Among the Fair Magnolias is a collection of four southern love stories by Dorothy Love, Tamera Alexander, Elizabeth Musser, and Shelley Gray. This is the first I have read anything by these authors and each novella only made me want to read more by them. I thoroughly enjoyed each story in this collection. And I absolutely loved the setting of these novellas. Each one took place in the South in the mid to late 1800’s. I thought each author did a fabulous job of developing the characters and the storyline of each story. Sometimes that can be hard to do with a novella. I highly recommend this book especially for fans of historical fiction. 4 stars!
Book description (from Amazon):
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!
A big thanks to BookLook bloggers for an e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which has been given.