Wednesday, September 7, 2022

UNDER THE MAGNOLIAS by T. I. Lowe, Reviewed by Kim

Under the Magnolias is my first T. I. Lowe story. I had been hearing so much about this author lately that I decided to grab this book when I saw it. I am so glad I did! This story sucked me in from the first page! It is coming-of-age, southern, romantic fiction at its finest. I’m so glad I took a chance on a new to me author.

After her mother passes away during childbirth, Austin Foster, who is barely a teenager herself, becomes the caregiver for her siblings and her dad, who has severe grief and depression. Austin sacrifices so much for her family. She takes each hit as they come and just keeps going. I loved Vance and how he refused to give up on Austin. While this story is weighty and Austin can be understandably prickly at times, the eclectic group of characters, their relationships, and the faith thread in this story makes Under the Magnolias quite simply a beautiful read.

I am so glad I read this story. It is sure to stick with me for a long time. Highly recommended.

*I purchased this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is medium. 5 stars! 
BackCover Blurb: 

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.
Tyndale Publishing, May 2021
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