About the Book
Title: The Magnolia Inn
Author: Carolyn Brown
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.
Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.
Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?
Guest Post: A Grieving Widower Finds a Second Chance at Love by Carolyn Brown
Thank you so very much for inviting me to your site to talk about Tucker and Jolene from The Magnolia Inn.
Jolene Broussard has always loved the Magnolia Inn, a little bed and breakfast set back in the tall pines between Jefferson and Marshall, Texas. She had a troubled childhood, so coming to Aunt Sugar and Uncle Jasper’s inn every summer was the most stable thing in her life. She never thought of her aunt and uncle retiring, but when they do, they leave half ownership of the inn to Jolene and the other half to Jasper’s nephew, Reuben.
Jolene spent lots of summers at the inn, right along with Reuben, and she didn’t like him one bit. But if he’d be willing to go along with her plan to fix the place up, then he wouldn’t even have to live there. But Reuben doesn’t want to hear anything from her. Instead, he sells his half the minute his name is on the deed.
When his wife was killed in an automobile accident a few years back, Tucker Malone blamed himself and drowned his sorrows in the bottle. He was fired from his job on the Dallas police force, and turned to the only other skill he had—carpentry work. He got word about half the Magnolia being for sale, and without even looking at the inside, he bought it. The only problem is the sassy woman who has the other half. He doesn’t mind putting in the work or the money to bring the old place back to its original glory, and Jolene does like his cat. However, she has no right to judge his weekend binges when she works in a bar, now did she?
There are many steps to grieving, but instead of getting past them all, Tucker just piled one on top of the other, covering all of them with a heavy blanket of guilt that he wears like a shroud. He’s loved so deeply and completely that he never thought he’d ever be able to love again. Now, feelings are popping up that he doesn’t know how to deal with, and he feels like they are a betrayal to his marriage. Complicated doesn’t begin to explain the emotions that he is dealing with.
While Tucker is trying to put out the sparks between him and Jolene, she’s trying to figure out what she’s going to do with the same vibes. She can’t fall for another man who drinks, not after her last drunk of a boyfriend, or having to deal with her mother, who had the same problem. She was smart enough and has been through enough experiences with people to know that they didn’t change—not until they recognized that they had a problem and were willing to make changes. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and it won’t leave well enough alone.
Thank you again for inviting me to your site. I sure hope you enjoy Tucker and Jolene’s story—and all in love with all the elderly ladies who are there to support Jolene in her Aunt Sugar’s place, since Sugar is off touring the United States in a big RV.
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist with more than ninety published books, which include women’s fiction and historical, contemporary, and cowboys-and-country-music romance. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else and knows what they’re doing and when. And they read the local newspaper on Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.
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