The Magnolia Story

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.”

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The Magnolia Story Reviews

  • Jess
    May 25, 2017


    I loved reading Chip and Joanna Gaines story! I love the show Fixer Upper and think they are the cutest couple! It was a very inspiring read seeing how they became so successful and how well they work together! I highly recommend for this that love the show and others looking to pursue...

  • Sheila {She's Going Book Crazy}
    May 22, 2017

    Sheila {She's Going Book Crazy}

    Sometimes you look at a piece of furniture or an old clock or a piece of artwork---whatever it might be---and you're just drawn to it. You think, Why do I love that piece? Well, chances are it's because it reminds you of something---something from history, something from childhood, m...

  • Mary
    May 19, 2017


    I love Chip and Joanna. I can't help it. Even though I've only seen a couple episodes of their show Fixer Upper, I still feel like I know the two personally. They're some of the most realistic, honest, down-to-earth people. Their love for their home, family, work, and Jesus is evident ...

  • LynnDee (The Library Lush)
    Apr 26, 2017

    LynnDee (The Library Lush)

    If anybody else had written this, it would have come across as super cheesy, but Chip and Joanna are just so damn likable and genuine. It discusses how they met and fell in love, how they got into the flipping houses business, and then eventually how "Fixer Upper" came to be. They reli...

  • Celeste
    Apr 25, 2017


    I have a slight addiction to HGTV. It’s not a constant addiction; it merely flares up from time to time. However, there is one HGTV show that I always watch as soon as an episode airs, and that show is Fixer Upper. I love Chip and Jo’s relationship, and the family dynamic the...

  • Kate Willis
    Apr 24, 2017

    Kate Willis

    I love reading biographies, and this one was especially fun since it's about a hilarious, dynamic couple. One of my favorite things was seeing how the different backgrounds, personalities, and skills God gave them ended up being tailor-made for each other. I've watched some of their sh...

  • Jason Koivu
    Apr 15, 2017

    Jason Koivu

    This book was my bowling-ball-with-my-name-on-it gift to my wife this Christmas, à la Homer's gift to Marge in that old Simpsons episode. What I'm saying is I bought this for her, but it was really for me. Thing is, I knew she'd love it, and she did. She read it in its entirety on C...

  • Shelby
    Apr 7, 2017


    5 StarsWow, this book was really inspiring. I loved the set up of this book it seemsed like a interview where I could picture them talking. I already know some things about Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Up, but after reading this book I really learned more about how they met and ho...

  • Lauren
    Mar 30, 2017


    This was SUCH a good book! I enjoyed every second & was sad when it was over. I always liked them from Fixer Upper, I don't watch all the time or anything... but after reading this book I LOVE them! Even though this story is about their life and how they got to where they are, it i...

  • Faith
    Mar 20, 2017


    Follow God. Follow your dreams. Stop surviving and start thriving. Never give up. Contentment and joy are found during the journey. This is what I got from this book, and Chip and Joanna's story was amazing. <3 :) ...