☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
My mother’s New Year’s resolution for me was simple: make a serious effort at putting myself out there and dating again, and do it for one full year.
Or until I fell in love. Whichever came first.
How hard could one year of swipes and matches and awkward first dates be?
In a word: bad.
In nine words: bad and also hilarious, demoralizing, exhausting, and ridiculously amusing.
But the only thing worse than dating in the era of hookup apps and unsolicited dick pics is the absolute whole-life-flail of falling in love.
The Magnolia Chronicles is Kate Canterbary’s hilarious spin-off of her Walshes series. I haven’t read the series, but I can’t wait to now! Ms. Canterbary’s writing is captivating.
The Magnolia Chronicles is a standalone novel that doesn’t require reading the Walshes series in order to get swallowed up in this charming story. Thirty-something Magnolia has systematically screwed up her life. Her knack for attracting the wrong sort of man is astonishing, so she has given up on romance and relationships. She has her dog, Gronk, and her work; keep it simple and keep moving forward is her current motto. Too bad her meddling mom “helps” her re-enter the dating arena by creating some online dating accounts and vetting out potential suitors!
These things often take on a life of their own, and Magnolia becomes embroiled in unforeseeable, funny, and absolutely exhausting relationships with not one, but two men. Rob, Jake and Magnolia are each damaged but likable characters. Throughout the story, we see their slow growth as they learn to love and understand themselves.
“The best part of dating was I had a man who knew and loved me in all my part-time hot mess ways. I was enough.”
I haven’t laughed out loud while reading in a great while, but I found myself chuckling many times while reading The Magnolia Chronicles. Magnolia’s sarcastic wit is absolutely hilarious. It made for great banter. However, the best part, was seeing Magnolia let go of her past missteps and look forward to a happy future that she deserves.
Well-written and clever, The Magnolia Chronicles is highly entertaining and absolutely heartwarming!
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About the Author: Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.
Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.
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