The Guilt of a Sparrow
by Jess B. Moore
Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody.
Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change.
Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves.
A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.
Jess B. Moore has written not only a good romance but also a great book about self-discovery! Magnolia is twenty-four-years-old, and she has spent most of her life trying to stay under the radar, causing no undue attention to herself or her mother. Her brother, Luke, caused enough pain and embarrassment to both of them before he died. Over the years of trying to stay invisible, she lost herself. Now, she yearns to find out exactly who she is.
Cotton comes from a family of five boys. He is the one with the temper, and he found himself in a lot of fights with Magnolia’s brother. He has been labeled a troublemaker, but he isn’t. No one really knew his fights were to help keep Magnolia safe from her bully of a big brother. He has been in love with her almost his entire life. He always “saw” her when no one else did.
Cotton did a lot of growing up and is successful in his business. However, his feelings for Magnolia never changed. He has done his best to stay away from her because he knows he has a temper and would never want to scare her. In his mind, she spent too much of her life afraid. When the two see each other one night in town, Cotton realizes this beautiful, shy girl might just actually have feelings for him. He will soon have to face his feelings for her head on or risk losing her forever! Will he let her love all the parts of him, even the dark ones? If he could just allow her to, he could love her and mend the broken pieces in her.
Moore did a good job of balancing the romance with the story of Magnolia discovering who she is. I always love when a writer picks a title that perfectly fits what the book is about, and Moore couldn’t have picked a better title. Magnolia always carried an enormous amount of guilt in regards to her mother. She tried so hard to be there for her but felt guilty anytime she made steps to stand on her own to feet. Colton compared her to a sparrow:
They’re said to symbolize good things coming in small packages, and that the loudest voice isn’t always the most powerful.
Those two things perfectly epitomized the story and who Magnolia was. She was always so quiet and tried to be invisible, but she wasn’t to him or his family. They never considered her weak. They always considered her strong, and they always really saw who she was!
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Author Bio –
Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cat, thinking the Internet loves him as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
The Guilt of a Sparrow is her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love. Her second book, Fierce Grace, follows similar themes in a whole new way, and will be available later in 2018.
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