by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, & Elizabeth Musser
I really enjoyed this collection of four historical novellas. Three of the novellas are set in the post-Civil War south and one is set just prior to the war. I found each story to be interesting and felt immersed in another time period.
My favorite novella of the four was To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander. It was my favorite for two reasons. First, this story follows a character that I met in To Win Her Favor, the first book in the Belle Meade Plantation series. It isn’t necessary to have read that first book, but for me, it was like coming home. I loved reading Savannah’s story. The second reason that To Mend a Dream was my favorite is probably because it was the longest of the novellas and I felt that I had more time to connect with these characters.
The other three novellas are all very nice, as well. A Heart So True by Dorothy Love made me feel sadness and anxiety for Abigail and definitely anger toward her overbearing and selfish father. Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser was packed with interesting historical information from a very scary time in Georgia’s history. I felt scared for the freedmen and women, however, I did not feel very connected to the two main characters in this novella. An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray was a good story. I have read the first book from the series that this novella is connected to and enjoyed reading another book set in Texas by Shelley Gray. I really liked Russell and Nora from this story.
This is a good set of novellas and even though three of them are connected to full-length novel storylines, they can be read as stand-alone books. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review.
Four best-selling novelists bring tales of four Southern women who face near impossible choices on their journeys in life and in love during the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history in Among the Fair Magnolias. Don’t miss this collection of stories from Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser.
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About the book:
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.
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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. website, Twitter, Facebook
Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’ For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams. website, Twitter, Facebook