Magnolia Lake

Emily Paige Skeen
Magnolia Lake
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Prism Book Group
Release Date
March 2016
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance

Popular and beautiful, Cora Stephens has it all - including the perfect football-star boyfriend - until one fateful afternoon. Facing heartache and betrayal, Cora turns to long-time friend, Landon, for comfort. While his love for her grows, she does everything in her power to avoid getting hurt again - including flinging herself into the arms of another boy.

Then, just as Cora's shattered world starts putting itself back together, life throws something her way that's more horrific than she ever could have imagined. Through the emotional and physical pain, she begins to lose hope and abandon her faith. Will this once light-hearted, happy prom queen find her way back home?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
May 12, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
120 people found the following review helpful
It's senior year and Cora Stephens has it planned out to the last detail. She never imagined her happily ever after might take a much different path.

Emily Paige Skeen tells Cora's story in MAGNOLIA LAKE. Full of teen angst, readers get a trip back to high school complete with lunch table drama and cheer practice.

With the outward appearance of a "sweet" storyline, the author incorporates a dramatic twist that is anything but sweet. While it changed the direction of the story, there were some additional opportunities for development left untouched.

This was a story that garnered a sense of nostalgia for those carefree teen years when the biggest question centered around a date for Prom. The one aspect that kept interrupting the flow was the heavy use of contractions to depict the dialect such as jumpin' and talkin'. I understand why the writer would do this, but it seemed distracting.

Overall, this story would definitely be suited for a much younger audience who might be able to identify more with the characters.
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