The Magnolia Sisters by Michelle Major
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?
Review by Tanya Kannta for Love Books Group
The Magnolia Sisters is the start of a new series by Michelle Major. If you are a fan of small-town romance, single dads, a hard to win over heroine, and a story line filled with intrigue about 3 half sisters that meet for the first time? This is the series for you.
Avery Keller grew up in San Francisco not knowing her “sperm-donor” father. But when he leaves her in his will, she is forced to return to the small town of Magnolia, North Carolina. Her goal is to tidy up her inheritance and return to California where she will figure out the next stage in her life. But when she arrives, she finds in addition to her inheritance, two half-sisters and a very swoon-worthy single dad.
What I thoroughly enjoyed about this story is the development of the sisters’ relationship. I’m sure as the series continues, this relationship will continue to grow. But even in book one, we’re introduced to three very different personalities, sibling squawking, and tender moments as the sisters learn about one another. I feel this is the strongest arc of the story and piques my interest in reading about the other two sisters’ happily ever afters, when they are written.
But onto the romance and our main couple. Grayson Atwell is almost too perfect. He’s the dad of the year, trying to overcompensate for his ex-wife’s less than stellar interest in their daughter. Enter Avery, who is also not a fan of kids. Yet Violet and Avery hit it off and they grow on each other. Of course this helps Gray to fall for Avery a bit more, seeing how she relates to his daughter.
Gray and Avery also have mad chemistry, though it’s not necessarily true love at first sight. Maybe perhaps insta-attraction/antagonism. But it works. And the more these two bicker, the more we see them falling for each other. So much so, that we know they will become a happy family, and it feels genuine. Because it’s not always easy, and all three must work on the relationship.
Finally, there’s the fact Avery is not meant to stay in Magnolia beyond working through the inheritance. And Gray and Violet are not moving to California, so how can this relationship work? But the lure of a growing relationship with newfound sisters as well as finding true love with Gray just might be enough to keep Avery put, allowing her to take a chance on love.
Book caught my eye and now I eagerly await book two!
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