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Magnolia House

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When you open up your home and your heart …

Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her
Kindle Edition, 454 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Choc Lit
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magnolia House by Angela Barton is a 2019 Choc Lit publication.

This story is a little bit like mixing something spicy with something sweet. Somehow, as unlikely as it sounds, the flavors complement each other.

Magnolia House is a gentle read, with a lot of family drama and secrets, but it also has a bit of bite to it as well. There is a little mystery and sinister suspense, intertwined in the story, giving it a little bit of an edge. But the story is also a tender, and emotional, with family an
Kirsty 📚📖❤️
I wasn’t sure about this with the opening chapter but I ended up really enjoying it which just shows sometimes it's not the best idea to give up on a book too early. It’s the story of Rowan and who has become widowed. To make money she converts her house into flats and we learn about her friendships with the people who are renting from her.
I was unsure of the romance to start with as she has only been widowed 16 months but the book does discuss the topic of when is too soon to move on which agai
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a romantic story? Are you looking for a romantic story about second chances and new friends? Are you looking for a story with all of the above and a bit of suspense added to the mix? No need to look any further because by reading this book, you have found it.

Life certainly is no bed of roses and can hand you a few blows, but when you are surrounded by family and friends, you can overcome anything. It still needs time, of course, but as long you don’t have to do it all by your
Karen Mace
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a really inspiring read! It is a story that features some very sad and dark times, but also shows how people can come out the other side, especially with the help of some supportive family members and friends, and that is what the main character Rowan finds when she is faced with the devastating loss of her husband, just after they'd bought the house of their dreams, Magnolia House, to renovate.

Her whole life is changed by these tragic events but after taking time out to proce
Frankie Reviews
Magnolia House is a wonderfully emotional and up-lifting book, which will stay with you a long time after shutting the last page. This is the first I have read by Angela Barton, so I came into this book with open eyes and I am so pleased to say that Ms Barton has grabbed my attention with her heart-warming story of moving on after heart-break and I know without a doubt that I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

The story opens to Rowan who basically has everything a woman could
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uno-2019

An entrancing tale. I was enraptured from the first chapter. Plenty of intrigue throughout with a twist with a twist! Highs and lows this book has them all. It was so easy to lose myself in this book. I was sorry to say goodbye to the characters at the end. This is a book to binge on. Highly recommended read.

Thank you NetGalley.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
My goodness, the first quarter of this book is heartbreaking – life “crashing down” just about sums it up really, as you wonder what more heartbreak one person can bear. But from the point the builders started work to change the house into three apartments, and Rowan took a holiday with her parents in France for a while, the book really grabbed me and hooked me in, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying it.

The characters really are excellent – while Rowan’s strength and resilience place you firm
Debi Lantzer
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: choclit
Rowan Forrester and her husband, Tom, buy a large Georgian townhouse in London after they put in the winning bid in an auction. While the house needs a lot of work, to Rowan and Tom it's perfect - the location is awesome for Tom because it's near his sister, and it's great for Rowan because it's near her best friend, Libby.  Rowan is pregnant and her jewelry business is just about to launch. Everything seems just so perfect. 

Then, suddenly, everything goes wrong. Rowan's life is turned upside do
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magnolia House is the name of the large Georgian townhouse in London which Rowan Forrester and her husband Tom buy after placing the winning bid in an auction. It seems like a dream come true. A beautiful new house, albeit one needing lots of work, very near to Tom's sister and Rowan's best friend Libby, a baby on the way and Rowan's jewellery making business just about to get off the ground. In a flash though, everything goes horribly wrong and Rowan faces a very different life in Magnolia Hous ...more
Angela Britnell
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which has a touch of everything from romance, to sadness and an interesting hint of suspense. Rowan and Tom’s plans include renovating a house in London but when their dreams are torn apart she struggles with a multitude of emotions while trying to decide a new direction for her life. The many sensitive issues this story touches on are handled deftly and we’re brought on the journey with Rowan, laughing and crying along with her. The secondary cast of characters o ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suspense, hope and love

This is Rowan's story, which takes the reader on a wonderful journey that includes sorrow, happiness and hope.

Rowan's husband appears to have some secrets, but then so does Rowan, who is waiting for the right moment to tell hers. A move to a new house in Clapham, London seems just perfect. They are close to the Common, close to Rowan's sister in law and everything is very exciting. Then in a moment it all changes, and Rowan need to have a big re-think about her future.

Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I expected this to be a book I could dip in and out whenever spare moments occurred. I was so wrong. Magnolia House became compulsive reading for me. The characters were fun, the plot seemed gentle, until the author decided to shake up and shock me with heartbreak and loss for the heroine. I won't give more away about the plot, except to say this is a compelling read that I thoroughly recommend.
Isobel Jagger
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is fresh and simple. The story is also fresh but not really simple. Rowan's life goes from happy and comfortable to devastation in a moment. Her way back to living her new life is complex and fraught, with people not always being whom they seem. So if you are ready for the unexpected twists her story takes don't wait, visit Magnolia House soon!
Kathleen Gray
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely book about a woman remaking her life after tragedy. Rowan had so much to look forward to- and then not. What she had left was house, Magnolia House, but that's a little overwhelming. She opts to take in housemates, a positive in so many ways. Ace is just awesome and just the person she needs to perk up her life. James, however, is tempting but....There's a gentle dance toward romance here. Barton does not shy away from the serious issues Rowan faced or her conflict at finding a possibil ...more
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

There are times when I’ve read a story that has engaged my emotions made me feel for the characters – and there have been times when the events that happen to characters simply leave me an emotional wreck… that is what MAGNOLIA HOUSE did for me.

You will not close that final page of this book without feeling something – grief, hope, despair, anger, renewed faith, and the ability to breathe freely once more. You will wonder how the human heart can go through as much as
Carol Thomas
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magnolia House is a heartwarming and entertaining read that doesn’t shy away from exploring the highs and lows faced by the main character, Rowan. Throughout the story, there are dark and light moments that the author has balanced well. While it incorporates loss, grief and deception, it is undoubtedly also a story of carrying on, and of finding the positives when all around you seems to be falling apart.

Rowan is a strong, likeable character, who doesn’t sit back and let her problems define her.
Isabelle D
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the unforgettable Arlette's Story, I was curious about this new novel (in a different genre, as the first was historical and this one is contemporary) but also rather worried, knowing the heroine was going to face grief near the beginning (which could easily make for what I would consider a depressing read). Thankfully, after the darkest part (softened by supportive characters and the beautiful writing style that had already made me love Arlette's Story in spite of its tragic moments), mos ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great novel
This is a lovely, easy but emotional read with believable, well rounded characters I could empathise with and care about. The story of a young widow, Rowan, who turns her house into apartments and rents two of them out. The novel deals with relationships, has a good pace and a satisfying ending for most of the characters and some very funny moments. I didn’t want to put it down. Thank you Angela Barton, I loved it and can't wait for the next one.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story starts well and then improves. It is hard to review without giving too much away but suffice it to say this is a a great romance. The heroine, Rowan, is a believable girl trying to make the very best of her life and eventually succeeding. You will love following the downs and ups of her life, willing things to work out well for her. The men in her life, Tom, Ace and James are so well written I almost heard them speaking to me! A very readable, gentle story which keeps you reading.
Deanna Stevens
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Angela Barton takes you through highs and lows of life. This book really grabbed my attention and held it! Hard to review without giving away spoilers! Since I don't like spoilers I will simply say "This is a book we all should read as it shows us the courage to find our own second chances."

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review!
Yvonne Greene
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Rowan is the main character and she has suffered a terrible loss, through no fault of her own. However she eventually moves forward in life and faces future challenges with bravery and good humour. I love her relationship with her sister-in-law, who faces her own challenges. The story is beautifully written with a nice touch of humour. Highly recommend it - 5 stars!
Magnolia House by Angela Barton
Source: NetGalley and Choc Lit Publishing
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Magnolia House is everything Rowan Forrester and her husband could have ever wished for in a home! With rooms perfect for living and for working, Magnolia House was meant to be the start of a wonderful future, the newest chapter in an already happy marriage. Unfortunately, the universe doesn’t always dance to the same tune as our wishes and within weeks of moving in, Rowan finds herself very much alone a
Rowan and Tom are a couple in love, with a dream to own a run-down Georgian townhome in London, just minutes from Tom’s sister and her husband. With the aid of Rowan’s inheritance from her grandmother, they get the house at auction, and are able to refit and renovate for a new start – with a photography studio in the basement for Tom and plenty of light and bright space for Rowan to create her jewelry. And things are lovely, with only a few hiccups from a client of Tom’s and Rowan’s big secret – ...more
Joanna Lambert
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of Magnolia House, Angela Barton’s latest novel from Choc Lit Ruby. I’d read Arlette’s Story and loved it but realised this was going to be completely different. Magnolia House is set in modern day London. Tom and Rowan Forrester have purchased a dilapidated Georgian town house near Clapham Common which they have completely renovated. Tom has a thriving photographic business and Rowan makes jewellery. Relocating from Cheshire with their spaniel Jet they ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the author's last book, Arlette's Story, but this one is very different and I enjoyed it just as much. By building up Rowan's perfect life, it is even more shocking to the reader as little by little, everything around her collapses. I'm not sure if this is a romance - it certainly has a heart-moving romance at its core but then the tone shifts and it becomes quite sinister in places. What matters though is that it's a darned good read! The suspense is tingling and the romance all warm an ...more
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