Carolyn Brown definitely knows how to write a heartfelt novel and this beautiful contemporary is pure proof. Jolene Broussard is such an interesting heroine. Her determination to make her new venture a success is admirable. Tucker Malone is a truly worthy hero. He’s far from perfect and yet he ends up being perfect for Jolene. She’s just what he needs. And while I felt heartbroken by their pasts I never felt sorry for either of them. They didn’t need my pity. I’ve yet to meet two more real characters. Their flaws and their strengths drew me in. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen. Add in Jolene’s affectionate and adept aunt and her best friends and it was a story I just couldn’t put down. There was such a detailed world revealed through the pages and I loved experiencing the heartaches. The happiness, the meals and the messes. I felt as if I became a part of their lives, as if I was let in to experience the ups and downs; the special events and the every day moments. If you are looking for a solid story that will draw you in and leave you with a happy heart this is a must read.
The Story: Many of Jolene Broussard’s best times were spent at her Aunt’s B&B and when she is given a share in the place she’s determined to make it a true success. Tucker Malone has barely been existing since his wife’s death but renovating is his first step to moving on. Perhaps these new partners can help each other move beyond their pasts and find a future together.
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?