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The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story


The Magnolia Story

ratings:
4.5/5 (523 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Oct 18, 2016
ISBN:
9780718090111
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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 in to 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 garnered the attention of a television producer who noticed her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story, fans will finally get to join the Gaineses behind the scenes and discover:

  • The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their sleeping new baby
  • Joanna's agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
  • When Chip bought a houseboat, sight unseen, and it turned 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 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."

Released:
Oct 18, 2016
ISBN:
9780718090111
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Chip Gaines is the co-owner and cofounder of Magnolia and a New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Story and Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. He is constantly reinventing the wheel on what we can achieve together and is always eager to give back to individuals and communities. Born in Albuquerque and raised in Dallas, Chip later graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a marketing degree. An entrepreneur by nature, Chip has started a number of small businesses and has remodeled hundreds of homes in the Waco area. But more than any good adventure or hard-working demo day, Chip loves an early morning on the farm and a slow day spent with Jo and their five kids.



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  • (4/5)
    Love them!
  • (4/5)
    Cute, sweet, funny, real, inspiring. Just made me like the show even more. Liked the theme that repeated that God always has a better plan in store for us than what we ever dream for ourselves.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book as much as I love Fixer Upper and this book is an absolute reflection of Chip & Joanna's relationship on & off camera. They are fun and loving.
  • (5/5)
    Good read. Inspirational
  • (5/5)
    The Magnolia Story tells the biography of famed TV stars from Fixer Upper Chip and Joanna Gaines. The book introduces their fans to a more candor look at their life behind the cameras. From sharing the story of how they met to detailing the struggle they faced trying to start a successful business. While throughout the book openly showing their faith as Christians and the blessing God as bestowed upon them. A genuinely engaging story that demonstrates the journey of the American dream and family.
  • (3/5)
    I LOVE Fixer Upper and I'm convinced that the Gaines family and my family would get along, so I was ecstatic to see that this book was going to be a thing. I enjoyed learning a bit more about their pasts, both individually and as a couple, but I feel like I would have liked this better as an audiobook or as a special on HGTV. The thing that is annoying me about this book is the publicity. It's a short book, yet someone thought it would be a good idea to share some fairly large chunks in various media outlets. I've read some of those articles, so it was disappointing to me to read that same story in the book.
    This book is perfect for: Anyone who has an unexplained fascination with Chip and Joanna. That's just about everyone, right?