The Magnolia Inn

Montlake Romance. Jan. 2019. 285p. ISBN 9781503904392. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781503959408. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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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