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.
To Mend a Dream-This was by far my favorite and quite honestly the reason I picked up this collection in the first place. It was beautifully written and while I would have enjoyed seeing more of the romance rather than it just being alluded to I still enjoyed Savannah and Aidan's love story. My favorite parts of the story though were when Aidan was recalling the day met a confederate soldier he called "Nashville"!
An Outlaw's Heart-This was a cute story! It was a little redundant at the beginning but after that I found myself enjoying it! I did like how Russell and Nora had previously had a relationship so the faster pace of the novella wasn't unbelievable. I liked both of their characters and it was fun to watch everything play out!
A Heart So True-As I started this novella the similarities to the beginning of Gone With the Wind had me smiling since I recently enjoyed that movie with friends. But that aside it was a good story in it's own right. I liked the characters and and even though it would have been fun to see more of their romance I did like that they already had an established relationship. The ending was a bit rushed but otherwise this was an enjoyable story.
Love Beyond Limits-Sadly I didn't enjoy this novella at all. It was a bit disjointed, there were way too many unnecessary facts, I didn't really like the heroine, and the "love story" didn't really make sense to me. I really hate to write negative reviews but it really was a struggle for me to get through.
Meet the Authors
Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. A native of west Tennessee. website, Twitter, Facebook
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. website, Twitter, Facebook
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
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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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