The Summer of New Beginnings: A Magnolia Grove Novel (Unabridged) The Summer of New Beginnings: A Magnolia Grove Novel (Unabridged)

The Summer of New Beginnings: A Magnolia Grove Novel (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

One family learns that love is the greatest miracle of all - from USA Today best-selling author Bette Lee Crosby.

Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy - even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.

Tracy couldn't be more different from her sister. She's always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.

As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments - not to the adorable "Sox", whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.

As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they'll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings.

Shannon McManus, Eric G. Dove
hr min
March 27
Brilliance Audio

Customer Reviews

Boundless Book Reviews ,

I loved it

Meghan has always been the responsible child, while her sister, Tracy was a wild child. When her father dies, Meghan decides to put off school and help her mother, Lila, by running her father's business. As time passes, Tracy leaves home and comes back a few years later, with her son Lucas in tow. Now reunited, the bond of sisterhood grows, and the sisters move forward, along with their mother, a furry rescue pup, and a struggling little boy. This story is a story of discovery and new beginnings. Above all else, It's a story about family.

This is a story filled with pain. It is also a story of hope and love. From the death of their father to the painful recollections of the past, to an unknown future, this book sheds a beautiful light on the bond of family. One thing about this story is that it's real. It shows pain, loss, struggles, and family bonding. It could happen in real life, to anyone. I love stories like this. It was one that I could relate to easily.

I loved the characters. Meghan is great. She is strong and very admirable. She puts off so much and shoulders so much for her family. As for Tracy, I honestly didn't like her at first, but after she comes home you can see her growing as a woman and mother, and she wins me over. Lucas and Sox, well these two just stole my heart!

I loved this story. Its gripping and genuinely tugs at the heartstrings. It brought me to tears. It made me happy. It made me sad. It was very well written and had me on an emotional ride from beginning to end. It even had touches of romance along the journey. I loved the ending. This was my first book by this author, but I can't wait to read more.

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

First installment in A Magnolia Grove Novel series

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby is A Magnolia Grove Novel. Meghan Briggs has just graduated from high school in Magnolia Grove, Georgia and is looking forward to attending the Grady College of Journalism in the fall. But then her father has a deadly heart attack, and Meghan steps in to take over the running of her father’s business, Snip ‘N’ Save magazine. She wants to preserve her father’s legacy and memory by keeping the publication alive. Tracy is more about enjoying life and rebelling against the norm. When Tracy’s boyfriend, Dominic gets a job in Philadelphia, she announces she is moving with him. Two years later Tracy returns home with her son, Lucas who has yet to start talking. Tracy has grown up while she was away and begins helping Meghan with the magazine. It turns out that Tracy has a flair for graphic design. Meghan has devoted her time to running the magazine and not allowing anytime for a personal life. One day Meghan is out running and sees a puppy struggling in the lake. She rescues the little fellow and names him Sox. She does not want to fall for the him in case his owner shows up, but Meghan is soon under his spell. Meghan takes Sox to Dr. Tom Whitely to check for a chip, and she discovers her love of working with animals. Megan used to write in composition books and she picks up the habit again. It gives her an opportunity to work out her thoughts and emotions. As the summer progresses, new challenges are put in their paths. These women will need to reconcile the past in order to have a bright new beginning. Come along for the journey in The Summer of New Beginnings.

The Summer of New Beginnings is nicely written and has a relaxed pace. Bette Lee Crosby has a writing style that is relaxed (conversational) and draws the reader in. The point-of-view switches between the characters with sections that remind me of diary entries. It allows readers to discover what each character is thinking and feeling which I appreciate. I like how each character is dealing with real life issues such as the loss of a loved one, problems with a child, limited income, dealing with an ex-boyfriend, falling in love, having to give up on a dream, etc. There is a great family dynamic and it is lovely seeing these three women come together (help each other, support each other and love each other). The author created realistic characters that readers can relate to along with their issues. Ms. Crosby handled the issue with Lucas gently and with sensitively (I would say more but I do not want to spoil it for you). There are some lovely life lessons in the story that many people will be able to relate to and apply to their own life. The Summer of New Beginnings is what I call a feel-good book that will leave you with a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart.