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?

Title:  Magnolia House
Series:  no
Author:  Angelia Barton
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction
Published:  January 29, 2019
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There are times when I’ve read a story that has engaged my emotions made me feel for the characters – and there have been times when the events that happen to characters simply leave me an emotional wreck… that is what MAGNOLIA HOUSE did for me.

You will not close that final page of this book without feeling something – grief, hope, despair, anger, renewed faith, and the ability to breathe freely once more.  You will wonder how the human heart can go through as much as Rowen does and still survive.  You will, at the very least, get misty-eyed or downright sobbing may occur.  In the end, you’ll discover that there is hope, life after you’ve been beaten down to the point where survival is the only option.

MAGNOLIA HOUSE delivers a strong story full of secrets, lies, tragedy, hope, friendship, recovery and a chance to find happiness again when you once thought that was an impossible dream.

I absolutely loved this story, I sincerely hope that we’ll get another story that follows these characters further along in life because I’m now emotionally engaged in their welfare.  This is one of those stories where a reader needs to discover the nuances for themselves, to find those little nuggets of wisdom or solve a puzzle.  My saying much more would take that gift away from you… and this story is a gift from the heart, and I hope you’ll enjoy every moment spent in this world, I know I did.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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