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Magnolia House by Angela Barton

Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?


My Review

Gosh, what a surprising read this proved to be – in a great way. It is a story of trials and tribulations of life, with all its fraught moments in an engaging read that’s a real emotional rollercoaster for most of the characters involved. There are many true to life issues involved in the story, handled in a very realistic but sensitive manner, including loss of a partner, miscarriage, infertility, grief and so much more that the various characters work through. There’s also a thread of mystery adding suspense to the drama and a heartwarming romance.

This is a story with hidden depths, one with great relationships growing and developing, supportive friends and relatives and heartbreaking secrets. It has some vivid descriptions bringing the scenarios to life and it is easy to relate to the characters and their experiences. The characters have their own flaws, they have anxieties, worries and struggle in their own ways to cope with their lives and make their own mistakes. For some this involves keeping secrets, closing off from others and it is only through facing up to what is happening that they stand a chance of bringing harmony and happiness back into their lives. It is a story of forgiveness, acceptance and communication, working together to help resolve difficulties and develop alongside special people who may be friends or family – or both!

This story is a journey of life, filled with potholes, diversions and roadblocks but there’s always a route round and through and who knows what we’ll discover when we get through to the other side of all these obstacles? You’ll have to read it for yourself to discover what happens! I thoroughly enjoyed this highly emotive story and really hope many of the characters will be revisited in future stories as I’d really like to know what happens to them! It is an engaging read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys reading about contemporary life with all its dramas with added mystery and romance elements.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

Purchase Link  – smarturl.it/fttfc2

Author Bio –  

Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and adorable four-year-old twin granddaughters. Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching facts for her novels. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Choc Lit’s new imprint, Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a lovely team.

Angela and her husband, Paul, recently moved to France and planted a lavender field. She’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the beautiful Charente countryside working from her new writing room, a beautiful shepherd hut. Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.


Social Media Links –

Website:  https://www.angelabarton.net

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/angela.barton3

Twitter: https://twitter.com/angebarton

Arlette’s Story:   amzn.to/2lAyIlb

Magnolia House:   smarturl.it/fttfc2


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