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A new Southern novel blooms—

“The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories”

by Celeste Fletcher McHale releases May 23


(April 2017) – Celeste Fletcher McHale, award-winning author of “The Secret to Hummingbird Cake,” brings readers her second genuine-Southern novel, “The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories,” on May 23.


“McHale has a way of creating characters who are believably flawed and human. Her wit and hilarity are perfect matches for the heartfelt romance in this winsome book,” wrote Publishers Weekly in its recent review of the new novel.


The story itself pulls on a relationship born out of storm—literally. The two main characters first meet during a Gulf-area flood and, through twists and turns in life and luck, find each other again.


Thomas Nelson

Paperback, 320 pgs., $15.99

ISBN 9780718039844

McHale, a small-town Louisiana writer gained recognition and credibility when her first novel—and first stab at writing—took off in popularity last year. “The Secret to Hummingbird Cake” was chosen as a 2016 Winter Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), an award given to a dozen “fresh” Southern books, and was recently named to SIBA’s 2017 Southern Book Prizse long list.

About the Book

Jacey and Colin shared the three most intense days of their lives together, waiting for help as Mississippi floodwaters surrounded them. Jacey knew Colin was the love of her life—until her rescue boat went under water, along with Colin’s last name and pieces of Jacey’s memory.

As Jacey walks down the aisle as the maid of honor in her friend’s wedding a year later, the last person she expects to see is Colin. The biggest surprise, though, is that the man of her dreams is not wearing jeans and flip-flops as he did when he held her through those long nights of the flood. He’s the preacher.

As Jacey’s memories come flooding back, it’s almost more than she can take. The fate of the young family trapped with them haunts her. The unwavering honesty—and support—of her best friend Georgia forces her to take a fresh look at herself. She’s spent her life afraid of love. But this flood is opening Jacey’s heart in the most unexpected ways.

About the Author

Celeste Fletcher McHale lives on her family farm in Central Louisiana where she enjoys raising a

variety of animals. Her hobbies include writing, football, baseball, and spending much time with her grandchildren. Visit Celeste at; Facebook: FletcherMcHale Twitter: @FletcherMcHale


About Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., is a world-leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks,

curriculum, and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas

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Thomas Nelson

Paperback, 320 pgs., $15.99

ISBN 9780718039844



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