The Magnolia Story, written by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino, is an autobiography about the successes and setbacks of Chip and Joanna Gaines before getting to where they are today. After Chip and Joanna’s reality show Fixer Upper aired on HGTV, the Gaineses have written The Magnolia Story, started Magnolia Reality, and created the Magnolia Market – a home goods marketplace in Waco, Texas. As told in The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines prove that with hope and love, you can achieve your dream.
Once Chip and Joanna’s career of flipping houses took off, they faced several financial issues. Joanna fell in love with an old, boarded up building on Bosque Boulevard where she wanted to start her business, but her offer was kindly declined. However, a few weeks had passed until the owner called and agreed to sell her the building for her original offer.
Chip and Joanna also had dreams of opening a development called Magnolia Villas off of Bosque Boulevard. After they had already used nearly half of the credit to make nonrefundable down payments, Chip received a call from his banker with news that their line of credit for this project would be cut in half. However, a few days later, one of Chip’s friends called and offered a $100,000 loan for the establishment.
Chip and Joanna along with their four kids fell in love with one of their client’s farmhouse and put in an offer once she had moved out, but was kindly declined. However, a few days later, the owner of the farmhouse agreed to sell the farmhouse for their original offer.
Joanna held on to her love for home décor, which inspired her to start her own business. Chip held on to the love he had for his friend who generously loaned him money for their reality development. Both Chip and Joanna held on to the love they have for their kids and the love they had for Peggy’s farm, which led them to raise their family there.
Frequently, Chip and Joanna rely on hope and prayer to help them achieve their desires too.
The way it was written acknowledges that Chip and Joanna are still human beings; they encounter times of loss and times of happiness and feel feelings everyone else does. They just had the opportunity to share it.
Chip and Joanna’s authenticity is portrayed in The Magnolia Story, and they encourage applying love and hope into each decision one can make to achieve their dream. By acknowledging this, a happy ending is even more within reach.