The Magnolia Inn

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This was my first book by this author and I have to say that I rather enjoyed it. It was a sweet and heartwarming story packed with emotion. I’ll definitely be reading this author again!!
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THe Magnolia Inn is a sweet story. Two injured souls, Tucker and Jolene suddenly become partners in her aunt and uncle's Magnolia Inn, The pair work together to progress through old hurts: for Jolene unresolved guilt towards her mother, and for Tucker, mourning his wife. They refurbish the tired inn and refresh their perspectives in the process. Throw in a trio of interfering and electic older women to spice up the story and the results are terrific. Readers will be left with a good feeling at the close of this one.
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Jolene Broussard has inherited the Magnolia Inn.  Her aunt and uncle have retired and want to travel.  The only place Jolene has felt that she has been wanted and loved is the Magnolia Inn.  Tucker is part owner of the Magnolia Inn.  He's a carpenter who has been struggling since his wife's death.  Can they work together to rebuild the Inn and mend there hearts or are they just destined to be alone with the past that they can't escape.  This was the first book that I have read by author Carolyn Brown.  It was a sweet book.
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Okay

What I liked:
The writing style 
The characters 
Standalone 
HEA 
Epilogue 

I had a hard time staying interested in this book.
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Thank you to NetGalley for facilitating this title to review.
As a side note, I would like to say that even though I have not read much by Carolyn Brown, I absolutely love all her book covers. They give me that cuddly, warm feeling.
The story, or this story in particular, is a totally different issue.
Jolene's aunt and uncle own the Magnolia Inn, they want to retire and travel and leave the inn to Jolene and Reuben. Reuben does not want anything to do with the inn and sells his part right away to Tucker.
Tucker is an ex-cop, who was forced out of the "force" after a drunk driving incident. His wife passed away in a car crash and he turned to the bottle to ease the pain, time goes by but he just cannot shake off Melanie and move on.
When they are forced to work side by side remodeling the inn sparks fly. Can these 2 strangers find it in themselves to let go of the past and build a future together? 
In itself, the promise is great, but I did not care for how it was developed. There are quite a few other characters, Jolene's aunt Sugar and uncle Jasper, and a small group of friends (Dotty, Flossie, and Lucy). The chapters depicting Aunt Sugar and uncle Jasper travels were just boring to me and added nothing to the story, I skipped through them. The parts including Dotty, Lucy, and Flossie were an attempt at humor, but it fell flat for the most part. Ok, for a quick, lazy read, but not my favorite.
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A well written, engaging and entertaining romance. I loved the plot and the characters and couldn't put it down.
I will surely look for other books by this author.
Recommended!
Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for this ARC
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​I do like a Carolyn Brown book, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this one.

Jolene inherits half an inn from her aunt & uncle, with the other half left to a horrible nephew of her uncle who promptly sells it.  Tucker buys it and they go into partnership renovating the inn.  Tucker's wife died a little while ago and he is still battling the loss of her in his life, hearing her talk to him in his head, and has let himself go a bit, living in a caravan and being a bit of a hermit - except on Saturdays when he goes out and gets completely drunk because it used to be their date night.

Once Tucker buys into the inn he moves into one of the rooms ​and slowly gets to know Jolene and her eccentric friends, well her aunt's friends more, while slowly renovating the inn.  The older ladies were definitely a bit quirky!

I enjoyed the story and there were some good side characters in it, but for some reason it was a bit too gentle for me and didn't grab my attention enough.  I'm sure it's only a blip though as usually I love a Carolyn Brown book.
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Very much a feel good book.  You pretty much know what is going to happen in the end but it is an enjoyable  read to get there.
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I once read a reviewer's comment that they didn't believe Carolyn Brown could write a bad story.  I absolutely and positively concur.  

Thanks to Montlake Romance for the ARC delivered through NetGalley.  My opinions are totally my own.
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Loved this well written romance.  Good plot and setting.  Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my digital arc.  This is my unbiased review.
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Carolyn Brown us high in my list of favorite authors so anytime I get the change to read one of her books I am thrilled to do so.    The Magnolia Inn did not disappoint.  I love the story, its sweet and a little heart wrenching, but uplifting also.  I love that Ms Brown includes older, wise ladies in her stories.  I definitely recommend this one!  Thanks to netgalley for the gift of the arc, the review is solely my ooinion
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Jolene was thrilled when she learned that she was inheriting the Magnolia Inn from her aunt and uncle. Then she learned that she was only inheriting one half of the inn while her cousin, Reuben, inherited the other half. Reuben had no intention of working with her as he felt he should have inherited the entire inn and therefore sold his half interest to Tucker Malone. Jolene did not learn of this until Tucker moved his travel trailer on to the property and showed up at the inn. Tucker is a carpenter and has plans for the restoration that may not coincide with Jolene’s. Also, he still has feelings of guilt over using the money he inherited from his late wife, Melanie. Would she approve? Jolene agrees to work with Tucker as he has the funds for the restoration and she does not. She fights her increasing attraction to him as she believes he is still in love with his wife. Tucker never thought he would feel this way about another woman, but Jolene is lovely, strong and independent. Travel along with Jolene and Tucker as they learn to let go of the past. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
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Such a wonderful, warm story set at a charming Texas B&B. Love it!
Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author. All opinions are my own.
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This is the first book I read by this author. 
The storyline centers around Joelene Broussard and Tucker Malone. 
Joelene has just inherited an inn that needs renovations . She got half the inn and the other half was given to Reuben, her uncle’s despicable nephew. Who in turn sells that 1/2 to Tucker.
Tucker the carpenter who bought that half on a whim, is a widower, still recovering from his loss, and dealing with that loss with booze.
These two have baggage to fill a truck.
As the story progresses , so does the relationship. 
Somehow I expected more, but for me it was just ok. I suspect I was hoping to like the characters more and to get more romance.
In the end it’s story about , hope, new beginnings, letting go and finding someone to love.
I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Sweet story of second chance of love. Makes us remember the important place of family and friends in life. Tucker and Jolene are great together and are healing each other. Sometimes the dialogue with thw old women are a little bit long.
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Thank you Netgalley for the ARC of one of my favorite authors, Carolyn Brown.

Jolene has loved the Magnolia Inn forever and when she is gifted half of the inn, she is excited about plans to renovate.  Except, the other owner isn't interested and sells his half to a cowboy who has lost his wife and is still grieving and drinking way too much.  Jolene is perturbed since her mother died from alcohol abuse, she decides to help with the reno that Tucker is interested in doing in the hopes that he can turn a profit and flip the inn.

The secondary story involves the older women who are friends with the former owner of the Magnolia Inn.  

It is a sweet, heartbreaking and uplifting story that can only come the magnificent mind of Ms. Brown.  What a glorious read and I highly recommend this book.
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I've read a few of Carolyn Brown's books and definitely enjoy the small town Texas story that she favors.  The Magnolia Inn is a stand alone slow burn clean story, full of all the best southern charm and a HEA. 

I loved the symbolism of Jolene and Tucker giving the inherited beautiful old Victorian home a remodel and fixing themselves along the way.  I'm a big fan of HGTV so this was perfect for me.  Tucker has a broken heart and soul to match finding his relief in the bottom of a bottle.  Jolene has a beaten down heart and has no patience for drunks.  I adored the meddlesome quartet of sweet southern aunties who conspire to get this pair together.  Their friendship is and sisterhood is the glue and foundation of family that Tucker and Jolene need to mend.  I would have enjoyed a longer look into the couple after they got together.
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Oh my gracious! Carolyn Brown has really overdone herself with this one! I love her Texas books, her special connections she includes in her stories and the depth of emotions she brings out. Clearly my favorite book in months! Jolene and Tucker's journey is riddled with pain, but they have an amazing ride. Love.
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My heart!  I felt very deeply for both Tucker and Jolene.  The guilt they both carreid and the process of coming to terms with that as well as finding it within themselves to move past it.  More than just a romance, this book is about friendship and family, and the power of healing.
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Jolene Broussard has had a tough life.  Her luck seems to be changing when her Aunt Sugar decides to retire and gives her half of her B&B, the Magnolia Inn.  Tucker Malone is still grieving for his dead wife, when he decides to buy the other half of the Inn.  They decide to remodel the Inn together, and the become friends and work through their respective issues.  The friendship eventually becomes more.  This is a clean romance, with minimal angst.  The secondary characters were sweet, Aunt Sugar and her friends.  What kept this from being a five star book was Tucker.  He was wallowing for too long, I just wanted someone to slap him and say “Snap out of it”.  I was given an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
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