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Goodbye, Magnolia

Goodbye, Magnolia

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by Krista Noorman

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Wedding photography is Maggie's passion. The art of capturing a moment forever in time is magical to her, and she's worked hard to become the best of the best. Week after week, she works with couples as they plan their happily ever afters, but she hasn't been so lucky in love.

Behind the camera, it's easy to hide from the pain and rejection of her past. The life she


Wedding photography is Maggie's passion. The art of capturing a moment forever in time is magical to her, and she's worked hard to become the best of the best. Week after week, she works with couples as they plan their happily ever afters, but she hasn't been so lucky in love.

Behind the camera, it's easy to hide from the pain and rejection of her past. The life she has made for herself is safe and predictable, until the owner of a rival photography studio sets up shop in her small town and comes to her with an unexpected proposal. Suddenly, everything she has worked so hard to build is threatened and her simple, controlled life is thrown into chaos.

As she travels the state of Michigan photographing weddings, she struggles to keep her business afloat and the wall around her heart intact. But along the way, she learns more about loyalty and love than she ever imagined.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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Meet the Author

Krista Noorman is the author of the young adult novel, The Truth About Drew, and the contemporary romance, Goodbye, Magnolia. Most of her life has been spent scribbling away in journals, while documenting her every day life, but it wasn't until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen (or rather her computer keyboard) to fiction.

Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business, which was the inspiration for her novel, Goodbye, Magnolia. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband and their two children.

She writes about life, family, faith and whatever else comes to mind at bykrista.com.

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Goodbye, Magnolia 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
First of all... the title is just perfect. Goodbye, Magnolia just works on so many levels. I refuse to tell you why I think that though. I totally get Maggie. I just immediately felt connected with her. She reminded me of myself in a lot of ways. Really over thinking some things. Not seeing some other things that might be obvious to other people. Getting really focused on one aspect in her life and kind of neglecting other parts. I get her. And so I TOTALLY understood all of her feelings towards Simon. Hating him, liking him, lusting after him, still not being able to give up the reasons for hating him. The development of everything with them from the first page to the last was fabulous to me. It was real. It wasn't a pretty little romance. There was good and bad. Their was heat and there were arguments. Real. And Simon. Simon is the perfect guy that you love to hate but REALLY want him to be the good guy. You want him to be THE guy. For every bit of confusing guy... he was totally the open book. The back and forth was the frustration that I feel happen in real relationships. Loved it. I am so excited to see the second book in the Cornerstone series, Until Then , is due out in 2016. Can't wait to see where Krista Noorman takes the series.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story so much! I found the set up of the book to be an extremely unique and interesting way to take the reader through Maggie’s journey. The chapters form a timeline that runs throughout the book with important dates marking the sections of the story. I just loved that! Not only could I really understand how much time had passed between events, but it was very clear what particular activity was going on. The whole story is told from Maggie’s perspective. The reader actually never hears Simon Walker’s thoughts and sometimes I am not happy when that is the way a book is written. But, that was not the case here. It really worked well for this story. It made me question Simon and his motives, as well as making me less sure about what to expect as the story progressed. It was refreshing. These two characters have quite a few faults. What may frustrate some readers actually intrigued me. I wondered what Simon truly felt for Maggie and if he had changed any since his college days. I also questioned whether Maggie truly ever saw the real Simon or if she had a version of him she believed to be true and would not let him prove otherwise. I also loved all of the photography details and felt as if I was a part of the wedding shoots. These were great details that made the story come to life. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and didn’t want to set the book down! It was a fun and unique romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I am such a huge sucker for Hallmark Romance Movies and most weekends, you will find me watching the latest one just before my day comes to an end. Partly because I believe in happily ever after and love at first sight. Such is the case in my own life, and I've often said my fairytale came true when I met my husband. That is why I love a great romance novel. Guess what I found another amazingly talented author who knows just how to write a great romance too, Krista Noorman. In her latest novel, Goodbye, Magnolia, she takes readers into a college life between Maggie James and Simon Walker where they met at a Christian college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a photography class of all places. It is where she was given the nickname Canon by Simon, and they would have made quite the pair except that Simon was more of what most girls would have called a player. With good lucks, a knockout smile and more charm than a girls bracelet, Simon had more than enough girls interested in him throughout college, and it was enough to keep Maggie far away from the likes of one like Simon. Years later, as she is beginning her own wedding photography business in Hastings, she runs into Simon once again. It seems that his Uncle Pete, wants to give it a go at the photography business but unlike Maggie's photography style of capturing those once in a lifetime moments, Simon's is more your formal sittings. In fact, he is so sure, that they are at opposite sides of the wedding photography spectrum, he invites Maggie to help co-promote one another's business based on what each of their clients wants. It will garner them more publicity than if they go it alone, but Maggie believes she's wise to Simon's ways to put her out of business. That fact is even more solidified when her two friends, agree to hire Simon as their photographer as well as Maggie to get the best of both photography worlds. Maggie is so sure of everything she believes about just who Simon is, that she purposely goes out of her way to make sure they don't work together any more than they need to, but lately it seems like every photo shoot she has scheduled, Simon is right there with her. Coincidence or merely healthy competition? All Maggie knows is based on her past love life and heart break, she can NEVER trust another man especially one like Simon to ever get involved in her life. Will Maggie be resolved to always be the photographer at someone else's wedding or is there hope for love in her future where she doesn't expect it? Time will tell! I received Goodbye, Magnolia by Krista Noorman compliments of the author herself for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and aside from the free copy of the book, the opinions contained here are strictly my own honest and personal ones. This definitely needs to be picked up by Hallmark Movie Channel because it has all the right elements to make a successful movie. There are those moments of comedy when things don't exactly go off as planned, especially when it comes to capturing the perfect moment on film, to those tender heart felt moments where you are hoping against hope that they two will finally fall head over heels in love, and I applaud Krista's efforts to making this well worth the wait. Along the way, you meet some amazing characters such as Sarah, Maggie's assistant, DeDe, the wedding planner with all the right contacts, and even a guest appearance from Michael Bublè! Well worth every single on
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this one. The beginning had a choppy timeline, and I didn't feel like I had the chance to get to know or connect with Maggie's character until later in the book. (On a side note, the chapter titles identifying what would happen in that chapter with specific dates were distracting and disturbed the pacing for me.) As a photographer I loved the descriptions of her college photo class experiences- it made me remember my own. In Maggie's first encounters with Simon, she comes across as a heartless shrew. I understand not liking someone, but she was downright rude with no provocation. Later I realized it was a defense mechanism for Simon's charm, but it not only made me initially dislike Maggie, I also wondered what on earth he saw in her. As time passes Maggie's redeeming qualities become apparent, but she continues to be unaccountably rude to Simon. I enjoyed the last half of the book when she finally becomes civil and her vulnerabilities are revealed. The descriptions of wedding photography and its business are spot on; I could really sense the joy she received while photographing, but also the exhaustion that comes at the end of a long day on your feet and the endless hours in front of the computer editing photos later. Simon is a charming suitor for Maggie, but miscommunication, pride, and mixed signals on his part and lack of trust, thinking the worst of him, and jumping to conclusions on Maggie's part prevent them from establishing a true friendship despite the attraction that is building. Their thoughts and choices are sadly realistic, making life more complicated than necessary. The romantic moments together are amazing, but quickly followed by regret and one of them backpedaling (until the happy ending, of course!). Turning to God and renewing faith help them both find peace and balance, preparing them for a relationship with trust and hope for the future. (Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Goodbye, Magnolia is a heartwarming story that will leave a smile on your face! The story line is refreshing, engaging, and filled with endearing characters. I especially enjoyed the chemistry between Maggie and Simon; their banter was quite entertaining! Goodbye, Magnolia is light-hearted story, but it also shares a deeper inspirational message. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tale and look forward to reading more from Krista Noorman! I received a complimentary copy of Goodbye, Magnolia from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. I appreciate the opportunity to read this story and share my thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read! Since I know the author, and am familiar with the places she talked about in her book, the story became very personal and realistic.  Kris drew me in, and I found myself very drawn to the characters in the book. I read this book while on vacation, and it was hard to set down! I look forward to reading future books from this gifted writer! 
Samantha23 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. First off, this is Krista Noorman's second book and the first I've read. It's a sweet little book. I really liked how the story and the characters were developed. Each chapter is set at a precise date. There are also a lot of reference to cultural elements which really makes this story realistic. It's like I was back in 2009!  The characters were also fun since I could easily relate to them. Maggie went through some really rough times in her life and has a hard time letting go. I could picture myself in her situation wondering what would I do? How would I react? Even if I really enjoyed the book, there are two things that I found were a little deceiving. First, the fact that the book took place on a long period of time made me fell like I had missed on some elements from the characters evolution. It wasn't that bad and most of the time what had happen between two dates was summarized, but I still wished I could have read about it more. Second, I thought Maggie was sometime a little hard on Simon. She jumped to conclusions really fast and when he wanted to talk about it, she wouldn't let him tell his side of the story. Also Simon was always walking away without trying to talk about it. That bothered me a little because it seemed they had a big problem on the communication level. Although, there were two aspects of the book that bothered me a little, I still believe it was a great book. I really like the sweet little story and the communication seemed to be reestablished toward the end of the book. I would obviously recommend this book!
AMHeath More than 1 year ago
As a historical fiction fan and author, I find Krista Noorman's contemporary writing style, both, refreshing and heart warming. I love getting to know her down-to-earth characters through the trails of life. Goodbye, Magnolia is a sweet tale of dealing with life's disappointments and learning to follow God's plan. You'll find yourself falling in love and reaching for a cup of coffee.