Scent of Magnolia
“A riveting new family drama by the queen of southern fiction.”
USA Bestselling Author
Scout Montgomery has turned her search for her missing brother into a career. She finds her professional life as a homicide detective meaningful, but her personal life is nonexistent. She’s stuck in the past. In order to move on, she must find closure. When she returns home to Alabama for the death of a childhood friend, she uses her acquired investigative skills to discover new clues concerning her brother’s disappearance.
Beneath Kate Baldwin’s public persona as fashion designer lies a young woman carrying a heavy burden of guilt. Her relationship issues and inability to find happiness stem from the secret she’s been keeping for nearly two decades. She yearns to reveal the truth–an unexpected trip home to her childhood home in Alabama provides the opportunity—but doing so will destroy the lives of the people she cares about the most.
June Montgomery is married to a prominent politician, lives in a magazine-worthy home, and leads an active social life. But she lives in constant fear the past will come back to haunt her. She approaches Scout’s homecoming with trepidation. Her daughter has the power to unravel the seams of her intricately crafted lies.
When family and friends reunite, old hostilities resurface and the discovery of new evidence regarding Ford’s disappearance endangers lives.
Wonderful Southern family drama
Scent of Magnolia by Ashley Farley is a captivating contemporary women's fiction book. Several friends return to their hometown for the funeral of a mutual friend and the drama begins. So many secrets have been hidden and Farley does a great job of revealing these layer by layer, infusing each page with heart-stopping emotion. The main characters have depth and reality and their emotions, strengths, and foibles resonate well with readers.
This complex and multifaceted story is a story of consequences and grace, of abandonment and healing, of family, friendships and second chances. Readers who enjoy stories of Southern family drama will not want to miss reading Scent of Magnolia. I was given a complimentary copy of an advanced reader copy and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
DECEPTION COMES AT A COST
Author Ashley Farley writes books about women and for women. In her latest release, Scent of Magnolia, she delves deep into the psyche of one woman whose life is not as perfect as it seems. To most of her family, she is the epitome of motherhood, even taking in a teenage foster child. To her husband, she was the one that kept his world organized and running like a well-oiled machine. To her neighbors, she was always available with a listening ear, a word of advice, or a dish when someone was sick, a baby was born, or there was a death in the family. Her home was a showplace and through the years had been featured on the cover of several well-known magazines. She was always dressed impeccably and ready for whatever life threw her way and ready to entertain at a moment's notice.
But, to her daughter, she was the person who loved everyone more than her, particularly the foster child and her brother. She comes home for a visit and decides this is the time to find the answers to why she feels so hurt and unloved. She knows she can never be the woman her mother is and isn't sure she’d want to be. As she drinks her way through her journey of discovery, what she finds is deception at its darkest. This novel will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that delves into a dysfunctional family, abandonment, depraved hearts, misplaced love, and alcoholism. Farley is never afraid to dig deep to make readers feel her stories.