The Magnolia Innby Published 15 Jan 2019
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A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.
New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown brings together two wounded hearts in a Texas romance of second chances and twice-in-a-lifetime true love.
Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.
Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.
Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?
"The Magnolia Inn" Reviews
Audiobook- ebook sync.
Voice narrator by Brittany Presley was perfect for this story
In the process of renovating the damaged, run-down, out-dated structure of
the Magnolia Inn in east Texas, ( in a small historical tourist town called Jefferson), the two main characters: Jolene Broussard and Tucker Malone are both in need of ‘personal’ renovation. They each come with troubled pasts of baggage.
Literally and figuratively the Inn gets a make-over as well as these two wounded grieving souls.
As Jolene and Tucker work together to bring freshness of Magnolia Inn back to life...
they do the same with themselves and with each other.
From partnership, to friendship, to love... Jolene and Tucker are working through grief, fears, guilt, sadness, even anger...
coming to forgiveness and redemption.
Three other feisty, quirky.....’hilarious’ characters:
Flossy, Dotty, and Lucy, are the town community gals that give this novel its
Like the song in Mary Poppins...
the old gals add spoons-full of sugar to make the medicine go down.
They contribute healing Jolene and Tucker.
Jolene’s *Aunt Sugar*, does is sprinkling healing too...( notice the name is *sugar*), along with Uncle Jasper by calling from the road... checking in on the kids, - how the remodeling is coming - and how they are coming along emotionally.
Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper, are retired RV owners - having recently let go of their many years of running The Magnolia Inn, are
having their own new beginning adventures on the road.
Jefferson is the perfect town to heal, grow, let go of the past, and move on.
Jefferson is ‘not’ the town of depression.
The buzzin- perky- town people are goofy-joyfully-contagious.
I learned an interesting tidbit about the historical town of Jefferson. ( for real)..
There is a group of women who call themselves
“The Pulpwood Queens”.
These women are part of a meet&greet book club in a combined beauty and book store.
I couldn’t help but wonder if their sparkling group played a roll in the creation of Flossy,Dotty, and Lucy.
This was fun reading in the way author Fannie Flagg is.
A predictable love story develops...( but we’re happy about it).
This was my first time reading Carolyn Brown.
I might not jump to read her often - but I enjoyed it for what it was: a contemporary old fashion PG-love story.... with quirks!
The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown is a slow burning contemporary romance. The story brings two flawed characters together for their shot at a happily ever after over the course of several months time.
Jolene Broussard found out that her aunt Sugar was going to give her half of her bed and breakfast, the Magnolia Inn. As excited as Jolene wanted to be she knew she was dead broke and that the inn was going to take a lot of work to get into shape and her cousin Ruben who now owns the other half was the last person she waned to go into business with.
Tucker Malone used to be in law enforcement before his wife died in a tragic accident, now Tucker is basically a hermit in his trailer and a weekend drunk mourning his wife. When Tucker hears the inn is for sale he decides to invest the insurance money putting use to his carpentry skills. While Tucker is much better to partner with than Ruben, Jolene and Tucker find themselves navigating their new partnership slowly but surely.
For a change we have a romance novel that didn’t push the romance (or the characters into bed) within the first few pages. The couple in this story each had their own issues to deal with and that was done slowly while remodeling the inn. I will say what I also enjoyed the most in here was the side characters, Flossie, Dotty and Lucy, the trio of elderly ladies had been friends with Jolene’s aunt for years and were like extended family and always good for a chuckle which definitely helped make this one a cute story overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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The Magnolia Inn
THE MAGNOLIA INN is a slow burn contemporary story that I was pulled in to from the very first page. To be honest, I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it. I knew I would read it anyway, because I love Carolyn Brown, but the cover really pulled me in. I would love to stay at an inn with a beautiful purple door!I loved everything about this beautiful story and I'm excited to recommend it to my reading friends. Carolyn Brown always has a way of grabbing her readers and she never lets us go.
THE MAGNOLIA INN really takes a turn that will have you unable to put this beautiful story down. Neither Jolene or Tucker are looking for a relationship, but they can't seem to ignore their growing feelings. Tucker's wife died five years ago and it has left him with so much grief and guilt. Jolene has been burned in the past and has no desire to go down that road again! It was cute watching these two dance around their feelings for each other. Jolene just wants to remodel the beautiful inn that she has inherited from her aunt and uncle but she needs someone to buy the half that her cousin wants to be bought out of. Jolene doesn't have that kind of money and Tucker does so when she hires him as a carpenter he decides to do a little investing!
THE MAGNOLIA INN is filled with twists and turns and had me staying up way too late one night to finish! I had to know where Carolyn Brown was taking us and what would happen to Jolene and Tucker. I really loved how the whole community came to Jolene and Tucker's aid and only wanted them to feel loved and realize that they were home. There is so much heart in Carolyn's writing that I'm always left with a huge smile on my face and my heart very happy. I could totally see THE MAGNOLIA INN becoming a Hallmark movie and I would love to see it. All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I've known them for a long time. I would love to hang out with Sugar, Dotty, and Flossie. I'm sure they could teach me a thing or two and I know they would keep my laughing all day long! I love how Carolyn does that to me each and every time.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
80% of the book Tucker is still talking to his dead wife and just cannot seem to get over her. Sorry but this is the least romantic book I have read in a long time! If the writing hadn’t been so good I wouldn’t have finished reading it! The best part of the book – the cover!
CHARMING. Also one of my absolute favorite covers of the year. I don't think I've read anything else by this author, but if this story is indicative of her work, I'm going to go sink into her backlist RIGHT NOW. The fact that her books are available as Read & Listen on Kindle Unlimited will make that so easy to do! I loved this one on audio - the accents were all amazing and really made me feel like I was in East Texas.
The Magnolia Inn is a wonderful blend of small town Texas, home renovation, overcoming grief, overcoming addiction, and chaste romance. The cast of older women in this book is just wonderful and add so much depth to the story. I love the lack of drama in the main relationship as well.