Fiona O’Flaherty’s quiet California life is turned upside down when a killer cop takes an “unhealthy” interest in her. With the help of the Four Amigos—a group of retired law enforcement officers—she changes her identity and flees to a farm on the Northern Neck of Virginia. Much to her surprise her new roommate is a handsome ghost who died in 1865.
Even more amazing is the fact Danann Farm is a mystical Irish village that was transported to the America’s in the early part of the nineteenth century. As a nurse she’s used to multi-tasking but now she’s falling in love with a charming spirit while also managing the restoration of a historic home. Not to mention the serial killer who’s determined to find her. What next? How about a pint-sized seer with special powers, a group of geriatric aunties managing the rumor mill, and an extended family ready, willing and able to protect the new mistress of the Magnolia House.
Fiona’s having quite an adventure, but like most fairy tales this story will have a happy, if somewhat quirky ending.
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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Once a Civil War soldier and plantation owner, Rhys had his whole life ahead of him, until an accident on the way home took his life and left him a ghost, only visible to the talented in his own home. Centuries later, Fiona is in need of a place to hide out from a crazed stalker, and Magnolia House seems to be the perfect spot. Fiona comes from a long line of Irish people with some talent of the supernatural, either healing or seeing auras. Although she welcomes the talent in her sisters, she has never acknowledged any talent in herself. Her time at Magnolia House will challenge her belief in herself and set her on a new path in life that just might be more rewarding and happy, that is if she can stay alive. A couple of casual dates and one kiss were enough for Fiona to know that she didn't want anything to do with police officer Derrick Morris. Unfortunately, he wasn't ready to give up on Fi and had begun stalking her. When she returns from her father's funeral to find her home vandalized, she turns to the only person she can think of, Mike, a retired cop, and her family. Together they make a plan and get Fi to safety, they hope. When the Magnolia Blooms is the story of love lost and found, of purpose found and of living a fulfilling life. Author Annaliese Darr has created a compelling world and a story that keeps the reader engaged and wanting more. When the Magnolia Blooms is the story of family, or traditions and history passed down. It has elements of some supernatural talents, yet the way these are woven into the story is believable and feels right. It is the story of leaning on your family in a time of need, and this is a strong family that is amazing and that everyone dreams of having in their corner. The relationship between the ghost, Rhys, and Fi is strong, but it is more about them both learning to forgive and love again. Author Annaliese Darr has created a setting in this remote southern corner of the world that feels passed over by time, but at the same time is comforting and safe. For the most part, the book is relatively clean, so I can recommend it to teens and adult readers alike. At the same time, the family dynamics in the story have me wanting to read the stories of Fiona's sisters, Maeve and Spring.
As the author states in the book blurb: quirky ending, indeed! Loved the ending. It had me speechless. Going back to the beginning, I really enjoyed this story and although I would recommend you read book one, it isn’t really necessary for the story of When the Magnolia Blooms, it just makes it interesting to know characters and to check in with them. WtMB is about Fiona O’Flaherty, or Fi as her family calls her, and she has a huge problem: She has a stalker and he is a cop. This character will give you the creeps! Fi has a crazy journey to a family property where she hides out from this stalker. (REALLY simplified version of the book events.) She has help from a group of retired…let’s call ‘em high-level retired government…officials and extended family. And by family, I mean the crazy, lovable, interfering kind! She also gets to housesit a ghost from the Civil War era and he is a handsome rascal. Turns out, he loves TV, the Cooking Channel and Animal Planet. What a wonderful story with fun, craziness, intrigue, bad guys and lots of good guys. Fi and her sisters are peas in a pod and they are really there for one another. And don’t get me started on the dogs… I can’t begin to describe the story to you, the author weaves a tale that has cousins and aunties and young psychics, a house remodel, and a ghost. I read it straight thru and was completely captivated. And the end; I never saw it coming. Highly recommend!