Magnolia Storms

Magnolia Storms

by Janet W. Ferguson


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Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson

Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.

Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997658767
Publisher: Southern Sun Press LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2017
Series: A Coastal Hearts Novel
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 353,953
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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LGHudson More than 1 year ago
PHENOMENAL! I am a reader. Not just a casual reader, but someone who usually reads ten books a month. I read many different genres also. I finished Magnolia Storms a few hours ago and I am still trying to deal with all the emotions that have welled up inside me during the 2.5 days I took slowly working my way through this beautiful, poignant novel. There have been few works of fiction that have affected me like Magnolia Storms. The imagery is striking as I feel as though I can feel the Gulf breezes blowing on me and smell the delicious meals when I read Ferguson’s descriptions. The plot is as good as it gets – full of family love and drama, long lost love, tragedies from the past, paralyzing fear, friendships old and new and faith. The characters were realistic – people who were doing the best they can to live their lives to the fullest in spite of several life altering tragedies. New Storms are on the horizon – one is a potential hurricane; one is a cute little boy who seems to be the catalyst to tie two broken families together; the last one is the biggest Storm of All – Breaking Down the Barriers of a Broken Heart! One Bible Verse that kept coming up in the book was “Though he slay me, yet I will trust in Him.” Job 13:15 The characters in Magnolia Storms were all Overcomers and each of them had truly learned what this verse meant. I appreciated Ferguson’s use of Scripture. I came away with a renewed fervor as I face the storms in my own path. I’m a Mississippian and though I live three hours inland from the Ocean Springs setting of this book, we saw plenty of destruction from Katrina in our own area. I have friends and family on the Mississippi Coast. As was stated in the book, it will NEVER be the same. I can’t imagine if it was my home.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful I won a copy of this book from the author and was not required to give a favorable review. This is the first book that I have read written by Janet and look forward to reading more. This book touched on so much of how loss and devistation can change people. Magnolia lost her father and her home because of Hurricane Katrina, and then her mother to cancer. Her father was a Ship Pilot and was lost at seas during the hurricane, then she lost her mother to cancer. She decided she was going to be a meterologist to help save other families from loss. But her sister, niece and aunt decided to stay in her home town along the Mississippi coast. She also loss her best friend & first love Josh because he followed in her fathers footsteps in being a boat pilot. She didn't want to live on the coast, he didn't want to give up his career. But fate brings them together again. She is watching another storm and then gets a call from her niece, her sister has been in an accident and is injured. She drives down to help because with her sister in the hospital her 10 years niece and 80 year old aunt need help. But she doesn't know that the love of her life is living in the house next door and her sister is taking care of his 3 old little boy. With the possibility of not walking again, Maggie decides she needs to be there for family. Josh races home to find out that Maggie is home and has met his son. They now that still love it each other but bad decision earlier hurt. Can they find that love again and make a go of it. And will Maggie's sister heal. This is a wonderful Christian novel and look forward to reading other books.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Magnolia Storms is a story about conquering fears and trusting in God. Whether the storm is a physical one or a mental/emotional one, getting through it takes faith and trust in God and others. Janet Ferguson has a masterful touch in creating realistic, endearing, and vibrant characters. The main characters, Josh and Maggie, and all the supporting characters, especially little JD, wormed their way into my heart. Faith, forgiveness, and the importance of family were woven seamlessly into the storyline. This story released when hurricanes were devastating the coastlines of the southern U.S and other countries, so it was particularly poignant to read. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
A1Reads More than 1 year ago
Magnolia Marovich's life was going along just fine until Hurricane Katrina took her beloved father's life and her home away, cancer took her mother and life took the man she loved. Sounds like a depressing story right? But it is NOT! This story is about Maggie facing yet another family crisis, trying to be in control. It is Maggie facing her fears, facing Josh, the man she loved, and facing the coast with a storm brewing offshore. This story is hope. It is learning you are not alone in the midst of the storm. It is forgiveness. It is letting go of the bad and remembering the good. It is a story of love. Maggie, her niece Dahlia, Aunt Ruth, Josh, and J.D. attend church in the middle of the book. The sermon is a lesson that all of us need. I'm not going to quote it, you need to read it for yourself. Aunt Ruth spreads words of wisdom throughout the story too. If you are looking for a romance too, this book does not disappoint. There is a scene or two, that will melt your heart. I've loved Janet Ferguson's books, this may be my favorite. *I received this book as a gift. No review was required. The thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson A Coastal Hearts Novel Book One Magnolia “Maggie” Marovich had much taken from her when the unladylike Katrina passed through their Mississippi town. Since then, maybe it was Maggie who took more from herself when she moved further inland. Leaving behind her family, her love, and perhaps even some of her faith. Josh Bergeron loved being a bar pilot. Guiding ships to safety. Saving lives. Knowing he had to stay safe because another life depended on him. After Katrina, he had chosen this life over love. The past was behind him and he had moved forward. Staying in the place he loved even after it had been so destroyed. When Maggie's sister has a freak accident...Maggie has to make a choice. Will she go back to the Coast and help her family—or will the storm that is brewing keep her away? She knows she only has one choice. To face her fears and return...even if she's driving into the eye of a storm that could take more from her.