#BookReview Magnolia House by Angela Barton @ChocLituk

About the book

Highly recommended read 

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 townhouse in London at auction. 

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?

Published by Choc Lit

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I found this to be a really inspiring read! It is a story that features some very sad and dark times, but also shows how people can come out the other side, especially with the help of some supportive family members and friends, and that is what the main character Rowan finds when she is faced with the devastating loss of her husband, just after they’d bought the house of their dreams, Magnolia House, to renovate.

Her whole life is changed by these tragic events but after taking time out to process the news and deal with her grief, she begins to find light at the end of the tunnel and by renting out rooms in the house she also meets some wonderful new friends who become family to her.

Alongside the story of Rowan, we also get to follow Libby and her story. She is the sister in law of Rowan, so is distraught by the loss her brother, and is also trying to deal with issues she has with shopping and spending money she doesn’t really have.  Her husband is desperate to help her but she thinks she can menage on her own and keeps it all a secret – but secrets can take their toll as she soon finds out.

I loved how darker subject were dealt with in this story alongside the lighter moments, as it really reflected real life! It’s not all rainbows and puppies!  The author has created some really enjoyable characters in this book, Ace being one of my favourites with his humour and attitude to life!                   

Rowan has to deal with some unexpected twists in her journey, and is also torn by her feelings towards a new man – is it too soon to find love again?  A fabulous read and I hope we get to hear more from these characters in the future as I’d love to revisit some of them as their lives move on!!



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