Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Litfuse Book Review: Among The Fair Magnolias

With more than half the year behind us, I recently realized that I was a bit behind my yearly reading goal. I use Goodreads to keep track of all the books I've read along with ones I plan to read. At the beginning of each year, you get the chance to pick your reading goal. I chose to read 30 books this year. As of today, I've read 18 so I have a quite a few still to read. However, as a member of Litfuse Publicity Group, I have the opportunity to read and review books on a monthly basis. Not only does this give me a chance to read authors I'm not familiar with but it also puts me closer to reaching my 2015 reading goal. Today, I'm going to be sharing with you a perfect end of summer read: Among The Fair Magnolias

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

Each novella is rich in history and details of Southern life, something someone, like me, who hasn't traveled South much would enjoy. I felt like I learned several things about life in the South with each turn of the page. The history lessons taught are done so with enough detail to keep you informed without feeling like you've just sat through a History class. Details within each novella gives you a clear picture of what life was like during some of the scariest times of our nation's history. Each story has a different setting- a Georgia plantation, a small-town Texas homestead, Nashville slums, and an island for wealthy vacationers - I was given a taste of Southern life through the eyes of women an men who would have to overcome hardships and pressures of society, allowing God to light their way.


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