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Magnolia City by Duncan W. Alderson


Hetty Allen privileged in Houston’s upper crust, forced to choose between two men, a choice that will change both the course of her life and the lives of her entire family. She quickly learns the consequences of her actions, transforming her from a spirited, fun-loving girl into an independent and calculating woman.

Alderson certainly delved in the history of Houston during the 1920’s, the vast history of this city was well done, fascinating and educational.

Magnolia City is an ambitious piece of work, almost too much. Alderson needs to minimize all the events occurring in such a short period of time, this would add merit and plausibility to the narrative. As it is, it feels forced and quantity takes over quality. With sound editing this story has endless potential.

The array of characters evolve as the story progresses, surprising given the amount and pace of the narrative.

An interesting story especially with the depth of Houston’s history explored and obviously well researched. Fine tuning, tempering of romantic scenes leading to a promising novel. I appreciate Alderson’s enthusiastic effort, detailed for a debut, impressively researched. I’d explore future endeavors from this author, his research cannot go unnoticed.


Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN13: 9780758292759

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