The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) - Chip Gaines & Joanna Gaines

The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content)

By Chip Gaines & Joanna Gaines

  • Release Date: 2016-10-18
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 1,503 Ratings


This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive additional chapter from Chip and Joanna that is not found in the hardcover!

Are you ready to see your fixer upper?

These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people? What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:
The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby
Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck
Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home
Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple
Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding
The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do
The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way
And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”


  • The Magnolia Story

    By Rehab believer
    Absolutely loved this book! I have loved the Gaines family from the getgo and this book was just the cherry on my sundae! I am a forever fan
  • Best. Book. Ever.

    By FunkierWeirdo
    I'm a big book reader and I will read anything. I usually don't like most books but I thought I would give this one a try bc Fixer Upper is my favorite tv show and I love the design industry. Reading this book and watching the episode "Fixer Upper Revealed" it really showed me how to own a space and make it your own. Great book that everyone should read. There's embarrassing Chip moments! (My fav parts) lol😂
  • Awesome Read!!!!

    By Sp4ky
    I love Chip & Joanna's story! I laughed, and even shed a tear or two! So inspiring how God worked through their toughest times, and how they never gave up on pursuing their dreams, and they never gave up trusting God in every circumstance! Awesome! May God continue to bless their family! Sincerely Donna B MS
  • Inspiring!!

    By EmmetsMom
    Incredible story of perseverance and determination. Very likable and relatable. Great life lessons and advice.
  • Inspiring, suspenseful and heartwarming

    By Amandalcook1
    Great book. I don't think I've ever read a book so fast in my life!! This couple is so inspiring in everything that they do. I love how they have God in their lives and have shown their trust in Him through out their lives. God always provided for them when they needed it most. That inspires me to put more trust and hope in God that with a life with Him things will be ok.
  • Austin, Tx.

    By Batfacegirl
    I really enjoyed reading the Gaines story. I'm proud that they are Christians and gave God his due credit. How refreshing. I shall visit Magnolia one day soon. What a great couple and adorable family. Cindy Todd Austin, Texas 78734
  • Love Fixer Upper

    By glouie0416
    My favorite HGTV show, love the Gaines family, so authentic, feel the love they have for each other. Very well written, highly recommend.
  • Great couple and family in addition to being top notch entertainers on HGTV

    By StevesMa2
    Book was well written and also entertaining. I suspect their show and the Property Brothers are keeping HGTV a float. The Flip and Flop segments need to be revamped with new hosts
  • Amazed

    By Ok then just me
    love, love, love this beautiful, industrious couple!! cannot get enough! very easy read. looking forward to more!
  • Heartwarming!

    By Europe8
    An inspiring easy read.