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Review: The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines

January 18th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Publication date: October 18, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

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.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

My Thoughts

I only watch Fixer Upper off and on but when I do I love watching the interaction between Chip and Joanna. They are such a great couple on TV and I love how they always put their family first so I was eager to read more about their relationship and how they got started.

This was a quick and fun read that I finished in one setting. The story reads just how the couple behaves on TV. It’s funny, loving and inspiring. The faith Joanna showed in God when making life choices was both inspiring and nerve wracking. It’s something I always feel I need to work on as I always feel like I need a plan in place before making any big changes in my life. I also found it hilarious and incredible that they made it past the first date with Chip showing up so late and then all of his antics over the years.

If you love the show or just want to see more of how this couple found their success I highly suggest this read. Truly a blast to read.

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Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Contemporary

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