From the publisher:
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?
Amazon.com offered this book free to Prime members so I gave it a read. This author was new to me, but her name was familiar; she blurbed a book I really liked, another cowboy romance, THE LAST TRUE COWBOY by Laura Drake. This book is set in Texas but isn’t really a cowboy story. But it is a home renovation story, another trope I enjoy, which was another reason I read it.
It was a very good read. The characters are skillfully brought to life and their interactions were believable. I highly recommend this.
02/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE MAGNOLIA INN by Carolyn Brown. The Dial Press (February 5, 2019). ISBN 978-1524799014. 448p.