Magnolia Nights

Series: Magnolia Nights, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the best-selling Sweeney Sister Series and Sweet Tea Tuesdays comes a new novel of passion, intrigue, and redemption.

Ellie Pringle has spent endless hours and countless dollars working with a therapist to remember the lost years of her childhood. She's baffled and more than a little intrigued when the grandmother she hasn't seen in 34 years dies and leaves her a fortune. The time has come to face her past in person. Still reeling from a recent breakup of a long-term relationship, and with nothing to keep her in San Francisco, Ellie packs her meager belongings and boards a plane for the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Standing in the entryway of her grandmother's antebellum home on South Battery Street in Charleston, Ellie faces the first of many ghosts who will soon haunt her. On her first night in the creepy, creaking mansion, as she's perusing the titles in a dusty bookcase, she comes across her deceased mother's leather-bound journal. Her mother's words create more unanswered questions and send her on a quest to find more journals.

As Hurricane Lorene bears down on the South Carolina coast, Ellie encounters Juan Hagood, a handsome architect who has the talent to restore her dilapidated mansion and the charm to mend her broken heart. But as Ellie reads her mother's diaries, they dislodge a stone in the wall that safeguards her memories, causing her world to come crumbling down. Revelations about her childhood lead Ellie on a harrowing journey of discovery that will hold listeners spellbound until the dramatic conclusion.

©2017 Ashley Farley (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Magnolia Nights

Well written with a plot easy to follow. Interesting, very interesting and keeps you listening. Reality.

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Good, but lacking in the end.

All in all, this was a good book. It kept my attention, and really had a unique story line with a few twists I didn’t see coming. The author didn’t fall back on a lot of traditional tropes and had fun with the background in the story. However, the end was really lacking. I felt like the last few chapters were rushed and missing a lot of detail. The ending was cliche and disappointed me. I can appreciate the story, but I wish there were fewer “flat” characters and a little more depth. With the uniqueness of the tale, I felt like there were a lot of opportunities missed.

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interesting

narrators could have been better. but they weren't irritating as I have found with many southern stories.
Hope there is a book to follow.

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it was just okay

held my interest but not a favorite. the writing towards the end seemed juvenile to me like the reader was a young teen or not very educated and the author was writing to that level. okay story though

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Almost really interesting- too many loose ends

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the ending leaves too many loose ends but the story itself was almost really interesting. The character of Louisa is really bizarre - and the missing 3 years are never explained.

Still can’t figure out why the grandmother would even give Ellie her estate - there was apparently no soft center or regret in her. Why would she call Abbott? How did she even know about him? How was his name on the birth certificate???

I hated the chapters narrated by Abbott- not only was he was not authentic and his narrator’s voice was grating. Thankfully, they were few.

I loved the Charleston history and this story had potential but it needed another way/person/discovery to tie things together. The diaries stopped before we really knew what happened.

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Best From Ashley

This was a story about a young woman named Ellie who was left a large inheritance from her grandmother whom she barely knew or liked. Yet, in the midst of that, she began a quest on discovering her past and family history with the help of her deceased mother's diary.

I have read and purchased on audible many of Ashley Farley's books and this is the best one. I purchased the audible version and was in the story from beginning to end. There are very few authors that can tell more than show and actually pull it off. Ashley is one of those authors that simply tells the story rather than spending much time on painting the picture and describing the scenery. It kept my attention the entire time and I was actually interested in all of the characters. The book does finish on a cliffhanger so I immediately purchased the sequel Beyond the Garden.

~Nicole

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Not for me. Obviously

During 30 out of 35 chapters the author had a tendency of describing things in such minute details I almost sprained my eye muscles with all the eye rolling. And I don't eye roll. My teen years are loooong gone. If she committed such effort in building her characters, this book would stand a chance. This way it was just boring. As said characters had extremely traumatic childhood and consequent issues in adulthood, I expected more focus on character development. Perhaps it will happen in book 2 but I'm not interested in finding out. Last 5 chapters flashed so fast it made me dizzy and all because the author has enough material for a sequel, she decided it was time to wrap things up. Guess what? There was no wrapping, just rushing through some serious staff that most certainly should not be rushed through. I hate leaving reviews like this but: 1. I wasted precious time on this book & 2. Child abuse is a difficult subject and if you decide to write about it, give this subject space/time/energy/respect it deserves.
Overall, the book was not as bad as this review might suggest. It just pushed a few of my buttons in a bad way. Therefore, I can't suggest this book nor will I give sequel its chance. Precious time and all that...

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Loved the book

This book pulled me in from the beginning and held me most of the way through. It was one I couldn't put down. Toward the end though, around the time Ellie found Lia, it got weird. I did not care for the ending. It was like it was rushed. Performance wise good, but... I did not like the mans performance for this book. He seemed talented, but just not a good fit for the character. I WILL read the next one, and I do recommend this bood.

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Great book

Loved the story. I gave the performance 4 stars because of the kids voice, it was kinda a creepy. The other voices were good.

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Boring

Disliked all the descriptions of name products. Predictable story line. I will not buy this author again.