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Among the Fair Magnolias

Four Southern Love Stories

Regular Price: $12.99

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During the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women—their destinies forged by birth and heritage—face nearly impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.
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During the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women—their destinies forged by birth and heritage—face nearly 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 the 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 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 only improbable—it is completely impossible.

Includes Recipes and Discussion Questions

Contributor(s) Tamera Alexander , Dorothy Love , Shelley Gray , Elizabeth Musser
About the Contributor(s) Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tamera’s two USA Today bestselling Southern series.

 



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

 



Shelley 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: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray

ISBN-10 1401690734
ISBN-13 9781401690731
Publish Date Jul 14, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 8.38
Width 5.38
Length 384
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $12.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Barbara
Overall Rating
I was sent a print copy of “Among the Fair Magnolias” an anthology by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser. This anthology was a collection of four novelettes set in the South. Each one had its own plot and characters and each one was delightful in its own way. My only criticism is that I wanted more from each novel. I thought the end came much too quickly in each one, however I do understand that must happen in an anthology setting. I would purchase this book, had I not been sent a free print copy of the book by LitFuse Publicity in return for my honest review of the book.

You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-gt. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com. This review is posted on Good Reads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1305266587, and on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/review/R2P3SCA9SRUN5W.
(Posted on 7/25/2015)
Review by Barbara
Overall Rating
“Among the Fair Magnolias” is an anthology by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser. This anthology was a collection of four novelettes set in the South. Each one had its own plot and characters and each one was delightful in its own way. My only criticism is that I wanted more from each novel. I thought the end came much too quickly in each one, however I do understand that must happen in an anthology setting.

I was sent a Kindle copy of this book by NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.
You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-gt. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com. This review is posted on Good Reads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1305266587, and on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/review/R2P3SCA9SRUN5W.
(Posted on 7/25/2015)
Review by Deb Haggerty
Overall Rating
Deb’s Dozen: Four Southern Love Stories, four strong Southern women, four handsome beaus. Perfect!

Among the Fair Magnolias is a collection of four stories written by four different authors: Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser. They are all written about the time of the War Between the States and reflect the beliefs and opinions of that time. Difficult as we may find believing people ever could think that way, we find similar beliefs extant today. Besides being love stories, each author makes a strong statement about mores and belief systems.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander reintroduces us to Savannah Darby, who was a minor character in To Win Her Favor (a Belle Meade Plantation novel). Savannah is an impoverished seamstress eking out a living sewing to care for her brother and sister. Victims of the Reconstruction Era, they’ve lost their family home and now reside in the Nashville Widows’ and Children’s Home. Savannah is tasked to substitute for another seamstress, Miss Anderson, to fulfill a commission to decorate a gentleman’s home. To her horror and great anguish, Savannah finds that the home is her former home, Darby Farm.

When she arrives at the home, she is mistaken for Miss Anderson and decides to continue the charade to avoid any unpleasantness. The story of the redecorating and Savannah’s journey are well worth the read. My takeaway: Honor and steadfastness bring their own rewards. Five Stars.

An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray takes us to Texas where Russell Champion has returned home after seven long years. Thrown out of his house by his mother at age fifteen, he has ridden with an outlaw gang and then gone straight. His stepfather had regularly beaten Russell and his mother. When he lays hands on Russell’s friend, Nora, Russell grabs a hunting knife and kills him.

Returned home, Russell finds his mother very ill and very sorry that she sent him away. He decides to stay for a while after the woman who comes to care for his mom every day turns out to be Nora. Still in love with Nora, Russell is chagrined to find her being courted by another man. The story of Russell and Nora is one of forgiveness and redemption. Three stars.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love made me angry until the very end. I was angry at the customs that gave a father the right to marry off a daughter without her consent. I was angry at the belief of some men that striking a woman was acceptable behavior. I wanted to tell Abigail Clayton to run away from her situation and find happiness elsewhere. I was rooting for her to be able to be with the man she loved, not the man her father chose.

You will love Abigail’s story and how she surmounts the obstacles in her path to true love. My takeaways: father is not always right, but obedience and honoring your parents is. Four stars.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser was very disturbing. Set in Reconstruction Era Georgia, the plantation owners and the freedmen working for them face many dangers and privations. Emily Derracott loves her childhood friend, Thomas McGinnis, but cannot marry someone who doesn’t share her belief in the equality and the rights of the freedmen—the former slaves who work on the plantations.

Emily works alongside a Northern woman, Miss Lillian, whose peacefulness, wisdom, and firm convictions she admires, to teach the freedman reading, writing, and the skills they need to survive. But this is a time when the Ku Klux Klan rides rampant. Emily and her loved ones will be greatly impacted by their dreadful actions. Seeing Emily learn about the evils and good that humans can do is both unsettling and edifying. But good trumps evil and love conquers all. Four Stars.

All in all, four good stories, all worth reading, and all well-written.

Thomas Nelson via the Litfuse Publicity Group gave me a copy of Among the Fair Magnolias in exchange for my candid review. (Posted on 7/24/2015)
Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
Among the Fair Magnolias brings together some of Christian fiction’s great authors, who contribute stories that depict the American South during the period around the Civil War. Through four diverse love stories, they bring the period to life and show the undeterred nature of America’s women in the face of some of life’s greatest challenges.

Ms. Love’s “Heart So True” tells the story of Abigail Clayton as she faces the choice between following her father’s wishes for a spouse or finally marrying the man who has captured her heart. “To Mend a Dream” by Ms. Alexander continues the story of Susannah Darby (from To Win Her Favor), who lost her family’s home after the Civil War and finds herself having to redecorate the house as part of a commission for her work as a seamstress. When Northerner Aidan Bedford encounters Susannah admiring his newly-acquired land, his view of the future suddenly changes. In Ms. Musser’s “Love Beyond Limits,” Emily Derracott pushes cultural norms in the South with her insistence on educating her family’s former slaves. When her father insists that she marry a long-time neighbor, Emily must choose between her politics and social convention in a reconstructed South. Lastly, “An Outlaw’s Heart” by Ms. Gray focuses on Russell Champion, who returns to his hometown after spending the last seven years running from his past. When he finally revisits his mother and the girl he left behind, Russell must choose between leaving again or finding a new life with those he loves.

Overall, I was quite thrilled with Among the Fair Magnolias. Fans who enjoy any of the authors’ novels and other stories will definitely appreciate the book, as it offers many connections with characters, settings, and storylines first depicted in the authors’ other works. Additionally, those readers who enjoy Southern-inspired Christian fiction will also appreciate the compilation. In general, I thought the stories fit fairly well together. The book reminded me of compilations of L.M. Montgomery’s wonderfully sweet and inspiring short story collections, with a slight change in geography. At several points, the stories in Among the Fair Magnolias shared similar themes and premises to examples of Ms. Montgomery’s work, which I found to be absolutely delightful.

Special thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the advanced copy of Among the Fair Magnolias!

Thanks!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
(Posted on 7/14/2015)

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