Written by: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.
Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
First off, full disclosure: Before starting this book, I’d jokingly said to Meredith on Twitter, “I’m hoping it’s the kind of book I’ll be up until 2AM reading” – and guess what? I somehow managed to stay up until 2am with this book. I never in a million years thought that would actually be the case. WISHES DO COME TRUE. I haven’t stayed up that late reading a book in years, but I started reading it at 9:30pm and then… 2am happened. Time just didn’t exist while I was reading, and I. Couldn’t. Put. It. Down.
Everything about Magnolia was just… perfect. The whole idea of these polar opposites of Romeo and Juliet – a pair whose family wants them together, but they can’t stand each other – and then they get trapped together during a hurricane?! It’s so full of delicious potential! But there was so much that could’ve gone wrong. So with this review, I want to alleviate any fears you might have that this book might not be awesome in some way. Because it is awesome in EVERY way. It was exactly what I wanted it to be, and so much more.