Monday, August 10, 2015

REVIEW: Among the Fair Magnolias by Various

REVIEW: Among the Fair Magnolias by Various

{About the Book}

Four Southern women are at a turning point in history . . . and in their own hearts.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything—her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished?

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 that she is 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 Review}

Rating: 3.5 stars

Among the Fair Magnolias is a novella collection by various different authors set during the Civil War in the South. To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander tells the story of Savannah Darby who is in search of her family and a certain box her father hid during the war. The only thing is there's a new owner of her family's property, Aiden Bedford, a Boston Attorney and former Union soldier. To Mend a Dream was probably my favorite novella in this collection. I gave this one 5 out of 5.

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray tells the story of Russell Stark who returns home to find his mother very ill and his former love still the most breath taking woman he's ever known. An Outlaw's Heart is all about Russell coming to terms with his past so he can make a future. I really enjoyed this one as well. I gave it 3.5 out of 5.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love tells the story of Abigail who is supposed to marry her cousin Charles, as her father wants her too. But Abigail is in love with another man and one tragedy forces her to make a choice between love and duty. This story was probably my least favourite. The writing was not my favourite and the romance was pretty bland. I gave this story 2 out of 5.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser tells the story of Emily who is keeping a secret from her family- she is in love with a Black Freedman who works on her family's plantation. While another plan has plegded his love for her. This story was in the middle for me. While story itself was interesting, the romance was like the above, just bland. I gave this one 2.5 out of 5.

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