Thursday, July 30, 2015

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.

My thoughts: I liked that the first two stories in this book of novellas (A Heart So True and To Mend a Dream) were about characters from some of the authors other stories. I especially liked reading about Savannah (To Mend a Dream), who showed up in To Win Her Favor, finally getting a happy ending of her own. I thought all four of the authors did a marvelous job of bringing history and their characters alive! All of the stories were interesting and had plenty going on, which made it easy to read through the whole collection quickly.;)
The only thing I didn't particularly care for was how quickly one of the characters affection changed from one girl to another. I thought it made him seem less honorable to be thinking about a woman who wasn't his fiance.
Otherwise though, the stories were interesting and fun to read!
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

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