Magnolia Lake

Magnolia Lake

by Emily Paige Skeen

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ISBN-13: 9781530434596
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/09/2016
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Magnolia Lake 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Danele More than 1 year ago
I read TONS of books. Sometimes, I read as many as twenty books a month. Some books are dull, some are okay, and some are fabulous. In my opinion, Magnolia Lake fits the fabulous category. I really enjoyed this story! The characters were well developed, and I had such a great time watching them change and grow throughout the story. The author was so smart in how she handled Cora, the main character. In the beginning, Cora was nice but slightly shallow. As the story progressed, I could literally see Cora maturing. By the end of the book, Cora was someone I could really respect. This was more than just a coming of age story; this was a salute to every person who has ever survived a tragedy and allowed it to make them a better person. I admire an author who takes the time to add deeper layers to their story, and this author employed foreshadowing and symbolism to make her story shine. Magnolia Lake made me laugh, groan, shiver, and even cry. The writing style was clear, entertaining, and easy to read. The suspenseful parts caught me by the throat, and the ending was so satisfying that I had to sigh. When I read the final page, all I could say was, WOW!
LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
The girl who has everything gets more than she bargained for. The last year of high school is fraught with nerves and romantic tension as one girl becomes a young woman with all the responsibilities and choices involved. Cora is the girl with it all—looks, car, money, captain of the football team boyfriend, and two parents intact who love her and her boyfriend. Those who aren’t friends, well…they have their own cliques, and those who are friends get to have lunch together, plan prom, parties, and dates. And one of those so-called friends wants something Cora has, and does her best to grab it. At the start of the school year in which Cora has it all arranged to share every moment with her boyfriend Jeff, an unusual creepy feeling and some out of the ordinary actions cause her to wonder at the underlying tension. When the tension becomes an act of betrayal, Cora’s real friends rally around her, helping her learn who to trust, who to rely on, and how to read the signs of true love and respect. When betrayal turns criminally dangerous, Cora and her friends and parents walk in faith to try to save her. The story of developing relationships and practical friendship, even some lessons on parenting thrown in, Skeen’s debut novel for the young adult set is a good read. Told in southern belle charm from Cora’s side, Magnolia Lake is a charming story for readers both looking forward to the end of high school and those looking back.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Magnolia Lake is a novel written by Emily Paige Skeen. Seventeen-year-old Cora Stephens is the cheerleading squad captain at Davis High, situated in the southern parts of Georgia. Having dated the school’s quarterback, Jeff Colton for the past two years, she thought she had it all. That changed the day she caught Jeff cheating on her with one of her closest friends. After breaking it off with Jeff, Cora’s former boyfriend and best friend, Landon Jester, stands by her side, supporting her through the grief. The arrival of a new neighbor, Rex, leaves Cora smitten, much to Landon’s dismay. After a huge fight, Cora and Landon stop talking, but things quickly change when Cora realizes how much she misses her best friend. Jeff’s constant flirting with girls in an attempt to make Cora jealous falls flat, but he becomes infuriated when he realizes that Cora truly is no longer in love with him. Suddenly he becomes her stalker, abuser, and much worse, determined that if he cannot have her, nobody can. Her eighteenth birthday is not far away, but whether she lives that long is another matter altogether. Never has a book pulled me in so many different directions before. Magnolia Lake made me laugh in many places, while also making me gasp with shock while shedding shed a tear. Emily Paige Skeen’s tale reached from one extreme to the other, starting with the life of a princess and ending in a girl’s worst nightmare. It was wonderful to see the world through Cora’s eyes and I was able to connect easily with each of the characters, with Jeff being the obvious exception. I very much enjoyed this book and recommend Magnolia Lake to teenage and adult readers who enjoy a great romance, served with a side of action, drama, comedy ... and real life social issues which pack a punch.
VPCaine More than 1 year ago
As her senior high school year begins, Cora Stephens has it all, great friends, a football star boyfriend, and an amazing year planned. When her boyfriend betrays her, Cora’s existence spins into turmoil. Having her life set back into balance through long talks with Landon, the boy she’s been friends with since third grade, Cora meets Rex, a new neighbor from across the street. When spring arrives, she and Rex attend the prom, but Cora realizes she’s missing something and her life just doesn’t seem as it should. A series of tragic incidents the final week of school changes all their lives. Ms. Skeen reveals a compelling look into a year of a remarkable teenage girl. The main character is faced with hard decisions and the emotional backlash. The characters in the story are well written and draw the reader to love them. The final scenes in the book are laced with gripping drama and a heartwarming ending. Great job!