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The Magnolia Inn

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  5,234 ratings  ·  408 reviews

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 resc

Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Elyse Walters
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Jol
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Magnolia Inn

Carolyn Brown

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 r
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
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!
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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THE MAGNOLIA INN by Carolyn Brown is her new contemporary second chance romance. It is a sweet romance, which I call a cozy romance because it is written about adults (not YA), any sex is behind closed doors, some religion may be included and the focus is on the H/h’s emotional growth or healing. These books also include a strong family, friends and/or community support system.

Jolene Broussard grew up with a drug and alcohol addict
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5. Let me be frank: this book is really boring. I’m told a lot of what I disliked about it is cultural, that I’m simply not the intended audience for this story. But that doesn’t change the fact that there is nothing compelling here. I felt about as much for these characters as I do for egg salad.
The Magnolia Inn is the newest book by one of my new favorite authors, Carolyn Brown. It tells the story of Jolene and Tucker.

Jolene spent her summers with her aunt and uncle at The Magnolia Inn, a B&B owned and operated by them. She loved her summers there and at the beginning of the novel she finds out that she has inherited half of the Inn. Her cousin, through her uncle (no blood relation) has inherited the other half of the Inn. Her aunt and uncle decided it was time for them to retire
Two broke, grieving people share an ownership in an old Victorian inn. Between the magic of the inn and the friendship that grows between them, they might both find a chance at forgiveness, healing, and love. A bit of country charm, a group of sassy friends, and a sweet, simple story are what draws me back time and again to this author's books and an engaging, familiar narrator.

The Magnolia Inn, a crossover between women's fiction and contemporary romance is a standalone story. It deals with suc
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book started slow for me but it built up to a wonderful story of family, friendship and love.

Jolene Broussard has been left half of The Magnolia Inn from her Aunt Sugar and the other half belongs to the nephew of her Aunt's husband. He does not want any part of the Inn and sells his have to Tucker Malone, who is a widower that cannot get past loosing his wife. Both of these people have had tragic pasts which they cannot move forward to a new life. While they renovate the Inn, they begin to
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

When her aunt and uncle give her half of their bed & breakfast to travel in their new RV, giving the other half to her despicable cousin, Jolene Broussard is still concerned when he sell his part to a stranger. A carpenter and widower with a moody attitude who still talk to his deceased wife. Together, they'll renovate the inn.

It sadden me to give such a low rating to an author that usually bring me so much joy but I didn't connect with all the characters this time. I had trouble especial
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read but not memorable. Less of a romance as the focus was more on the hero overcoming his grief following the death of his wife 3 years early. There really was very little physical and romantic awareness between the main characters for most of the book, and what was there was stated by the author rather than shown.

This was an ARC provided by NetGalley.
Judy Churchill
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
There’s not much to this book. She’s written better things.
Peggy Jaeger
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
When she inherits half an inn badly in need or repair. Jolene Broussard is equal parts thrilled and daunted. When she discovers that her original partner, the loathsome Ruben , has sold his half to someone else, Jolene's day brighten somewhat. But what if the new half owner is as bad as her cousin-by-marriage would have been? Jolene's got a lot of baggage in the love department and she's not exactly the most trusting of souls.

Tucker Malone is a widower still in love with his wife and who is batt
*I'd like to thank the Publisher for supplying me with this ARC for an honest review.*

What a slow and frustrating read!

Jolene and Tucker are forced by circumstanced to partner up and work on remodeling the Inn left to her by her aunt and uncle.

Most of the conversations between the two throughout the book are about the restoring of the inn. I'm sorry but if I wanted to read about all that, I'd have opted for Home Remodeling for Dummies, instead.

We spend 80% of the book with Tucker having conversa
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magnolia Inn is a sweet story of healing and friendship. It's the perfect type of fiction for women everywhere. It's got a warm inviting feel and relatable characters. Give this one a try!
Nicole Laverdure
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful Contemporary romance!

This is the first time that I read a book rewriter by this new-to-me author Carolyn Brown. I strongly recommend it if you like romantic story! A beautiful story of two broken hearts who try a second time to trust and love someone!

'The Magnolia Inn' tells the story of Jolene and Tucker. Both had lived some dramatic events in their past and have trouble to trust and try again at loving someone. She inherits half of the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the
Donna Hines
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Dream home or Nightmare?
A quaint Victorian home seems like a dream to Jolene and the start to a new life for her after some toxicity in her life with her mother.
Tucker the carpenter at her aunt's B&B is not quite the happy camper.
He's acquired part of her dream and won't let go of it.
Tucker is bitter after his wife's passing and seems to take it out on the first person he encounters in his inner circle.
Restoring the inn and rebuilding Tucker's heart may be two jobs she takes on blindly.
I sim
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good slow-building romance between two hurting people who can't seem to let go of their painful pasts. Jolene was raised by a mother who was an alcoholic and a drug addict, making Jolene the "adult" in the family. After Jolene grew up and moved out, her mom died of an overdose, leaving Jolene feeling guilty for deserting her. Then Jolene's boyfriend also turned out to be an alcoholic who cleaned out her bank accounts. She needed a chance for a fresh start.

Jolene's Aunt Sugar has given her a half
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

With themes of loss and grief and a focus on strong relationships between quirky southern women, this story kept reminding me of Steel Magnolias. I enjoyed the intergenerational relationships and I liked Jolene for her determination as she builds a new life for herself.

I didn’t love this story as much as I expected to. In an age of a million property porn instagram accounts, restoration blogs and Pinterest boards, this sto
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
A romance set in Texas, how much better could it get?!  And to top it off, it is set in Jefferson Texas, not far from where I went to high school.  And in fact, my husband and I visited this town last summer and was charmed by the small town, its residents, and the landscape.

While the story is somewhat predictable - knowing that Jolene and Tucker would end up together, what adds flavor to the story is Sugar, Dotty, Flossy, and Lucy.  These women take Jolene under their wing and only want to see
Shalini | Book Rambler
Although I like a good romance book, this one didn't make me fall in love with it. In the first few chapters, I didn't like Tucker. I was so frustrated with the storyline that I kept screaming at the book...err.. my e-reader. Ignoring that, I found the setting of the story beautiful. I loved the way Tucker and Jolene finally got together.

Overall, it is a good romance book, and I think that many romance readers will love it. Magnolia Brown is my first Carolyn Brown read, and I was impressed by h
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Magnolia Inn has been a bed and breakfast for many years. Proprietors Sugar and Jasper decided they needed to retire so they gave half of it to their niece Jolene and the other half to their nephew Reuben. They bought a new RV and left to travel the states.
Jolene wanted to remodel the inn but Reuben sold his half to a man named Tucker.
After working together for a while Tucker and Jolene become friends but he was a drinker which Jolene hated since her mother was an alcoholic. I
A great sto
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was written with heart in hand and words that will make you smile with tears running down your cheeks. That’s it in a nutshell about this book. Jolene led a hard working life; Tucker’s life was filled with dreams and devastation. Together as partners in a B & B Victorian home in East Texas, they renovated, loved the friendships of aging ladies and built a busy life together. I loved this story-line and highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great read. Thanks once again t ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kindle, 2019, romance
What a pleasure to spend time at the Magnolia Inn with Jolene and Tucker. And their friends, Flossie, Lucy, and Dottie, were a hoot. I’d love to be friends with them! The “girls” along with Aunt Sugar, brought it all together, bless their hearts.

”Know what you do when life gives you lemons?” “You add tequila.” Dotty snapped her fingers and did a three-second rendition of a salsa dance. “Or throw them in the trash and make a chocolate cake,” Jolene giggled. “Now you’re talkin’ my language. I lov
Lori Boyd
3.5 Stars for this romance story. I love to find connections in books....a special date mentioned, a place, a name of a loved one. This was no exception. After a few books with heavier subject matter, I enjoy a sweet love story.

Joelene and Tucker both have demons and are running from them. Fate brings them together and sparks fly. Endearing characters, realistic issues. A cozy read for a cool night.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this book was trite and simple and took forever to conclude. I downloaded it for a flight because it was free for Prime members and it served its purpose. Quick and super easy read. I found the characters dull, except for the old ladies, and the storyline predictable but it's pretty clear what you're getting in to. If you're looking for an easy story to escape a cramped plane or a beach read, this is fine. If you want something with depth and a little bit more thought then keep on look ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carolyn Brown is an author that I love for her easy romance, unique settings, and beautiful relationships. In Magnolia Inn, we meet Jolene who only wants to make her aunt and uncle’s B&B a success after they left it to her when they retired. When the nephew on her uncle’s side sells his half of the B&B to a local man who is living in grief and gets drunk every weekend she doesn’t know what to expect but she does know that living and working with a weekend drunk is not something that she ...more
Isha Coleman
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Life is not about the mistakes made, but the lessons learned. For Tucker and Jolene fate is about to teach them the beauty of a second chance. Knocked down by life, crippled by heartache and wishing for something more, the lonely widower and the determined thorn in his side are about to discover that even a bruised heart can heal. The Magnolia Inn is a restoration project for the soul.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Absolutely awful. Forced myself to finish it for Book Club, but good gravy, this is a terrible read. The characters are bland and completely uninteresting and their banal, repetitive conversations were absolutely unbearable. Zero story arc. Boring story. The writing is absolutely abysmal. I could not wait for this to be over.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Typical Love Story But So Good

Another easy, quick, don’t want to put it down book. After reading several drama/mystery/who dun it books, this was a breath of fresh air.

It’s a story that probably would fit into anyone’s realistic, true, filled with different emotions, and love. “Look At Us” by Vince Gill is mentioned and it fits so well with the story and at least with my life.

Highly recommend this for a “feel good”, down home Texas story.
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