Houston in the 1920s is a
city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, where the elite
live in beaux art mansions behind the gates of Courtlandt Place. Kirby Augustus
Allen, grandson of the Allen brothers who founded Houston as a real estate
deal, is grooming his daughter Hetty to marry Lamar Rusk, scion of the
Splendora oil fortune. Instead, at the No-Tsu-Oh Carnival of 1928, beautiful,
rebellious Hetty encounters a mysterious man from Montana dressed in the gear
of a wildcatter--an outsider named Garret MacBride.
Hetty is torn between Lamar’s
lavish courtship and her instinctive connection to Garret. As Lamar’s wife she
would be guaranteed acceptance to the highest ranks of Houston society. Yet Garret,
poor but powerfully ambitious, offers the adventure she craves, with rendezvous
in illicit jazz clubs and reckless nights of passion. The men’s intense rivalry
extends to business, as rumors of a vast, untapped ocean of oil in East Texas
spark a frenzy that can make fortunes—or shatter lives and dreams beyond repair.
A sweeping, sumptuous debut
that evokes the turmoil and drama rippling through the history of the Lone Star
State, Magnolia City is a story of
love, greed, jealousy, and redemption, brought to life through the eyes of its
unforgettable heroine. Download and start listening now!