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Publication Date: 2014
Series: Trumpet & Vine
Fresh starts arent nearly as glamorous as they appear. And love isnt any easier the second time around.
Avery Broussard was savoring her long-dormant optimism. It was the first anniversary of her husbands 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 buythe boutique she herself had rescued from ruinshe becomes a woman without a future . . . suddenly at war with her late husbands 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 societyand 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?
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.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Finding Her PlaceJuly 19, 2016mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found myself looking forward to a few minutes each day to read the next chapter of this story. It wasn't a deep plot, but it was engaging. I was rooting for Avery. I will be watching for the next story set in this town.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Magnificent!October 3, 2015alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Avery Broussard is have the worst day possible. After losing her precious boutique to her former mother-in-law, she is involved in a major accident only to find that her automobile insurance has been canceled. Returning home she finds an eviction notice nailed to her front door. Her utilities have been shut off and her bank accounts have all been closed. With nothing else in her life, Avery and her friend Kathleen volunteers to run the local corner market while the owner is laid up.
All T.J. Aillet wants in life is to be the man that God wants him to be and he has a hard enough time just trying to cope with work and his family, the last thing he wants to find is love. But when a beautiful young woman in desperate need of help crosses his path, T.J. feels a tug in his spirit to help her.
I fell in love with Averys character from the first page. Sometimes God the life we know and completely turns it upside down. Avery is take from the upper crust of society to running a local corner market that is in danger of being taken over by big business.
Chaotic and humorous, this is the story is a story of love and friendship and how God works in our lives in the most unexpected ways.
There was nothing about this book that I didnt like, except for the fact that it was a little to sappy. But you know, sometimes in life we need sappy. I give this book 5 stars and a very high recommendation.
i blog 4 books4 Stars Out Of 5Great Southern ReadNovember 26, 2014i blog 4 booksI'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.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great story you won't want to miss!October 10, 2014KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Friday, 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.***
BoosMimiAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Magnolia MarketOctober 1, 2014BoosMimiAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Avery 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.
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