Goodbye, Magnolia - book review

Goodbye, Magnolia was written by Krista Noorman.  It is the first book in her Cornerstone series.  I was given a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Wedding photography is Maggie’s passion. The art of capturing a moment forever in time is magical to her, and she’s worked hard to become the best of the best. Week after week, she works with couples as they plan their happily ever afters, but she hasn’t been so lucky in love.

Behind the camera, it’s easy to hide from the pain and rejection of her past. The life she has made for herself is safe and predictable, until the owner of a rival photography studio sets up shop in her small town and comes to her with an unexpected proposal. Suddenly, everything she has worked so hard to build is threatened and her simple, controlled life is thrown into chaos.

As she travels the state of Michigan photographing weddings, she struggles to keep her business afloat and the wall around her heart intact. But along the way, she learns more about loyalty and love than she ever imagined.

I don't always like book trailers... but this one?  This one is perfect.


My review:

First of all... the title is just perfect.  Goodbye, Magnolia just works on so many levels.  I refuse to tell you why I think that though.

I totally get Maggie.  I just immediately felt connected with her.  She reminded me of myself in a lot of ways.  Really over thinking some things.  Not seeing some other things that might be obvious to other people.  Getting really focused on one aspect in her life and kind of neglecting other parts.  I get her.  And so I TOTALLY understood all of her feelings towards Simon.  Hating him, liking him, lusting after him, still not being able to give up the reasons for hating him.  The development of everything with them from the first page to the last was fabulous to me.  It was real.  It wasn't a pretty little romance.  There was good and bad.  Their was heat and there were arguments.  Real.

And Simon.  Simon is the perfect guy that you love to hate but REALLY want him to be the good guy.  You want him to be THE guy.  For every bit of confusing guy... he was totally the open book.  The back and forth was the frustration that I feel happen in real relationships.  Loved it.

I am so excited to see the second book in the Cornerstone series, Until Then.  Can't wait to see where Krista Noorman takes the series.

About the author:

Krista Noorman is the author of the young adult novel, The Truth About Drew, and the contemporary romance, Goodbye, Magnolia. Most of her life has been spent scribbling away in journals, honing her writing skills, while documenting her every day life. But it wasn't until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen (or rather her computer keyboard) to fiction.

Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband, Jacob, and their two children.

She writes about life, family, faith and whatever else comes to mind at