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 1,323 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.”


  • Nice story, but even nicer message.

    By CisnerosFamily
    Felt at home while reading this book. It made me wonder how I could make my home feel like home. I got the main message from it, to realize ones self image on what style is and go with it. To make something to last a lifetime, not just for the moment. Very good book!
  • Magnolia the Magnificent

    By Banjolini
    I couldn't put this book down. I've been a fan of this couple since I first watched their show. We need more families like the Gaines in our world. The world would be a much happier, healthier and certainly prettier place to live. Even though I'm a control freak, I would happily handover the reins to the Gaines to decorate or design my home. They are a classy family and that's why they are loved by all. Their book deserves to be on the New York bestsellers list as number one!
  • LOVE

    By Ssiy
    I absolutely love this book! Their story is heart warming and inspirational. One of my faves.
  • 5 stars well deserved!

    By Gipijay
    Absolutely loved this book! Love how honest and open Chip and Jo are throughout. Loved reading their story. Loved hearing how Fixer Upper came to be, how they met, how they tackled life and its many twists and turns together. Truly an inspirational couple and an inspirational read! Didn't think it was possibly to like these two more but I was wrong! :-)
  • Magnolia a Story

    By Joyce Moice
    What a wonderful heartwarming book. So glad to see this couple is as authentic as the appear on their TV series. Sit down with a cup of hot tea and enjoy the ride!
  • Honest and Uplifting

    By RaysaMD
    "Find that which you love and do it until it hurts." This a beautiful testimony of God's faithfulness in the lives of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Shows a God that is for us, that has a plan for each of us, and will be there to help us turn it into a reality if we're willing to listen.
  • Thank You

    By Meaghan Kautzer
    Wow, Chip and Jo! What a treat it was to read your story. You guys truly are an inspiration. Thank you for allowing the world into your lives and home . I certainly look at my hopes and dreams a lot differently now and will continue to not just survive but thrive. God bless you! -MK
  • Nothing of substance

    By Monalu88
    I write this review as a fan of Chip and Joanna. This book is not worth the time to read it. If anyone actually paid $14 for this book I am so sorry for you. I enjoy both of these TV personalities and deeply hope their relationship is as strong as they portray on tv. This book is honestly a waste of time and effort. I'm am so glad I got it from the local library rather than purchasing it. If Chip and Joanna really wrote this nonsense I hope you get yourselves right before cheating anyone else. Shame.
  • Authentic and fun

    By Juneloop
    Loved the book! So fun to see the story behind the success! Such a genuine couple and their story is so good!
  • Amazing.

    By The Review To Get
    The book is incredible and I've never really liked a book before. From a non-book reader saying that a book was so good, people who love books, I know, will love it. The book is worth buying. Just it's such an amazing book. I 100% recommend buying it.