Review of Magnolia Market by Judy Christie

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Magnolia Market is the second in a Christian fiction series from Judy Christie. I haven't read the first, and this one was easy to read as a stand alone novel. Having enjoyed it, I'd like to go back and look for the first and look forward to others in the series.


From the book's description:
Fresh starts aren’t nearly as glamorous as they appear. And love isn’t any easier the second time around.
Avery Broussard was savoring her long-dormant optimism. It was the first anniversary of her husband’s death, and she was finally 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 buy—the boutique she herself had rescued from ruin—she becomes a woman without a future . . . suddenly at war with her late husband’s 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 society—and T. J. knows what happens when you cross the Broussards. Could these two misfits ever make a start together? Or will the pressures of Samford society pull them apart before they even get a chance to try?

 Magnolia Market doesn't have a "preachy" tone at all. Both of our main characters- Avery and T.J. are Christians and the things they say and do throughout the book reflect this. But there isn't any particular "message" to the book. It is just a good, clean interesting read with a little bit of romance.

The characters were well developed. I found myself getting to know them and liking them as I read. The story line was interesting and compelling, and I looked forward to having time to read it. There wasn't anything particularly deep and moving about Magnolia Market, but it was simply just a good and enjoyable, light read.

I give this one 4 stars and a PG rating for content.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.