Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson

Maggie 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 childcare 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?
-from the back cover

Hmm...another review of a book that I don't have strong feelings about. I mean, I didn't like it a lot nor did I hate it.
First off, I liked the message of trusting in God. That is something that is lacking in Christian novels lately and this was a nice change.
The main problem I had with this book was the characters. For much of the novel, they acted like little kids. Josh and Maggie were so stubborn and refused to talk to each other like mature adults.
The second thing I had with this book was the ending. For me, it was unrealistic. Without any spoilers, Maggie and Josh just came to agree on the issues that they had been disagreeing on out of the blue. I wanted to know how they planned to resolve the lingering effects of the opposing viewpoints.
Just a little disclaimer, this book dealed with the aftereffects of Hurricane Katerina and that didn't resonate with me because I was too young to remember it. I think those who remember that time will enjoy this a lot more than I did.

Rating: 4 Stars
Content: 4 Stars

*I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

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