Sweet Magnolia

By Norma L. Jarrett
(Harlem Moon, Paperback, 9780767921428, 336pp.)

Publication Date: June 6, 2006

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From the author of fiction favorite Sunday Brunch comes an inspirational novel about two bitterly divided sisters struggling to forgive each other and renew their faith in God.

Everything is not always sweet on Magnolia Lane, where the Ledoux clan had always gathered under the watchful eye of the family matriarch, Hannah. Years later, Hannah’s granddaughter Summer, a soon-to-be bride, has planned a weekend event that prompts a major family reunion. But once relatives come together to celebrate Summer’s wedding, generational secrets that have spanned decades slowly come to the surface.

Blowing in belatedly and stoking long-standing resentments is Summer’s older sister, Misa, an international model. Unbeknownst to them, the sisters share something besides a feud: they have inherited the depression that had darkened the life of their mother, Elizabeth. While Summer relies on God to keep her from the abyss, Misa submerges herself in drinks and men. But neither can avoid what happens when, after a particularly vitriolic argument, one of the sisters flees in anger into the darkness of a rain-swept night.

The aftermath leads the sisters to uncover the truth about their family and themselves, testing their spiritual reserves. And along the way, God’s spirit continues to send them messages about the beauty of faith and love.

Spiritual, dramatic, and a memorable tribute to our beloved New Orleans, Jarrett’s second novel is a confident step forward in an already bright career.

About the Author
Norma L. Jarrett is the author of the novels Sunday Brunch (Best Girlfriend Book - Upscale Magazine), the Essence magazine national book club selection Sweet Magnolia and Essence bestseller, The Sunday Brunch Diaries all published under Broadway books/Randomhouse and Brunchspiration: A Quotable Devotional, Valentine's Day Again, and Love on a Budget. She is also the creator of Brunch Lady - a lifestyle brand inspired by Sunday Brunch. Her work has been featured in Ebony, Essence, Gospel Today, Jewel, Publisher's Weekly, Rolling Out, and Southern Living, Upscale, USA Today, Walmart promotions and other media. Visit her website at www.normajarrett.net
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