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August 6, 2015

Goodbye, Magnolia {Krista Noorman}

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Wedding photography is Maggie's passion. The art of capturing a moment forever in time is magical to her, and she's worked hard to become the best of the best. Week after week, she works with couples as they plan their happily ever afters, but she hasn't been so lucky in love.

Behind the camera, it's easy to hide from the pain and rejection of her past. The life she has made for herself is safe and predictable, until the owner of a rival photography studio sets up shop in her small town and comes to her with an unexpected proposal. Suddenly, everything she has worked so hard to build is threatened and her simple, controlled life is thrown into chaos.

As she travels the state of Michigan photographing weddings, she struggles to keep her business afloat and the wall around her heart intact. But along the way, she learns more about loyalty and love than she ever imagined.

My Thoughts:
I loved this book!

Krista has a different writing style than I am used to, but I found pretty quickly that I really loved it. This story is told through the experience of each event that Maggie is photographing, and it really made the entire book flow in such a perfect way.

I fell in love with Maggie almost immediately, and really wanted to reach out and give her a hug throughout most of this book. She's a girl with a complex background, carrying around a lot of baggage. It can get tough living that life, and I cheered for her through this entire book.

Simon drove me crazy throughout most of this book. He was such a persistent jerk! I spent half the book hoping he would win Maggie over, and the other half wishing he would just go away for good. My struggle with how I felt about him was completely reflected in Maggie's character and I think that is why I liked her so much.

This story took an unexpected turn for me towards the end, but I really liked how it all came together and ended up. I thought it was the perfect ending for all the characters involved.

(One of the highlights of this book is a Twitter conversation that is held between the characters. If you search those users on Twitter, you will discover that they actually exist!!)

Great job, Krista!

Krista Noorman is the author of the young adult novel, The Truth About Drew , and the contemporary romance, Goodbye, Magnolia . Most of her life has been spent scribbling away in journals, honing her writing skills, while documenting her every day life. But it wasn't until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen (or rather her computer keyboard) to fiction.

Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband, Jacob, and their two children. She writes about life, family, faith and whatever else comes to mind at .

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