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 troublemaking 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.
The MacKenna clan was one short of a six-pack of boys… Some people loved them, for their good humor, musicality, and generosity. Others hated the lot of them, for their pranks, talent, and popularity.
Mrs. Albright. A horrible old biddy. White blue hair, deep set wrinkles, and an affinity at spreading ignorance.
“I am talking to Vincent on Monday, and he'll ask her out, and before you know it they'll have little tattooed kids running around.” “Tattooed kids?” I asked because I couldn't help it. The idea was too funny. “He can't have plain ol' regular kids.” She deadpanned,
The silence felt like a real thing, something swimming in the air that I could grab at and come away with evidence in my hands.
I had no destination in mind, but whatever I was looking for, I hadn't found it yet. That was the problem with running away, when your only goal was to leave something behind, but never to find something ahead.
I was stunned and awed to realize this masterfully crafted tale was the author’s first book. It was divine storytelling. I was quickly sucked into the Magnolia Porter vortex and there I remained, fully immersed and held fast by this highly skilled writer's mesmerizing prose. Jess B. Moore has mad skills. The writing was evocative, unflinchingly insightful, and keenly observant, while the storylines were well-paced and cunningly honed. But the characters, oh I adored and ached for these deeply flawed characters and felt I knew them all too well. Jess B. Moore is definitely going to the top of my list as a new favorite and “Talent to Watch.”
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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