Book Review, Contemporary, Historical, Life

Book Review – Under the Magnolias

Under the Magnolias

by T.I. Lowe

This book is absolutely amazing. Very raw, filled with authenticity, and so realistic.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author but it definitely won’t be my last!
Set in the 80s, this is the story of young Austin Foster and her family. After her mom dies in childbirth, and her dad is….well, let’s just say he’s kind of checked out…Austin, who is still in her teens, is left trying to hold the family together. This means she has to take care of her six siblings. Sigh. Austin is quite frankly, an amazing character. This book does an excellent job of portraying what that must have felt like. What she went through.
As I read, my heart ached for Austin and her family. Living on a tobacco farm, there was always lots of work to do, kids to keep after, a dad to push along, and help get through his deep grieving.
Not only does Austin have to be a mom to the kids, she’s also still in school, and has that to deal with. And then there’s the handsome mayor’s son, Vance, who keeps showing up and wanting to give her attention….
This was a hard book to read. So many dark things were brought into this storyline. Things no young people should have to face. In spite of, or maybe because of, Austin comes through it all like gold tried in the fire.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, but this book is one that I think will resonate with a lot of people, just because of the deep and authentic feelings that are dealt with.
If you like books dealing with nitty gritty issues, then be sure and give this one a chance.
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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