BOOK REVIEW: The Magnolia that Bloomed Unseen by Ray Smith


Publication Date: 
November 7, 2019
Publisher: BooksGoSocial 
Format: Kindle
Pages:  242 Pages
Genre:  Romance
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


“You’ve seen the woman in the photo. The woman screaming . . .”

So begins the story of Molly Valle, who at forty-eight thinks she knows all that life has to offer a single, middle-aged woman—namely, men’s dismissal and disrespect. But when handsome activist John Pressman arrives in her Mississippi hometown, he challenges her self-doubt along with nearly everything else in her world. Soon, Molly discovers a strength and beauty she never knew she had—and a love so powerful, it can overcome the most tragic of consequences.

The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen is a love story, an adventure novel, and a self-realization journey. It reignites the truth that many women—and men—have unconsciously extinguished: you are special and worthy of love, and it’s never too late to make your dreams come true.


This is a book I didn't see coming.  I really wasn't sure what to expect and I actually put off reading it. Now as I wipe the tears from my eyes and wonder how puffy they are and how blotchy my face is I can honestly say this is one of the best most authentic love stories I have ever read. The writing style is easy but it pulls you in when you least expect it.  It isn't sunshine and roses, it isn't a happily ever after but of a love that changes you from inside.  A love that helps you see the world differently and to steal from the book to see the beauty in the everyday.  

Molly is a quickly approaching 50 as a divorced teacher in the south when John Pressman and his fellow freedom riders come to town and start peacefully protesting segregation.  Molly steps in when a fellow diner and former student attempts to throw food at a young black woman sitting at the counter in a diner.  When the food falls and the angry young man balls his fist to hit Molly, John steps in.  The love affair between the two of them is fast and sweet, not a youthful, panty dropping whirlwind but a long walk and picnic on the grass kind of an affair.  But what that relationship awakens in Molly never goes away.  She learns that there is magic in the world if you only open your eyes to it. 

As she tells her story to RC she tries to instill in him the magic that John had passed on to her.  To open his eyes to possibilities. Molly has entrusted her story to RC, to tell her tale and share the gift John gave her with the world. 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. 

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