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Magnolia Story
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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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 and discover: The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby Joanna s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck Joanna s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple Memories and photos from Chip and Jo s wedding The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? Oh yeah, says Joanna. He was, and still is, my first fixer upper. "
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Mitch
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Saw this today at Magnolia world. Thought at first it was cool, then started to have heart palpitations about real books being set in concrete and never being able to be read again! #texasroadtrip

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💓💓💓 I‘m with you @Mitch 1mo
TalecArashi Woah! 1mo
Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yeah - cool idea, but couldn‘t square it in my brain! 😭 1mo
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marleed That‘s beautiful! I‘m down for anything that makes anyone want to own actual books. I‘ve read through library loans, or physically owned books then gave away. Then an opportunity presents itself for me to physically own the book anew or again. I may never read the newly purchased copy but I want it in my collection all the same. 1mo
Soubhiville I could see doing it with books that are about to be recycled... I wonder how they kept the books so clean looking when pouring the concrete around them 🤔. I haven‘t been there yet, I‘ll have to go check it out! 1mo
Mitch @Soubhiville I did give one a sneaky gentle push and they‘re in there firm! But you can still feel the pages move. Don‘t know how they‘ve done it! Lots of experimenting with concrete! 1mo
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vonnie862
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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This was a fun listen to! I've loved Chip and Jo from the Fixer Upper, so I especially loved listening to their story on how they met and became successful. #audiobook #magnoliastory #chipandjo

You can check out my review on my blog. http://vonniesreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2019/08/audiobook-review-magnolia-story...

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GypsyKat
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I‘ve never actually watched the show, but I enjoy memoirs so I thought I‘d give this a go. This was a sweet story about hard work, faith, and family. I loved some of the themes in this. Choose gratitude and joy now. Find contentment on the journey, not at the destination. And have faith. Overall a sweet, lovely read.

wanderinglynn I love the show! Chip & Joanna do a fabulous job. ❤️ 5mo
Esmerelda1rm I‘ve watched the show but haven‘t read he memoir yet. I‘m convinced this woman is super human, doing everything that she does with five kids. Maybe she can give me some pointers, lol. 5mo
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GypsyKat
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Starting this one today. 👍

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kstadt929
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I really enjoyed this audiobook! I don‘t watch the show very often (I don‘t think I‘ve ever even seen a full episode!), but I was intrigued to learn more about Chip and Joanna from the little I‘ve seen of their personalities. I enjoyed hearing about their background, thought processes, home projects...they seem very down to Earth and I enjoyed their story ☺️

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kstadt929
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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My husband and I have been working to get our house ready (painting, cleaning, misc projects) into the wee hours of the morning for the last 16 days. We agreed to RELAX and READ today (we celebrated Easter with family for dinner last night)....BUT he isn‘t awake yet, so that means I can work on sorting books (and listening to a new audiobook), right!?!? Happy Easter everyone!! 🐣

Texreader Happy Easter! 🐇🐰🐣 7mo
Slajaunie What are you getting ready for? 7mo
kstadt929 @Slajaunie We just moved into a house and have a little bit of overlap with when we leave our apartment. So we moved in just what we need to use and are trying to paint and clean almost every room in the house before we move all our stuff in. Then we don‘t have to move everything out of the way right away to paint! 7mo
Slajaunie Excellent Plan! 7mo
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dizie_lizie
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I have birthday plans today which will cause me to be out for a good chunk of the day, but I‘m still planning on keeping up with my #OWLsReadathon2019 classes later with this one for Arithmancy (more than one author)

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PerksOfBeingABookworm
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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This seems like a fitting audiobook to listen to, considering that I‘m building a bookshelf while I listen. It‘s a perfect pairing and a great book so far.

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farmhousegal19
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Such an inspiring message to never give up

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Savedbygrace
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I don't normally read "new-age" biographies, but I really had a lot of fun with this book. ☺ It was funny, cute, and (for myself) very relatable. It showed the reality (both the many struggles and triumphs) of the lives and marriage behind our beloved "Fixer Upper" couple...definitely reccomend for an enjoyable weekend read. ?
4.5 ?
(This picture is not my own)

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Eggs
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Free on prime reading: the Gaines' success story. Went to Magnolia in Waco 2 years ago; it was 100 degrees that day but they provided lovely sun-brellas to use while there.

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mountainsandlace
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mountainsandlace
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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What a great reminder!

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readingrockets
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I‘ve been slacking on reading lately. I‘ve been a little busy with my newborn, but I plan on reading a couple of books for the holiday season! I‘ve been reading a bit of The Magnolia Journal Winter Issue here and there when I get a chance. I just love Joanna‘s style!

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monalyisha
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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The bad news is: we came home from vacation & our bathroom looked like the photo on the left. We thought we were just having a small problem with the hot water. NOPE.😅

The good news is: we‘re getting a bathtub! I can‘t wait to use my first ever (😱) bath bomb. Also, our landlord asked us what color we want to paint the walls. I‘m thinking a shade of eucalyptus. 🤔

Looking for a last-minute #witchpleaseswap gift? Check out “Witch Baby” products!

LauraJ Enjoy your new bathroom. Glad your landlord is letting you choose the color. 13mo
nelehelen Hope your bathroom renovation goes smoothly!!! 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yikes! Is the bathroom usable while the renovations go on? 13mo
Chrissyreadit That is a fun site! 13mo
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BlueStockingReviews
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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A delightful couple, a delightful story!
https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/the-magnolia-story

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MarticaMustRead
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Mehso-so

Told in a conversational style, the Gaines tell stories about their early yrs. & how their major milestones & setbacks effected them not only on an individual level but also as a couple & growing family. But tbh, this fell pretty flat due to its lack of depth. Even just a wee bit of deeper introspection would've helped.
For me, the true highlights here were learning about how & why Joanna's design aesthetic came to be & changed over the years.

MarticaMustRead CONTINUED-- Not to mention that Chip comes off as very inconsiderate as a marriage partner due to the MANY times he made impulsive rash decisions that effected the whole family, without consulting his wife!😠 1y
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MarticaMustRead
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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🌜🛏📖🍨💚😋 #EveningReading #BooksInBed #NonFiction

Happy #EveningReading Littens!🤓

My current ice cream obsession: Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch Gelato❣😋

keys_on_fire I love that you‘re reading a book by Chip while eating ice cream with chips! 😂 1y
Zelma Omg, that sounds delectable! 😛 1y
MarticaMustRead LOL- I hadn't even considered that @keys_on_fire !!😆 1y
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MarticaMustRead
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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😋☕🍳🍯📖🏡 #ReverseReadathon #WrapUp #BooksOverBreakfast #CoffeeAndBooks #NonFiction #HomeSweetHome

Ahhhhhh, #SundayFunday.
The 2nd half of the readathon yesterday didn't really happen for me but that's ok since I ended up having a wonderful overdue catch-up session with a girlfriend over a hibachi dinner.

Today is all about relaxing, starting with a nice full breakfast & some lighter reading material- love Fixer Upper! 🏚🔧🖌🛠.... 🏡❣

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MarticaMustRead
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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🤓📚📖📚📖🎧 #ReverseReadathon #TBR #EveningReading

This is my current #ReadingNook for the #Readathon , at least until I get sleepy & have to move to my bed, lol.

I plan on just focusing my time between all my #CurrentReads which are pictured here plus I threw in one library check out which is no longer renewable & therefore a priority as well.

Snack- A nice bowl of cold cantaloupe pieces to snack on in between pages. 🍈😋

RavenLovelyReads That looks comfy and cozy. Good luck on the readathon! 👍🏻 1y
Bindrosbookshelf I love your reading nook! (edited) 1y
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Rachellek
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Cool to learn about Joanna‘s story! Would never have guess!

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Wife
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Mehso-so

I think this was recommended by @Copwithabook as an audiobook that I can listen to with a 4-year-old present. I like the Fixer-Upper show. Chip and Joanna seem genuine and the book provided respite breaks while in the midst of reading Wuthering Heights. 2/5🏠‘s

tracey38 Love this couple! 1y
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Bookdiva618
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

Just started this, cute book.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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My library haul!

Peaceful_Reader I really want to read You go first... 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Peaceful_Reader Me too. It looks like a cute book. 1y
readherwriteher I loved the Magnolia Story. I adore Chip and Jo. 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @readherwriteher I love them too and how much in love they are with each other and their kids.👍🏻💕 (edited) 1y
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rather_be_reading
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I am abt to watch the last episode of Fixer Upper 😭😭 #myfavshow #sosad

BlameJennyJane I‘ve been bingeing on the almost all day. I‘m still a few episodes behind but I‘m not sure I‘m ready to be done yet with the series! 😦 2y
justanothermusing I feel your pain i don't want to live on reruns 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Pickpick

Confession: I ❤️ HGTV.

Adore it. And this story about Chip and Joanna's marriage/family/life was so good.

Made me feel like "just give me 200K and a house to restore." #girlboss

Ashley85 I love them. 😍 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Ashley85 I do too and their love story is so stinking cute. 2y
kylienoele This show is my fave!! My bf even loves it. HGTV in general is the best! 2y
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asiriusreader I love Chip and ‘JoJo,‘ as he calls her! Such an addictive show. Sad that there will be no more new episodes. 2y
echalpan I loved this book!! It was great on audio! 2y
jfalkens I love HGTV too! We don't have cable but whenever a HGTV show is added to Hulu or Netflix I add it to my watch list 😊 2y
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StephanieGeiser
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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If you are a lover of Fixer Upper (like me) then you have to read this book! It‘s a quick read and gives you a lot of insight on how they got to where they are.

eanderson I love them! 2y
StephanieGeiser @eanderson Me too!! I even went to Waco in the fall to visit the Silos. It was like stepping into heaven. 2y
tracey38 I love them and have been wanting to read this. 2y
rather_be_reading i LOVE Fixer Upper!! 2y
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ashsbookmarks
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I love Chip & Joanna Gaines! They are wholesome and just awesome! So I created this shiplap bookmark with them in mind 🤗 head over to my Etsy shop to take a look www.ashsbookmarks.etsy.com
#ashsbookmarks #bookmarks #bookmark #books #book #bookternet #bookstagram #bookworm #booktopia #allthebooks #bookish #etsy #etsyshop #shopsmall #shiplap #fixerupper #chipandjoannagaines

minkyb 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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swishandflick
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I absolutely love this show! I love Jo's style, how goofy Chip is, and their chemistry. This audiobook was a quick, interesting look at their story (and I loved Chip's interjections). That said, while I respect their views on faith (regardless of my own personal beliefs), I don't think they give themselves enough credit. At one point it was like "we didn't actually do anything, it was just God's plan" which I think oversimplifies it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tadams4 Great review! Love the honesty! 2y
swishandflick @Tadams4 Thank you! 2y
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KKimber
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Halfway through this book, I knew it would be on my bookshelf for a long time to come. The book dances between Chip‘s and Joanna‘s perspectives, telling the story of how they met and what brought them to where they are now. It‘s an easy, delightful read, sprinkled with simple wisdom.
“I always thought that the “thriving” would come when everything was perfect, and what I learned is that it‘s actually down in the mess that things get good.”

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BkClubCare
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“If you can‘t do more, better try being more” - training advice I still remember receiving from an amazing mentor and I was reminded of this when Joanna shared that she realized she was going to have to “increase her capacity” to keep up with Chip. I really love the Gaines‘ attitudes in living every day: “Thrive now.”

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S.Web
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Mehso-so

I've read this one because I've been in a bit of a slump lately and I wanted a quick read to get me going again. I love their show but I don't think the book really added much to their story.

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OneCent76
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I really enjoyed learning how Chip and Jo met and became the power couple they are today. It wasn't always easy and it was so uplifting how they relied on prayer and had faith in God to get them through tough times.

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Equinm
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I enjoyed learning about this couple and the business they‘ve grown. They were open about mistakes made along the way and things they would do differently. I appreciated their position of gratitude and humility when sharing their successes.

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Tav
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I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of the show & of Chip and Joanna's relationship. I liked learning more about how they met, fell in love, & built their business. I'm sure lots of details were left out or glossed over, but I appreciated how the Gainses admitted that without the big lucky breaks from investors, they never would have made it. The God stuff -- meh. But, this is a feel-good story tailor-made for fans of the show.

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heyitsMacall
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This couple truly has a great partnership. All their actions are full of love and trust. I don't know how it's possible but I love this family more now that I've heard a little bit of their story. Also, the audio is only about 5 hours; short and sweet!

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Tav
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Pedicure and the Gaineses.

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Jen_Reads
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Picked this one up tonight. It will probably sit on my night stand for a while, but it was 50% off and then another 20% on top of that so I couldn‘t pass it up.

#magnoliastory #nonfiction #books

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Tav
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Bringing this with on my trip to Baltimore. Hopefully I'll be able to read this on the train ride to/from NYC.

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Kendra.Diane
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Reading the story of my favorite couple 😍😍 I broke down and got the hardcover instead of the kindle version! Feels weird holding an actual book but I have to say, I did miss the feeling of turning actual pages! #fixerupper

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swishandflick
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Ok so definitely not book related. But I'm obsessed with Fixer Upper and love Joanna's style - and they just announced a line at Target 😱

There goes my wallet 💸

Avanders Uh oh 😳 2y
ItsAngel @swishandflick if ever there was a reason that I would shop at target, this would be it. Bye bye 💰. My hubby will hate to hear this. 🙊 2y
maximoffs Yep. Take all my money. 2y
TheBookStacker Ugh if they don't sell out which I have a feeling it will sell out so fast! Love their stuff! 2y
minkyb I heard about this today and am thrilled! 2y
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stacybmartin
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Sixth book finished during my #24in48 - I did this audiobook while baking some blue raspberry cookies with my son and cleaning house. I love this show on HGTV and enjoyed this quick look into their backstory.

tpixie Yum! 2y
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Molly_7
Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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This audiobook is ❤️❤️❤️#MollyReads2017 #audiobooks #magnolia

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LWagoner
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Experienced as an audiobook. They talked about their journey, what brought them together & what keeps them together. They have a high commitment to each other & their children. They don't hesitate to lend a hand to someone. They state that it hasn't been easy, that they have gone thru some pretty tough & uncertain times, but they have come thru with perseverance and commitment. Very uplifting read.

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Krisjericho
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Warning: long review, cont'd in comments. I feel like this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but here goes: I wish I hadn't read this book. I like Fixer Upper. It is a fun, distracting show, and I enjoyed the hosts and their farm and their kids and their antics. I knew about the whole anti-gay church thing, but I hoped they would address that, and I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Krisjericho Instead, where I once found Chip charming, I am now appalled that he buys homes without consulting his wife and expects her to just deal with it. I am annoyed that he left his newborn son alone, not once, but twice, because he just kind of forgot that he existed, and then bungee corded him in a car seat to the front of a four-wheeler and didn't see any problem with that. 2y
Krisjericho Where I once found Jo level-headed, now I am frustrated that she doesn't call her immature husband out on his crap.

They thank God for all of the blessings in their lives, and basically preach that if everyone would just rely on God, it will all work out. But they have led charmed lives, and not everything works out, even for those who pray really hard.
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Krisjericho Jo talks about the young mother of four who died of cancer and how she learned so much from her, but why didn't it work out for that woman? Just stop, Chip and Jo. You've worked hard, and you've been lucky, and you havr friends who can lend you $100,000 to get you back on your feet. Not everyone has that kind of life.

I should have just stuck with the show.
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LauraBrook This is why I don't want to read the book. Your excellent review has made me feel okay about skipping this. I enjoy the show, but it's bugged me more and more that they seem totally oblivious of how lucky they are to have the life they have. Certainly they work hard, but so do most people. Ugh. I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it. Thank you for your review, and for "taking one for the team" as it were. 2y
seebiscan Thanks so much for this review--I really like the show, so I'm definitely going to heed your advice and skip out on this one. 2y
josie281 I appreciate this honesty. Really. Thank you! 2y
Christy2318 I've only seen a few episodes of the show. I don't like her decorating style and I find them kind of annoying. I grew up in Waco & can't believe how much $ people are willing to put into houses in some neighborhoods. They will never recoup the investment. (edited) 2y
Smangela Good to know! Thanks for the honest review! I believe they did issue a statement about the whole "anti-gay" buzzfeed article - you may be able to find it on google. Not entirely sure what it says though 2y
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Christine
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I love TV, but I'd never been an HGTV person…and then came home ownership, and Fixer Upper on my acquired-for-Handmaid's-Tale Hulu...and here we are. 😛 I was powerless to resist the charms of these two, and this book was a sweet look into their beginnings (and adorable on audio).

JanuarieTimewalker13 Love them! And I don't even have cable, but for some reason I'm lucky enough to catch their show here and there. 2y
Christine @JanuarieTimewalker13 Good for you! They are pretty great. :) 2y
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Ashley_Morgan
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Such a sweet book! And how great is fixer upper 😍