Magnolia Secrets by Beth Hale
Have you ever wanted to kick a man right where it hurts and hope that he stayed incapacitated for the rest of his life? If you have, then you know how I felt as I met Police Chief Evan Holley, the husband of Lainey Holley in the book Magnolia Secrets written by Beth Hale.
Lainey Holley tries to escape out of a marriage where mental cruelty and bodily beatings are daily rituals. On the run, she has a one-night stand with Walker Bell before she is forced to return her home as she receives threats against people whom she loved on her mobile. That the same man she has spent the night with turns out to be the new sheriff in New Hope, Mississippi shocks her.
Magnolia Secrets is a well-crafted book. Hale does an excellent job with her character portraits. Being a writer who was born and raised in the Deep South, I felt like I was down in the Bayou or somewhere on the Mississippi Delta.
Hale also presents us with a second plot dealing with drugs and murder that intertwines smoothly with the ever-increasing attraction between Lainey and Walker.
This is the first book I have read by Beth Hale, but it will not be my last.