Audrey Kingston has the perfect life she always wanted. An adoring husband, a beautiful house, book club nights with friends. It was idyllic. It was serene. Until Paxton Tanner, candidate for state senator, moved in next door. Seduced by his undeniable charm, Audrey’s life becomes unrecognizable as she gives in to her impulses. The affair becomes deadly, and she gets tossed into a political scandal that leads all the way to the governor’s office. When love becomes lethal, there’s only one way out.
What I thought about The Magnolia Affair
This is one of the hardest reviews to write, mostly because I don’t want to spoil all of the delicious suspense and tension that T.A.Foster builds in this novel. I’ve been reading and reviewing Ms. Foster’s work for some time, and I’ve liked the sweet romances she crafts. When I read the synopsis for The Magnolia Affair, I wondered how she was going to pull it off since adultery is not often well received in a story, and it’s a clear departure from her previous work.
From the minute I started reading The Magnolia Affair, I was pulled into a world that was intriguing and suspenseful. I really couldn’t put this down until I got to the end. Audrey is a teacher, married to a lawyer, living the dream in a beautiful house in the perfect neighborhood. She worries she hasn’t welcomed her new neighbor properly, but as soon as she meets him, there’s a connection with Paxton Tanner that eventually undoes her perfect life and replaces it with another. The story here isn’t so much about infidelity – it’s more about what lengths people will go to get what they want.
The suspense of the plot is artfully done. It carries through the entire book and just when I thought I had it all figured out, something would happen to change my mind. The reader gets to experience everything from Audrey’s point of view and while there is a bit of telling rather than showing, I didn’t mind because it made the story move along quickly and helped to ratchet up the suspense and tension as the story progresses.
The ending left me with some closure and some questions too. I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that T.A. will give us more, maybe even Paxton’s point of view. Is he the person he seems to be? Or is he a victim too? I’d love to know. Great job keeping me guessing, T.A. Foster!
If you like suspense with your romance, I recommend The Magnolia Affair. If you’ve read T.A. Foster before, this is not like her previous books but it’s every bit as good. She nails it!
ARC provided for review.
About the Author
T.A. Foster Bio:
T.A. Foster grew up catching rays and waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her husband, three children and canine kiddo. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.