Book Review: The Merriest Magnolia by Michelle Major

Carrie Reed has always been known as her hometown Good Girl, yet she still loves Magnolia, North Carolina—after all, this is where her newly discovered sisters, Avery and Meredith, live. But Christmas is on its way and with it, her first love. Dylan Scott is back in town and planning on changing everything she’s ever loved about Magnolia with his real estate development project…but not without a fight.

Returning to Magnolia was never in Dylan’s plans—it holds too many reminders that he would never be good enough, and memories of the girl he left behind. But when a tragedy leaves him guardian of a grieving teenager, Dylan returns, ready to remake the town into something only money can buy, small-town traditions be damned. But with Carrie determined to stop him, he finds himself wondering if redeeming his teenage reputation is worth losing out on his second chance at love.
I've been really enjoying this series. I love the idea of finding family members you didn't know about. Or at least I like it in a book. I might not care for it in real life. I'd have to have it happened to know how I'd feel. 

Out of the sisters I think Carrie is the people pleaser. To the point that she'd be willing to but her own life on hold to please those around her. When she realized what her father did, I think that really shook her life. Then add the boy that she loved and lost into the mix and she's sick of it all. I can't say I blamed her. 

Dylan is a good guy that never felt like he was worthy of anything. Now that he's rich and back in his hometown he wants to show off that fact a bit. Because of the fact that he was there for kind of a wrong idea I think it made the story even better. The town might have needed a bit of help to bring the economy back but what it didn't need is the core of it to change. 

Carrie and Dylan spend a good part of the story fighting. Fighting their past feelings, their present feelings and their idea of what the town should look like. 

Aside from all that you do see Carrie grow as a person even more. then she did in the prior book. I also loved how you see have the sister's relationship is progressing. I also liked how Dylan stood up when he was most needed. These two grew a lot since they first fell in love and sometimes you need that. What a sweet holiday story on top of a good romance. I will mention that this series is best read in order. 


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