Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Among The Fair Magnolias ~ Four Southern Love Stories

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690731

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.
Each novella includes a scrumptious Southern recipe that's inherent to each author's story and that will suit your book club meeting to a T!

My take on this book:
I have always been a fan of short stories and always enjoy whenever I find a book that allows me to read different authors within the pages, which is what I found Among The Fair Magnolias. Four different short stories by four different authors that have a few things in common. First the time period in which the stories take place  around the civil war era. Secondly they are southern stories. When historical civil war period stories blend together with romance well there is no way that I wont read the story. Each set of characters have their own trials, and while I enjoyed each story and the characters I would have to say that my favorite story in the collection had to be An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray. The characters of Nora and Robert were so easy to like. Their story really packed a lot of punch for a novella. Anyone who enjoys southern historical fiction where history blends together with romance and even a bit of inspiration will enjoy this compilation, I know I did.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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