Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.
The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.
Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?
I enjoyed the rich threads of faith seamlessly woven throughout this story, and the reminder that even when bad things happen (and they will happen dear ones) that God never leaves us, and He will bring us through the storm.
For Magnolia “Maggie” Marovich, hurricane Katrina was a life-altering event. Like so many who lived through the storm, it changed her life and that of her family. As I was reading the story, I kept wishing that Maggie would have come to the realization that God never left her. She teetered on the edge of that truth for what seemed to me a long time, wrestling with the truth she already knew.
The story was written with such vivid imaginary, that it didn’t take much to imagine myself there in the story with the characters. I enjoyed the tender, heart-warming moments between Josh’s sweet 3-year old son and Maggie, and yes, of course the reawakening of love between Josh & Maggie as well.
This is the first book I’ve read by Janet, and I look forward to reading more. I give this story 4-stars and would happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading honest, heartfelt Christian fiction.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
“Sooner or later, you must decide, ‘Though He slay me, still I will trust Him.’ Know that He is with you when you pass through the rough waters of life.”
About the Author:
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.
Magnolia Storms (A Coastal Hearts Novel) (release date: 9/15/17)