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The Magnolia Story

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Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

5 Hours 1 Minutes

Thomas Nelson

October 2016

Audio Book Summary

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."

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  • Tara Heller

    I have been a fan of Chip and Joanna's since the first season of Fixer Upper. Listening to their story, I could relate to some of their story and it made me love them more! I couldn't stop listening!

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  • Robert Macaulay

    We loved this book, what an amazing story,! Love these guys!!

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  • Brandy Byers

    Great listen! Love that they are the narrators. Blessed and inspired by their story. Definitely hard to push pause to live life I was wrapped up in this book. Every time I would say okay just 10 more minutes but hour later would happen. My kids loved the book too. My 15 year old son didn\'t want to get out of car as he was listening with me. Definitely worth the read or listen! I love my audiobooks!

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  • Courtney Decker

    I loved listening to the story. These are my go-to audiobooks. I read, too, but this is my escape - my breath of fresh air - my outlet to decompress. Books of this nature are encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring. If you love Fixer Upper, you'll surely love this!

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  • Julie Irvin

    Great motivating story of family and love. Enjoyed listening :)

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  • Crystal Hubbard

    I am a huge fan of Fixer Upper and this book was just as amazing as the show. I love how Joanna and Chip are the actual narrators and they do an amazing job! If your a fan of this couple or their show then this is a must listen!

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  • Shuqian Cao

    Absolutely loved it. I love this couple so much and it's very comforting to find the same voice as seen on HGTV. Joanna is creative and Chip is goofy but reliable. Great book! Honest but adventurous.

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  • Mayme Hansen

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It provides their back story and helps one see how they got where they are today.

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  • Maureen Schmit

    Inspiring. Enjoyed the narration and learning more about their story.

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  • Jennifer Mullins

    Their story is beautiful! I loved this couple on HGTV already and now I love them more!

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