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Published by Thomas Nelson on July 14th 2015
During the most turbulent decade of our nation s history, four Southern women their destinies forged by birth and heritage face nearly 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 the new owner Aidan Bedford seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancee, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But 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, a battle of the heart. An Outlaw s Heart by Shelley Gray Seven years ago Russell Champion was betrayed by the two most important women in his life. Now Russell returns home, but is it too late to make amends with his mother and find closure with his true love? A Heart So True by Dorothy Love Abigail Clayton hopes to reconcile with Dr. Wade Bennett and become his wife. But her father insists she marry her distant cousin Charles Kittridge so the plantations of the two families will be joined. With her wedding looming, Abby must choose between duty to her family and the yearnings of her own heart. Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser Emily Derracott loves her childhood friend Thomas McGinnis, but she cannot marry a man who doesn t share her strong convictions about the freedmen. Besides, she harbors a secret love for someone else. But the prospect of becoming his wife is not only improbable it is completely impossible. Includes Recipes and Discussion Questions"
Four southern love stories ranging from before and after the civil war, Under the Fair Magnolias is another interesting read for romance fans and short story lovers. With some of my favorite authors and such a beautiful cover, I couldn’t pass it up. Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, Tamera Alexander, and Elizabeth Musser have each written interesting, heartwarming tales of sweet romance.
To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander is a short story written about Savannah Darby, a minor character from Tamera’s book To Win Her Favor. I believe I said before in my review of To Win Her Favor that I wanted to know where Savannah’s story would go, so I was thrilled to find out that this story was hers. To Mend a Dream was easily my favorite of the four.
Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser was my second favorite. This story features more of the ugliness that was happening around the time, so there’s more of a realness to the historical setting. I admired the bravery of Emily Derracott.
An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray and A Heart So True by Dorothy Love were also well written, although I felt like I was missing something. Most everything was explained and did work as short stories, but it wasn’t quite enough for me.