Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Bringing Magnolia Home is a fascinating coming of age story unlike any I’ve read to date. Magnolia (Maggie), on her own following a break from a dysfunctional family situation that includes an abusive step-father and an uncaring mother, awakes one morning to a new and scary world. At her bus stop, on the way to work, she meets a young man and together they notice they are the only two humans in the world. As the story moves forward the couple finds others who, like them, initially believed themselves to be alone in a once over populated world. No spoilers… but the story takes an abrupt change of direction a little over halfway through to become a psychological mystery/suspense drama of near brilliance.
With Bringing Magnolia Home, Kitt Hill has demonstrated a talent for storytelling that includes skill in all the basics… plotting, characterization, dialog and the all-important ability to create a sense of verisimilitude that allows readers to suspend any thoughts of disbelief. Her characters, all of them, but especially lead character Maggie, are a cross-section of America that every reader will recognize. How these characters came to impact the story and, in particular, Maggie’s life is the surprise that highlights the near genius plotting of the author. I’ve mentioned “near” twice in this review. Both instances refer to polish that all authors worth their salt eventually develop. Taking nothing away from Bringing Magnolia Home, the novel is a clear indication that Kitt Hill is only a heartbeat away from brilliance and certainly an authoress to follow. All in all, an excellent story that I truly enjoyed.