Magnolia Market by Judy Christie is the second in the Trumpet and Vine series. Sweet Olive is book number 1. You don’t have to read them in order, but really I recommend it as some of the background development will make more sense if you do.
It never ceases to amaze me when I finish a book like this. It is a story that isn’t making me turn the pages as fast as I can read them, and yet it feels like coming home after a long time away. I love the characters and Judy’s writing style. She has a way of telling a story that feels so very comfortable.
Avery finds out her mother-in-law has sold the boutique that Avery planned on buying from her on the anniversary of Avery’s husband’s death. Avery always knew her mother-in-law didn’t think much of her, but for her to sink that low…
Finding herself homeless, without money and seemingly without anyone that cares, Avery is not sure where to turn. She finds friends and support in the strangest of places, the local market that she is helping run while one of the owners recovers from a heart attack.
Take some time away from the grey clouds of winter in the north and visit the sleepy town of Samford in Louisiana and enjoy the warmth.