The Magnolia Story
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The Magnolia Story


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 into 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 garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby

Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children

When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns 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 and photos 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.”

Title:The Magnolia Story
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:208 pages

    The Magnolia Story Reviews

  • Victoria
    Dec 21, 2016

    If I had planned my life, it never would have ended up like this. So maybe it?s kind of fun not to plan. Maybe it?s more fun just to see where life takes you. After all, we?re living proof that ...

  • Cheri
    Jan 19, 2017

    I ran across the show Fixer Upper when I was recovering from surgery sometime after their first season, it gave me something to dream about, all the things I wished I could do in my home, if I just ha...

  • Cooper
    Oct 19, 2016

    I was late to the Fixer Upper show on HGTV. Fortunately, I was able to binge watch all 3 seasons over a lazy weekend and fell in love with the Chip and Joanna show. I have absolutely nothing in common...

  • Guy Austin
    Dec 29, 2016

    What can I say... I was a fan of the show the first moment I saw it on HGTV. It became instant must see TV. For me it was Chip. I had a bit of a Man Crush. I admit it. He is just a cool dude in a loos...

  • Jessica
    Dec 13, 2016

    I rarely dish out five stars for anything that was written in this century but this book touched my heart so deeply, I had to rate it so highly. Obviously like the rest of society, I've fallen under t...

  • Susan Crowe
    Nov 24, 2016

    If you aren't a HUGE fan of these two when you start this book, you definitely will be by the time you finish. I laughed (a lot), I cried, i just plain enjoyed this. I had heard of Joanna Gaines, but ...

  • Kristi
    Jan 15, 2017

    These two hard-working go-getters are truly inspiring! There are just so many great things to say about this book I don't know where to start .. What a journey where creativity, artistry, and entrepre...

  • Cori Carlin
    Oct 18, 2016

    Love the show. Enjoyed the book. They are such a breath of fresh air. I did the audible book and it was read by both Chip and JoAnna. Loved to get to know the history of them and their families. Thank...

  • Tiffany
    Dec 23, 2016

    What an inspiration! I love their devotion to God, and their children. Sad that this book is over. Also, Chip is freaking hilarious! ...

  • Teri
    Jan 01, 2017

    I have never watched Fixer Upper but heard of this couple and was curious, so I purchased the book. I really loved reading about their journey in life and was so inspired by it I gave it 5 stars. What...