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This night not only marked the end to the drought, but also the end to the long-held secret we’d kept hidden under the magnolias.  

Magnolia, South Carolina, 1980
Austin Foster is barely a teenager when her mama dies giving birth to twins, leaving her to pick up the pieces while holding her six siblings together and doing her best to stop her daddy from retreating into his personal darkness. 

Scratching out a living on the family’s tobacco farm is as tough as it gets. When a few random acts of kindness help to ease the Fosters’ hardships, Austin finds herself relying upon some of Magnolia’s most colorful citizens for friendship and more. But it’s next to impossible to hide the truth about the goings-on at Nolia Farms, and Austin’s desperate attempts to save face all but break her.  

Just when it seems she might have something more waiting for her - with the son of a wealthy local family who she’s crushed on for years - her father makes a choice that will crack wide-open the family’s secrets and lead to a public reckoning. There are consequences for loving a boy like Vance Cumberland, but there is also freedom in the truth. 

T. I. Lowe’s gritty yet tender and uplifting tale reminds us that a great story can break your heart...then heal it in the best possible way.

©2021 T.I. Lowe (P)2021 Recorded Books

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  • 04-05-2021

Super narrator.Quick read Now go hug a kid.

You never know what is going on in other people’s homes. After listening to this, you just want to open your home to anyone/everyone who needs help. “Vance” is too good to be true, Austen is the family glue, each kid has a unique problem; and it all takes place in a town that has neighbors that get involved.

I’ve got one question though: who gave the family the pig??? (I must have missed this.)

Similar to Francine Rivers in writing styles with some religious undertones.

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  • bf
  • 26-05-2021

I didn't want it to end

I bought the Audible version with the intent of listening to it on my work commute. What should have taken at least a month to finish actually took a week. I developed a connection to the characters in the first chapter and I could not help but think about them during the day. I was satisfied with the ending- I just didn't want it to end! One of TI Lowe's best books yet!

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  • Rebecca Donald
  • 09-05-2021

Do yourself a favor... listen.

This was a treat to myself after. long year of reviewing books for my school library. So worth it. Indulge.

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