived so far.

. Having moved to alabama for his job only weeks before, Lily is devastated but forced to contemplate her next steps when she sees a flier at the grocery store for a hair stylist position in a local retirement community. Rose carrigan built the small retirement village of Safe Harbor years ago—just before her husband ran off with his assistant.

The summer house weaves lauren Denton’s inviting Southern charm around a woman’s journey to find herself. Rose keeps everyone at arm’s length, including her own family.

The Book Charmer

Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler. A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author, The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself.

When sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. The problem is, grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. Prepare to fall under its spell. To her, they breathe, books have always been more than just objects: they live, and sometimes they even speak.

In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book. If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. New york times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.

Sarah dove is no ordinary bookworm. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community.

The Hideaway

She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Amid drywall dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected. Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother.

In this usa today and amazon charts bestseller, alabama, by her grandmother’s will, Sara is wrenched back to Sweet Bay, where she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew in her life. After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay.

Instead, a motley crew of senior citizens, she learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering her grandmother’s best friends, still live there. Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career.

With help from mags’s friends, passion, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, and choices that changed her grandmother’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways. When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize the Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.

In the hideaway, lauren denton tells a gripping story of love and loyalty as Sara Jenkins must choose either to fight for the people she has come to love, or return to her life of solitude and simplicity. A story both powerful and enchanting: a don’t-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling.