Contemporary Fiction, Review

Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson

I fell in love with this author’s previous series and I’m delighted to bring you my review of Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson, book 1 of the Coastal Hearts series!

About the Book

Magnolia Storms by Janet W. FergusonMaggie 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?

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My Thoughts

Weather is probably the most universally acceptable topic of conversation, it affects us all. When the weather is extreme, the impact on our lives and our peace of mind can be devastating.

My reader heart absolutely breaks for Maggie Marovich. Hurricane Katrina’s destruction claimed both her home and her father’s life. Those losses sent Maggie into survival mode and she combats her fears by distancing herself from the coast and the memories. As a fellow avoider, I can completely relate to Maggie’s reaction and admire her for facing her fears for her family’s sake.

Josh Bergeron is a dedicated hometown family man. His determination to continue piloting is secondary only to his dedication to fatherhood. Little J.D. makes Josh’s world go round and his adorable antics tug my mama heartstrings! Josh tried to move on after Maggie left town and never looked back but she has a special place in his heart.

The history and chemistry between Maggie and Josh complicate their ability to make logical decisions but increase their likelihood of happily ever after! I’m delighted by this story, y’all! This is all-time favorites shelf material for sure! I look forward to rereading Magnolia Storms and can’t wait to read what’s next in the Coastal Hearts series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Janet W. FergusonJanet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer.

An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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Coastal Hearts series

Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson The Art of Rivers by Janet W. Ferguson


Southern Hearts Series

Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson Going Up South by Janet W. Ferguson Tackling the Fields by Janet W. Ferguson Blown Together by Janet W. Ferguson

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Have you ever experienced an extreme weather event, reader friends? Have you read Magnolia Storms or added it to your tbr?

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