The Magnolia Story
An exclusive look at America's first family of renovation! Taking you behind the scenes, Chip and Joanna Gaines share the story of how they met, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneurial couple, and how they built a life they love.
The Magnolia Story is the first book from dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Offering their fans a detailed look at their life together, they share everything 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.
While they both attended Baylor University in Waco, their paths didn’t 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 garnered the attention of a television producer who noticed her work on a blog one day, leading to the incredible Fixer Upper phenomenon.
In The Magnolia Story, fans will finally get to join the Gaines family behind the scenes and discover:
The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping babyJoanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their childrenWhen Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreckHarrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial coupleMemories and photos from Chip and Jo’s weddingThe significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they doThe 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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America’s favorite Fixer Upper couple is ready to get personal. We’ve watched Joanna and Chip Gaines turn around countless homes, but in this sweet and uplifting memoir, we get to learn about their life beyond the cameras. Reflecting back on when their relationship first began, the couple gives us personal insights into their cute love story. But they also give us a candid look at their struggles. After all, as Joanna puts it, their marriage is proof that opposites attract. As their hilarious banter ripples through their narration of the audiobook, their delightfully different personalities shine through. Is their romance as dreamy as we all imagine? Oh yeah. Do they also fail, frustrate each other, and reveal their many imperfections? Big time. (Just wait until Chip forgets the baby while he’s at the supermarket.) The Magnolia Story made us feel like we were sitting right there with the Gaines in their own gorgeously renovated kitchen, taking inspiration from how they fixed up their own lives.
Love them more
So now I wanna flip houses 😂 this book made me feel like I really do know Chip and Joanna like they’re my friends. This book just furthered my love and respect for them. Will definetly have to take a trip to Waco and can’t wait to follow their journey
Absolutely inspiring ❤️
Chip and Joanna are so open and honest. I love hearing how God has lead them through all life’s ups and downs.
Laughed and learned
Loved this book! Learned about their struggles, personalities, first time parenthood....which had me laughing so hard! Learned how they worked thru their trials with faith, their marriage and keeping things real with their children/family. Always trying to give others a hand up.