“Are you ready to see your fixer upper?
These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people?What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.
The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.
They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.
In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes.”
My Thoughts :
I love Chip and Joanne Gaines. They are funny, real, and love people. There is no way I could put up with some of the crazy things Chip has done; but, clearly God brought them together and has allowed them to blossom. Their book is everything you want it to be. Go get it! Borrow it from a friend or whatever, you will love it. It’s a short, quick read that is funny and inspiring. I also just signed up for the magazine, which I also love!
I gave this a rating of NONE. There was no strong language, violence, or sexual references.
What I liked :
- Chip and Joanne – I love their show and how well they work together. Their book reads just like they talk, which is great. There is a one font for when Joanne is talking and another when Chip is speaking or interrupting. They work together so well and the love they have for each other, their family, for God and for Waco shows in their show and in their book.
- The Pictures – Of course we all want to see some pictures of what they looked like growing up, or when they got married and thankfully they are included. There are also a few pictures of some of their first fixer uppers.
- Their Story – They talk about the good and the bad, but mostly the good. Joanne shares how they meet and how Chip encouraged her to take a risk and go for her dream. She also explains where the name Magnolia came from and what it means to them now. They also share how God closed some doors and opened others; looking back they see how He prepared them crazy ride of the last few years.
- Just a Note – I did not listen to the audio version on this one; however, it would translate perfectly to one. Also, Joanne and Chip are the narrators so what would be better!
What I didn’t like :
- Wanted More – The only complaint I had was I wanted them to speak a little more about the present and how their lives look now. I understand why. This book is about the journey that brought them to now and how the Gaines built their business before HGTV came in; but, I would have love to read a little more about the creative journey they take as they renovate house and opened up the Silos.
What Others Are Saying :
“The husband and wife team who host HGTV's Fixer Upper and own Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Tex., shed light on their success in business and family endeavors, giving fans a humble and heartwarming view of the long and bumpy road leading up to their hit show.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“The many fans of Fixer Upper will be enthralled to spend some time behind the scenes with the Gaines family.” – Library Journal Review
Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw