Among the Fair Magnolias
By: Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love,
Shelley Gray, Elizabeth Musser
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
A Heart So True: Dorothy Love
Abigail Clayton is in love with Dr. Wade Bennett and wants to marry him, but on the night Abigail accepts Wade’s proposal her father announces (without her knowledge or permission) her engagement to her cousin, Charles Kettridge so their plantations could merge. However Abigail knows a side of Charles her father doesn’t know and she searches for a way to expose his ruthless nature before the marriage can take place.
To Mend a Dream: Tamera Alexander
Aidan Bedford, former Union soldier and Boston attorney buys Savannah Darby’s home. She would consider doing almost anything to just to be able to go back home one more time, because supposedly her father hid and important box during the war and she desperately needs to find it, in hope it will have money to help support her 6 year old sister, Carolyne and her 8 year old brother Andrew who needs new leg braces. She would also like to find a better place for them to live because they are currently living in the Nashville Widows and Children’s Home. When Aidan’s fiancé wants to redecorate the home before they are married, Aiden hires Abigail and she is only all too willing to accept the job. Will she be able to find the box before she finishes the job or will she find out it never existed and will she lose her heart?
Love Beyond Limits: Elizabeth Musser
Thomas McGinnis and Emily Derracott are childhood friends. Even though Emily loves him, she can’t marry him because of their differences regarding the freedom of slaves and because she loves someone else, however their love can never be; because it is not permitted. As the South tries to rebuild after the Civil War there are several incidents of the Ku Klux Klan and Emily begins to worry if just maybe Thomas isn’t involved in some way?
An Outlaw’s Heart: Shelley Gray
Russell Champion returns home after being away for seven years. He was betrayed by his mother and his true love, Nora. He seeks to make amends but finds Nora is seeing someone else and his mother is very ill. Russell struggles with forgiveness from his mother and acceptance from the people in the town he left behind. His struggle with Nora’s current beau, Braedon Hardy just rubs him the wrong way. If Nora is truly happy he doesn’t want to stand in her way, but something just isn’t right about the man so he sets out on a quest to find out who he really is…
Although I am not a fan of short stories, I love all the authors of the stories in the book so I chose to read it and I am glad I did. All of these stories deal with life tragedies and finding forgiveness and second chances. Some of the stories were about controversial issues of that time period and some of the issues are things we could face today. If you are a fan of Historical romance, forgiveness and inspiration this is a nice afternoon read.