MY REVIEW-I am a fan of several of the authors included in this book. My best-loved would probably be Tamera Alexander, just because I enjoy her other books and the time period she normally writes about is a favorite of mine. And I think her story, To Mend a Dream, was excellent. It is very hard to pen a full enough story when you only have so much space. Getting the characters fleshed out and with enough depth is quite difficult with the couple hundred pages they have. But Mrs Alexander pulls it off quite well and I thoroughly enjoyed her story. The hero and heroine totally captivated me and I really wanted to hear more about them.
My next favorite would be A Heart So True by Dorothy Love. Abigail drew me to her in a way I don't often feel. Though at times I felt like slapping her father, I loved how she was strong and true to her beliefs. The history and aura Dorothy pens makes you feel like you are in South Carolina. My only wish? Would be that Abigail and Wade were together more. It doesn't give much time between them and the ending felt a bit rushed. But I know that is part of the weakness with a novella.
Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser was up next. This one I had mixed feelings on. Some of the story didn't flow and the characters almost make you feel confused. The heroine is Emily and she is in love with a freedman, which in that time period was a big no-no! Thomas is an old family friend who fought in the war and came back a changed man, but he still loves Emily and wants to marry her. My main problem with this book was how the two main characters are portrayed. Emily is irksome and she actually throws herself at this freed slave, who does the right thing and tells her to back off. And Thomas is painted as a KKK member. I just had a very hard time with them. I loved the history and seeing how things were back then but this was not a favorite.
And last but not least in any way is An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray. This author is a favorite of mine for her other Amish stories but this one surprised me. Russell at first I had some trouble with. He is obviously an outlaw, he killed his step-father and hurt those around him. When he comes back home he doesn't really seemed changed. But that all is swapped when his sweetheart, Nora, steps into view. I loved how he changed at that point. Protective and totally different. My only wish with this one again is that they had more time. Felt a bit rushed but overall very good.
Four best-selling novelists bring tales of four Southern women who face near impossible choices on their journeys in life and in love during the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history in Among the Fair Magnolias. Don't miss this collection of stories from Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser.
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