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The Best Laid Wedding Plans

(Magnolia Brides #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  54 reviews
With love in their hearts and crafting the perfect wedding on their minds, the possibilities are endless for the ladies of Lynette Austin's new Magnolia Brides series.


Jenni Beth Beaumont left her broken heart behind when she took her dream job in Savannah. But after her brother's death, Jenni Beth returns home to help mend her
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Idk what it was about this book. It just didn't click for me. Half of my family is from the south and the dialogue was just off for me... It was like a "forced" or "fake" southern accent. Like it was how the author thought a southern person talked, but they aren't really from the south. Like I said.. I can't put my finger on what exactly bugged me about this book.... just that something did. I kept rolling my eyes.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Best Laid Wedding Plans by Lynnette Austin, is a fun but very lengthy novel. I never get tired of reading books about weddings, brides, and the minutiae that accompanies all the festivities. This is the first book in the Magnolia Brides series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

This story is about Jenni Beth Beaumont, a wannabe wedding planner with a lot of spunk and determination. After years of working for an upscale banquet facility in Savannah Georgia, Jenni Beth decides to move back
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love a good underdog story and it's even more fun paired with a tempestuous romance. I had a good time watching a dying town slowly come to life, its people coming together to help each other out, and, eventually, I enjoyed the romance.

The story opens with wedding planner, Jenni Beth Beaumont, deciding to leave her solid, stable Savannah job to go home and help support her grieving parents who have let everything go so that they are in danger of losing the family home. Jenni Beth has to come
Sonya Heaney
Lynnette Austin is an author who has that easy, natural style I love so much. The sort of author whose representation of the present day and present day twenty-somethings makes you believe in the characters. They live in the present, ACT like they live in the present, and it’s all so much better than most contemporary romance around at the moment.

Austin also creates an excellent atmosphere and transports you to different place. It was well done, even if I can’t agree with everything!

This is very
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Best Laid Wedding Plans is the first installment in Lynnette Austin's Magnolia Brides series. Set in a small southern town in Georgia, this delightfully charming novel features a very sweet romance and a somewhat poignant storyline.

Jenni Beth Beaumont gives up a lucrative career in Savannah to return home to Misty Bottoms with big plans to turn her family's plantation home into a destination wedding location. The house has fallen in disrepair due to her parents' grief over her older
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jenni Beth Beaumont has decided to leave behind her successful party planning job in Savannah to return home to help her parents recover from the devastating loss of her brother and also keep them in their beloved home. Their home has been passed down for generations, and after some risky investments her parents are on the brink of losing their family home, and Jenni Beth is not willing to let that happen, so she devises a plan to keep her parents in their home, and also put their tiny little ...more
N. Kuhn
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
I love this book. It was a really sweet book. We have Jenni Beth and her older brother's best friend Cole. They have a tumultuous relationship in the beginning, but as it pans out, it is an amazing story. I love small town romances. Everyone knows everyone's business. The chemistry between these two is apparent throughout the whole book. Watching this romance unfold will keep you smiling. The slight suspense is a page turner.
"Both women
Jennifer Bruce
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenni Beth Beaumount is determined to make her dreams come true! Magnolia House is going to be the place for brides to find their happily ever after! Now all she needs to do is fix the house that is falling down around her ears! Send in the cavalry...Cole Bryson was her brother's best friend and always seems to be around, even when Jenni Beth doesn't want him there! Sparks fly as these two try to make Jenni Beth's dreams come true; but what happens when they realize that part of the dream could ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow. That was lame. And so disjointed--with ideas popping up out of nowhere and broken story lines. And this really got me: during the whole story the female main character had blue eyes; then at the very end, he looks into her "whiskey" colored eyes?! Is whiskey blue now? The character development needed help as well--friends mentioned once and then all of a sudden that friend is the best friend and they need to be at this important part of the book and very little description of people. Ugh.
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Romance Is Ageless

The Best Laid Wedding Plans is a charming and delightful romance set in the small Southern town of Misty Bottoms, Georgia. Jenni Beth has moved away from home and was working in Savannah. She, and especially her parents, were devastated by the death of her older brother during military action. For a while her own grief prevented her from realizing just how badly her parents were coping. Her beautiful home was in danger from outstanding loans and general neglect when
Barb Lie
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Best Laid Wedding Plans by Lynette Austin is the 1st book in her new Magnolia Brides series. This was a fun and very nice small town romance, though a bit long.

Jenni Beth Beaumont gives up the job she loves as a wedding planner in Savannah to return home to be with her parents, who have not recovered from the death of her brother. Jenni Beth plans to fix up their home, and turn it into a wedding planning business. Her family’s financial situation, due to bad loans, forces her to ask for a
A story set in Georgia brings to life the ‘image’ that most have of a Southern belle in Jenni Beth, having achieved success in Savannah working for someone else, she’s decided to strike out on her own, and head back home to Magnolia House, her childhood home in Misty Bottoms. The premise is rather quintessentially southern with quirky town names, southern accents, small towns and a rather deep layer of spackle that covers up anything ‘too distressing to discuss in polite company’. Each element ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS by Lynnette Austin is the first entry of her new Magnolia Brides series. If this book is any indication, with a few small tweaks, the series should be a big success!
Jenni Beth Beaumont left the small town of Misty Bottoms for Savannah after her heart was broken by her brother’s best friend, Cole Bryson, in high school. After her brother’s death in military action, however, she finds herself returning to her hometown
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Jenni Beth is moving back home to Misty Bottoms from Savannah to help her parents take care of their home, Magnolia House. They never recovered from losing their son Wes to war, and Jenni Beth ran back to Savannah as soon as the funeral was over, and now they needed help in order to keep the family home. So Jenni Beth decides to open a destination wedding business. She would do all the planning, and have the weddings at the ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review through Wicked Reads.

This was a nice, easy-going read for me. I quickly found myself immersed in the story. The characters were interesting and the dynamics between them well written to catch the reader's emotion. I liked that the author kept the depth of emotion with the romance, friendships, and families in the book while easily expressing their joy, grief, and love. Jenni Beth and Cole's romance was definitely rocky, but amusing and
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The female main character, Jenni Beth Beaumont goes from working for someone else, to remodeling her childhood home to start her own business. Weddings is the thing, and she wants to help bring as much business as possible to the little town she grew up in. Not only does she have to battle with getting the means to get the renovations done, but she is also battling her heart when it comes to Cole Bryson. Now all Cole wants to do is help Jenni Beth make her dream come true. While also trying to ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was engrossed with this fantastic romance from the first page to the very last.

The plot moves quickly with just enough unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader wondering and waiting for the next challenge to appear. There are challenges, hurts, tragedies and complications but they are matched with joys, the patching up of the past and a second chance to repair the damages of years gone by.

The characters are realistic and well described. Jenni Beth became my good friend to whom I wanted
Mignon Mykel
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 / 5 stars

Ah, Jenni Beth and Cole... If her name wasn't any indication, she is as southern as it comes, and with that comes spunk and sarcasm behind her "Bless you, dear"s. These two were incredibly fun to read; I enjoy wedding series {Nora Roberts' BRIDE QUARTET, namely Laurel and Del, was a favorite} and I have a feeling this one will be no different. When Jenni Beth moves back home, she has plans to convert Magnolia House into a wedding
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story dragged on and on and on....

The constant I want to be with you but I don’t deserve you, do you even want me, was getting on my nerves and making the story a whole helluva lot more unappealing as it went on.

Jenni Beth started out quite interesting as a character, I liked her intentions and I thought there would be more that would make me love her however she became mediocre.

Cole I thought was going to step up and bring the story around but I found him flat.

The side stories were
Michelle N
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first book by Lynette Austin that I have read and I am so glad that I did! It is sweet and funny, there's a little mystery and a lot of love.

Jenni Beth is a true Southern Lady but don't let that fool you. If you mess with her she's not afraid to put you in your place. She's a strong minded, hard working woman that knows exactly what she wants and will do anything to get it. She is still mourning the loss of her brother and only time will tell if she will be able to fully heal and
Donna Porter
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenni Beth Beaumont is from Chance, Georgia and works in Savannah when she inherits the family home and returns to Misty Bottoms. Cole Bryson owns a salvage business called Traditions in Savannah. He is also from Misty Bottoms and was Jenni Beth's brothers best friend. When Wes was killed in the military Cole had promised he would always look after Jenni and her parents. They were always together as children and Jenni had special feelings for Cole and always had, but he had hurt her and she ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book. But, once it got rolling I was HOOKED.

It's been a year and a half after Jenni Beth's brothers death. And back home she feels her entire world is falling apart. Her parents are but shells of themselves, the families ancestral home is disintegrating around them and the families finances are non-existing. The only way she figures to fix this is to go back home, fix the family home and run a business from it.

One big speed bump though, is Cole
Angel Hatfield
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Story Jenni Beth left Savannah to start her own business in her ancestral home, which would get some much needed restoration. Jenni Beth's brother had died while serving his brother and she had a history with one of his best friends, Cole. Cole offered to help on restoration.
I liked this story. I loved the characters and plot. Jenni Beth was tenacious in hanging on to her dream. That was not the only thing she found. I recommend this book.
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an
Donna Maguire

This book was lovely to read, I was hooked after just a few chapters and found it to be a warm and cosy page turner, just what I needed for a drab autumn day where I could wrap up warm in a blanket and escape. The characters of Cole and Jenni Beth were great and I wanted Jenni Beth to overcome all that had happened to her and to succeed from the start and I am really looking forward to the rest of the series – 5 stars from me.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cole and Jenni Beth start off a bit rocky due to their past, but their relationship developed as they worked together on renovating her house and starting her business. I enjoyed this sweet southern romance, good start to a new series. I'm really looking forward to the next book, I'm really hoping it features their friend Beck!

I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
I want to thank Goodreads First Reads Giveaway and Lynnette Austin, author of The Best Laid Wedding Plans that I won in the Giveaway.

I love a romance where the man and woman start out on opposite sides of an issue and The Best Laid Wedding Plans has that theme. I also love second chance love stories and this one is that too.

Rebecca Lyman
I thought this was a really good book, the story kept me engaged throughout and I liked watching the characters grow through the story. See my full review here: The Best Laid Wedding Plans
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lynette Austin does it again, writing a novel that has you believing you are part of the book. The descriptiveness the author brings to the characters, the location and the personalities leaves you wanting more. Cover to cover the book is an enjoyable read.
Emma Longstreth
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read for anyone who is interested in weddings and some intense drama. Cannot wait to read the second book.
Pat Christie
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

Great story, family, hometown, money problems, new business problems and of corse the love angle. She returns home to start a business and save her parents home.
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