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Contents great, but disappointed with purchase from Thrift store, took over a month for it to arrive and book without sleeve - grey outer and not quite in the condition I expected, my fault I should have bought new!
Nice story, but it should probably have been called 'Living the blessed life'.
I really loved watching Fixer Upper until I read this book. As I'm glad some other reviewers have noticed, this couple practically hit the jackpot in life. Born to wealthy parents who would do practically anything for their kids, leaving them highly educated with zero debt, zero residual childhood issues and a truckload of familial support ready to start their fairytale life by 25, this couple was destined for nothing except a cruisy ride. The worst of their experience was coming home from an exorbitant honeymoon (after a fairytale wedding), all financed by family of course, to a house that smelt bad.
I thought the Gaines' were a fairly ordinary middle-class couple who had genuinely done the hard yards to get where they are and, while I don't deny they are hard workers, it is blatantly obvious they would not be even close to where they are without the huge amount of unwavering emotional and financial support from their family, something most of us can only dream of.
If reading the life story of jackpot winners interests you, this might be the book for you, but if you weren't born genetically and financially blessed and have had to hustle your way through life, you will find this book irritating, if not mildly infuriating to just how oblivious they are of how much luck and help they had from others, putting it all down to 'god's plan'. Please.
The writing felt very plain. It lacked the passion for what they do and how they live that comes across on their TV show. I expected so much more from the authors but instead it came across as a mixture of journal entries written for them instead of Chip & Joanna's own thoughts. Something was just missing - their personalities don't speak from the pages.