The Magnolia Story - Chris & Joanna Gaines

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Summary (from goodreads):
Are you ready to see your fixer upper?

These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people?What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

Edition Read: Overdrive ebook from local library
Where (else) to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*

Before I get into it, there are two things that rub me the wrong way.

The first is they say that if you work hard, everything will work out fine. While this is true for them, this is absolutely not true for most people. It's good to see they are hardworking people, who enjoy what they do, and have found greater success than they could have imagined. BUT... there have been people busting their asses throughout history who have never caught a break.

The second is Chip's impulse buying. I find it really disrespectful to Joanna and their relationship to make such large purchases without even consulting her. That said, without this habit, there would be no Fixer Upper.

Despite the above, I did enjoy the book. It's hard to dislike them over it because if I was lucky enough to have everything work out all the time, I'd probably feel the same way. Not to mention, they are so damn genuine and lovable. That's why they have a show in the first place. As for the relationship issues, it's definitely not something I want in mine, but they make it work or, at the very least, have made peace with it. It's really not my business.

I loved reading about how they met and the ups and downs they went through. Nothing very predictable here. As expected, their lives are "boring". I don't mean this in a bad or insulting way. (My life is pretty boring and I'm okay with it.) It's a quick read about two people I enjoy watching.


Exactly what it says on the tin. Nothing particularly groundbreaking or surprising, but if you like the show, you might like this book.

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