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Publisher's Summary

A #1 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?

©2019 by Carolyn Brown. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Brown tugs hard at the heartstrings with an emotional contemporary about a grieving widower and a vulnerable bartender…The author does a first-rate job of depicting the devastating stages of grief, provides a simple but appealing plot with a sympathetic hero and heroine and a cast of lovable supporting characters, and wraps it all up with a happily ever after to cheer for.” (Publishers Weekly)

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The Magnolia Inn

As always Carolyn Brown, The Magnolia Inn was beautifully written. The girls made me laugh and reminded me a lot of kin especially with the accents!

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HEARTWARMING STORY

I love Carolyn Brown and this book is no exception.

A full cast of characters that make this story more than the coming together of the protagonists.

Two people that have had their share of grief come together to begin anew.

They are supposed to be only business partners, but some helpful souls try to steer them together. And they do!

There are hurdles to overcome, and old wounds that need to heal, but the journey was worth it.

This story is beautifully written, and I highly recommend it.

❤️❤️❤️5 HEARTFELT STARS❤️❤️❤️

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Ridiculous, Predictable, and Boring

My title sums it up. It’s hard to expound on it. Not worth anyone’s time. Worst audio book I’ve listened to in decades.

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Cheesy

I’m all for a cheesy love story every now and then but this was was too much

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Hokey and predictable ...

This is after all, a romance novel so I wasn’t expecting Grapes of Wrath ... I was expecting something fresh with a twist but it’s not happening with this book.

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Healing, Loss, Replacement

Broken people find healing at the Magnolia Inn when a married couple retires, leaves their B&B to young kin, and go off on an RV adventure. The male heir doesn't want his half so it's very quickly sold to a man whose carpentry skills will be utilized to help his heart heal. We see that alcohol doesn't really dull the loss, it simply provides a destructive replacement that destroys everyone around them. Instead learning to let go and move on, along with some tough love from the female heir, opens the doors to the replacement for pain. Carolyn Brown's humor isn't as sharp in this story, but the huge heart is definitely there. Enjoyed it!

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Good book!!

I enjoyed this book! If you have loss some one special in your life. Book hits home. Thanks Doug

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Nice little romance

I enjoyed this book. it was well written and narrated nicely. I could tell the author was, as I am, a fan of the Steel Magnolias story. She seemed to copy that story line a tiny bit, but I could be wrong.. I usually am,, though I seldom admit it.. By having a group of quirky southern ladies to fuss over our main characters, it just kind of stood out to me that she very well may have gotten some ideas from my favorite movie. But thats fine with me. After all, I chose this book because of the title and hoped there would be some similarities. There are,but they don't stand out. The book was just a nice little story, but not much more than that. But let's face it. Not every book we experience will be a blockbuster. It's a nice, but a bit predictable story to absorb on a rainy Sunday afternoon. There is "respectable" romance. You know, like the kind you might see in a movie on the Lifetime channel. In fact, this would make a great movie for that channel if it still exists ( I dumped cable for streaming over 10 years ago) or even the Hallmark channel. It shows the interest they have in each other, and there is the forbidden sexual tension building, but you don't feel like you have to shower afterward. After a few really hot kisses, the bedroom door closes, and the rest is left to your imagination., where I think it should be. I'm so glad I didn't stumble into another one of those books that has words like pulsating or engorged written on every fourth or fifth page. Don't get me wrong. There is a time and a place for everything. I just wasn't in the mood for that type of romance. I like this author. I really do. I haven't experienced her before this book. She can hold your attention well, and does a pretty good job of setting up a scene without being too obvious or overdoing it. It's just plain and simple. But that's just fine with me. It's like a comfortable bowl of old style brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal on a cold winter morning. It's an old familiar friend. It's a great little book, and yes, I would recommend it to my friends and family. In fact, I already have.😊❤😊

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I loved this book about a family at the Magnolia Inn. l enjoyed listening to their lives take meaning with their loved ones around them. l look forward to listening to more stories from this author.

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Terrible southern cliches

How did this get published? I’m from the south and have never met a billy job or Bobby Joe or Flossie or Sugar or Jolene! What a predictable story line - the only reason I finished it is because I have to finish things I start :(

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Wow

I loved this book. I haven’t read a novel for around 20 + years.
I’m more of non fiction fan.
Looking forward to the next novel