Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Max




Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 432
Source: Personal Ebook
Rating: 5/5
Vivian knows what a good “Southern” woman should do in certain circumstances, but now she’s living in New York and does as she pleases. Vivian works as a journalist and will go above and beyond to get the story she wants, her boyfriend may be across the world but he’s a foreign correspondent and she supports him in his career. When her own career takes an unexpected turn, Vivian finds herself with an embarrassing wound, caught on camera and uploaded to Youtube. Vivian’s life begins to unravel rather quickly. She’s horrified to find that someone has been hired to assist her at work, and Vivian is well aware that she is being pushed out for a younger, “fresher” perspective. Instead of waiting for be fired and training her replacement, she quits and walks out the door. When new job opportunities don’t seem to come as easily as she expects, Vivian takes on a pseudonym and writes about life in suburbia. She relocates to the small town where she grew up in Georgia, and decides to stay with her sister, niece and nephew. As the column begins to become popular in Georgia, Vivian is hoping that she doesn’t become uncovered, but a childhood nemesis is digging into her background. Vivian also has one more secret, she’s pregnant at fourty-one and doesn’t know how to tell anyone, including her boyfriend. 
Magnolia Wednesdays was a heartwarming, comfort read that I desperately wanted to find. A great cozy novel, does a reader good. Wendy Wax created an incredible well rounded novel. The plot, characters, and uncertainty was perfect. As Vivi tries to come to terms with her pregnancy, the clock is ticking and everyone will soon find out whether she wants them to or not, her boyfriend is in war-torn Afghanistan and their lack of communication makes it easier for her to keep the secret, but how long will she wait? When her brother-in-law died two years ago from a hunting accident, Vivian couldn’t stick around to help her sister and she fled the first chance she had. Her niece and nephew are skeptical as to why she is sticking around this time. Her sister is wondering the same thing, but she doesn’t come out and ask her. Vivian is realizing that there is more to small town life then she imagined, she might have shunned this life long ago, but now she is becoming increasingly comfortable. 
The heart of this novel is secrets, how some secrets shouldn’t be kept secret, and how sometimes unraveling secrets can do more harm, and cause more hurt than wanted. It’s a tough line to cross, and Vivian begins to learn this lesson. Sometimes digging around into family business should not be done. Vivian and her sister are becoming closer and bonding, but secrets are about to test the relationship. Can their relationship survive dishonesty? I read Magnolia Wednesdays at the perfect time, and I never wanted to put the book down. I felt invested in the characters and I was rooting for everyone. The secondary characters are as likable and enjoyable as the main characters. Vivian is hilarious, judgmental and incredibly frustrating.  At times you just want to yell at her. I throughly enjoyed Magnolia Wednesdays and this is a great book for those who enjoy a good Southern read.

16 comments:

  1. Beth(bookaholicmom) @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 1 day ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I have had this sitting on my night stand for a loong time. I hope I can get to it soon after reading your wonderful review.

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  2. Beth Hoffman @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 1 day ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I've had this on my list for quite some time, and after reading your review I'll move it higher!

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  3. Mary @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · +1 points
    Totally agree with your review. All in all, I thought it was a very entertaining novel.

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  4. Mesa @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    Heard great things about it, and I'm glad you liked it. Wonderful review!

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  5. Brooke @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    This sounds really good. Nice review!

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  6. Mimi Valentine @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    Oh my gosh, I absolutely ADORE the idea of this book! I have a weakness for anything that has a character in it with a husband or friend fighting in a war, because we studied that in class and I want to cry every time I think about it. Plus, it's set in the South -- that's another thing I love!

    Awesome review, Mrs. Q! Thanks a million for putting this on my radar! :)

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  7. Amused @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I love books set in the South too and forgot that I had this one on my shelf! Must pull it off and get to it as it sounds delightful!

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  8. Amy @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    Sounds like my kind of book. Great review!

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  9. Hema @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I had read Leave it to the cleavage and loved it.. hostile makeover was quite disappointing.. iam looking forward to read this.. Nice review!

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  10. zibilee @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I love it when I find a comfort read that I can just sink down into and relish, and it sounds like this book might fit that category. I agree that some secrets should never be unveiled, and some things should remain locked away for the protection of others. Great review today! I enjoyed reading your take on this one!

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  11. Jade @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    Oooh I love a good cozy read. And I enjoy those characters that you can be invested in and want to shout at or coddle or both. This sounds like a good down home read. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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  12. LauraFabiani @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · +1 points
    Just reading the synopsis didn't appeal to me but your review gave me a whole different perspective. Love the book cover too.

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  13. Jenny @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I really like the whole concept of this one and how it focuses on secrets and how some of them are just better left alone with the "ignorance is bliss" concept firmly in use. I so enjoy a nice, cozy read sometimes, they're a fun balance to my darker paranormal reads! Really lovely review Jennifer:)

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  14. bermudaonion @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · +1 points
    I love Southern literature and need to read this one because I adore Wendy! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much

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  15. Harvee @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 2 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I finished reading Folly Beach and am curious about other Southern books. This one sounds very good.

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  16. Jenny @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Review: Magnolia Wedne... 3 days ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I've been meaning to read this forever! It sounds g

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