Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Today, I’m reviewing Magnolia and Moonlight, a Halloween paranormal romance by fellow eXtasy Books author D.S. Dehel.




Magnolia and MoonlightTitle: Magnolia and Moonlight
Series: N/A
Author: D.S. Dehel
Pages: 57
Word Count: 15,182
Publication Date: October 30, 2020
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Heat Level: 3
Genre(s): Holiday, Paranormal Romance

Secrets hide in the magnolia moonlight.

Blurb:  Caro Talbot loves Belle Grove, but not the people caring for it, and things get worse when they invite Desmond Mason to research the house’s history. Yet Dez is different from what she expects, and she becomes determined to help him solve the puzzle of the woman in the painting that’s hung in the house for years.

As Halloween approaches, Dez pries into secrets she’d rather keep, raising the ghost of her past. Caro has to decide whether to trust a man she hardly knows or run the risk of being eternally lonely.



This 15k read packs the punch of a full-length novel.  Seriously, it does.  I went into this thinking I’d only read twenty-five pages, but because of the mystery and the characters, I finished the story in one night.

First, you’re in for a surprise with Caro.  I know I was.  It wasn’t until I was maybe a good ten pages into the story that I realised who and what she was.  As for Dez, he was a wonderful hero, everything one expects in a romance novel.

The plot was brilliant and well executed.  The descriptions were dreamy and sometimes carried a touch of pathos.  The research was brilliant.  It became part of the story and never came close to information overload.

The author made good use of her 15k words.  Nothing lagged.  Every paragraph and sentence belonged.  As for the ending, that was one of the best I’ve read.  Bravo!

Being from Canada, I don’t know much about the southern United States, so I always enjoy a southern read because it’s an opportunity to learn, and I adore the etiquette and mannerisms.

This is a wonderful romance.  Very romantic.  Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy at eXtasy Books.  You won’t be disappointed.

Have you read Magnolias and Moonlight?  If you did, do you agree with my review?  If you haven’t had the chance to read the story yet, would you be willing to after reading my review?

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4 thoughts on “D.S. Dehel – Magnolia and Moonlight

  1. It’s good to see a lot of reviews and perspective of interesting reads. The book seems like one that highlights various approaches to romance based on cultural settings. What’s the greatest lesson you took from this read?

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    1. I’d say the history. It was great learning about southern culture. As for life lessons–all you have is today. Not a dime more. 🙂 Thank you for commenting, Darren. I’m glad you’re enjoying the reviews. 🙂

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      1. Sounds very positive Maggie and indeed that’s a great lesson, the present and to live it. Not a problem, keep them coming ☺️

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