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Reviewed by Charity Lyman
How many of you enjoy a quick novella? I personally like taking them with me on trips as they are easy to finish while driving and there are no long plots to follow or too many characters to keep track of. So, if you like a novella, Among the Fair Magnolias was written with you in mind! The book is comprised of four stories, each written by a different author. Some of the authors were already my favorites and others became favorites by the time I was done reading.
The stories all center around the south either during or shortly after the Civil War. These are brilliant novellas that tie in with other full length stories from the authors and transport readers to the time of southern elegance and aristocracy. Follow a young woman who has to choose between love and duty; another who is searching for her father’s legacy and finds love at the same time; the daughter of a plantation owner who is in love with a freedman; and an outlaw who returns to his long lost love. They all deal with struggles and trials that women faced in that time period and come through with flying colors.
My absolute favorite story would have to be the one by Tamera Alexander, To Mend a Dream. This one focuses on Savannah, a young woman who is trying to sew, take care of her siblings and find a treasure that her father said he had hidden away for their future. But when she is drawn to a Yankee, it will be a miracle if love comes through for them. She was a great character and I loved and admired the strength she exhibited in all situations.
The others are all well written. A novella is always hard on an author since they only have a small space to flesh out a character and draw the reader into a plot that is wrapped up within a hundred pages, give or take. The authors did beautifully though and I felt a connection with each story. If you love southern elegance and a different era, you will definitely enjoy this one.
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.
Among the Fair Magnolias Southern Hearts Kindle Fire Giveaway
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