A Wonderful Memoir
5 out of 5 stars
When I first found out that Fixer Upper was going away I was worried that I wasn’t going to find another show that I liked similar to that. Then comes Ben & Erin Napier and Home Town. I instantly fell in love with the show, their personalities, and their big southern charm.
So, when I found out they were writing and narrating a book I was excited. I really don’t know much about their backstory and I was intrigued to figure out who they were and where they came from. Make Something Good Today Gave me that and more.
I’m a big guy like Ben (not as tall) and have a similar heritage – so I identified with him a lot on the show. My wife is also short, cute, and, creative like Erin – so you can see why we fell in love with them. I was not prepared for just how cute Ben really is. I consider myself to be a romantic but Ben blows me out of the water. The scenes where they talked about when they first met, first dated, and where he proposed had me smiling from ear to ear while listening. If you didn’t know what I was listening to you might think I was a bit crazy. It was just so cute and so incredibly adorable to listen to them tell it from both of their perspectives.
They don’t go too much into the story behind Home Town which was fine with me. They talk a little bit about the pilot and what it was like shooting in the southern heat. But a lot of the story is where they came from, what shaped them, and how they overcame certain issues (quitting jobs, not knowing what they wanted to do next, not getting a political position, etc).
There was so much in Make Something Good Today that I didn’t know it was a joy to read from beginning to end. I’m glad I picked this one up!
Make Something Good Today by Ben Napier, Erin Napier
Narrator: Ben Napier, Erin Napier
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 2nd 2018
From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that tells us all to seek out the good in life, celebrate the beauty of family and friends, and prosper within our communities because everything we need in life to be happy is within our grasp.
Long before their hugely popular TV show, an expanding family, or demolition day on their dream home, Erin began keeping a daily Online journal to help her stay focused on the positive and count her blessings in life. She never expected that her depictions of small-town life in the tiny swath of Mississippi where she Ben call home would catch the eye of a television producer and set them off on the journey of a lifetime.
Make Something Good Today offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of a couple that America has come to know and love for their easy humor, adoring relationship, and ability to utterly transform a place into something beautiful and personal. This is the poignant story of how Erin and Ben took a small, tight-knit town into their own hands (literally) and used ingenuity, community, and authenticity to rebuild a once-thriving American Main Street. And how, by combining Ben’s carpentry skills with Erin’s design eye, Home Town is making it clear to us all that small-town living can feel as big as you make it.
Complete with family photographs, Erin’s hand-painted sketches, and never-before-heard personal stories, this inspirational memoir reminds us all not to give up hope that great love stories are possible, big things can bloom in small towns, and there is always magic in the ordinary if you know where to look for it.