Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

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Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Shepard Gray, Dorothy Love, Elizabeth Musser

Also by this author: , Carolina Gold
ISBN: 1401690734
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction
Published by Thomas Nelson on July 14th 2015
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
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In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women—destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war—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, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. 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, one of the heart.

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 she’s 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.

I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list.

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  • Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors.
  • Provides novella-length releases between authors’ full-length novels.
  • One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-bellum Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
  • Includes Reading Group Guides.

Bonus content:

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Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}A Heart So True: A Southern Love Story by Dorothy Love
Series: Among the Fair Magnolias #1

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Also by this author: Carolina Gold
ISBN: 0529116162
Pages: 96
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A Pawley's Island celebration turns heavy as Abigail makes the choice of a lifetime. Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charlesand take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty."

Dorothy Love writes a good deep story. Even for a short story her writing can captivate an audience. It’s amazing when a character can make you so angry… I was wondering if this was going to be along the lines of an unrequited until very later years love story like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Reading the whole of A Love So True I’m glad I kept going because at points I wanted to just walk away from the story out of frustration. I think that in the end I’m a satisfied reader however. It was also neat to be able to revisit Pawley’s Island, the setting of Dorothy’s Caroline Gold, with my own memories of the shore line of the Isle of Palms on my mind.

Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}To Mend a Dream: A Southern Love Story by Tamera Alexander
Series: Among the Fair Magnolias #2, Belle Meade Plantation #2.5
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ISBN: 0529116138
Pages: 96
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In order to rebuild her life, Savannah must help the people taking over her home. 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?"

Tammy’s characters are always so amusing, yet real in my opinion.

Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}Love Beyond Limits: A Southern Love Story by Elizabeth Musser
Series: Among the Fair Magnolias #3
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ISBN: 0529116294
Pages: 96
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The war is over, but Emily faces a battle in following her heart.

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.

When as a reader you approach a novel by Elizabeth Musser, one often knows not to expect a light read. Her books are full, filled to the brim with emotion and relatable experiences.

Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}An Outlaw's Heart: A Southern Love Story by Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: Among the Fair Magnolias #4
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ISBN: 0529116170
Pages: 96
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Russell is a changed man, but can he prove it to those he loves most?

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.

I’m most familiar with Amish stories that Shelley has written and those I’ve really enjoyed.

About Dorothy Love

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy

About Elizabeth Musser

ELIZABETH MUSSER, an Atlanta native, writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Elizabeth’s highly acclaimed, best-selling novel, The Swan House, was named one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year and one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the Past 100 Years (Georgia Backroads, 2009). All of Elizabeth’s novels have been translated into multiple languages. Two Destinies, the final novel in The Secrets of the Cross trilogy, was a finalist for the 2013 Christy Award.

About Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com Facebook: t Twitter: @ShelleySGray

About Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville. Visit her website at www.tameraalexander.com Facebook: tamera.alexander Twitter: @tameraalexander

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