How do you work together when you can barely stand one another?
This is the challenge for Jolene and Tucker in Carolyn Brown’s enemies-to-lovers romance, The Magnolia Inn. I grabbed this book through Kindle Unlimited with Whispersync on a whim, in a lull in my schedule.
I’m so glad I did!
Narrated by Brittany Pressley for Brilliance Audio, this is a heartwrenching story of two broken people who help each other put the pieces back together.
Tucker is a widower lost in his grief, living alone with his deceased wife’s cat and an empty bottle of sadness. When he lost his wife, he eventually lost his job and his connections to his old life. He gives up trying. His lost wife plays heavily into the story arc and how he is inevitably thrown into the story.
Jolene survived a tough childhood and though she’s getting by, she’s hardly living. She’s extremely close to her aging aunt and uncle, who are emotional parents to her when her own parents weren’t and eventually were gone.
The two are drawn together when they are forced to share ownership of the Magnolia Inn, a dated bed and breakfast the two decide to restore.
The story itself is somewhat predictable. We know from the beginning that these two will inevitably fall in love. While that would normally be a turnoff to me, Jolene’s meddling quasi aunts really carried the humor and fun.
Pressley does a wonderful job of differentiating the personality and cadence of the cast, and really lets you forget it’s a single person sharing the story! Brown’s story becomes less trite and more engaging. In fact, I really think if I was reading this on my kindle or in paperback, it would have fallen to my “Did not finish” pile.
If you’re looking for a sweet story of redemption with some comical secondary characters to spur the story along, download The Magnolia Inn here: