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Magnolia House by Angela Barton
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bookshelves: 2019, contemporary-fiction, choclit

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 and friends working through difficult issues and supporting one another, and maybe a little romantic element to sweeten the pie.

When Rowan and Tom win the bid for Magnolia House, it seems all their dreams are starting to come true. They are busy and working hard, and the house will need some major renovations, but they are happily married and excited about the future.

However, a stunning series of events has left Rowan reeling, unsure if she can manage everything on her plate and deal with all the work Magnolia House requires. But, when she decides to open the house up to renters, her new tenants will bring stunning revelations into light and change the course of Rowan’s life, in ways she never imagined.

This is an engrossing story, touching on realistic topics and issues. Life happens, people are flawed and make mistakes, have trouble coping with stress, keep secrets, tell lies and all the rest, but there is also the hope of second chances, a new start in life, forgiveness and closure, and all of it centers around the love of special friends and family.

Overall, this is simply a wonderful and lovely story, with character development being its strongest suit. I found myself completely absorbed in the story and loved how everything came together in the end. The road to peace, contentment and happiness is not always an easy one, but these characters were willing to work for it and are justly rewarded.
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Reading Progress

December 20, 2018 – Shelved
December 20, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 17, 2019 – Started Reading
January 17, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
January 17, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
January 17, 2019 – Shelved as: choclit
January 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by *TUDOR^QUEEN* (new)

*TUDOR^QUEEN* A beautifully written review, Julie! XOXO


message 2: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Lovely review Julie 🤗


Julie Maureen wrote: "Lovely review Julie 🤗"

Thank you, Maureen!!😊😊


Julie *TUDOR^QUEEN* wrote: "A beautifully written review, Julie! XOXO"

Thank you, TQ!! 😊😊


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Kelly Moore Great review, Julie! I will definitely have to pick this one up!


Julie Kelly wrote: "Great review, Julie! I will definitely have to pick this one up!"

Thank you, Kelly! Happy reading!! 😊😊


message 7: by KAS (new)

KAS Enjoyed reading how much you enjoyed reading this one, Julie ;) Fabulous review!! 😘❤️


Julie KAS wrote: "Enjoyed reading how much you enjoyed reading this one, Julie ;) Fabulous review!! 😘❤️"

Thank you, KAS!! I love secrets and good family drama! 😊😊


message 9: by Holly (new)

Holly  B Sounds really wonderful. Great review Julie!


message 10: by Diane (new)

Diane Wallace Wonderful review, Julie ;)


message 11: by Jen (new)

Jen A charming review, Julie :D


message 12: by RedemptionDenied (new)

RedemptionDenied Very nice review, Julie!


Julie RedemptionDenied wrote: "Very nice review, Julie!"

Thank you, RD! 😊😊


Julie Holly wrote: "Sounds really wonderful. Great review Julie!"

Thank you, Holly!! 😊😊


Julie Jen wrote: "A charming review, Julie :D"

Thank you, Jen!! 😊😊


Julie Diane wrote: "Wonderful review, Julie ;)"

Thank you, Diane!! 😊😊


Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* Fab review, Julie!


message 18: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Fabulous review Julie!! 🔥❤️


Julie Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* wrote: "Fab review, Julie!"

Thank you, Mary Beth!! 😊😊


Julie Kendall wrote: "Fabulous review Julie!! 🔥❤️"
Thank you, Kendall!! 😊💖😊


message 21: by JanB (new)

JanB Really lovely review Julie! This sounds like it has something for everyone 😊


Julie JanB wrote: "Really lovely review Julie! This sounds like it has something for everyone 😊"

Thank you, Jan!! Yes, I think anyone would like this book!! 💖


message 23: by Marialyce (new)

Marialyce Sounds like this book has it all. Wonderful review, Julie!


message 24: by Nicola (new)

Nicola Wonderful review Julie! I love it when everything comes together nicely at the end! 💕


message 25: by JV (semi-hiatus) (new)

JV (semi-hiatus) Terrific review, dear Julie! 🤗


message 26: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Awesome review, Julie!


Julie Carolyn wrote: "Awesome review, Julie!"

Thank you, Carolyn!! 💖


Julie JV wrote: "Terrific review, dear Julie! 🤗"

Thank you, JV!!😊😊


Julie Nicola wrote: "Wonderful review Julie! I love it when everything comes together nicely at the end! 💕"

Thank you, Nicola!! Me too! .💖


Julie Marialyce wrote: "Sounds like this book has it all. Wonderful review, Julie!"

Thank you, Marialyce!! It was constructed very well, with great characterizations! 💖


message 31: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Wonderful review, Julie.


Julie Angela M wrote: "Wonderful review, Julie."

Thank you, Angela!! 💖


message 33: by PorshaJo (new)

PorshaJo Nice review Julie! Sounds very interesting. Adding it. Glad you liked it!


message 34: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Lovely review, Julia!


message 35: by Meredith (new)

Meredith *Julie! Please excuse the typo from my previous comment, lol!


Julie PorshaJo wrote: "Nice review Julie! Sounds very interesting. Adding it. Glad you liked it!"
Thank you, PorshaJo!! Enjoy!! 😊😊


Julie Meredith wrote: "*Julie! Please excuse the typo from my previous comment, lol!"

Thank you, Meredith!! 😊😊


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Lovely review, Julie! This sounds like quite the endearing story!


Julie Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader wrote: "Lovely review, Julie! This sounds like quite the endearing story!"

Thank you, Jennifer!! It was! 😊💖😊


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