Magnolia Sky

Author: Susan Crandall

Publisher: Warner Forever

Release Date: August 2004

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Luke Boudreau, Commanding Officer of an elite Army Ranger team, has come to Mississippi for one reason-to do a job. The unpleasant, haunting task of confronting Calvin Abbott's mother has fallen to him, and he owes his fallen comrade nothing less. During battle, and all the times in-between, Calvin wore his father's purple heart, and Luke feels the need to return it to its rightful owner.

The fact that he can't tell Olivia Abbott the truth about how her son died weighs heavily on him. Even more so, the fact that Calvin has a wife that somehow, in three years of working together, he forgot to mention.

Analise Abbott is facing demons of her own-her mother-in-law, a surrogate mother to her who is rapidly falling ill once again under the strains of ovarian cancer; Cole, her brother-in-law-turned-brother, whose anger and frustration over losing the two men he loved most is turning him hard and bitter; and the fact that she believes that her own wish for Calvin to never come home caused his death.

Luke feels guilty, not only about the fact that he can't tell Calvin's family exactly how he died, but about the feelings that Analise Abbott stirs up in him. Their desire and attraction leaves Luke feeling as if he's betraying his Ranger buddy-a man he's already betrayed by not bringing him home, safe and sound. Analise's guilt over the man she'd long ago stopped loving wars with the love she feels for Luke, the man who suffered injuries of his own, but still came home alive.

Ms. Crandall has once again created a warm, loving story of hope, trust, and redemption. When life doesn't go exactly as planned, how do people counter their own inner demons with the new path set before them? The closeness of a small Southern town, the familiarity of a strong matriarch, and the wonderful descriptions of love combined with loss, makes MAGNOLIA SKY a book you won't want to miss.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Jennifer Wardrip

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