The Merriest Magnolia by Michelle Major #Bookreview @KayePublicity @tamushamu

The Merriest Magnolia by Michelle Major

Carrie Reed has always been known as her hometown Good Girl, yet she still loves Magnolia, North Carolina—after all, this is where her newly discovered sisters, Avery and Meredith, live. But Christmas is on its way and with it, her first love. Dylan Scott is back in town and planning on changing everything she’s ever loved about Magnolia with his real estate development project…but not without a fight.

Returning to Magnolia was never in Dylan’s plans—it holds too many reminders that he would never be good enough, and memories of the girl he left behind. But when a tragedy leaves him guardian of a grieving teenager, Dylan returns, ready to remake the town into something only money can buy, small-town traditions be damned. But with Carrie determined to stop him, he finds himself wondering if redeeming his teenage reputation is worth losing out on his second chance at love.

Book Review by Tanya Kaanta

The Merriest Magnolia by Michelle Major

First love romance? Check. A second chance at love? Check. A Christmas small-town cosy with just the right amount of sizzle? Check, check, check! The three sisters of Magnolia, North Carolina are back, and this time Carrie finds love. 

Carrie Reed is the oldest sister and the only one of the three to have been raised by their biological father, Niall Reed. In case this is your first foray into the Magnolia Sisters series, Carrie, Meredith, and Avery are half-sisters who realize their relationship when their biological father dies and wills his estate to the three women. Yet Carrie is the only daughter he publicly acknowledged before his death.

Carrie could easily be called Magnolia royalty. She grew up in Magnolia, took care of her famous artist father, teaches art for the high school, and has dedicated her life to revitalizing the quaint small town. Yet her raison d’etre all comes crashing down when she learns of a hotshot real estate developer’s plans to reinvent Magnolia and annihilate everything she loves about her hometown. Carrie unleashes her inner warrior determined to take down the real estate magnate.

Yet the man in charge of this nefarious plan to gentrify Magnolia is none other than her first love, Dylan Scott. The one who broke her heart and chose money over love. And he’s back in Magnolia, now the guardian of his deceased cousin’s teenage son, Sam. Despite never wanting to return home, he realizes Magnolia might be the best place to raise Sam. Bonus, he’ll be able to oversee his real estate development project, and Dylan’s return is inevitable.

But returning to Magnolia is brings back memories of his inferiority, his damaged reputation as someone from the wrong side of the tracks without much future. Especially according to Niall, Carrie’s father. And returning to Magnolia also means confronting the reality of losing the only woman he ever loved.

As Carrie fights to retain the traditions of her town and Dylan fights to reinvent Magnolia with new construction, they both begin fighting for the love they once had and lost. And while there were some points in the story where I felt their resistance to fall in love became somewhat repetitive, overall, the characters have chemistry and I’m rooting for them to overcome their differences and their stubbornness. And as this is a romance, Carrie and Dylan don’t disappoint with their Happily Ever After.

If you’re ready for a feel good first love, second chance, cozy Christmas holiday romance, this sweet with just the right amount of sizzle novel is the perfect option. 

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