Julie Christie's Magnolia Market is a good that reinforces the independent strong woman overcoming adversity. Avery Broussard is a young widow of modest background who had the misfortune of marrying money and family name.
Avery has worked hard to prove herself to her husband's family. She's turned a failing boutique into a profitable business only to have it seized from her by her snobbish mother-in-law and left destitute unless she bends to their demands.
T.J. is a carpenter who has been hired to make some alterations to the shop as it's snatched away. His friend Ross Broussard ask him to look in on her. He is caught by Avery's beauty but more than that it is her resolve and strength of character.
Will Avery succumb to the Broussard's pressure or will she be able to establish a place for herself? Who is T.J.? Will Avery be able to get past who he is to trust him?
Julie has written a compelling novel that takes you into society and the way some look on others and at the same time show there are those who have the ability to overcome peer pressure and to change.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher for a fair and honest review.