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Avery Broussard was savoring her long dormant optimism. It was the first anniversary of her husband's death, and she was finally going to buy the dress boutique from her former mother-in-law. After a year of saving, the deal was nearly done. Avery was about to get her life back.

But every deal in Samford, Louisiana, can change at the whim of a Broussard. After being unceremoniously ejected from the very boutique she planned to buy--the boutique she herself had rescued from ruin--she becomes a woman without a future...suddenly at war with her late husband's family.

When carpenter T. J. Aillet begins working for the Broussards doing manual labor, he overhears enough to know that Avery is being victimized. Soon enough T. J. is lassoed in the squabble by his family connections, his god heart, and the undeniable attraction he feels toward Avery.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.375 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780310330578
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Series: Trumpet & Vine

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Fresh starts aren’t nearly as glamorous as they appear. And love isn’t any easier the second time around.

Avery Broussard was savoring her long-dormant optimism. It was the first anniversary of her husband’s death, and she was fi nally going to buy the dress boutique from her former mother-in-law. After a year of saving, the deal was nearly done. Avery was about to get her life back.

But every deal in Samford, Louisiana, can change at the whim of a Broussard. After being unceremoniously ejected from the very boutique she planned to buy—the boutique she herself had rescued from ruin—she becomes a woman without a future . . . suddenly at war with her late husband’s family.

When carpenter T. J. Aillet begins working for the Broussards doing manual labor, he overhears enough to know that Avery is being victimized. Soon enough, T. J. is lassoed into the squabble by his family connections, his good heart . . . and the undeniable attraction he feels toward Avery.

But the Aillets are no strangers to Samford society—and T. J. knows what happens when you cross the Broussards. Could these two misfi ts ever make a start together? Or will the pressures of Samford society pull them apart before they even get a chance to try?

Author Bio

Judy Christie writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor. She is the author of the Green series of novels including Gone to Green. A fan of primitive antiques and porch swings, she blogs from her green kitchen couch at www.judychristie.com. She and her husband live in northern Louisiana.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Southern Read
    November 26, 2014
    i blog 4 books
    I'm a fan of anything southern (being from the South and all!) and Magnolia Market is a great southern read. While it doesn't highlight the best the south has to offer (initially, at least), it does give readers a glimpse into what "old southern money" is all about.

    I liked Avery right away and found myself constantly frustrated by the things that kept happening to her. It was all just so unfair! But, alas, life is not fair ... and neither is Avery's. However, for every bad thing that is done TO her, a new friend comes along and helps hereven if it's in a totally unexpected way. I thought it was a great lesson in accepting help graciously and knowing we weren't intended to go through life on our own.

    The other characters in town were a great addition to the book and helped round out the story. From eccentric and grumpy to rich and snooty to kind and generous and everything in between, we get a little bit of everything.

    The middle of the book seemed to lag a bit for me, but otherwise, I truly enjoyed this book! I'm excited to read more of the Trumpet & Vine series! [4 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  2. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great story you won't want to miss!
    October 10, 2014
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Friday, October 10, 2014

    Magnolia Market by Judy Christie, 2014

    A Trumpet and Vine series, Book 2

    Magnolia Market is located at the intersection of Trumpet and Vine, where lives intersect.

    --author Judy Christie

    I loved this book!! What a great story.

    Avery Broussard thinks she is investing in her livelihood of running the family boutique she has successfully brought to the top in women's apparel, until her mother-in-law pulls it out from under her. Without a future in what she has shaped, Avery leaves to gather her thoughts, heading home in the cold and sleet. To top it off, a handyman overheard their conversation ~ one-sided, so it seemed. Tomorrow she would return and reclaim what was rightfully hers. The house key doesn't work, and as luck would have it, a truck stops and twice she runs into him in the same day. But... he knows how to get her inside. Freezing! There must be a line down with a power outage.

    On her morning stop for coffee to warm up, another adventure begins at the local grocer. Leaving, she accelerates and goes forward on the ice instead of back, managing to bring the car next to her along right into Magnolia Market. How many more days of this?! Kathleen Manning, the owner of the other car, comes flying out to get insurance information. Who should appear? T. J., the now on first-name basis carpenter... again. A call to her insurance agent, it appears Avery's insurance is expired. Add to that expired tags and a ticket from the investigating officer, who happens to know T. J., as he offers to give Avery and Kathleen a lift to where they need to go.

    Knocking at her door the next morning, Kathleen informs Avery the check she gave her for repairs has bounced at the bank. Further checking, she finds she has no funds. Her account has been closed.

    Everything is owned and rescinded by her late husband's family ~ the boutique, her car, her house, and monies, including her savings toward the purchase of the boutique. Even her attorney is secured by the Broussards.

    What is a girl to do? I loved how this story plays out and the richness of friendships Avery discovers after being away from family and friends since the death of her husband a year earlier. Comically written, the above chaotic events bring a very satisfying outcome to her life. The daily lives of those around her add to the story, including Bill, the owner of Magnolia Market who has his suspicions about her.

    This story will bring a smile and is a page-turner. I really liked it. I recommend it to all age groups ~ very well written.

    Judy Christie started her writing life by keeping a diary when she was nine ~ and still has all of them. A former newspaper editor and reporter, she blogs from her green kitchen couch at her Website and loves visiting with readers at book clubs and online on Facebook and Twitter. A fan of books, pen and paper, primitive antiques and porch swings, she writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor. She and her husband live in northern Louisiana.

    ***Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for this review copy during the book tour of Judy Christie's Magnolia Market. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Magnolia Market
    October 1, 2014
    BoosMimi
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Avery Broussard's life was about to take a drastic turn from what she thought it was to be. She dreamed of owning the classic boutique she had built from ruin and loved so much. Ready to make it her own, her mother-in-law informs her that she was not selling the shop to her. In shock, without a job, during a freaky ice storm in Louisiana, Avery's life continues to change as she slides into another car and a store as she was trying to leave. The carpenter hired by her mother-in-law to make repairs to the boutique shows up to repair the damage caused by Avery's car. It turns out, T.J. becomes more important to Avery than she or he ever imagined.

    Avery's in-laws are powerful, rich people of the area and do all they can to run her out of town. Her husband, Cres Broussard, passed away in an accident the year before. The Broussards never liked Avery, so Cres' death gives them the freedom to do all they can to get rid of her. Now after leaving her without a job, a home, a car, and money, Avery shows them that God is on her side. With determination and hard work, Avery creates a new future for herself and proves to the Broussard's that she does not need them nor their money. Jeremiah 29:11 is an important verse for Avery and becomes true with each day that passes. This book is very interesting and brings the southern charm that I so love into it. This book shows how just a few people who are determined to keep or build their dreams can be successful. They refuse to allow the powerful people of the town change it in ways that will harm the town and hurt its people. Stand up for your dreams and for what you believe is a message I got out of my reading this book.

    I really enjoyed this book. The author does a good job developing her main characters and provides strong supporting characters. I had no difficulty reading the book, and it kept my interest. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, family feuds, strong characters, determination and success.

    I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to give an honest review.
  4. Arkansas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Magnolia Market
    September 24, 2014
    Tings Mom
    Arkansas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    This book hooked me as soon as I found out it was set in a fictional town just outside Shreveport, Louisiana. Taking place less than two hours from your own home really brings a story to life and helps you connect with the characters.

    This is the second book in a series, so I felt a tad bit lost when the story started. It took me a few chapters to figure out all the connections and backgrounds between the characters. However, this little detail in no way took away from this story.

    This story portrays Southern Society at its finest, and also lets us in on a little secret - not everyone living in high society wants to be there or feels included. I loved meeting Avery and getting to know her as she works so hard to make a life for herself and get back on her feet after such a rough patch in her life.

    The friendships that grow in this story just melt my heart and make me fall in love with the characters even more throughout the book. This was one of those stories that I didn't want to end, and I look forward to the next book to see where all these new friends of mine end up.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Revealing the darker side of southern society
    September 19, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I like reading fiction centered on southern society. It can be so structured it's like reading about a different country. And this novel is no exception. Christie gives us a frank look at the darker side of it.

    Avery had married Ches Broussard six years ago, taken in by his charming and outgoing personality. It wasn't long before Avery realized her husband was charming other women. A year ago he had been killed in New Orleans, on business, he'd said, but she wondered.

    On the one year anniversary of her husband's death, Avery is rudely awakened to her in-laws' true feelings about her. All the utilities cut off at her home. Her bank account closed. She hadn't realized her father-in-law was co-singer. Her in-laws wanted her out of town and would do everything they could to make it happen.

    In the midst of an ice storm Avery slams her car into the front on a small market on the corner of Trumpet and Vine. The grouchy owner demands payment. So does the women who owns the car she hit too. Is this another nearly unbearable event in her troubled life, or is it an opportunity from God? Is it really true that everything happens for a purpose?

    I liked this novel of southern society. Avery's in-laws are powerful people in the town of Samford and they are determined to have their way. But Avery is a tough woman. She is determined to stay in Samford and make a new life for herself. She manages to find some unlikely friends who help. She even discovers a little romance along the way.

    This is a good novel of small town southern life. It graphically shows how an influential family can intimidate others and hide damaging secrets. It is also a good lesson on how God takes events that may seem so devastating to us and use them for His purpose and our eventual good.

    There is another issue in the novel, that of urban development. The little market is in danger of being gobbled up and razed, making way for modern development. But Avery and those from the gallery across the street want to see the corner of Trumpet and Vine retain its charm.

    Of course, a novel like this one includes references to southern food. It was fun to be introduced to fried pies, beignets, and chowchow. A couple of recipes are included at the end of the book, as is a Discussion Guide.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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