*Article was updated with image after original posting on 8/3/2020*
I normally like to have the cover of the book on the top of my reviews, but The Merriest Magnolia does not yet have an official cover. The only image so far is really not an image, but as someone who needs to have a cover image or at least some sort of picture for formatting this is what I have for the time being. Just imagine that this cover is full of holiday cheer, imagine trees with sparkling lights and mugs of warm and delicious cocoa as you take in this review.
Carrie Reed came to Magnolia, North Carolina after the death of her father and while he may have been distant she has found a new family with her recently discovered sisters, Avery and Meredith. Christmas is coming and this is the first time they will be able to spend it together, but that might not happen. Carrie’s first love Dylan Scott has come back to town and he has plans for changing everything that she has grown to love. His real estate development project will have to fight to try and change this town. Dylan though has his own thoughts about the town. The memories he holds are not positive and while he wants to prove himself to those he felt doubted him he isn’t sure if he will be able to go through with it.
The Merriest Magnolia feels like the perfect holiday Hallmark movie story. If you find yourself relaxing to the comfort of the holidays in those make believe towns were two seemingly opposites meet and fight until they seem to find love, this is something you will love. The story feels familiar in that it does follow that standard romance arc, but it is original and Michelle Major had added her own special charm to the sort of cozy romance genre. If you are looking for a bit of an escapist read then you will want to curl up with this one. You can pre-order your copy of The Merriest Magnolia today.