Magnolia Market, a novel by Judy Christie, opens with Avery Broussard, a young widow, not having a good day. Her former mother-in-law dashes Avery’s dream and plan to buy the exclusive dress shop she has thrown herself into. Things get even worse when she gets into an auto accident and damages not only her car but that of someone else’s as well as a storefront. As if all this isn’t bad enough her former in-laws evict her from her home, claim her car and close her bank accounts. They never thought she had been good enough for their dead son. They offer her a small portion of what she had managed to save and told her if she accepted the money she was to leave town within a month. Avery’s marriage had soured early on, but she had been willing to try to make things work. Her husband wasn’t interested. Now, a year after his sudden death she was ready to move on and her former in-laws wanted her to do just that- somewhere else. Even when it seems things can’t get worse, they do.
The power of this novel comes from what Avery does to survive. Even though she is capable, honest and a hard worker it remains to be seen if she can dig her way out of her bleak circumstances and uncertain future. I found myself cheering her on. As a result of the accident, she gradually develops new relationships with, for the most part, a cast of charming characters. Even the less than charming characters add flavor to the story.
The author is a gifted story teller. She has crafted a beautifully written story about realistic characters who are trying to live meaningful lives. I loved reading this book and I highly recommend reading it.
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