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Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories

Dorothy Love, Elizabeth Musser, Shelley Gray, Tamera Alexander
Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories

In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women—their destinies forged by birth and heritage—face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love. To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander Savannah Darby would do almost... Read More


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In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women—their destinies forged by birth and heritage—face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner Aidan Bedford seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, a battle of the heart.

An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
Seven years ago, Russell Champion was betrayed by the two most important women in his life. Now Russell returns home, but is it too late to make amends with his mother and find closure with his true love?

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail Clayton hopes to reconcile with Dr. Wade Bennett and become his wife. But her father insists she marry her distant cousin Charles Kittridge so that the plantations of the two families will be joined. With her wedding looming, Abby must choose between duty to her family and the yearnings of her own heart.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily Derracott loves her childhood friend Thomas McGinnis, but she cannot marry a man who doesn’t share her strong convictions about the freedmen. Besides, she harbors a secret love for someone else. But the prospect of becoming his wife is not improbable. It is completely impossible.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jul 14, 2015
  • UPC: 9781401690731
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish Date: Mar 4, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 1401690734

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A Glimpse at Southern Beauty by Erin S on 8/12/2015

I LOVED this compilation of four novellas. Two of my favorite authors were included and I LOVE anything historical fiction normally. Plus, did I mention the Civil War is like my all time favorite period of history? These all take place shortly after the war ended. These stories are not interrelated though the one does connect with a series I’m enjoying!

Tamera Alexander introduces us to her character Savannah Darby in another of her books and I of course fell in love with her there and wanted to learn more and read more about her. This did just that! I have several other people from that book series that I’m waiting to hear more detailed stories of! For the story synopsis’ please look above. I’m just sharing that this was my favorite short story for the simple fact it shared more about a beloved character of mine.

The other author that I adore who wrote one of these novellas is Shelley Gray! I love her Amish fiction stories and was delighted to read her more wild west type piece. This was a great story that was fast moving and kept me reading. You’re going to love it!

These four books are not related to each other in their characters but they are in their time period. If you love historical fiction and the antebellum time period you’re going to adore these!!

Novella's You Can't Put Down by Maureen on 8/6/2015

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
My Review: This story is set in pre-Civil War times, 1860, and yes there is war talk and with her father hoping to run for Governor of NC, Abigail has to be on her best behavior. Of course, we know all things cannot run smooth, and with her heart on the line what can she do?

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
My Review: Tamera Alexander’s story is set just after the Civil War has ended, and Savannah Darby’s family has lost everything. Savannah lost both of her brothers and her father to war, and her mother to illness. She now has the car of her two younger siblings, and is earning a living as a master seamstress, and she ends up at her old family home to make drapes and pillows, etc. She is also looking for a box that her father had hidden. Will she be able to work in her old home holding so many memories? Will she be able to help her family by figuring out where that box is? Or will something very unexpected happen?

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
My Review: Abigail’s heart belongs to her family’s former slaves, in more way than one. She has taken it upon herself to teach them to read at the new school. We are in a period after the Civil War, and people of color have been granted the right to vote. The Klan is making their feelings know by murdering and burning, such a sad time in our history. Abigail has her heart torn by two men in her life, one is beyond reach, and the other may be responsible for some of the terrible deeds that are happening in the area. This one will keep you thinking long after you turn the final page.

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray
My Review: Hard lesson are learned in this novella, a mother’s fear and not protecting her son, and woman who feels she has lost her true love. Decisions that have been made and actions that happened, and now forgiveness, and the hardest of all forgiving yourself, as you forgive those who have hurt you. When the man you have always loved has hurt you, you become prey for charlatans.

All of the Novella’s are set around the 1860’s and the Civil War, and can be read in a single sitting, but they are so good you can’t stop at one. Enjoy!

I received this book through Litfuse Book Bloggers Tour and was not required to give a positive review.

Four Stories of Love in Times of Turbulence and Doubt by Suzie on 7/26/2015

Among the Fair Magnolias is a collection of four historical novellas from some of the best authors of Southern fiction during one of our nation’s darkest times—the Civil War. Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love, Shelley Gray, and Elizabeth Musser come together with stories that range from before the war to after, from Texas to South Carolina.

In A Heart so True by Dorothy Love, Abigail Clayton’s one wish for her family’s annual barbecue is to make amends with Dr. Wade Bennett. But her father has other ideas. His political aspirations include marrying Abby off to his distant cousin, Charles Kittridge. Because Abby has remained silent about a troubling episode with her cousin in the past, she is left defenseless when her father announces her engagement during their barbecue to a man she does not love.

Fans of Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor will recognize the heroine in To Mend a Dream. Savannah Darby and her younger sister and brother are now living in the Nashville Home for Widows and Orphans. When Savannah’s co-worker falls ill the day she is supposed to go to a decorating job, Savannah is given the opportunity to go in her stead. The problem? The home she will be redecorating is the one she lived in all of her life until it went up for auction. But perhaps this is her chance to find the illusive box mentioned in a letter from her father that will save her and her sibling. What she doesn’t count on is the new owner of her home and the feelings he stirs within her.

Love beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser finds Emily Derracott helping the freedmen on her father’s plantation learn to read and write. With a secret infatuation with one of the slaves, Emily knows she cannot act on it. But she also cannot act on the intended proposal from her childhood friend, Thomas McGinnis. How can she marry someone who does not share the same convictions with her and may be involved in hurting the people she loves?

After seven years, Russell Champion returns home in An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray. He was turned away by the two women he loves most in life. Unsure of why he has returned to Broken Arrow, Texas, perhaps just to close that chapter of his life for once and for all, he longs for reconciliation from his mother. When he runs into is first love, he knows he’s not worthy of a second chance, but will fight for one anyway.

Each of these novellas was a fun read and a way for me to get to know a few authors I haven’t read before. Both Tamera Alexander and Dorothy Love include characters in their novellas from the other books (or at least mention of them). My favorite by far out of this collection was To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander. Which is a little unusual for me because my preference in novellas is for the characters to have some history with each other (which is the case in all the other novellas). That said, all of them were enjoyable and worth the read. This anthology is broken up in such a way that you can read a story every night and make it last for a week or read it all in one sitting.

****Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I don't normally go for short stories . . . by Robin on 7/7/2015

Oh, I was already a fan of the authors, but I love to invest myself in a nice big book, where I can settle in and really enjoy the characters. I've got to say I was quite surprised that I loved this book. After reading them I can say that they didn't feel at all like short stories. All are set in time shortly after the Civil War, and all are faith filled Christian Romances. Each was richly told and I was hooked on the characters, romances and stories. Each and every one will pull on your heartstrings! There's enough depth in each novella to keep you entertained, with satisfying finishes.

From the publishers: "In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women—their destinies forged by birth and heritage—face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love."

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
This is a continuation of one of the characters in To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel). Savannah has lost her family home, and she has an old letter that her father wrote indicating there is something he hid inside the house that could possibly restore her fortune. The house has been purchased by a Yankee who met a Southerner on the battlefield and convinced him to come to the area. He's having the house redecorated by his fiancée, and by happenstance Savannah is chosen to do the work.

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray
A young man is forced to protect the honor of his girlfriend - from his abusive step-father. After he kills the man, he is rejected by both his mother and his girlfriend, so he runs away and eventually joins a band of outlaws. For various reasons, that comes to an end and he returns home to see his estranged mother, who as it turns out is very ill. She is being attended to by his former girlfriend, so he has the chance to see them both again before he leaves. This is a time for healing all around, and each character's life is enhanced by the other.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail and her family return to their summer home on Pawleys Island, SC. She is in love with a friend whom she quarreled with the last time she saw him, and she wonders if he will reconnect with her again. Her father expects her to marry Charles, the son of family friends - a young man with investment talents that he believes will enhance their family funds and aid in his quest for an elected seat in the new government after the war. Abigail hasn't told her father about Charles and his abusive behavior and doesn't know how to begin to make him understand. A story full of tension, heartache and testing of relationships in and out of the families involved.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
In this story a young girl grows up on her family's plantation, and as is typical is partly raised by a slave - who has a son. They are now freedmen, and Emily is in love with the woman's son - who is now a preacher and very politically active during this volatile time. Emily is expected to marry the son of a neighboring plantation, but they disagree on all their values - he is even seen riding with the KKK. You'll find heartache, murder, mystery and romance full of twists throughout.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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