ROMANCE

The Magnolia Inn

Montlake Romance. Jan. 2019. 285p. ISBN 9781503904392. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781503959408. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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When Jolene Broussard's aunt gives her half ownership in her beloved Magnolia Inn, Jolene is ecstatic, but she's reserving judgment on her new partner Tucker Malone, the widowed cop-turned-carpenter who bought the other half from her money-hungry cousin. It's not that Tucker isn't a hard worker or is difficult to get along with—their renovation of the inn is going wonderfully—but he's still mourning his late wife, and he drinks a little too much on the weekends, something that makes Jolene, who dealt with an alcoholic mother, a little bit wary, yet it tugs at her heart. A trio of meddling but adorable septuagenarians keep the laughter flowing in a story that skillfully walks the line between women's fiction and romance and will attract fans of both.
VERDICT Two resilient protagonists with ghosts to lay to rest find healing in a touching story brimming with down-home East Texas charm. Author of more than 90 books, Brown (Cowboy Honor) lives in Davis, OK.

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