Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Among the Fair Magnolias

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.

My thoughts...

Each of these novellas are as special as the other, I really enjoyed reading them. Though the themes are similar each is different and left me believing in romance again. Tamera Alexander is talented and weaves her words in a way that grips your heart. Savannah Darby is delightful and determined. Easily touched by what she discovers in an old house.

Shelley Gray has written a love story with characters that you will love. Russell's story is sad but he a true hero at heart.

Abigail's story in "A Heart So True" is heartwarming. Her father's orders are to marry a distant cousin that breaks Abigail's heart, she's in love with someone that she believes will never be hers. Well written and endearing.

"Love Beyond Limits" was my favorite, Elizabeth Musser has always been one of my favorite writers. Everything about her books...from the setting to the characters are so real. Definitely a book I'll want to reread.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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