Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book Review ~ "Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories" by four excellent author's.

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Book Release Date : July 14

Book Description:  Four Southern women are at a turning point in history . . . and in their own hearts.

To Mend a Dream   by Tamera Alexander

The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything—her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished?

An Outlaw's Heart   by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers that she is very ill and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True   by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits  by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She's in love with one of the freedmen on her family's plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

My thoughts; This collection of novella's deal with the time period just before or after the American Civil War. Each of the stories show  loss and the strength of the characters because of their trials.

Before this book I was familiar with Tamera Alexander's writing, but not the other author's. I enjoyed each of their stories and their individual writing styles. The book happens in different Cities/States, all of them are in the Southern United States.

I loved that the stories all looked at the time period from a different point of view. There is the young lady who knows that her love interest will be going to war soon. Another young lady fights for the newly freed blacks. The other two deal with the loss of life after the war and the struggle to live without husbands and father's.

This is a great collection to read. I highly recommend it. It is clean. There is some violence and kissing.  You can find some excellent recipes in the back of the book!

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