Caramel and Magnolias

Caramel and Magnolias

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by Tess Thompson
     
 

Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child - until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.

Just as Sylvia begins to

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Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child - until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.

Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.

Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love - if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.

A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it's never too late to reawaken the heart.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935961826
Publisher:
Libertary Co.
Publication date:
01/16/2013
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011, she released her first novel, �Riversong�, which subsequently became a bestseller.

Like her main character in �Caramel and Magnolias�, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches.

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Caramel and Magnolias 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a great read with just the right blend of mystery, love and friendship! The pull of emotions as people reflect on their lives of loss, love and betrayal makes you really feel for the characters. Combined with the mystery involved, it really is a page turner! This was one of those books I really didn't want to put down until I finished it! I recommend getting this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book..so much so that I had a hard time putting it down! Tears for the happiness, tears for the loss, & tears for the joy. Wonderful!
cinchase More than 1 year ago
Remarkable story! I enjoyed the book and the characters were very believable. The story brings out emotions that might have been tucked away in our hearts as we deal with the lost love and loved ones. Toss that in with a little bit a mystery for an awesome story.
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Reviewed by: Angie Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Caramel and Magnolias is about much more than a dubious lawyer who heads an equally dubious adoption agency. Caramel and Magnolias is about four people who are quite content to sit on the sidelines and watch life – and love – pass them by until a young girl’s disastrous decision brings them all together and forces them all to reevaluate their lives. It’s about healing and leaving the past where it belongs…in the past. It’s about taking that first tentative step into the world while holding your breath as you peek around the corner to see if this is really worth it or not. And love is definitely worth it. In the beginning you meet Alicia, a young poverty-stricken girl who wants to fly under the radar and be as invisible as possible to everyone. I connected with her instantly and adored her for the short time we’re given a peek into her life. I wanted to hug her and tell her that life does get better once you’re past the pettiness of high school. Cleo is a great main character who is tenacious, yet scared to live outside of her comfort zone. When it comes to protecting her best friend, Sylvia, she threw caution to the wind and did what needed to be done. That’s what true, deep friendship is all about. Sylvia and Nick I wanted to slap upside the head. How could he not see that she was trapped in a loveless marriage? Why couldn’t she see what had always been in front of her face? Ah, I do love a couple of knuckleheads that need to walk through the fire before they get to the other side. However, I did find their story a little too neat and tidy, but enjoyable all the same. Peter and Jack made me wanna dive through my Kindle screen and hug them both. Aggie and Louise were great characters that you don’t get to see enough of. In fact, I’d love to see spin-offs of their stories! And Stewie! Oh I loved that mischievous little cat! Malcolm I could see through almost immediately. He was just too…blasé. But on the other hand, I could understand how he felt…he just really should have told Sylvia sooner. Alva is creepy and I’m really kind of glad she’s such a minor character. Scott, while creepy as well and made me feel like I needed to shower with Brillo pads, also made me feel sorry for him in the end. He just really wanted to be noticed and do the right thing; unfortunately he went about it entirely wrong. I highly enjoyed this book that was a bit out of my own personal comfort zone and look forward to reading more by this talented and thoughtful author.
The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
Caramel Captured Me I won Caramel and Magnolias by Tess Thompson From Isi, one of my favorite book bloggers who lives across the globe. I had a feeling I would like it because I trust her judgment, and I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed. Told from the viewpoints of three different characters, Caramel and Magnolias is not the simple love story that I expected it to be based on the title. While the book does emphasize loss and renewed love, the driving force behind the story is the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young girl and the butterfly effect that results. One of the reasons I was so drawn into this book was that it was filled with random little details that I could relate to. There are references to Law & Order (my favorite show), the brothers have the same names as some brothers in my family, I love the name Madison, there’s an Allison, and one of the character’s favorite driving snacks is cheddar popcorn (I’m a big SmartFood popcorn fan). I know the author wrote these details with absolutely no intent of speaking to me directly, but the number of similarities drew me in. It is for these reasons that I am able to overlook some of the cheesier portions of the love story and the rose-colored glasses that the reader looked through. What could have been a very dark read was, in fact, a lighter read and easy to get through. I’m not a big mystery fan, so I’m not sure that I would have enjoyed the book better if it was heavier on the doom and gloom, but there were some parts that were so unrealistically optimistic that I unconsciously scoffed (or so my husband says). Regardless, I really enjoyed the book. What could have been a very heavy novel was transformed into a light page turner with a dash of mystery. As the weather warms up, I recommend this as a weekend beach read!
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Uainejade More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book.  The plot was riveting, the characters were believable and endearing.  I am not normally into mysteries, but the suspense was just enough to keep me from putting the book down until it was finished.
ChesapeakeCon More than 1 year ago
So predictable, boring and poorly written. The "couldn't put it down reviews" must have been written by love-struck teenagers. Perhaps there should be an age-range for reviewers, e.g., 16-25, 26-35 and so on....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable read. Nothing too heavy, but enough twists and believable charachters to keep you involved and interested. Recommend!
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