Caramel and Magnolias

Caramel and Magnolias

by Tess Thompson

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A woman desperate for a family finds herself the center of a murder investigation in this captivating tale from USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson.
Sylvia wants nothing more to be a mother, so when an unorthodox arrangement presents her with the opportunity, she jumps at the chance -- no questions asked. But her dream-come-true quickly unravels when a pregnant teen is murdered and the case hits far too close to home.
As Detective Peter Ball pieces the crime together, his sleuthing threatens to destroy Sylvia's family in a web of darkness and deception that uncovers an illegal adoption. Though he's simply doing his job, he may be forced to rip motherhood from Sylvia's grasp.
USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson serves up suspense with important life lessons in this unforgettable read that reminds us all of the possibilities that await in both life and love. That is, if we're brave enough to accept them.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159019653
Publisher: Tess Thompson
Publication date: 02/24/2018
Series: Legley Bay Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 253,622
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Like most of her characters, Tess Thompson hails from a small town and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.

She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids and five cats. Pray for her.

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Caramel and Magnolias 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the continued story line.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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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