Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m on the blog tour for the lovely Magnolia House by Angela Barton.
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?
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Magnolia House is a wonderful read….a story of romance, love, betrayal, friendship, loss and one strong woman!
I’m not going to say much about the plot as I don’t want to give anything away. But we meet Rowan and her Husband Tom as they are buying a Georgian Townhouse in London with ideals of starting new businesses and having their ‘happy ever after’. They move close to Tom sister in law, and Rowan’s best friend Libby and her Husband David who also have their own story within the book.
Something happens that leave’s Rowan with no choice but to reflect on her life and make decisions going forwards so she renovates the house and advertises for housemates in the two new apartments. Rowan meets the flamboyant and hilarious Ace whilst she’s visiting family in France (in hilarious circumstances!) and he moves in, then his good looking and single brother, James moves in….but he also has a story of his own.
Finally the last housemate is the young and beautiful Nora and her little daughter, Primrose. They all make friends and we experience the struggles that Rowan goes through trying to come to terms with the things that have happened to her, but we also learn about all the amazing characters and their own stories too.
This is a fab book, and I loved the fact that each character had their own mini story as well as linking in with Rowan. There are some ‘Oh my goodness’ moments where things happened that I hadn’t even expected….the twists are fab! I would most definitely like to see another book about what’s happened since the end….it would be great to catch up with the characters, who are all brilliant (except maybe a couple!).
I really enjoyed this book, it really is a bit of a rollercoaster and I genuinely didn’t want to put it down! Barton’s writing style is also fantastic and makes for an easy, comfortable and enjoyable read. I’lll definitely be reaching for her first book now, and will more than likely re-read this again in the future!
about the author….
Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and adorable four-year-old twin granddaughters. Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching facts for her novels. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Choc Lit’s new imprint, Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a lovely team.
Angela and her husband, Paul, recently moved to France and planted a lavender field. She’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the beautiful Charente countryside working from her new writing room, a beautiful shepherd hut. Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
You can also buy Angela’s other book, Arlette’s Story here.
As always, don’t forget to check out the other bloggers on this tour too to see what they thought 🙂
Have a great weekend all
Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and to the author and publisher for providing with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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