BOOK REVIEW: MAGNOLIA SECRETS
What makes this book great is that it bravely discussed what is happening in our society, such as domestic abuse, corruption and dealing drugs to minors. For that, I liked Lainey’s character best. She is a strong woman who cares for the people around her. The downside of her character though is that she chose to stay to an abusive relationship just to keep a mentally disabled kid safe from harm than to seek for help. But I couldn’t really blame her, to whom are you going to ask for help when the authority itself is corrupted? I liked how when given the chance to break free from the nightmare, Lainey took the opportunity and used it to rebuild her life. Beth Hale was able to set a good example for the other women out there who might be unfortunately facing the same cruelty as Lainey. This book gives hope and courage for those women whose dignity and rights were being stepped upon by their husbands or partners in life. It teaches us that we should not blame ourselves for being beaten, abused both physically, emotionally and mentally and that we have the power to stop it. There are lots of people out there that will willingly help up. On the other hand, it also raises awareness for the society not to turn a blind eye from domestic abuse.
The need to know if Lainey and Walker will have their happy ending kept me turning pages. It wasn’t really clichéd though most of the time I speculated what was going to happen next or what were the secrets. I was so glad that before the book ended something happened that surprised me and I was happy for what Beth Hale did in that. The author also kept me at the edge of my seat (or edge of my bed as I was mostly lying when I was reading the book) at the last few chapters. I learned that too much love can also become twisted in the head and result to something ugly, and we don’t want that. I am just happy that Lainey was able to find something beautiful by the end of the book and she really deserves it.
Like I said, the book has its ups and downs and I just discussed the strengths of the book, now I’m going to discuss what I didn’t like.
What I found frustrating is that there is too much telling in the book that I got the feeling that the author neglected showing us what is happening. The fear could have been described to us rather than telling us that Lainey was scared. I think this one is really important because it brings me to the second thing that I found frustrating: I wasn’t able to connect to the characters. I didn’t laugh, cry, and feel scared along with Lainey or nervous. I was almost just plain reading for the sake of reading it. For me, the best part in reading a book is, not knowing how it ended. It is how you became a part of the book, how engaged and affected you are, and how the book made you feel after reading it.
I will give this book a rating of 3.5/5 because even though it lacked connection with me, it is still worth the read. Improving how the emotions were portrayed will ramp up my rating to 4! Over all, Magnolia Secrets has been a fun read and with further improvement, I am sure this will end up to people’s favorite bookshelves!
Again, thank you Ms. Beth Hale for allowing me to give you a review and I cannot wait to read more titles from you.
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