The Magnolia Inn
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?

The Magnolia Inn Details

TitleThe Magnolia Inn
Author
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary

The Magnolia Inn Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the last person she waned to go into business with.Tucker Malone used to be in law enforcement before his wife died in a tragic accident, now Tucker is basically a hermit in his trailer and a weekend drunk mourning his wife. When Tucker hears the inn is for sale he decides to invest the insurance money putting use to his carpentry skills. While Tucker is much better to partner with than Ruben, Jolene and Tucker find themselves navigating their new partnership slowly but surely.For a change we have a romance novel that didn’t push the romance (or the characters into bed) within the first few pages. The couple in this story each had their own issues to deal with and that was done slowly while remodeling the inn. I will say what I also enjoyed the most in here was the side characters, Flossie, Dotty and Lucy, the trio of elderly ladies had been friends with Jolene’s aunt for years and were like extended family and always good for a chuckle which definitely helped make this one a cute story overall.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • *Avonna
    January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTHE 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 Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTHE 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 addicted mother. She could not get her mother to change or get help for herself, so she left when she could. She is carrying a lot of guilt though because her mother committed suicide after she left. The happy times she had growing up were with her mother’s older half-sister and her husband at The Magnolia Inn B&B during summer break from school.Sugar and her husband are ready to retire and travel across country, so they leave half of the B&B to Jolene and half to her cousin Rueben. Sugar has big plans, but no money. Rueben hates his memories of the B&B and decides to sell. Tucker Malone lost his wife of 5 years in a tragic traffic accident. He hits the bottle hard. After losing his job as a police officer, he vows to only get drunk on the weekends and starts to build a name for himself as a carpenter. Tucker is informed about the sale of Rueben’s half of the Magnolia Inn and decides to buy in and partner with Jolene.The partnership is rocky at first, but soon each begins to understand that they each have deep emotional issues to deal with and dealing with them together as they remodel the inn seems to work better than dealing with them alone. I enjoyed this cozy romance. Jolene is so strong and had to survive so much. Tucker is rebuilding his life, but he is stuck emotionally until he meets Jolene. I enjoyed how the changes in their lives and the remodel of The Magnolia Inn seemed to intertwine. The secondary characters are almost show stealers in this story. Sugar, Flossie, Dotty and Lucy are good for a laugh, but also share their wisdom with Jolene. This is an emotional growth story with a very slow build up to romance. Sex is behind closed doors and only in the last portion of the story. An enjoyable read.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 put the past behind them and with the help of Aunt Sugar's three friends, who have been together since they were little girls, and phone calls with Aunt Sugar, they know the future is something that they both want and are building it together. Carolyn Brown knows how to write a good women's fiction with wonderful characters and the bonds of friendship that cannot be broken over time or place. She adds in romance and HEA for us to sigh over and gives us many LOL moments with her feisty, lovable, and quirky southern woman of a certain age. She makes you want to pull up a chair at the table and join in the fun. I always want they story to on and on so I can catch up with what her characters are doing... I await the next great story from one of my fav Women's Fiction writers.
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  • Jultri
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Peggy Jaeger
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 battling a drinking problem. Buying the inn on a whim seemed like a good idea at first. But when he meets the fiesty Jolene, he begins to second guess his purchase. Why does his partner have to be so darn cute? Restoring the inn together is a balm for the both of them.In her sweet way, Carolyn Brown gives her readers another darling romance and teaches us all about the gift of forgiveness.I loved this book. And although, like all her books. the dialogue sometimes seems a little anachronistic, the story is sound and the power of redemption for her characters, strong. Thanks, Netgalley and MOntlake for a sneak peak for an honest opinion.
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  • Nicole Laverdure
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 East Texas pines. The other half is for Reuben, a mean man who decided to sell his part. Then Tucker enters her life by buying Reuben's half. Can Jolene and Tucker trust each other and fall in love, by forgetting their pasts? I liked her three older friends Flossie, Dotty and Lucy. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ms. Brown's publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 story feels more 1982 Laura Ashley than 2019 Emily Henderson. Too much of this story feels oddly dated and I struggled to believe in Jolene and Tucker as young Millenials. There really isn’t much romance in this book. Tucker is still grieving at the start of this story and Jolene is constantly judging him and assuming the worst of him. She can’t see Tucker for most of the book because she just sees her mother in him. Jolene is unnecessarily cold and mean to Tucker - right until they get together. The story is stronger when it focuses on Jolene and Tucker dealing with their pasts. It is also strong when it focuses on Jolene’s relationships with her aunt’s group of friends. But this really doesn’t feel like a romance. There is also no heat in this book. It feels like a book that could be borrowed from a church library and I’m guessing that I’m 30 years younger than the author’s typical reader. I’m sure this book will appeal more to a conservative audience of older American women. I am aware that my reaction to this book is partly a cultural thing. I’m a liberal atheist Brit. Jack Whitehall does a great standup routine where he examines the differences between American and British attitudes towards alcohol. I’m too British to even start to understand how the characters in this book are quickly judged and labeled either teetotal or alcoholic. Add in the slightly crazed religious stuff, the cute non-swearing and the prudish giggles about a married couple sharing a bath - and I feel like there’s a cultural chasm between the worlds Jolene and I inhabit. We might speak the same language but I struggle to relate to much of anything else in her world.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 her happy.  But they are old enough to do what they want and not care what anyone thinks.  I got quite a chuckle out of their antics and matchmaking ways.Jolene and Tucker have their own set of issues to deal with but it somehow works for them as they learn to trust each other a little more and realize that perhaps what they need is looking them right in the face.  I thought it was interested that Tucker's deceased wife would speak to him in his thoughts.  She was a wise woman.  There were multiple times that the story was very touching and I felt a bit misty as if I was right in the center of the situation.This was a fun read and if you are looking for a book set in a small Texas town, in a B&B, and with some sassy characters, then check this book out.
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  • Shalini | Book Rambler
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 her writing. Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with an eARC!
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 love chocolate.”
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  • Lori Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 looking, it's just a soap opera.
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  • Isha Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Judy Churchill
    January 1, 1970
    There’s not much to this book. She’s written better things.
  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Shalini | Book Rambler
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 her writing. Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with an eARC!
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 simply couldn't get into this but perhaps you'll feel differently.Thank you to Carolyn, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Cali Jewel
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet, sexy, fun, engaging and enchanting second chance romance with a small town feel and down home heartwarming goodness.... Loved it! This is as real as it gets loved how these beautifully broken charters found the healing touch they each needed.
  • Towrin
    January 1, 1970
    *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 *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 conversations with his dead wife and trying his best to not let go of her.When I opted for this book, I was hoping for a healing romance. Maybe a broody hero and an emotionally stunted heroine. A couple of funny incidents while remodeling the home too, perhaps. Instead, I got a cardboard heroine and a - I can't even think of an adjective for what that hero was.I can't think of any scene with Tucker where he was not having an inner conversation with Melanie - his ex-wife or was comparing Jolene to her.Tucker's wife died while going to buy something from the store when he could've gone himself. He was a cop who got fired for drunk-driving after her death. He spends every Saturday drinking himself to a stupor because Saturdays used to be date nights with his wife. He proudly claims that he's only a weekend drinker.Jolene, on the other hand, had an alcoholic mother. She also has had a tough life due to her mother and a father who left. Her only purpose of life right now is running the inn.I couldn't at all emotionally connect with Tucker and Jolene at any point. Tucker talks about his guilt and keeps telling his dead wife that he misses her. But I never felt any of his pain. And we read about Jolene's past difficulties but I don't think the writer touches down on the emotions and feelings of Jolene regarding those things.The romance was unconvincing. It should be when you have a hero spending majority of the book thinking of his dead wife and ensuring that no "spark" with Jolene hinder his connection with his dead wife. Yes, there's a 'spark' at times when they touch. That was the extent of their romance for a long time.I was hoping for some pining or emotional conflict from Jolene for growing feelings for an emotionally unavailable man. But there wasn't really much of that from Jolene. And I get that Tucker lost a wife and he's grieving her. But in that process, his romance with Jolene fell flat.There was aunts and family members with their own shenanigans. I wasn't interested by any of it. I found myself waiting for parts with them to end. The pace sort of picked up at the last third of the book. But that was too late to redeem the book for me.If I wasn't clear before, this was a disappointing read.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAnother great story from Carolyn Brown. Also, another story from her where the characters talk to themselves (or dead relatives) a bit too much. I just need to resolve myself to the fact that this author uses that device a lot and I either have to live with it or quit reading her books. For the most part, I enjoy her stories. So, for now, I’ll have to live with it I guess.Tucker is a very sympathetic character. When he’s first introduced I didn’t think that would be so, but as he starte 3.5 starsAnother great story from Carolyn Brown. Also, another story from her where the characters talk to themselves (or dead relatives) a bit too much. I just need to resolve myself to the fact that this author uses that device a lot and I either have to live with it or quit reading her books. For the most part, I enjoy her stories. So, for now, I’ll have to live with it I guess.Tucker is a very sympathetic character. When he’s first introduced I didn’t think that would be so, but as he started interacting with other people his kindness and good heart shone through. My issues with this author having people talk to themselves did not extend to this character because it really worked for him and his part of the story. If such things had been kept to this one character it would have been completely fine.In all ways but one I liked Jolene. I felt she was way too judgmental of Tucker, even while understanding her reasons for judging him so harshly. It’s not so much her strong feelings about his drinking that annoyed me, it was that she seemed to think there was some kind of bad seed within him. Her aunt had taught her that nobody is all good or all bad, and she often thought about that when thinking of Tucker. But not in the “hey, he’s a great guy but I know there has to be something bad in there, too” way. Nope. It was more like “this guy is bad news but I see that goodness trying to peek through”, which made no sense with how giving his character is throughout this story.Needless to say, Jolene and Tucker had things in their own lives to work through before they could see if there could be something more than a friendship and partnership between them. Throughout the whole story there was definitely chemistry with the characters. I was truly rooting for them to resolve their issues and find a way to reach out to each other.While this wasn’t my favorite Carolyn Brown book, it did a great job of keeping me turning the pages. **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**This review can be found at the book blog All In Good Time
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Jolene Broussard's Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper are set to start their new life exploring the U.S.A. in a new RV. They have signed over half interest in The Magnolia Inn, their Victorian home and B&B to Jolene. Too bad they signed the other half interest over to Jasper's nephew, Reuben who was always being mean to her during her visits as a child. Jolene has decided though to pull up her big girl panties and deal as best she can with Reuben hoping he will be easier to deal with as an adult. N Jolene Broussard's Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper are set to start their new life exploring the U.S.A. in a new RV. They have signed over half interest in The Magnolia Inn, their Victorian home and B&B to Jolene. Too bad they signed the other half interest over to Jasper's nephew, Reuben who was always being mean to her during her visits as a child. Jolene has decided though to pull up her big girl panties and deal as best she can with Reuben hoping he will be easier to deal with as an adult. Nope! When they meet to discuss plans for renovating the inn and reopening it he is just as nasty as he always was. The good news that comes out of that meeting is that he put his half interest up for sale. Jolene is happy to hear this but worries about who might buy his half interest since she is broke and sure can't. Will she be able to work with the buyer?Tucker Malone is living in a trailer and doing carpentry work to keep himself busy after the tragic death of his beloved wife Melanie in an automobile accident. It's been a few years and he still isn't over her death and isn't dealing with it in a healthy way. Getting drunk every weekend is definitely not healthy. He decides that getting invested in the Magnolia Inn might help. What he finds is another soul with a sad history of her own in his new partner Jolene. She spent many years dealing with her alcoholic mother and she still hasn't moved on from that mess. Misery loves company they say so Jolene and Tucker should get along just fine. Will they?The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown is a great big helping of comfort food with characters that will leave you with that warm feeling of having met some great new friends. You laugh with them. You experience joy and sadness with them. You can't help but come away at the end of this story with a wad of used tear-filled tissues and then a big smile on your face. Carolyn Brown never disappoints her readers and The Magnolia Inn is no exception!
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  • Lynn Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsJolene Broussard’s life is about to change. Tucker Malone seems to have a lonely existence. He’s like a bulldozer that had me looking forward to what I might see on the next page. He also had me wishing that I could be around to help.Tucker reminds me of Don Johnson in the movie Long Hot Summer – I wonder if he has a dimple. The problem I had was trying to think of who would portray Jolene – wonder who the author would want. Once I finished this book, I wanted to go back and act Rating: 4.5 StarsJolene Broussard’s life is about to change. Tucker Malone seems to have a lonely existence. He’s like a bulldozer that had me looking forward to what I might see on the next page. He also had me wishing that I could be around to help.Tucker reminds me of Don Johnson in the movie Long Hot Summer – I wonder if he has a dimple. The problem I had was trying to think of who would portray Jolene – wonder who the author would want. Once I finished this book, I wanted to go back and actually watch the movie.I came to love our author’s secondary characters. They gave some extra life to the story. Even though they didn’t talk directly to us, they’ll make you feel as if you are a part of what’s happening. I wouldn’t want to get rid of any of them because I’ve enjoyed getting to know them – well, maybe just one and you’ll understand when you start reading.This author will remind you that you don’t need a lot of intimacy to have a great romance. Building the world that our characters are in is what becomes important. Without that world, would they even have met? The inn even becomes an important character to this story – it’s one thing that connects everyone. Any type of relationship that blossoms here is just secondary. People can get pleasure out of the simple things. It’s not hard to see that even though we may have challenges in life, the care of the right people will help make those burdens easier to bear. I can’t wait for warmer weather to get here so I can find the perfect spot with the warm sun shining down as I read this book for the second time.I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Brown really knows how to draw you in. In The Magnolia Inn Jolene is holding onto her past. Her mother was an alcoholic and drug addict. Her last boyfriend also had a drinking problem along with cleaning out all her accounts. She is having a hard time getting beyond this.Then she inherits half of her aunt and uncles bed and breakfast. The other half went to her cousin, Reuben, whom she has no good feelings for. He has no intentions of running the inn with her and sells his half to Tucker Carolyn Brown really knows how to draw you in. In The Magnolia Inn Jolene is holding onto her past. Her mother was an alcoholic and drug addict. Her last boyfriend also had a drinking problem along with cleaning out all her accounts. She is having a hard time getting beyond this.Then she inherits half of her aunt and uncles bed and breakfast. The other half went to her cousin, Reuben, whom she has no good feelings for. He has no intentions of running the inn with her and sells his half to Tucker.Tucker is also holding onto his past. He was married to the love of his life until two years ago when she died in a car accident. He cannot let go of her. He moves his home that is his trailer to the back of the inn property and plans to stay there. He has enough money to renovate the inn. Jolene has all of $100. in her checking account. They make a deal and she will work alongside of him and also prepare their meals.Jolene is happy with this deal and they work well together. Yet Tucker cannot got over losing his wife and gets falling down drunk one night. The next day he is handed an ultimatum. He knows it is for his own good. Slowly over time they are each able to move on. Working so closely together they become aware of each other. Long buried feelings begin to surface. Can Tucker and Jolene run the inn and be together with a happy ever after? You will have to read the book to find out if and how they get there. I loved every minute of this book and was sorry for it to end.
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  • Marsha Spohn
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf“The Magnolia Inn” is an emotional story full of reality checks, life lessons and the sense that there are always possibilities if you simply open yourself up to them. I was easily caught up in Jolene and Tucker’s lives and enjoyed walking along with them on a journey that discovers forgiveness, redemption and second chances exist but they really only work when you put some effort into them.Slowly the Inn’s remodeling begins to show the restoration of its former beau Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf“The Magnolia Inn” is an emotional story full of reality checks, life lessons and the sense that there are always possibilities if you simply open yourself up to them. I was easily caught up in Jolene and Tucker’s lives and enjoyed walking along with them on a journey that discovers forgiveness, redemption and second chances exist but they really only work when you put some effort into them.Slowly the Inn’s remodeling begins to show the restoration of its former beauty and grace… and just as slowly yet steadily are Jolene and Tucker given a new look on life, the chance to forgive others and themselves. Letting go of the past while reaching out to the future isn’t always easy but is definitely worth the investment.Secondary characters often set the pace for the story, and these lovely ladies of a certain age were priceless in making “The Magnolia Inn” as enjoyable and engaging as it is.I enjoyed this world very much. Tucker and Jolene each grabbed a piece of my heart for different reasons. Theirs is a slow burn romance, and a new vision of what life could be with the right partner, attitude and letting the past stay where it belongs… in the past.*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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  • Charlotte Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 is willing to do. There is less romance and more about figuring out life in Magnolia Inn. Tucker is a widow, he cannot figure out how to get past his wife’s death. Jolene grew up with an alcoholic mother and an abusive boyfriend. They both have demons and push each other, gently, to work through them. There is nothing easy about what they have to do but together they can do it. I love Jolene’s easy understanding of Tucker’s loss but she also has a tough love stance. She knows what she is willing to accept and isn’t willing to accept anything less. Tucker realized that there is something special about Jolene and with nudging from his dead wife starts to open his heart and his soul to her. By proving that he can be the man she needs to him to be, he allows her heart to heal from all the heartache that her past has left within her.
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  • Sonya Wasden
    January 1, 1970
    Jolene Broussard was given ownership in The Magnolia Inn by her Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper when they decided to retire. The other half was given to Uncle Jasper’s nephew, who promptly sold it to Tucker Malone. Tucker was an amazing carpenter and he had the money to front the renovations for B&B. Jolene was a wonderful cook so she provided the meals. They had plans to renovate and reopen the B&B in just a few short months. They were just partners, nothing more, but there was chemistry t Jolene Broussard was given ½ ownership in The Magnolia Inn by her Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper when they decided to retire. The other half was given to Uncle Jasper’s nephew, who promptly sold it to Tucker Malone. Tucker was an amazing carpenter and he had the money to front the renovations for B&B. Jolene was a wonderful cook so she provided the meals. They had plans to renovate and reopen the B&B in just a few short months. They were just partners, nothing more, but there was chemistry that neither wanted to acknowledge. Tucker had lost his beloved wife, Melanie, two years earlier and was having a hard time coming to grips with the loss. He dealt with his pain by getting falling-down-drunk every Saturday night. Jolene had her own pain and loss to deal with but one thing she couldn’t abide was a drunk. As they began to restore the inn, they both felt changes beginning in each of them. First there was friendship and a listening ear. Could there be more and would they learn to trust each other in order to find what fate was handing them?I loved the story of Jolene and Tucker and all the secondary characters in this book that made such a wonderful story. There was some foul language used in the book and there was a sex scene that was behind closed doors. I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book!Jolene inherited half of Magnolia Inn from her Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper when they decided to retire. Jasper's nephew Rueben inherited the other half. Jolene and Rueben never got along when the visited at the same time, and Jolene wasn't sure how it was going to work running the B & B with him. Rueben barely let the ink dry, and as soon as he inherited it he put his half up for sale.Tucker lost his wife Melanie a few years back, and his job with the police . He I absolutely loved this book!Jolene inherited half of Magnolia Inn from her Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper when they decided to retire. Jasper's nephew Rueben inherited the other half. Jolene and Rueben never got along when the visited at the same time, and Jolene wasn't sure how it was going to work running the B & B with him. Rueben barely let the ink dry, and as soon as he inherited it he put his half up for sale.Tucker lost his wife Melanie a few years back, and his job with the police . He's been working as a handy man, and figured it'd be a good opportunity, when the chance came up. He remembered his wife talking about the Inn, so he felt it was the right decision. The main problem is that Tucker drinks a lot on the weekends to dull the pain of his wife's accident. After Jolene's dad passed away her mother turned to drugs and alcohol, and eventually overdosed. Along with a bad relationship with a man who was also a drunk. Jolene held high reservations on how this would all work out. Tucker and Jolene had the same dream fro Magnolia Inn, and with Tucker's handyman work it'd hopefully come through.The characters are wonderful & I love how their loved one's spirits help them move on. Flossie, Dotty & Lucy are just a hoot! You'll love them all, and fall in love with this book!!!
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  • Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is the first Carolyn Brown book I've read. I thought it sounded like a sweet romance when I read the blurb the publisher sent over for consideration. Sweet is right. I didn't know what to expect since I'd not read this author before. At The Magnolia Inn we have Jolene who's inherited half of the Inn from her Aunt & Uncle. The other half belonged to her cousin who she couldn't stand to be in the same room with. Luckily he sells his I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is the first Carolyn Brown book I've read. I thought it sounded like a sweet romance when I read the blurb the publisher sent over for consideration. Sweet is right. I didn't know what to expect since I'd not read this author before. At The Magnolia Inn we have Jolene who's inherited half of the Inn from her Aunt & Uncle. The other half belonged to her cousin who she couldn't stand to be in the same room with. Luckily he sells his half to a man named Tucker. Tucker is known as the best handyman around town and he has a pretty good nest egg since his wife died in the bank. He uses this to buy into the bed and breakfast his late wife seemed to love so much. Both of these characters have tortured pasts and it effects their present as well as their future. The entire book is about dealing with your demons. It's a necessity for these two. For Jolene she shouldn't judge Tucker by the sins of others. As for Tucker he needs to allow the memories of his wife to not hurt him anymore so he can see the love right in front of him.Their love story isn't quick. It isn't easy. It's definitely sweet. One that takes time to build, savor, and respect. I hope if you read this book you enjoy the route these two take to get to their happy ever after.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    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 T 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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