When you open up your home and your heart
Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian
But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.
To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?
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Magnolia House by Angela Barton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Magnolia House by Angela Barton is a 2019 Choc Lit publication.
This story is a little bit like mixing something spicy with something sweet. Somehow, as unlikely as it sounds, the flavors complement each other.
Magnolia House is a gentle read, with a lot of family drama and secrets, but it also has a bit of bite to it as well. There is a little mystery and sinister suspense, intertwined in the story, giving it a little bit of an edge. But the story is also a tender, and emotional, with family and friends working through difficult issues and supporting one another, and maybe a little romantic element to sweeten the pie.
When Rowan and Tom win the bid for Magnolia House, it seems all their dreams are starting to come true. They are busy and working hard, and the house will need some major renovations, but they are happily married and excited about the future.
However, a stunning series of events has left Rowan reeling, unsure if she can manage everything on her plate and deal with all the work Magnolia House requires. But, when she decides to open the house up to renters, her new tenants will bring stunning revelations into light and change the course of Rowan’s life, in ways she never imagined.
This is an engrossing story, touching on realistic topics and issues. Life happens, people are flawed and make mistakes, have trouble coping with stress, keep secrets, tell lies and all the rest, but there is also the hope of second chances, a new start in life, forgiveness and closure, and all of it centers around the love of special friends and family.
Overall, this is simply a wonderful and lovely story, with character development being its strongest suit. I found myself completely absorbed in the story and loved how everything came together in the end. The road to peace, contentment and happiness is not always an easy one, but these characters were willing to work for it and are justly rewarded.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and two spoilt spaniels she calls her ‘hairy daughters.’ Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela has won and also been shortlisted for several writing competitions. She reads avidly,
makes book-related jewelry and loves a nice cup of tea. Having recently planted a field of lavender with her husband in south-west France, she is looking forward to spending more time writing in Charente and watching their lavender grow.
Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Angela writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.