The Magnolia Story
Kindle Edition208 pages
Published October 18, 2016

GoodReads Summary:
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.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby

Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children

When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck

Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home

Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple

Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding

The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do

The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer-upper.”

My Review:
How many of you watch Fixer Upper on HGTV either when it's on or On Demand or some other way? How many of you feel like Joanna Gaines could be your next best friend and you'd love to drop by the farm and sit and chat? This book is the story of how Joanna and Chip got to be your next best friend. 

This is written in their two voices and you can just hear them back and forth, the way it's done. As they tell their story of how they came to be what they are today, the most together couple any of us have ever seen raising four really good children, you feel like it's time for another glass of sweet tea. You just get the feeling that you are sitting down in their home having a conversation with them and the children are down the hall playing. You can almost hear the giggles from time to time. You certainly can feel the love for each other, for their children and for God. 

One thing you learn about this couple is that they have put God central in their lives. Many times in their life together they have simply prayed for help or guidance and God has answered. Joanna listens to a small, quiet voice; and it hasn't steered her wrong, yet. They don't preach about how they believe in God, they simply live it. Their belief flows through their actions. It's a big part of what you see on that TV screen. That serenity and calm, the love.

If you're a fan of Fixer Upper and have been waiting for something more from Joanna and Chip, well, here it is! Their story! I strongly recommend it for anyone who enjoys their show or just a great family story.

I purchased this from Amazon. This is an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley at Blue Cat Review