Into Magnolia: Sandy Cove Series Book 3

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Amber Gamble sat on the floor beside her bed. I hate them. All of them, she thought to herself.

As Michelle Baron ascends the steps of Magnolia Middle School, her life is about to change forever. The dream of becoming a teacher leads her on an unexpected journey that will challenge her professionally and personally. Although 180 students file through her classroom daily, one demands her attention more than the others. Living in her third foster home in a year, Amber's bitterness...

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Overview

Amber Gamble sat on the floor beside her bed. I hate them. All of them, she thought to herself.

As Michelle Baron ascends the steps of Magnolia Middle School, her life is about to change forever. The dream of becoming a teacher leads her on an unexpected journey that will challenge her professionally and personally. Although 180 students file through her classroom daily, one demands her attention more than the others. Living in her third foster home in a year, Amber's bitterness and rebellion spark a challenge within Michelle to somehow make a difference in this troubled girl's life.

Meanwhile, Michelle's daughter develops a series of unexplainable bruises. A stunning visit to the pediatrician reveals frightening possibilities. While Michelle tries to hold her fears at bay, Amber approaches her with a daunting crisis of her own.

Into Magnolia reveals the internal struggles and triumphs of a dedicated teacher, and the power of love to transform lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449786076
  • Publisher: WestBow Press A Division of Thomas Nelson
  • Publication date: 3/4/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    Very intense book, a good read that keeps moving.  In this third

    Very intense book, a good read that keeps moving.  In this third book in the Sandy Cove series, Michelle has her teaching certificate and is starting her first year of teaching middle-school children.  Amber comes into her class and needs some TLC, she has had a rough life.  Michelle wants to reach out to all her students and make a difference in their lives, but she has a special heart for Amber.  Michelle tries reaching out to Amber while still trying to be a good teacher, a good mother and a good wife.  My only issue with the book was that Amber's pregnancy and ultimate idea for a solution were predictable, but in sprite of that fact, this book show teenage pregnancy, the foster care system and what a young teenager would go through in that situation in depth and with a loving heart.  I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Into Magnolia p

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    Into Magnolia picks up about five years after the second book in the Sandy Cove series, Through the Tears. Michelle and Steve now have a five-year-old daughter, Michelle is in her first year teaching at Magnolia Middle School, and Steve’s job is going well at the law firm. This book centers around one of Michelle’s problem students, Amber Gamble. As Michelle hears about the difficult issues in Amber’s personal life, she starts reaching out to her to try to help. Would this cause problems for Michelle and her family? In the meantime, Michelle and Steve start seeing bruises on her daughter with no explanation of where they came from. 

    I like that Rosemary Hines created Amber Gamble and how she let Amber deal with her issues through anger and getting into trouble in school. She has to learn at a very early age the consequences of her rebellion. The way Amber warmed up to Michelle was so very heartwarming, and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey through her issues and the difficult decisions she had to make. Amber Gamble turned out to be an amazing young lady, and I was very proud of her!

    Overall, this is an awesome series. Michelle’s story is exciting and interesting and once you start reading the first book, you just have to read the other two. I highly recommend Into Magnolia and the Sandy Cove series if you enjoy a good, clean Christian story to read! And oh, I really appreciate Ms. Hines so clearly explaining how that when we give our lives to the Lord, that He will be there for us, whatever we go through. We just need to Trust Him.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    The third book in Rosemary Hines¿ Sandy Cove series, Into Magnol

    The third book in Rosemary Hines’ Sandy Cove series, Into Magnolia, continues Michelle Baron’s story. Michelle is about to embark on her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. The school was clean, the floors were polished, the bulletin boards were decorated, and Michelle’s emotions soared with anticipation of the year ahead.
    Amber Gamble is a little rougher around the edges than the average Magnolia Middle School student. Her father left their family, her mother was in and out of drug rehab and psychiatric hospitals, and here she was in her third foster home in the last year. Mrs. Baron was hoping her first year of teaching would not involve having to deal with such a difficult student. After all, she had some serious issues to deal with in her own family when doctors suspect a serious illness in her young daughter. Michelle soon finds herself drawn to this young lady. As their relationship improves, Amber confides in her teacher about some issues she is facing in her life. Determined to help Amber realize her own worth, Mrs. Baron steps in to help her make good, informed decisions for herself. Although her husband is reluctant, Michelle eventually invites Amber to attend church with her family. Michelle was trying to offer Amber a support system and could remember how much attending church meant to her during some troubling times in her own life. She knew that God was giving her the opportunity to make a difference in Amber’s life. Amber is amazed that her teacher would step into her life as her friend and mentor; after all, it seemed that nobody else cared what happened to her.
    Michelle finds herself equally surprised when Amber makes a choice that involves her family. How could they go through this again after the way it turned out the first time? Could Michelle, and her husband, Steve, subject their relationship and their family to the possibility of disappointment again? Or was this divine appointment from God? While reading Jeremiah 29:11, one of her favorite verses, Michelle realizes that God has a plan. Now, she needed to figure out what her part in that plan was. After seeking advice from her godly grandfather, she is reminded that God does not use a spirit of fear to guide us. Therefore, she needed to lay aside her fear in order to hear from God.
    This book is a beautiful reminder of the work that God will do in our lives when we simply step back and trust. Trust His leading, trust your calling, and trust his Word. The characters become real in the first book of the series and remain alive, while continuing to add depth to the story through additional characters. Rosemary Hines has become one of my new favorite authors. I love her use of effective scripture and biblical principles within the context of her writing.
    To follow Michelle‘s story from beginning to end, be sure to also read Out of a Dream and Through the Tears as well as this title.
    I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation has been provided.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Into Magnolia, Book 3 of Sandy Cove Series by Rosemary Hines Ros

    Into Magnolia, Book 3 of Sandy Cove Series by Rosemary Hines
    Rosemary Hines has written a great book about teenage pregnancy. First year teacher Michelle Baron lifelong dream has finally become a reality, she has finally become a teacher. Amber Gamble is facing the biggest tribulation of her life. Her mother is unfit to care for her and her younger brother so they are placed in the foster care system. Her life seems to be spiraling out of control. Like any teens placed in her situation she is hurt and angry. Her rebellion leads to an unplanned pregnancy. When the classroom brings teacher Michelle and student Amber together they are off to a rocky and turbulent start. Are prayer, hard work, sacrifice and perseverance enough to reach a troubled child all the while trying to carry the heavy load of a new job and home life? You will have to read the rest of the story to find out. Rosemary Hines characters are brought to life with realistic traits of compassion, dedication, and faith. Goes to show you how relationship are meant to be lived by obeying the whispers of the Holy Spirit, if only all teachers would follow this model of true dedication. Any student would be blessed to have a teacher like Michelle portrayed in the book, Into Magnolia.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

    As a former school teacher of elementary and middle grades, this

    As a former school teacher of elementary and middle grades, this book really touched my heart in a tremendous way.  Michelle Baron, the main character, makes a huge impact on her students' lives and she takes the most troubled students and makes them part of her heart.  Rosemary Hines also deals sensitively with the issue of foster homes.   I love how Rosemary incorporates faith into her writing.   This book is inspiring and uplifting.   
    I received a free copy from a giveaway on the author's blog.  Thank you so much!  

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