Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Magnolia Market - book review
For Booklookbloggers, I am reviewing the book, Magnolia Market, by Judy Christie. For agreeing to read the book completely and posting a review about it on my blog and on a commercial site, I was given a free copy of the book.
The story revolves around Avery Broussard who at the start of the book was working at a clothing boutique, owned by her mother-in-law, that she was hoping to buy. The book begins at the one year anniversary of Avery's husband, who had wanted out of the marriage before his death in a car accident. Avery had hoped by buying the boutique, she was finally going to start feeling better and moving ahead after his death, only to find that her mother-in-law as well as other members of her husband's family wanted her out of town and were going to do everything possible for her to relocate.
She is not able to buy the boutique, in fact is fired from the job as manager. She goes on in an interesting story line to manage the town's market that she turns around from barely making ends meet to being somewhat profitable. Over the ensuing several months of the story, she and a handyman/carpenter come to know each other, but it takes them a bit of time to get to start to have a relationship. She meets others that help her in her quest to figure out what she is going to do with her life now and to stay in the city where she is currently living, not wanting to be driven out by her mother-in-law. In the end, she is able to stay there, keep working at the market store, and settles into the relationship with the handyman/carpenter.
My thoughts about the book. I kind of liked it, but it was sort of redundant in parts about how much the mother-in-law did not like Avery and how much the mother-in-law wanted her out of town. Their actions against Avery were a bit extreme and at times unbelievable. There is hint that the family has some secrets that they might not necessarily want exposed and she knows those secrets, but we are left hanging at the end of the book wondering what those were.
Avery, though, is a strong character in the book with determination and willingness to work hard for what she wants to accomplish. Having to change her image from what others thought of her as the rich young woman married to one of the town's wealthier familes to basically the good caring person that she was comes across in the book.
It was an easy book to read. The plot flowed like you would expect it to. There weren't too many surprises for me. At times some of the writing seemed a little stiff. I also thought the way it ended was abrupt.
Would I recommend it? Yes if one is looking for a book that doesn't have too much depth, light reading for the beach or on a cool winter day wrapped under a blanket.