You might know the authors simply because they are on television. They are the power couple of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. At least for me. I love that show and whatever plans I have on a given Saturday, go out the window whenever I find there is a Fixer Upper marathon on TV. OK maybe it’s not that obsessive but you get the idea.
The Magnolia Story is just one of many books by this couple that have been circulating the book store lately, but the Magnolia Story was the one that always gave me pause because it is their story. I had always been curious about the couple, how they met, how they started, how they got on TV. And this book delivered answers to all those questions.
I was so glad that I decided to listen to the audiobook instead of reading a print copy. The audio version is narrated by Chip and Joanna and they sound as just warm hearted and genuine as they do on TV. Learning about their lives only served to confirm that theory.
I was actually surprised that Joanna had not always been a designer and actually just “fell into it,” thanks in part to Chip. He was an entrepreneur who flipped rental houses near the college campus. After they met, Joanna began to help Chip out and when they bought their own house, Joanna began to design it as any woman would to make their home livable and comfortable. But it went even further. She realized that she like doing it and then things just get crazy.
I don’t want to reveal too much because I want Joanna and Chip to reveal all their juicy secrets about their life in their own words, but if you like the show, then it’s definitely worth the read. Their story will make you “AWW” in how Chip proposed to Joanna and then on their wedding day, it will make you laugh at the crazy antics Chip puts Joanna through, (I think any sensible woman would have killed him long ago), and it will make you see just how alike they are to you or me as they reveal their struggles to make ends meet or the challenges they faced over the years.
Joanna and Chip always seemed so genuine on TV, and I always sensed they weren’t doing it for the money. They love their job and they just want other people to get a dream house they can call home. It’s in the little details that Joanna put into her design or the surprises they throw in. But as the couple says, it was a learning experience and they have learned things along the way that have made them even better.
This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. I am just so sad that as I was listening to the story, I came across the announcement that they weren’t returning for another season of Fixer Upper on HGTV in 2019. 😦 Now what am I going to do on a lazy Saturday?
Have you read this book yet? If so, what did you think? What shows do you like? Who do you want to learn more about? Let’s discuss! Share in the comments.