Magnolia Market by Judy Christie

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Magnolia MarketMagnolia Market by Judy Christie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)


Oh, the first chapters into Magnolia Market, I couldn’t help wishing that Avery could catch a break. Her late husband’s parents, the Broussards, are a ruthless set, and Samford’s small-town drama illustrates how prejudice comes in many forms, sometimes showing its face as classism. Even Avery’s way of viewing people hasn’t wholly escaped it.

However, enough friendly faces eventually come around to bring some hope into Avery’s plight and to make the small town feel more livable. Then, the way Avery springs into action, utilizing her talents, getting into her flow, and gathering the pluck to fight for a fresh start out of a desperate situation makes her an admirable heroine. The unfolding of her relationship with T.J., and even more so, I believe, her relationship with an unlikely new best friend, has a genuine feel and is enjoyable to watch.

And, of course, being the Seattleite that I am, I couldn’t help smiling at the references to Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, Mount Rainier, and even Red Delicious apples.

This is indeed a novel full of hope, with romance and humor along the way, showing how beautiful it is to find the courage to begin again.


Magnolia Market is second in the Trumpet & Vine series.

Sweet Olive (Trumpet & Vine, #1)


3 thoughts on “Magnolia Market by Judy Christie

  1. Judy Christie says:

    Thank you so much, Nadine! I appreciate your lovely review and was delighted to read your appreciation of the Seattle reference. 🙂 My friend, who just moved from Seattle, inspired that passage; I drew from her little apartment on Lake Union. I’ve visited Seattle as a tourist a few times and love it. Happy day and thanks again. Judy P.S. A funny thing: Before I read your post today, I named a character in a novel “Nadine.” Odd, eh?


    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      It’s my pleasure, Judy, and thanks so much for stopping by! And indirect thanks to your friend from Seattle for her inspiration.

      Ah–your “Nadine” character should be a memorable one. 😀


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