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Publisher's Summary

This night not only marked the end to the drought, but also the end to the long-held secret we’d kept hidden under the magnolias.  

Magnolia, South Carolina, 1980
Austin Foster is barely a teenager when her mama dies giving birth to twins, leaving her to pick up the pieces while holding her six siblings together and doing her best to stop her daddy from retreating into his personal darkness. 

Scratching out a living on the family’s tobacco farm is as tough as it gets. When a few random acts of kindness help to ease the Fosters’ hardships, Austin finds herself relying upon some of Magnolia’s most colorful citizens for friendship and more. But it’s next to impossible to hide the truth about the goings-on at Nolia Farms, and Austin’s desperate attempts to save face all but break her.  

Just when it seems she might have something more waiting for her - with the son of a wealthy local family who she’s crushed on for years - her father makes a choice that will crack wide-open the family’s secrets and lead to a public reckoning. There are consequences for loving a boy like Vance Cumberland, but there is also freedom in the truth. 

T. I. Lowe’s gritty yet tender and uplifting tale reminds us that a great story can break your heart...then heal it in the best possible way.

©2021 T.I. Lowe (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Super narrator.Quick read Now go hug a kid.

You never know what is going on in other people’s homes. After listening to this, you just want to open your home to anyone/everyone who needs help. “Vance” is too good to be true, Austen is the family glue, each kid has a unique problem; and it all takes place in a town that has neighbors that get involved.

I’ve got one question though: who gave the family the pig??? (I must have missed this.)

Similar to Francine Rivers in writing styles with some religious undertones.

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  • 05-26-21

I didn't want it to end

I bought the Audible version with the intent of listening to it on my work commute. What should have taken at least a month to finish actually took a week. I developed a connection to the characters in the first chapter and I could not help but think about them during the day. I was satisfied with the ending- I just didn't want it to end! One of TI Lowe's best books yet!

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Do yourself a favor... listen.

This was a treat to myself after. long year of reviewing books for my school library. So worth it. Indulge.

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Great Listen!

Such a heartwarming story. Weaves in family bonds, friendship, overcoming adversity, mental illness, and Christian values. I really enjoyed listening to the superb narration. Without knowing who was speaking you would know just by the excellent voices she does. If only I could find more reads just like this!

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Soooo good!

I loved this book so much! A beautiful story of life’s hardships and healing through faith. Susan Bennett’s narration is flawless and added to the story. At the top of my “best books” list!

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Beautiful

Being a woman of faith and going through trials in my own life, this book was a tribute to perseverance, loyalty, family and most importantly faith. I haven’t enjoyed a book this much since I read Where The Crawdads Sing. Treat yourself to this one.

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An unfortunate well behaved enabler

If you want to feel good about your own life, read this book. Such suffering! Our heroine is quite the well-behaved enabler and only outside forces save her. It's unfortunate the author didn't research the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. The former is a medical doctor.

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Perfect in every way

Best story line I've heard in how we deal with so many burdens and wrongs in our life but deal best with then together. I LOVED the narration and how well she did the different voices and accents!! All around GEM!

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an enjoyable listen

I am a big fan of southern fiction. I am a big fan of books that explore the theme of poverty. I am a big fan of coming-of-age stories. So, this one ticked a lot of boxes. It is a beautiful, poignant, emotional story that I listened to in one day without pushing stop.

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Under the Magnolias is the story of a teenaged girl named Austin Foster, who is forced to raise her six siblings when her mother dies. Unfortunately, her dad is of little help. Austin is fierce; a fighter; loyal; strong. This girl is my favorite type of character. Selfless and determined. She is not willing to let her family down.

The story spans eight years, and we watch as Austin brings her siblings through their grief. The story is at times reminiscent of those told by Delia Owens and Karen Russell. There are heavy, heartbreaking moments. The struggles of this family are sometimes tough to take. Brutal and devastating, at times. Austin and her siblings are facing a life that no children should face.

This story -- and this girl -- grabs your heart, and makes you remember to appreciate everything that you have.

I didn't know Tyndale House Publishers and was unaware of the religious tones going in. This is not something I enjoy in books and would have preferred the story without it, but it wasn't preachy.

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Living with Mental Health <great insight>

The narrator is an extremely voice talent. The story, though hard to swallow at points is engaging. It would be a very good story for anyone who had lived with a mental illness or a loved one with mental illness. The writer will cause you to do some self reflection and walk away from the story a better person. I truly recommend this book!