Friday, March 18, 2016

Magnolia Lake ~ Emily Paige Skeen

Magnolia Lake latest release from Emily Paige Skeen

Popular and beautiful, Cora Stephens has it all - including the perfect football-star boyfriend - until one fateful afternoon. Facing heartache and betrayal, Cora turns to long-time friend, Landon, for comfort. While his love for her grows, she does everything in her power to avoid getting hurt again - including flinging herself into the arms of another boy. 

Then, just as Cora’s shattered world starts putting itself back together, life throws something her way that’s more horrific than she ever could have imagined. Through the emotional and physical pain, she begins to lose hope and abandon her faith. Will this once light-hearted, happy prom queen find her way back home? 

My Review: As her senior high school year begins, Cora Stephens has it all, great friends, a football star boyfriend, and an amazing year planned. When her boyfriend betrays her, Cora’s existence spins into turmoil.

Having her life set back into balance through long talks with Landon, the boy she’s been friends with since third grade, Cora meets Rex, a new neighbor from across the street. When spring arrives, she and Rex attend the prom, but Cora realizes she’s missing something and her life just doesn’t seem as it should. A series of tragic incidents the final week of school changes all their lives.

Ms. Skeen reveals a compelling look into a year of a remarkable teenage girl. The main character is faced with hard decisions and the emotional backlash. The characters in the story are well written and draw the reader to love them. The final scenes in the book are laced with gripping drama and a heartwarming ending. Great job!

About the Author:  Born and raised in a small Georgia town, Emily Paige Skeen takes from her own life experiences to create real, characters for her novels. She loves to intertwine small-town charm with deep emotion and intrigue, creating stories that inspire readers.

When she’s not writing or chasing after her two youngsters—both under the age of five—you can find Emily reading, soaking up the sun whenever possible, or shopping. She, her husband, and their kids make their home in a tiny little town an hour south of Atlanta, on a five-acre plot of land right off a bumpy red-dirt road. She loves to sit and listen as the ever-present crickets and frogs perform their harmonious concerts in the still, quiet evening hours.

Writing has always been Emily’s passion, ever since she crafted her first sloppily hand-written story plastered over spiral notebook paper at the emotionally-charged age of thirteen. Now, she strives to encourage and inspire girls and young women with her writing. She believes that with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of love, anything’s possible.


Emily Paige Skeen said...

Thank you so much for that generous review, Vicki! :)

Carlene Havel said...

Sounds like a great read, and the cover is absolutely beautiful!

Danele Rotharmel said...

What a fun blog post! I really enjoyed learning more about Emily Paige Skeen! My first story was scrawled in a spiral notebook too!!

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