Among the Fair Magnolias

Among the Fair Magnolias

Among the Fair Magnolias (Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

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.

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  • I think reading these books where there are multiple stories in one book. Each of these stories are set in the 1800s which as we all know that is one of my favorite time periods to read about. Each of these stories have strong characters. These authors each did a good job of making you really get to know. I felt as if I could really see where they were talking about as if you could be a part of the stories. I highly recommend this series of books. Another nice thing is that the stories are a nice size so they read quickly.

  • Wow! “Among the Fair Magnolias” is an anthology with 4 romances by some of the best authors we have today. These are about four different women during crucial times in their lives. They must each make a choice that will change their lives forever. I really liked each of these stories. Included in this anthology are recipes that I cannot wait to try. I am not able to pick a favorite. I give these stories all 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are my own. –

  • You can’t go wrong with these four outstanding authors at the helm. I’m sure that like me you will have your own favorite (and least favorite) story of the bunch, but each novella is still in a class even above some full-length novels I’ve read. If you love antebellum settings and stories about women caught between two choices, this is a great anthology for you to grab!

  • I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list.

  • “Among the Fair Magnolias is written by 4 great romance writers and they are all about southern women. “To Mend a Dream ” by Tamera Alexander is about Savannah Darby, a young woman left alone to raise her younger sister and brother after the war has left them alone in the world. She is struggling to keep them alive. She has lost her family’s home but, still thinks that they may be something still in the house that may solve all of their problems. “An Outlaw’s Heart” by Shelly Gray is about a man named Russell Champion who cannot forget what his mother has done. “A Heart So True” by Dorothy Love is about Abigail Clayton who wants to marry someone other than Charles Kittridge who her father has decided she should marry. “Love Beyond Limits” tells us the story of Emily derracott who loves someone whom she thinks she can never marry because he does not feel as she does about freedmen. But, does she really love another? I give these books a 4/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and all my opionions.

  • Among the Fair Magnolias is a collection of four stories written by four different authors: Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser. They are all written about the time of the War Between the States and reflect the beliefs and opinions of that time. Difficult as we may find believing people ever could think that way, we find similar beliefs extant today. Besides being love stories, each author makes a strong statement about mores and belief systems.

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  • Each of these novellas are as special as the other, I really enjoyed reading them. Though the themes are similar each is different and left me believing in romance again.

  • Book by Book says:

    Among the Fair Magnolias is a delightfully Southern and romantic novella collection and I enjoyed every bit of it. With their distinct and captivating storytelling styles, Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser all wonderfully detail aspects of life before and after the Civil War in their individual stories. I would certainly recommend it.

  • This anthology was a collection of four novelettes set in the South. Each one had its own plot and characters and each one was delightful in its own way. My only criticism is that I wanted more from each novel. I thought the end came much too quickly in each one, however I do understand that must happen in an anthology setting.

  • I never know how good a collection of novellas will end up. I’ve read some great collections, and I’ve read some really bad ones. This book lands right in the middle for me. I love the cover and have read these authors before. I think my favorite two stories are An Outlaws Heart by Shelley Gray and To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander. The other two were okay just not as intriguing. It’s hard to get an entire storyline in just a few chapters, let alone get to know a character. I think Shelley and Tamera did the best job on creating characters and getting the reader to really be in the story.
    I also like that they are all set somewhere different just with southern flair.
    I think this is a great collection if you want a short southern romance.

  • Four stories that follow strong young women of the South, before and after the war that changed everything. Some of the novellas even revisit some of the settings from the author’s previous novels!
    Overall, a lovely collection of stories, full of faith and family. Great characters and engaging plotlines, I thoroughly enjoyed each one of these lovely stories.

  • I was drawn to the novella collection when I saw that Tamera Alexander had written Savannah Derby’s story. Savannah was an “old friend” from To Win Her Favor and had a story that needed to be told. . . Tamera told a beautiful tale of love and faith that was my favorite of the four.

    Shelley Gray is the other author that I was familiar with . . . Russell’s return home was a very fitting addition to her Heart of a Hero series, bringing some of the characters full circle to where their lives seemed to fall apart.

    Elizabeth Musser’s story dealt with some of the most difficult and ugliest parts of this time period and did so with a great deal of class.

    Dorothy Love wrote a story of well-to-do southerners forced to make difficult decisions with far-reaching consequence

  • Among the Fair Magnolias is a lovely novella collection! The authors deftly convey the history and essence of the South, and each of their stories boasts wonderful characterization and vivid imagery. I enjoyed the drama and romance of each of these stories and recommend this collection for fans of historical romance and Southern fiction. Speaking of Southern fiction, it just wouldn’t be complete without the mention of good ‘ole Southern cooking! In addition to the novellas, each of these talented authors has shared a delectable Southern recipe.

  • A wonderful novella collection of 4 stories, each written by a best selling Christian historical fiction author. If you have not read any of these authors’ books, give this a try and you will enjoy it. Novellas are a great way to know new authors you have not read from, and a great way to enjoy a book if you are short on time. The struggle is if the author is able to give the story justice in a short amount of pages. You won’t be disappointed with this collection. There’s depth and closure. I enjoyed it and hope you will too.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse for an honest review. Please check out my website for the full review, other book reviews and a monthly book giveaway. Thanks.

  • ….I am a HUGE fan of novella collections. I haven’t read one yet that I didn’t like!…Filled with lovable good guys, a bad guy to truly dislike, as well as those characters that all kinda in between…..

  • Among the Fair Magnolias is an exquisite blending of four novellas that captures southern history during one of its most turbulent decades. Each story has an abundance of rich language that brings the south to life on the page, is full of great characters that stick to their morals and firm convictions, and the story lines will leave you as the reader asking for seconds. These four southern love stories prove to be just as sweet as peach cobbler.

  • 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 love these four in one collections, but this had one story that I truly enjoyed. The others were okay. If you like historical fiction and are fans of these authors work, you will probably love AMONG THE FAIR MAGNOLIAS. Its also a good way to get a taste of different author’s work. I did find a new-to-me author I’d like to read more by. Over all, 3.875 stars.

  • Among the Fair Magnolias was a fun story to read. This is another book where there are 4 different stories in the same book and each story is written by a different author. I love all the stories in this book but if I had to pick one that was my favorite it would have to be the first story.

  • I enjoyed each of the stories in this collection. I found each story to be captivating and well crafted. They gave me a new perspective of the South around the time of the Civil War. I find history fascinating, so this book was a good fit for me. A great summer read.

  • I enjoyed each of these stories and found some new authors to check out. The one author I was familiar with took a secondary character from one of her previous books and wrote a love story for her. It was really fun to go back and visit them again. It made me want to read other books by the other authors to see if they did this as well. Rich stories that really showcase each author’s writing style and the history for that time period.

  • I was so impressed with the quality of each of these novellas. The four authors packed in so much history and romance into each of these charming stories! Spanning in time from 1860 to 1878, each tale is unique in it’s flavor and each feature a cast of characters that are memorable.

  • Four stories as sweet and charming as their Southern setting! This set of four novellas is the perfect read for lazy summer days, even more perfect if you kick back with a glass of sweet iced tea or perhaps some southern peach cobbler (recipe included in the back of the book!). Among the Fair Magnolias is a great way to be introduced to four talented, yet different authors.

  • This is such an amazing collection of tantalizing stories that are sure to hook you from the start. I so enjoyed the traveling back in time to live in each of these stores. Each story was so special and unique in it’s own way

  • Best Review says:

    Four well-known authors join forces to create one exceptional novella collection.

  • This was a novella collection that gave me mixed feelings. Several of the authors are favorites and their stories were well written with fleshed out characters, history and an interesting plot. A couple of the stories felt rushed, which often happens with novellas, but I wish they had more page space. Still worth the reading in my opinion and I enjoyed them all.

  • Overall the compilation was enjoyable. One story was disappointing to me, but the other three were really great. If you enjoy these authors’ other books, or enjoy reading historical Christian romance then I’d recommend this compilation. There were some yummy recipes and some good discussion questions in the back that would be perfect to use for a book club as well.

  • These four novellas are rich in history and details of Southern life. I learned several new things with each story. I was surprised to learn that during Reconstruction it was the Republican party that advocated for equal rights for black people and the Democrats were murdering, terrorizing, and seeking to prevent the blacks from exercising their freedoms and voting rights. The bravery and courage of those men and women who acted on their beliefs during such violence and danger is inspiring. Each story has a different setting- a Georgia plantation, a small-town Texas homestead, Nashville slums, and an island for wealthy vacationers. However, the men and women in all the stories seek to overcome hardships and pressures of society to find the path that God would have them follow.

  • Overall, Among the Fair Magnolias is an enchanting collection of novellas that sweeps the reader into the beauty and heartbreak of the “Old South.” I was immersed into a world of change along with the heroines of each story. With a strong message about God’s orchestration and heavenly interference in our life, this collection on novellas will immerse you into a world of faith, love, turmoil, and uncertainty. I highly recommend this sweet, southern collection.

  • Each of the four stories brings its own unique writing skills (that also complement each other) and story. At the root of each story is a difficult decision each main character has to make – accepting the past and present in order to find love, forgiveness and hope. It is a novel that explores love and forgiveness in many different forms, that will not leave you disappointed (but maybe craving for some more!).

  • Moments says:

    I loved how the collection began with Abigail’s story and the family setting up their summer home and hosting a get together as it was a perfect read for this time of the year. There are secrets, and romance throughout which will keep you turning the pages.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    This book had 4 novellas (short stories) all taking place in southern states during 1860-1870s. I was only familiar with one of the four authors but they all did a good job with their writing and presenting their stories in a couple of chapters without lacking content.

    All the books dealt with love and forgiveness and were all clean, christian writing.

    “Love Beyond Limits” was my least favorite because of some of the things that happened in that story, but which was typical during that time period.

  • The first thing that attracted me to “Among the Fair Magnolias” was its gorgeous cover that hinted at the possible delights inside. Secondly, the fact that several of the novellas were written by favorite authors was indication that I would most likely have a few enjoyable hours while reading it. I was not disappointed.

    As a true Southerner, I always relish reading stories about my part of the nation. In these four novellas, I had the pleasure of visiting four distinct locations within the South. Each tale took place shortly after the Civil War and each one highlighted the difficulties as the defeated Southerners attempted to rebuild their lives. Each story is as unique as its location and each features a matchless romance that endures despite challenging circumstances. I enjoyed each of the stories although I will admit that I did have my favorites. As a Tennessean, I definitely leaned toward the one with that setting.

  • All of the Novella’s are set around the 1860’s and the Civil War, and can be read in a single sitting, but they are so good you can’t stop at one. Enjoy!

  • By The Book says:

    All four novellas are set in the American South either before or after the Civil War. Change comes swiftly, and the characters learn to reach for their dreams as they rebuild their lives. Settings include South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas and give the reader an insight into the challenges faced by those living in this era in our country’s history. Main characters scale obstacles in their lives as they reach out to their true loves. The authors tackle such issues as race relations and the mending of a splintered North and South. Strong faith messages run throughout, as the characters struggle with family duty, worthiness and purpose. I enjoyed all four of the stories and am glad that Thomas Nelson brought these authors together for this project.

  • I picked up Among the Fair Magnolias after I’d finished reading a fairly intense novel, and the novellas inside were the perfect antidote to the heaviness I’d been dealing with. As is the case with most novella collections, I enjoyed some novellas more than others, but they all provided a nice diversion.

  • –A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
    This one felt short, which made me a little sad. I thought it a bit anticlimactic as well.

    –To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
    Blown. A. Way. Alexander is a master of words. How Alexander manages to take a short story, make it feel like a full length story, AND turn it into a masterpiece is beyond me. I can hereby pledge to read everything she ever writes. Ever.

    –A Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
    The tensions are running high in this one. Musser manages to pack in a thousand historical references and facts (perhaps too many?) that really bring the time period to life.

    –An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
    This story moved along the quickest, and perhaps felt the shortest. Everything is unravelled at lightening speed.

  • I just love when my favorite authors collaborate for a book! It makes me so excited and I love reading four awesome stories in ONE book! It is so interesting to see their different styles of writing and meet so many amazing characters.

    I really LOVED To Mend A Dream by Tamera Alexander the best. It was based on a character we met in another one of her books and I loved seeing how Savannah Darby’s life played out! Tamera Alexander writes so perfectly that I get sucked into the book, characters and love story from beginning to end! I did not want this story to end!

    The only downfall for me about novellas is that the stories are so short. Sometimes, the love stories seem rushed or unlikely.

  • Among The Fair Magnolia’s is a wonderful novella, with equally wonderful author’s. I really enjoyed each and every love story in this book. I hated to see this book end. I can not wait to see what each of these authors write next!

  • In Among the Fair Magnolias, it’s all about the Southern sweetness. Each of these four stories take place in the years surrounding the Civil War and highlight the political and social unrest that swept our country. Despite the turbulent times and vivid setting, the characters all find love.

    Each of these stories are very well written. They’re smooth and fluid, with likeable characters and happy endings. The tension is real and the problems large, which makes the found happiness even brighter. These stories aren’t exactly fluffy beach reads, but they are a tribute to the determination of the American way.

  • I thought the stories were all well-written. There were elements of faith in all of the stories, from prayer to trusting God to feeling led by the Holy Spirit to do something. It was interesting to learn more about what life was like in the South after the Civil War. I highly recommend this wonderful collection for historical fiction fans!

  • I really enjoyed this collection of four historical novellas. Three of the novellas are set in the post-Civil War south and one is set just prior to the war. I found each story to be interesting and felt immersed in another time period.

    My favorite novella of the four was To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander. It was my favorite for two reasons. First, this story follows a character that I met in To Win Her Favor, the first book in the Belle Meade Plantation series. It isn’t necessary to have read that first book, but for me, it was like coming home. I loved reading Savannah’s story. The second reason that To Mend a Dream was my favorite is probably because it was the longest of the novellas and I felt that I had more time to connect with these characters.

  • I love novella collections, having three or four mini books within a book are perfect for vacation, really any time. I am familiar with all four of these authors and this collection is perfect whether you are going somewhere or just hanging out at home. Each of the heroine’s in these stories must make hard decisions and the authors do a great job of showing the struggle in the south. Having just finished Tamera Alexander’s book To Win Her Favor, I was pleased to see that she gave Savannah a story.
    Highly recommended!

  • I’ve read books by Tamera Alexander & Shelley Gray, but I’ve never read anything by Dorothy Love or Elizabeth Musser.

    I enjoyed all of the stories, but I loved “An Outlaw’s Heart” by Shelley Gray. I love her characters and the setting of this story.

  • This book has 4 novellas by 4 very eloquent ladies. I had already read two of them and was glad I signed up to read and review this book for Litfuse. These four stories are all set in the turbulent times with a lot of changes happening all around. The love stories also mirror the tension, anxiety, conflicts and the reluctant acceptance of the changes.

  • I have eagerly been anticipating this book’s release ever since it was announced, and I was not disappointed. As Southern as sweet tea and porch swings, this charming set of historical romance novellas is the perfect summer read. […] Four Southern authors, four delightful novellas. . . .and four delicious recipes included at the end, one from each of these talented ladies. Don’t miss Among the Fair Magnolias!

  • A Rup Life says:

    There is something sweet about collaboration novels. You get a sweet peace of writing from several authors. If it is a beloved author – then your probably like me and want to read everything they write. If it is the first you’ve heard of an author – you get a good look at what their writing style is and an appetite for more!

    Among The Fair Magnolias was just delightful. I loved the length of each of the stories – perfect for summer reading on the go. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and getting a taste of southern lifestyle post-war. Can each of our leading ladies overcome life’s obstacles?

  • Four Southern Love Stories
    by four accomplished authors ~
    I loved each author’s story telling creativity! Well researched historical insights inform the reading, at times shocking and at others offering a new and original delight. Each story evocative and engaging.
    Included, the delicious recipes featured are an added bonus!
    Don’t miss this unique story collection ~

  • WORD Up! says:

    “Among the Fair Magnolias” by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser is an enjoyable anthology of four heartwarming novellas. There are five must-try Southern recipes and a list of discussion questions to get your reading group off to a good start.

  • To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander is your typical “orphans out on their own, lost their family home, desperate to make a better life for themselves” story. Except it ins’t typical AT ALL! Tamera Alexander hooks you with the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the very last one!

    An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray is a romance with more than one twist. Shelley uses her exceptional talent for romance and combines it with her flair for suspense to intrigue her readers!

    A Heart So True by Dorothy Love is a story of the age old problem; Do I follow my heart or my family’s wishes? I refuse to spoil it for you – it’s JUST TOO GOOD!

    Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser involves a favorite storyline of mine! It’s always a struggle to try and decide whether you should take a chance…

  • 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.

  • This book is 4 different short stories all by different authors in one book. All the stories are taking place in the South, with southern roots. Each author takes you back into time, in a different era, giving you a diversity story for each of the novellas. I am not a fan of the period in time, but wanted to try something different. It was ok for my taste, they were good, I liked that they were short and I could read one book in a setting. I was able to pick up and start reading for a quick change of pace.

    I would recommend this for those that want a quick read and if you like the civil war era or a history type………………..

  • 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.

  • First I have to say I loved the cover! It was so pretty made me want to read the book. This book had 4 short stories by different authors that took place in the South during the Civil War. What I loved is that each book was easy to read in an afternoon. I like reading books like this so that I can find new authors to follow. I think my favorite was A Heart So True but I did really enjoy all of them!

  • This is a wonderfully entertaining & moving collection of stories. It being southern fiction is a bonus for me, but these character-driven stories rise above that genre with their compelling storylines set during a turbulent time in America’s history from 1860-1878. All are well written and compelling in their own way…What an evocative title for these four novellas featuring Southern women with hidden depths! As a life-long resident of Georgia, I’ve always known of the magnolia blossom’s association with the perseverance, dignity, and strength that Southern women possess – the ingrained ability to not just endure hardships, but to rise above them. And that is exactly what you will find here. I am delighted to recommend this novella collection with surprising depth.

  • Among The Fair Magnolias is a collection of four Southern love stories written by four of the most gifted authors in the Historical Fiction genre. Each with their own unique flair…Love, Gray, Musser and Alexander…capture the era and Southern culture with expert story telling skill and description. The characters in each novella are genuine and their stories are easy to get lost in. Each author inserts her own style while delivering a delightful read full of romance, intrigue of the era and faith. If you are looking for the perfect Summer’s end read, this book will satisfy.

  • I usually have a hard time reading Novellas or short stories because I just want them to keep going on and I feel that they were too short. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this series of stories! I think each author did a fantastic job of keeping readers engaged and interested. Also, what I think is really neat is that “Magnolias” which are mentioned in the title of this book, are mentioned in each story but in a different way. I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff and I loved it!

  • As summer comes to a close, I have just the book for you to savor. Among the Fair Magnolias is charmingly filled with four historical Southern Love Stories. Each one is unique and swoon worthy!

  • Out of the four novellas in Among the Fair Magnolias, there were three that I wished would have been longer. Yes, they were complete… maybe a little rushed, but mostly they were so enjoyable that I wanted them to keep on going with the rest of the story.

  • This book consists of four novellas, all set in the 19th century: one before the Civil War’ two a few years after the Civil War; and the other towards the end of the century. They are completely separate and are each interesting in their own way.

    To Mend a Dream was probably my favorite of the four. I liked how the story flowed. An Outlaw’s Heart was probably my least favorite. 🙁 I had a hard time getting into the story. I liked A Heart So True and how the events worked out. Emily’s relationship with Thomas in Love Beyond Limits left me scratching my head.

  • I LOVED this compilation of four novellas. Two of my favorite authors were included and I LOVE anything historical fiction normally. Plus, did I mention the Civil War is like my all time favorite period of history? These all take place shortly after the war ended. These stories are not interrelated though the one does connect with a series I’m enjoying!

    Tamera Alexander introduces us to her character Savannah Darby in another of her books and I of course fell in love with her there and wanted to learn more and read more about her. This did just that! I have several other people from that book series that I’m waiting to hear more detailed stories of! For the story synopsis’ please look above. I’m just sharing that this was my favorite short story!

  • All four authors write unique stories that grab your attention and heart, not letting go until the very end! So grab a comfy spot, maybe have a cold iced tea and get ready to lose yourself in the past era of the south and west!

  • Over the course of my reviewing time, I have really grown to love reading and reviewing novella collections such as this one because the book sets a theme and some of my favorite authors team up and write similar, yet equally unique, short stories. In Among The Fair Magnolias, I only knew two of the four authors (Tamera Alexander and Dorthy Love) but was excited to try the other two’s writing.

  • I’ve discovered a new love and yet I find it frustrating too! What you ask? Novellas. Short Stories.

    I recently had the chance to read Among the Fair Magnolias, a collection of four period fiction novellas. Three of the stories were captivating and I quickly joined into the lives of the main characters (it says Southern Women, but I feel that An Outlaw’s heart is as much, if not more, about Russell than Nora). It was satisfying to pick up the book and read the story in one sitting. The novellas were each around 90 pages, perfect for a quick read. However, when I got to the end, I was so bummed that it was over already…as I had already become invested in the story and wanted to know more, to know what happens next.

  • I like when you get more than one story in a book. Whether it is really fleshing out the other secondary characters so that their story features too or one like this where you get four different stories all together in one cover.

  • 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.

    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.

  • To Mend a Dream-This was by far my favorite and quite honestly the reason I picked up this collection in the first place. It was beautifully written and while I would have enjoyed seeing more of the romance rather than it just being alluded to I still enjoyed Savannah and Aidan’s love story. My favorite parts of the story though were when Aidan was recalling the day met a confederate soldier he called “Nashville”!
    An Outlaw’s Heart-This was a cute story! It was a little redundant at the beginning but after that I found myself enjoying it! I did like how Russell and Nora had previously had a relationship so the faster pace of the novella wasn’t unbelievable. I liked both of their characters and it was fun to watch everything play out!
    A Heart So True-As I started this novella the…

  • Overall this is a cute collection of stories, showing off the authors’ skills and abilities. I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped or as I have other novella collections. Unfortunately, the stories did not feel like they were meant to be told in such a short page length, and instead felt like writing samples rather than full stories. But if you get the chance, they are still worth the read.

  • I love reading about the south since I have never been there and these novellas gave me an opportunity to learn more about that time period. I not only enjoyed reading each love story but I also enjoyed getting recipes from each story. If you like short love stories with some historical significance you might enjoy these as much as I have.

  • Historical fiction, The Civil War and Romance what more can you ask for? Well Thomas Nelson managed to get these four great authors to come up with a wonderful ninety page story. And each one of these fine authors succeeded. Each story is different and great fun all by itself and each one takes place in The South and has something to do with The Civil War.”Among The Fair Magnolias” is great fun to read. This is a book where you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, make yourself comfortable in your favorite chair and have warm cider to drink as you savor each story. All the stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced. And each one gives you something to think about. I hope Thomas Nelson keeps producing more in this series.

  • As soon as I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. I loved the fact that it had four southern love stories, but I was more excited that it had four of my top authors all in one book. I really liked the title of the book, too, because it let me know right away that this would be a book about the south simply by using the word “Magnolia.”

    Each of the novellas are set within the backdrop of the Civil War, either having just finished it or before it started. I enjoy historical fiction, so this was right up my alley. Each author did a good job with their research and in adding just enough facts to the story from the time period without the story becoming bogged down.

  • I don’t typically read novellas because I usually feel like the story was too short and wrapped up quickly. However, I really enjoyed these four southern love stories and they made me more hopefully of liking novellas in the future. I thought each story was the perfect length and the story was complete. All four of these authors were new to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised and will be looking for their books. All of the stories take place in the South after the Civil War; I enjoy reading historical fiction so it was nice that they all contained quite a bit of history. Each story had surprises that made them fun to read. I recommend this book to anyone looking for fun, quick, and romantic reads.
    I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

  • I had a great time reading through these four southern stories. I was excited to get this book since I have enjoyed reading Tamera Alexander’s books in the past. Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser were all new authors for me and I enjoyed their works as well. Elizabeth Musser’s story had me guessing through most of the beginning chapters as to what direction the author would take her character, Emily Derracott. It was nice to be surprised! I loved that Tamera Alexander included a character from her book To Win Her Favor from the Belle Meade Plantation series. It was fun to see a familiar character and find out about Savannah Darby’s story. If you’re looking for a fun set of stories to read, pick up this newest book, Among the Fair Magnolias.

  • Cara Putman says:

    This entire collection is perfect for those who love a good story, but don’t necessarily have time to invest in a full-length novel. Instead, inside this package are 4 novellas by acclaimed authors.

  • I am loving novellas lately, so when I got the chance to review this one with several of my favorite author’s, I jumped at the chance!

    Among the Fair Magnolias brings you 4 southern romances, set during the Civil War. These stories are short and sweet, but still contain a beautiful romance and developed stories. I highly recommend them. A bonus is that each story also contains a yummy southern recipe.

  • Memawsstuff says:

    I am finding that I love this historical period. While I am still not “in love” with love stories. The need to sometimes drown out the world and get lost in a book very quickly!
    My Favorite An Outlaws Heart is just that. A book that keeps you involved from the very first words to the end Russell comes home after being gone for 7 years and finds his mother very ill. While hanging around trying to help her, he runs into his old girlfriend who had run him off the last time she saw him. Was it all because she didn’t love him anymore or because of love that’s why she asked him to leave.

  • These are great books to fill in between books. Each one is set in the time after the Civil War. Each is unique and will leave you satisfied with the story.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed all 4 novellas in this collection, but my favourite one was probably To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander.

    My favourite quote from the book occurs when Savannah asks Aidan why he considers the cottage on the property a haven and he says that it is “a haven from everything in the world that is not this”. And Savannah replies “But if everything in the world were such as this, where would the longing for heaven be?”

    I found this book in particular to be filled with nuggets of wisdom and humility, without being pretentious or fake.

    I enjoy works of historical fiction and these 4 novellas did not disappoint!

  • This was my first time getting a chance to enjoy some of these authors. I had heard a lot about them and was super excited to try them out. This book did not disappoint. The last story was a bit too fast paced for me and I feel needed to be a full size novel to make more sense but all the stories were still top notched. I loved how they were southern love stores as I love the whole culture that went with that.
    Overall I really recommend this book. It has four great novellas and is a fantastic introduction to four amazing Christian authors.

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