This night not only marked the end to the drought, but also the end to the long-held secret we'd kept hidden under the magnolias.
Magnolia, South Carolina, 1980
Austin Foster was barely a teenager when her mama died giving birth to twins, leaving her to pick up the pieces while holding her six siblings together, and doing her best to stop daddy from retreating into his personal darkness.
It doesn't get much tougher than scratching out a living on the family's tobacco farm. Austin finds herself relying upon some of Magnolia's most colorful citizens for friendship even more after a few random acts of kindness help to ease their hardships. It's next to impossible to conceal the truth about the goings-on at Nolia Farms, and Austin's desperate attempts to save face all but break her.
Just when it seems like she might be making progress with a boy she's crushed on for years, the son of a wealthy local family, her father makes a choice that will expose the family's secrets and lead to a public reckoning. There are consequences for loving a boy like Vance Cumberland, yet there's also freedom in the truth.
T. I. Lowe’s gritty, tender, and uplifting tale is here to remind us that a great story can break your heart, then heal it in the best possible way.