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Madison Carter's life is perfect, or so she thinks. As the top interior designer in Atlanta, clients are clamoring to work with her. She has the town's most eligible and handsome bachelor, Connor Strickland, all wrapped up and ready to marry her. Best of all, she's left her tormented past back in Magnolia Cove.When she uncovers a secret about her fiance, she flees back toMadison Carter's life is perfect, or so she thinks. As the top interior designer in Atlanta, clients are clamoring to work with her. She has the town's most eligible and handsome bachelor, Connor Strickland, all wrapped up and ready to marry her. Best of all, she's left her tormented past back in Magnolia Cove.When she uncovers a secret about her fiance, she flees back to her family in Magnolia Cover - to a mother who loves her, a sister who despises her and a past full of the bullies who made her life miserable in high school.Can Christmas bring about new opportunities for love, business and forgiveness?...

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ISBN : 16127639
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Number of Pages : 184 Pages
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christmas in magnolia cove Reviews

  • Jenn
    2018-10-01 08:52

    This was one of my d/l last year when I first got my Kindle. I hope I didn't pay for it. I don't generally like short stories (or novellas or whatever we're calling them this week), so I should have paid more attention and noticed that's what this was. Since it's less than a week until Christmas, I figured I'd make this my gym read. It was a very quick read. So I guess it has that going for it. But it was...just dumb. Girl moves back to her home town, a place she's been avoiding for years, and suddenly she's buying a house there. She surprises her mom and sister with the purchase, despite having JUST mentioned that in this town, everyone knows everyone else's business, so it's hard to believe that she could keep the secret. She fractures a bone in her foot, wears a boot, and a few days later is walking around without it or crutches, as long as she agrees not to wear heels. Um, huh? One minute she can walk and the next minute, some dude's carrying her everywhere. She's got a big hangup about being bullied in high school, but she obviously did the SAME THING to another boy! This was just awful.

  • Twyla
    2018-09-27 08:31

    I did not thinj much of this story. It was clipped and truncated, or whatever the word I am thinking of is to describe the style of writing. It was too abrupt or something. I didn't like the way the bully got to be the love interest either, it was like making it ok to be a bully when you're a stupid dumb kid because you grow out of it. That i find more than wrong.Someone tell me why I still read christmas romances when love is a bunch of nonsense fantasy that no more exists than fairies and christmas is a bunch of crap commercialism and guilt if you dont buy buy buy for everything plastic and artificial and temporary.Humbug to both.

  • Anne OK
    2018-10-20 01:31

    I was hoping for a holiday romance with lots of Christmas spirit -- but this one lacked on all points. A major case of silliness and immaturity boiled into an insta-case of lust and confessions of love. Bah Humbug!

  • Jackie
    2018-10-06 02:28

    While this is not a book would read again it does have a few good points to offer.The themes of forgiveness and keeping the lines of communication open to avoid misunderstandings came through loud and clesr. In their turn the importance of being careful with others feelings and not judging others for their differences were major points of value.The romance pairing was for me, as it apparently is for others also, just a little strange if not actually out of the realms of possibility as people do change when they grow up.Very short so not a lot of depth but did not expect there to be as not a full length book so character development did not have time to happen. However at 28 Madison really did come across as too immature for a woman in charge of a lucrative design business as others have also pointed out. Her biggest failings were always jumping to the wrong conclusions about things and despite being so down on others about their past actions towards her she somehow forgot her own transgressions towards others.

  • Lisa Metlak
    2018-09-30 05:26

    (Review by Lisa Metlak of Editor's Cove)Madison Carter left Magnolia Cove and never looked back. Her life in Atlanta was perfect with a wonderful fiancé and a successful business - until one day when she came home to find her fiancé in bed with another woman. Madison did the only thing she could do: she went home to Magnolia Cove. Along with the pain of betrayal, Madison must now deal with her mother's illness, an angry sister, and the pain of memories from being bullied as a child. When fate and business throws her together with one of her childhood bullies, Madison finds out that people can change - now can she?When Madison meets Wyatt Reed again, she can't help but hate him based on his actions when they were kids. He finally convinces her that he is not the person she remembers and that she should not blame him for mistakes he made in high school. Just as things are going well between them, her own insecurities come between them again.I like Rachel Hanna's writing style. Her characters seem like real people instead of fantasized romance characters. What I enjoyed most about this book is that it was the heroine, not the hero, who almost ruined the relationship. Madison was really harsh on Wyatt when she first saw him again to the degree that she would have sent him away if she hadn't signed a contract with his company. There seemed to be an underlying tone that holding on to the past does not allow you to move forward into your future.

  • Jaime Krause
    2018-09-30 06:51

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.And I'd really give it 3.5 stars, but GR doesn't allow half stars.Madison leaves her home in Atlanta and heads back to her childhood home of Magnolia Cove after catching her fiance in bed with another woman. Now Maddie must face the triggers of her past - former bullies and animosity from her sister.It's a romance novella, so the writing is choppy and very fast-paced. I like my romances with more buildup. It also leaves gaps in character development. With the book itself, the layout/font type makes it look a bit squished, though the spaces between paragraphs helps the eyes a lot.Madison's behavior is very childish in that she harbors hatred for a guy named Wyatt who had bullied her in high school. She also has anger for her ex-friend Brooks, because he was the catalyst for a lot of the bullying. She's 28 and can't let go of the past when Wyatt tries to explain he was a dumb teenage boy trying to get a hot girl, and that he doesn't remember anything. I just become irritated when others act that way.HOWEVER, what she says to Wyatt on page 109 makes a lot of sense:"But you have to understand that a couple of days of being nice to me does not change the way I feel about several years of high school torment from you and you cronies."Brooks puts a lot in perspective for Maddie, making him my favorite character.It also seems like too many parents are sick with a disease or have died.

  • Christy Smith
    2018-09-23 08:33

    Sweet book.. We all change through the yearsWe all change through the years so for the better and some for the worse. We have to learn how to truly forgive one another. To forgive is to forget the pain others cause.

  • Margaret
    2018-10-10 06:28

    Christmas in Magnolia CoveBook DescriptionMadison Carter's life is perfect, or so she thinks. As the top interior designer in Atlanta, clients are clamoring to work with her. She has the town's most eligible and handsome bachelor, Connor Strickland, all wrapped up and ready to marry her. Best of all, she's left her tormented past back in Magnolia Cove.When she uncovers a secret about her fiance, she flees back to her family in Magnolia Cover - to a mother who loves her, a sister who despises her and a past full of the bullies who made her life miserable in high school.Can Christmas bring about new opportunities for love, business and forgiveness?My ReviewI love to read Christmas stories so I was looking forward to reading this book. However, it was not quite what I expected. Madison discovers her boyfriend cheating and decides to head back to Magnolia Cove to get away for a while. Once there, she finds herself getting sucked back in to that life and meets up with an old boyfriend when she needs a contractor for a home she purchased. Of course, the romance is rekindled but not without some rockiness. I found this to be a typical romance and nothing really exciting. Nice if you want a quick read. From a Christian PerspectiveThere wasn't much faith apparent in this book. For example, Madison was hard a work getting her new home back to it's earlier Christmas glory. Throughout this there was no mention of the reason we as Christians celebrate Christmas, to commemorate the birth of Christ! This bothered me a bit. In addition, there were repeated displays of morals that do not align with the word of God. There were some touching scenes of kindness and thoughtfulness which added a wistful touch to the book. Because of the sexual situation and some of the mannerisms, I would only recommend this book for the mature reader. Love and Blessings!Margaret

  • Rainbowblu
    2018-10-16 08:29

    Madison Carter, a very successful interior decorator in Atlanta found her fiancé, Connor in bed with another woman. What should she do? Strong feelings of being bullied during her teenage years flood her insides and take over. She has to run away again. She decides to go back home to Magnolia Cove where she hopes to find time and peace to heal from her broken heart. Little did she know that she was going to have to face the man who had been the cause of all those hurt feelings during High School. Wyatt and his friends were relentless back then to make her feel less than she was. How is she going to survive the days they need to spend together restoring an old historic house she just bought on the square, and unknowingly hired him as the main contractor? How is she going to handle the intense physical attraction she has for him today and the yet festering unforgiveness she has in her heart? Above all that, her sister seems to be holding some grudges against her, and she is totally clueless as to why.Rachel Hanna has a great story line, funny and engaging. The themes raised in this Christmas flick, bullying, betrayal, and bitterness can run deep. I felt however that Madison was not an honest character. She was superficial, childish and simple in her words and attitudes. One would expect more maturity in a person who has achieved success in interior decorating in Atlanta.Wyatt also seemed a little unrealistic. He is the perfect fairytale male specimen. How is going to win Madison’s heart and give her the best Christmas ever? He has the perfect plan.It is Christmas – and we are allowed to dream. Nice and easy read!

  • Heather Felder
    2018-09-20 02:38

    **My FULL REVIEW here**I have a thing for "cheesy" Christmas movies and books. No idea why, but, I do. When I saw Christmas in Magnolia Cove for free on Amazon, I immediately downloaded it. This book fits in very nicely into the "cheesy" category.Madison flees her childhood home in Magnolia Cove after being bullied all through her school years. She moves to Atlanta, becomes one of the top professionals in her field (interior design) and is engaged to be married. Life is going pretty good, finally. That is, until she has a cancelled appointment and goes home early and discovers that her fiance isn't quite the man she thought he was. Needing to get away from Connor, Madison visits her mom and sister back in Magnolia Cove which brings back all those hurtful memories of being bullied. Well, fast forward and you get a spit second decision to buy a house, learn a secret about a family member, confront bullies from the past, reconnect with old friends, confront the fiance, and fall in love. WHEW! I guess this is why I typically shy away from novellas....they're too short for any elaboration on key parts of the story lines.

  • Nancy
    2018-10-18 08:26

    Christmas in Magnolia Cove is another fantastic book written by Rachel Hanna. This is the story of a girl named Madison, who had been bullied throughout school. Madison left Magnolia Cove right after high school to attend college and escape the pain she had endured from the bullying. After Madison finished college she started her own, very successful, interior design company in Atlanta. One afternoon she went to the home she shared with her fiancée and found him in bed with another woman. Madison breaks off her engagement and goes back home to her family in Magnolia Cove, a town she had avoided as much as possible for the last 10 years because of all the bad memories. In her hometown of Magnolia Cove she meets one of the guys who had bullied her and hears another side of the story of why she was bullied. Rachel Hanna has become one of my favorite authors.

  • Sandi Ramirez
    2018-10-05 01:32

    I really enjoyed this book. It brought back a lot of high school memories LOLThe girl bullied in school leaves town to get away from all the bullies only to have to come back home when she discovers her fiancee' cheating in her own bed. She packs up and goes home to family ...her Mom of course. Come read to find out why her sister is upset she is there and like in life we don't always see what is happening around us....Especially in our teenage years.I love all the books about Magnolia Cove and this one explains a great many questions i had about Madison. each book from Magnolia Cove is a stand alone but there are intertwining family and friends you will meet time and time again in each book. It is like coming home again. This is one of the reasons I gave this book a 5 star rating...

  • Elly Helcl
    2018-10-03 07:30

    So, let me explain how this book lost two stars for me...1. The beginning sucked. No really...the first 20% of the book was choppy and just flat out boring to read. I found myself wondering if the author was forced to write this book or something...2. The story progresses at lightening speed once the author decides to start writing a story she can enjoy writing...but it goes way too fast for me. This book just felt like it was rushed into being published before it was finished.However, it was a good book. Not a great book, but a good book...The one "naughty" scene in the book was really watered down and not too interesting. The author may have done better taking it out and marketing it as Christian romance...

  • Annette
    2018-09-22 09:39

    I liked this enough to finish it, but it was not my favorite. I love Christmas stories - and Christmas romances are the best. Madison returns home after a huge disappointment in her life. When she arrives home in her small town, she is dealing with memories from the past and disheartening news from the present.One of the issues with novellas, things happen way too fast to be realistic. In this one, things are faster than the speed of light. We go from heartbroken and wanting to go back to her exciting life in the city to in lust and happy to live in small town Georgia very quickly.I would like to see something longer by this writer. She has ability and good story development in the bones of the story.If you want fast and romantic then this is the book for you.

  • 4rocks
    2018-09-22 07:35

    This was an okay story. Madison,runs back to her hometown, even though she has vowed not to due to her horrible time in highschool, after she catches her finance cheating on her. She buys the house she dreamed of owning, but it needs lots of work. Wyatt, the bully that made her life hell in high school, is the remodeler. Madison wants nothing to do with him, and refuses to believe everyone grows up, and some people mature. Wyatt works his butt off trying to prove he isn't the same person. Finally Madison grew up and realized Wyatt wasn't the same person.

  • Lisa Reigel
    2018-10-20 05:52

    Not my type of book. I struggled to finish it. Main character is full of self-pity and refuses to move on from the past. She is supposedly a successful designer. She behaves as a teenager with people from her past, with her disagreement with her sister, and upon learning that a former “plain Jane” friend got married before her. If you like lead female character to be strong this is NOT the book for you.

  • Loverlypurple
    2018-10-05 01:40

    I really enjoyed this book. I could totally relate to Madison's school experience and it really made me think of how much emotion I still hold inside about that time in my life. Really this was a more profound read for me than I intended it to be. It really open my eyes to letting go of all the negative feelings that are only hurting me.

  • Sharon Rudolph
    2018-10-13 09:27

    Wonderful bookThe Magnolia Cove series has been a great series! Every book has kept me captivated and this book was no different! I loved the characters and the storyline was wonderful!

  • Sally Malkowski
    2018-09-24 09:35

    A quick, fun Christmas read. Characters include a male gay hunk and a male former bully - both personality traits hot button issues currently. Not sure of the target audience but prob geared better for pre-twenty-somethings than folks in their seventies!

  • Michelle Dodge
    2018-10-20 03:29

    Love at its finestMadison comes home after breaking up with her fiancée. She decides to buy a house and the contractor's partner is someone who bullied her in high school. This story is about love, forgiveness and family.

  • valeria
    2018-10-07 01:52

    was ok, to bad that Samantha not have her story

  • Angela
    2018-09-25 05:23

    Not the best writing ever, but a good story. :)

  • Wendy
    2018-09-24 07:43

    Writing in need of tightening. An opening that was mostly throat-clearing, and not enough tension or stakes in the early going. Abandoned in chapter one.

  • Tara
    2018-09-22 08:40

    awesome book

  • Brittney
    2018-09-28 01:45

    This was the perfect short little christmas read! I adored it so much!

  • Hattie Vojvodich
    2018-10-12 07:35

    A very predictable short story. Good enough to finish but wouldn't brag about reading it.

  • Leonel
    2018-09-28 03:22

    By the numbershttp://luhathoughts.blogspot.com/2012...

  • Becky Pierce
    2018-10-10 03:49

    Great story - short - easy to read, but a great story! People change - you can't hold the past against people.

  • Melissa Vasel
    2018-10-12 08:26

    Great Read, but hopeless romantic at heart. Love this story!

  • Tamm Frederick
    2018-10-10 05:49

    Way too much of the book was spent on the pain of being cheated on, bullied, and character building...