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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Sydney Grey inherits the run down farmhouse where she grew up in the loving care of her grandparents but moved away when her grandpa passed. Her grandmother couldn't bear the memories; in addition to her grandfather's passing, Sydney's mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Sydney returns as a young adult, ready to renovate the farmhouse and build a life for herself. She meets both a friend from her childhood and the fine-looking contractor that might be able to help her fix up the house, and everything seems to be on track. Yet she can't seem to shake off a few odd sensations about the house. Memories from her past creep up on her, and every now and then she finds herself shuddering from an unknown sense of unease. Jax Rhyder... if that's not a name designed for heartache, I don't know what is. He's a successful and well-regarded renovator in town. His family is building a construction and renovation business from scratch and are setting their sights on becoming a regional power in the industry. Jax has always toed the line when it comes to accepting projects on his family's behalf, but there's something about Sydney and her farmhouse that makes him finally stand up and go against his father's wishes. He wants that project... and maybe Sydney too.
In Magnolia Tree: The Crossing Trilogy Book 1, descriptions were clear and painted a lovely picture, especially of the farmhouse when Sydney is first present and is imagining the renovations in store. June V. Bourgo writes with care, ensuring that the reader moves right along with the characters and is never left behind. Sydney's mind was clear and clever, providing insight to the plot, as well as her own devices. I loved that she had a business plan as well as a plan for herself and her future. Although I don't really get Earthing, I enjoyed that both it and Yoga were such a part of Sydney's life. She was the kind of character you could really get behind, as she's so confident in herself and her own plans for the future. As far as appearance goes, the book is well crafted and well put together. I would definitely recommend Magnolia Tree for anyone that likes light romantic fare with a hint of mystery, and some family drama thrown in for good measure.