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  • Posted July 23, 2014

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    Magnolia City is the work of debut author Duncan W. Alderson and

    Magnolia City is the work of debut author Duncan W. Alderson and sure to please with its descriptive words as fragrant as the flowers one envisions.
    Travel through the lookingglass to Houston, Texas in the late 1920’s, post war and amidst the oil boom that was sure to make almost anyone rich. We will follow the life of one Esther (Hetty) Allen a headstrong and outspoken woman with progressive thoughts destined to find the happiness (and riches) she deserves. Hetty, the oldest daughter of Kirby (Kirb) Allen, who himself is descended from the famous “Allen” brothers who discovered Houston and although bank President of Citizen’s Bank of South Texas is regaled to living in the prestigious Warwick Hotel hoping to one day to find himself housed in a mansion at Courtland Place, home of the old cotton barons. Together, Kirb and his gorgeous but mysterious wife, Nella Ardra Allen feel they have a sure fire plan to gain the step up into high society they desire; the pawn in this scheme being their daughter, Hetty. Although Hetty has eyes for the heir of Splendora Oil, Lamar Rusk and can see her future living in the lap of luxury, a chance encounter with a handsome stranger at the annual gathering of high society, the famed No-tsu-Oh Carnival may change things. While the revelers crowd the ballroom in elaborate costumes, Garrett (Mac) MacBride in his wildcatters garb and fancy car sets off something in Hetty she is wont to ignore. The tale spun with passages of greed, treachery, heartbreak and prejudice all mixed together with the undercurrent of societal snobbery also contains the grit and determination to make it through. Secrets untold will unfold as Hetty makes her way. Magnolia City also contains the romance that wraps around you like a gossamer magenta sheet and holds you spellbound swinging from a hammock at sunset on the Gulf coast. The story written from Hetty’s point of view contains such insight one needs to be reminded that our author is male. Sensual scenes draw the reader to read page after page while the enticing cover adds the final ribbon to the package that will prove irresistible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    OK but not historical fiction.

    This is a formula romance. It is a check list: female character is "superwoman", male love interest is weak without her, rich are awful, religion is awful, historical information is one sided without facts just opinion, and graphic- rather out sex- added here and there. If you want a great historical fiction, read "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. It is based on documented facts, with strong and noble male and female characters. This book is a ten star book.

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    Posted June 5, 2014

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