Magnolia House by Angela Barton – Blog Tour

Magnolia House

Thank you to Rachel at for organising this tour and to Angela Barton and Choc Lit  for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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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 Thoughts

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Everything about this book is stunning.  From the beautiful cover, the house itself to the relatable and loveable characters with ‘real’ issues and problems – just stunning!

Rowan has everything, a husband, a beautiful new house, dog and a baby on the way but tragedy strikes and Rowan is left picking up the pieces and attempting to rebuild her shattered life.  With the house far too big and expensive, she makes the decision to take in lodgers and opens her door, and heart to new beginnings.

The first quarter of this novel is just soul-destroying but you keep reading and hoping that something goes right for Rowan….and it does I promise.  Surrounded by friends new and old, Rowan battles her way through the darkness and begins to learn that life does carry on – it’s just different.

Despite such a heartbreaking start, this beautiful novel always hints at hope for Rowan and the other characters.  The writing is flawless and flows so easily.  Nothing is too detailed or not detailed enough and the balance of storytelling and description is perfect.  Page after page, the warmth continues, making this compelling and addictive reading.

The characters are written with flaws but are so real you can relate to them and their problems.  I think there is a character in there that everyone can identify with.  In addition to Rowan’s story, there’s the story of Libby (Rowan’s sister in-law) which is equally poignant and deserves its space in the spotlight.  The other supporting characters bring humour and hope and I must say, my favourite is Ace.

Such a stunning and beautiful novel – highly recommended.


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Author Bio – Angela Barton

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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.


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