Magnolia House by Angela Barton – Book Review




Magnolia House

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?




Rowan and Tom fall in love with the dilapidated Magnolia House, it needs a lot of work, but Rowan has money left to her by her grandmother to invest in it. They are lucky and win the auction and so renovations begin.

They move in, blissfully happy, but then tragedy strikes…..twice ! Oh my this was heartbreaking reading…

Rowan decides to convert Magnolia House into 3 apartments and rent two out for an income and we meet the wonderful Ace….such a character, and James. We also meet Nora and her lovely daughter Primrose.

There is also Tom’s sister, Libby and her husband David….they have their own problems with Libby’s secret credit card debt and infertility….all handled very sympathetically by Angela Barton.

There is such drama in this small group of friends and family, there’s bereavement, miscarriage, debt, infertility, infidelity and betrayal but also a lot of love in this incredibly moving tale….will Rowan recover? Will she move to France? Will she ever trust anyone again? 

The characters are so likeable (well most of them) and feel so real and this is a credit to Angela Barton’s creative and emotion packed writing. I loved every minute and if you love an emotional, but ultimately uplifting read….this is a must.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.


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About the Author


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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