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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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    I love this book! It reaffirmed how hard work and trusting your intuition pays off.

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  • Caycee W

    I love this story. I love that it\'s true, the genuine hearts of these people. Pleasantly surprising, and inspiring. Drove me to action.

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  • Grethel Croasdale

    Inspiring and touching. Love that it's like having them in my living room telling their wisdom and story.

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  • Kelly Flegal

    Amazing- I listened to it twice. I true joy to read. Feeling inspired!!

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  • Shaylen Ball

    Just amazing.... very inspiring and interesting story.

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  • Jill Worley

    I absolutely Love Chip and Joanne Gaines! This is a great book! Fixer Upper is my favorite new show! Thanks for all of the good tips.

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  • Ana Gutierrez

    Excellent book!! I couldn't stop listening to it!! Loved how they both narrate it and how they talk deeply about their ups and downs. I just wished it was longer because it was so good that I didn't want for it to finish.

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  • Cynthia Miller

    Chip and Joanna Gaines\' Magnolia story is worth listening to in their own voices on the audio book. It gives a laugh, a tear, and a break from the negativity that we can\'t seem to avoid these days. It is also a good example for parents, entrepreneurs, couples, and just plain individuals who want to create a strong identity and life for themselves. Thanks Chip and Joanna!

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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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