"Magnolia brides are awesome!"
Reviewed by Patricia (Pat) Pascale
Posted October 27, 2015
Southern belle Jenni Beth Beaumont has a dream. Working as
an events planner at the Chateau Rouge in Savannah, Jenni
Beth wants her own business and to become the driving
force in making a brides wedding day the most perfect and
special day of her life. She can do it at her parents beautiful antebellum
mansion, Magnolia house, in Misty
Bottoms, GA, her home. It has been neglected by her parents
since the death of her beloved brother, Wes, in Iraq.
Grieving for their lost son, they are broken-hearted, merely
shells of their former selves, ignoring their home, finances
and their daughter, Jenni Beth. Time to mend broken hearts and begin to
build the dream wedding
location at Magnolia House.
At home, her first stop is a meeting with Richard Thorndike
at the Coastal Plains Savings & Trust to secure the financing necessary for the
beautification of Magnolia House. He is a banker you could easily hate, but he
listens to her ambitious plans. Thorndike shrewdly forces
Jenni Beth to include the bottomlands her grandfather left her as
collateral to sweeten the loan for the bank, and secretly
for him. If she forfeits on her loan, she loses her land.
It will be difficult for Jenni Beth to get the Magnolia House
back to it's former beauty, but she is determined not to
Word spreads quickly in Misty Bottoms about Jenni
Beth's return and her plans to restore Magnolia House.
Cole Bryson, her brother's BFF and her long-time-ago love
offers his help. Cole is handsome, gentle, and patient.
He's is an architectural salvager with a shop called
TRADITIONS in Savannah. He loves the old mansion and
would love to buy it and turn it into a Bed and Breakfast
but he knows Jenni Beth has her hopes and dreams
attached to her childhood home. A spark erupts between Jenni Beth and Cole
soon his work-roughened hands are gently working their magic
on her. Though they butt heads constantly, they work well together and get a
lot done, even as their sexual attraction grows strong and hot.
Someone in town is out to derail her plans and sabotage
begins to occur on the job site. Her beloved rose garden
that she has brought back to life is destroyed days before
her first wedding is due
to take place there. How loving and exciting was Cole in
his efforts to bring the garden back for their wedding. His
slow southern drawl and twinkling eyes that reveal a bad boy
deep down stole my heart and will steal yours. He is
Lynnette Austin tells a delightful, romantic story about
dreams, family, first love, and introduces a cast of
characters that you will truly enjoy and connect with. My
interest in old things is keen and the descriptions from
Dinky Tubbs Salvage Yard, to the beauties found at
Traditions in Savannah added to the rebirth of Magnolia
House, as it came into bloom once more. THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS is a
very precious read
that I adored and recommend to everyone seeking a sweet
escape into the wonderful world of brides, weddings, and
extra-special locations for them. Can't wait for the next
addition from Lynnette Austin. You have a new and devoted
With love in their hearts and crafting the perfect
on their minds, the possibilities are endless for the
of Lynette Austin's new Magnolia Brides series.
SOME DREAMS ARE WORTH WHATEVER IT TAKES
Jenni Beth Beaumont left her broken heart behind when she
took her dream job in Savannah. But after her brother's
death, Jenni Beth returns home to help mend her parents'
hearts as well as restore their beautiful but crumbling
antebellum mansion. New dreams take shape as Jenni Beth
to work replacing floors and fixing pipes to convert the
family homestead into the perfect wedding destination.
However, some folks in their small Southern town are
determined to see her fail.
Cole Bryson was once the love of Jenni Beth's life, but
charming architectural salvager has plans of his own for
Beaumont family home. As the two butt heads,
old turmoil is brought to the surface and Cole and Jenni
Beth will have to work through some painful memories and
tough realities before they can set their pasts aside and
have a second chance at their own happily ever after.
Excerpt“To have and to hold, from this day forward...” Jenni Beth
Beaumont whispered the age-old vows.
Tiny white lights transformed Savannah’s Chateau Rouge’s
into a magical fairyland. The heavily beaded bridal gown
shimmered in their reflected light.
Unfortunately, Jenni Beth was not wearing the gown.
But oh, how she wanted this. Not the wedding itself. No.
wanted to be the driving force behind making a bride’s
day the most special of her life. Instead of organizing
here at Chateau Rouge, she wanted her own wedding planner
Tonight’s bride fairly radiated. The groom, Jenni Beth’s
cousin, looked so handsome in his dress uniform. He’d just
week come off a tour of duty in the Middle East.
Pain, instant and excruciating, washed over her. Her
had been even more handsome in his dress uniform the day
graduated from Officer’s Candidate School, then again the
he’d deployed in his camos. The day she’d kissed him
last time she’d seen him alive. Her throat constricted.
She exhaled, forced herself to shake it off. Not tonight.
was a celebration of love. The beginning of a new family.
dreams come true.
As the evening wore on, Jenni Beth relaxed.
A familiar voice whispered in her ear. “Dance with me.”
Cole Bryson. She hadn’t seen his name on the guest list.
Shivers raced down her spine, and her heart stuttered. It
been too long, not long enough. “No.”
She wouldn’t turn around, wouldn’t meet those mesmerizing
His hands settled on her bare arms, and she nearly jumped.
work-roughened hands moved over her skin, her stomach
little dance of its own.
“I’m working, Cole.”
“Nothin’ needs done right now. Come on, sugar.”
Knowing she shouldn’t, she turned to face him. Mistake. She
always had found him irresistible, and that hadn’t changed.
perfected that slow Southern drawl, had the sound of a true
gentleman. But the twinkle in his eyes gave him away.
the bad boy tucked not far below the surface.
Dressed in a dark suit and tie, the man looked like every
dream. On the surface, smooth and debonair. But beneath lay
He took her hand, and, God forgive her, she followed him,
kneed onto the portable dance floor, telling herself she
want to, that she only did it to keep peace. Knowing she
A full moon shone overhead and candlelight flickered. When
drew her into his arms and pulled her close, she sighed.
held hers, the other settled south of her waist.
“You smell good, Jenni Beth. You always do.”
His voice, low and husky, sent goosebumps racing up and
arms. Despite herself, she rested her head against his
seduced by the strong, steady beat of his heart, the
could make everything and anything all right.
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