The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen by Ray Smith #BookReview #IndieAuthor #4.5*


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“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.


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A Beautiful, Powerful Tale!      stars 4.5


A really powerful novel which has affected me greatly; I’m quite appalled at events which took place during my lifetime.

Molly Valle is a high school teacher in Mississippi; a single woman living in her own small home and, at almost fifty, reckons her best years are behind her .. and then she meets John Pressman and he changes everything  . . .

This was unknown author to me when I was offered his novel to read, but I really hope to read more from him. The only issue I’ve had with this book is trying to categorise it; it crosses genres and so far I haven’t settled on just one or two – but I’m working on it. Really skilfully crafted, this is a beautiful read which touched my soul while providing real food for thought. In today’s culture – in Scotland – I’m quite horrified at how thing were in the deep south in the past, but the other part of the story lends itself to a deep love story which only some of us are ever lucky enough to be a part of. Touching on the civil rights movement, which I always find of interest, this is about one life and how well it was lived – and this really got under my skin. I hope I can live my life like Molly Valle – with no regrets. If this came from one of the larger publishers, it would have a bestseller tag on it, so please give it a chance. For me, this absolutely earns a 4.5 stars.

My sincere thanks to the author for approaching me to review his novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: adventure, romance
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 185 pages
  • Publication Date: 07 November 2019
  • Links: Goodreads
  •              amazon


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Author Bio


Ray Smith lives in Los Angeles and is working on another book

He can be contacted at:


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