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

Among the Fair Magnolias

Publication Date: July 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Thomas Nelson Publishers

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love

A Heart so True is a story that takes the reader back to Pawleys Island, South Carolina during the year of 1860. Abigail Clayton, a vivacious young Southern woman, has her heart set on marrying Dr. Wade Bennett. Her father, however, has his mind made up that she will marry Charles Kittridge, which will help further his ambitions to be governor. I love the descriptions of life on the island during the summer and Abigail’s struggle to make the right choices for her future. I enjoyed this story very much and enjoyed meeting up with some familiar faces from previous books.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

To Mend a Dream is the story of Savannah Darby and her struggles to survive in post-Civil War Nashville in the year 1870. After the death of both parents and her older brothers, Savannah is left to raise her two younger siblings. In addition to the loss of her family, she is evicted from the family home when a northerner from Boston buys the place. Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney, moves to Nashville to begin a new life after the war along with a new fiancé, Priscilla Sinclair. To make life more complicated, Savannah gets assigned a sewing contract for the new owners and Savannah’s efforts at solving a family mystery become complicated. A great story with an interesting bit of intrigue!

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser

Set in 1868 in post-Civil War Georgia, Love Limits, tells of the conflicts of Emily, a young southern white woman, committed to helping freedmen get an education. Lieutenant Thomas McGinnis has been in love with Emily for years and struggles to get her attention as anything more than a brother. This novella has a complex storyline for such a short story touching on racial prejudice in the south. The story is interesting, but a little complicated in my opinion for an inspirational based story.

An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray

This novella shares the story of Russell Andrew Champion, Texas bad boy and previous outlaw, and Nora Hudson, a young woman who had been his one true love. An extremely complicated and personal situation tore Russell and Nora apart when they were young and Russell fell into a lifestyle he did not mean to choose. Time has a way of healing hearts and making complicated situations a little less complex! Read this fun novella and see what happens to this Texas bad boy and his true love!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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