Title: The Magnolia Sisters (Magnolia #1)
Author: Michelle Major
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis via Goodreads:
An inheritance brought her to Magnolia, but love just might keep her there…
Avery Keller arrives in Magnolia, North Carolina, with one aim: collect her inheritance and quickly put the quirky town in her rearview mirror. But the father who didn’t acknowledge her when he was alive has left Avery a mess to sort through—along with two half sisters she’s never met and a gorgeous single dad living next door. Soon her plan to keep this colorful, close-knit community at a distance gets complicated….
Grayson Atwell has rescued plenty of people in his firefighting career. His work and his little girl, Violet, are his entire world and there’s no time for anything—or anyone—else. But the vulnerability beneath Avery’s prickly facade brings out a fiercely protective side of him. Despite her protests, Gray can see that Avery’s falling under Magnolia’s spell—just like he’s falling for her. Now the only question is: How can he convince her to give them both a chance at forever?
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy in exchange for an honest review!
This was one of those books that you don’t want to put down because you are just having too much fun reading it. I was hooked from page one. The writing, characters and relationships kept my attention until the very end!
I absolutely loved all of the characters in this book! My favorites were obviously Avery & Gray. Avery is a headstrong, no nonsense type of person. I’ll admit, it was super hard for me to like her in the beginning. She kind of had a chip on her shoulder (with good reason), but once I got to know her character, she was awesome! As much as Avery doesn’t want to, she has a huge heart. She may not want anyone to know that she cares, but it totally shows. Now Gray is a absolute sweetheart. He has an actual heart of gold. He is a firefighter and an amazing dad. He loves his daughter more than anything in the world. He will go to the ends of the earth to protect her. Both Avery & Gray were so much fun to read about.
I’m a sucker for a book with sibling relationships. This one was different from others I have read though. Avery had no idea that she had siblings. I can’t imagine going my whole life being an only child to then having not one, but two sisters. It was definitely an adjustment for all three women and they handled it so well. I loved getting to see Avery, Carrie and Meredith navigate their new relationship all while dealing with the mess that their father left behind. I’m excited to see the sisterhood grow even more in the next book.
The romance was oh so cute! You could totally tell that Avery & Gray had chemistry from the second (definitely not the first 😂) time they meet. Their relationship had it’s ups & downs for sure, but I was rooting for them so much. Both had a past that affected their approach to love. It was interesting to see how they dealt with their inner struggles to find their way to each other. I do want to mention that the romance is definitely Indra love. I promise you, it is at it’s best though. If that trope isn’t something you like, just know that before you start reading.
I absolutely loved the ending! I was not expecting it at all. I should have picked up the clues from earlier in the story, but well, I didn’t! The little bit of a cliffhanger has me super excited to pick up Carrie’s book.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Magnolia Sisters. It was a total delight read. If you are looking for a quick & fun story that has wonderful sibling relationships & a sweet romance, I highly recommend looking into this book!