Somehow it’s been 8 months since I’ve done an official character gift exchange? What? How is that possible? I’m not entirely sure but as soon as I read Magnolia but Kristi Cook a few weeks ago, I knew they would be the perfect victims, er, candidates for my next one! First, a few reasons to pick up this August release paperback:
- The setting is practically another character. Cook described the gorgeous Mississippi town so well, I felt like I was practically living there too. It was so delightfully Southern and everything felt so gorgeous and grand.
- It’s not exactly a Romeo and Juliet story. Instead of Ryder and Jemma want nothing to do with one another, and it’s their parents who are pretty much marrying them on the spot. Loved this twist, and also the backstory associated with it.
- There is a storm. An intense storm that traps both of the main characters in a house — alone. With the threat of no electricity. So. I’ll let that idea simmer for you because it was awesome.
I sped through Magnolia so quickly because I could not WAIT to see what would happen.
And now for the character gift exchange!
Ryder to Jemma
Industrial Film Bookends: Jemma is a budding filmmaker, and her dreams of going to film school in NYC makes up for a lot of her anxiety in the book because it’s not exactly what her parents have in mind for her. I loved this artistic side of her!
Hello, New York: An Illustrated Letter of the Five Boroughs: This book is quirky and fun, and I would imagine Jemma would be so thrilled Ryder was thoughtful and got her this. It’s a sign of support.
Glimmering Tough Hair Pin Set: Another detail I loved in the book was how Jemma had an eye for fixing vintage dresses and making them her own. I didn’t want Ryder to buy her a dress, especially because finding them is half the fun but I think these hair clips would compliment any one of her frocks.
Jemma to Ryder
Antique Constellation Print: Stars are Ryder’s thing; instead of a football future, he wants his in astronomy and science. Wouldn’t this be fun to frame?
Romeo & Juliet: A Baby Lit Board Book: This is exactly the kind of gag gift I would give to a boyfriend/my husband. Ryder and Jemma are aware of their situation and this is a light-hearted reminder of their friendship and their family history.
Dinosaur Boxer Briefs: A tongue-in-cheek reminder to stick to your guns.
Hope you enjoyed these! Now hurry up + buy the book!