The Magnolia Inn

The Magnolia Inn

by Carolyn Brown


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ISBN-13: 9781503904392
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 47,814
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist with more than ninety published books, which include women’s fiction and historical, contemporary, and cowboys-and-country-music romance. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else and knows what they’re doing and when. And they read the local newspaper on Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at

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The Magnolia Inn 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
judiOH 9 days ago
this story is not just about an Inn. it's a love story about two people trying to move on from loss. not the same loss however. the Inn is an inheritance left to two people. one is happy to get it, the other not so much, and he sells it. two people with a half interest in an Inn. a wonderful story of moving on from loss to finding a new life with each other. a read not to be missed.
Cali-Jewel 16 days ago
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.
StoreyBookReviews 24 days ago
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.
MLH438 3 months ago
Magnolia Inn is a sweet, clean story by Carolyn Brown that deals with themes of love, loss, moving on from the past, and second chances. Jolene grew up with an alcoholic mother and had to take care of herself from an early age. Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper brought stability to her life and, when they decide to retire and travel the country in an RV, they leave her a half-interest in Magnolia Inn along with her cousin, Reuben. When Reuben decides to sell his interest in the property, Jolene gains a partner. Tucker Malone is a former cop who lost his wife, and subsequently his job, when he started drinking to deal with the pain. He spends time rehabbing properties and sees potential in Magnolia Inn. Through working together to renovate the inn, Jolene and Tucker come to terms with the past and find a second chance with each other. As I read the story, I kept thinking it was like a country song. When Tucker makes peace with his father-in-law, Luke, and talks about his regrets, Luke tells him it "sounds like a country song." Bingo! I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
CharlotteLynnsReviews 3 months ago
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.
Susanmc81 3 months ago
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.
paytonpuppy 3 months ago
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 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)
ytcruz 3 months ago
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.
JackieBCentralTexasJB 3 months ago
My Thoughts The formerly resplendent Victorian home that became the Magnolia Inn a few miles outside the East Texas town of Marshall is a now shabby version of its former glory. The new half-owner Jolene Broussard along with best friends of her Aunt Sugar, namely Dotty, Flossie and Lucy, are determined that the Magnolia Inn once more take it's rightful place as an elegant profitable B&B. The other half-owner is Master Carpenter, Widower and total eye-candy, one Tucker Malone. So along with his renovation skills and Jolene's flair for soothing decor the dream of creating a welcoming plus functional environment for future guests is one step closer to becoming a reality. The local watering hole, Dotty's bar "The Tipsy Gator", provides Jolene steady employment and a paycheck for utilities and Tucker bankrolls the rest. Having previously spent 10 years as a bartender in West Texas at "The Twisted Rope" Jolene is amazed at the difference in atmosphere between the bars and the treatment of her new employer versus her old one as well. Dotty treats Jolene like family where her previous boss rarely gave her the time of day much less a kind word or compliment on her work performance. Sunday get togethers with the 3 elderly ladies provide time to enjoy good company and good food. Also those same get togethers strengthen a bond Jolene formed with them as a child, making it deeper as an adult is icing on the cake for her. As bonds go the one she and Tucker are forming as friends soon deepens into more as the reno continues to come together nicely. For Tucker the get togethers are a reminder of happier times. Times spent with his wife of only 5 years Melanie whose death has left his heart broken and guilt ridden as well. Jolene is also full of guilt, however hers comes from years spent taking care of her alcoholic/drug addicted Mother until one day the responsibility becomes too overwhelming and she moves out on her own. For both Jolene and Tucker this second chance for the Magnolia becomes a symbol of hope that their own second chance is possible. Letting go of the past is not as easy as embracing the future for either of them however. A lesson that is brought home in ways that neither Jolene or Tucker can choose to ignore nor choose not to take heed of. Why did I finish so soon? Hated flipping e-reader last page of this one, TOO SHORT! For me of course every one of Carolyn Browns books are too short so not really surprised at how quick the read went. [EArc from Netgalley]
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 3 months ago
I'm already a big fan of Carolyn Brown's western and small town romances. The Magnolia Inn is a big reminder of why I'm so drawn to her stories! I never miss a chance to spend time with her down to earth or quirky characters. Jolene and Tucker both come with emotional baggage, but their determination to restore the Magnolia Inn is the beginning of their healing journey. I liked that these characters both had pasts tinged with betrayal and tragedy because it made them seem all the more real and made me root for them throughout the story. Along the way they had the support of a group of long-time friends who livened up the story and provided comic relief. There was a bit of confrontation at the beginning of the novel between Jolene and her cousin that I wished had been drawn out further into the novel. Her cousin was a piece of work and it would have been interesting to see where he ended up after selling his share in the Inn. It was so easy to become attached to the characters and the paths they take. As the story drew to a close I felt like I was preparing to say goodbye to my own friends although I loved how the ending brought the story full circle and left on a positive note. *ARC provided in consideration for review*
Claire140 3 months ago
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.