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Tender Graces

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  739 ratings  ·  110 reviews
TENDER GRACES Kathryn Magendie Trade paperback, April 2009, Bell Bridge Books Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Southern

A gentle yet unflinching look at how we find our way home. A woman returns to her West Virginia roots to resolve the ghosts of her childhood. In the tradition of Rebecca Wells, Sue Monk Kidd, Olive Ann Burns, and Dorothy Allison. TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Mag

ebook, 291 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by BelleBooks, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Kathryn Magendie
May 18, 2009 Kathryn Magendie added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my own book - so I won't rate it *smiling* But I just couldn't help but put it on my shelf!
Glynis Smy
Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie is a book whose story compliments the title, and vice versa. Throughout the book, grace and tenderness is portrayed. A young Virginia Kate Carey takes us through her journey into womanhood.

The author captures moments in the book, that come alive. Her description of the wild mountain child who gave birth to Virginia, the struggles of coping with outside interference are wonderful. Family life and stresses are intermingled with snippets of hope, fear, humour and r
Barbara Abate
Every once in awhile there comes along a book, that within the first few pages, a reader knows for certain that they've unearthed a treasure. It not only grabs hold, but holds fast, effortlessly pulling the reader within its pages and keeping them there even after they've turned the last page. Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie is such a book.

This most beautifully composed story belongs to Virgina Kate, although her narrative is strongly supported by a cast of vivid and memorable characters. Ther
Carolyn Zeller
This is a well written novel about a broken family living in West Virginia and then in Louisiana. Being from New Orleans, many places were easily recognizable. The author successfully deals with dysfunctional issues within the family and weaves them into an endearing tale of a young child. It is told through her voice as an adult and also during her childhood. It is both sad and redeeming. Colorful passages and well established characters make this a good book. I read "Sweetie" before I read "Te ...more
Lolly LKH
I think I read someone else's review about the deceptive covers of her trilogy, because it leads the reader to believe the novels are typical fluffy chick lit and the opposite is true. The first, Tender Graces feeds on your heart the entire time and you can't help but ache for every character. No one is spared the crushing weight of love caused by every single person in their life. Everyone is dizzy with the confusion of being alive and understanding their place and each-others within their ramb ...more
Loving this book! About halfway thru.
Early Reviewer copy
What can i say? This book was one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I didn't want it to end, i wanted to keep reading , to follow the rest of Virginia Kates life.
Virginia Kate, along with her older brother Micah, younger brother Andy live with their Daddy Frederick and Momma Katie in West Virginia.
Their Momma and Daddy met when Grandma Faith invited Daddy to their house for supper . They were married shortly after but the hap
Lydia Presley
West Virginia has never been a place on my "to-visit" list. I'm sure everyone can say they've heard some joke or another regarding the state, and while I can appreciate that it has its beauty (according to pictures I've seen), it's just always seemed to me a place where sadness and depression would be.

While Tender Graces doesn't debunk that thought of mine, necessarily, it also provides perspective and sheds light on it. In spite of the sadness and depression (which is present everywhere), there
Virginia Myers

I am not looking forward to trying to express how I feel about this book. To me, it was two books within the same cover. Two for the price of one.

One side of the book was a description of three children growing up in two homes. One home was one where the sense of feeling loved was in short supply; the other was one where a substitute mother gave unconditioned love and the three kids were given a chance to experience abundant living. The other side of the book was a study of personalities and th
A very nice voice makes this easy to read.

A West Virginia girl is sent to Lousiana to be raised by her father's new wife. One brother is already there. The other will soon join them.

The book starts with the mother's death. The heroine, how in her fifties, goes back to the Appalachian mountain where she spent her early life to try to reconcile her memories of her mother and her own life.

The story tells how her parents - a Shakespeare loving salesman and her wild mountain mother - met, courted, an
VP Chandler
Magendie is an artist with a talent for molding words in a unique way to capture the perfect feeling of a place or emotion. I was scared for Virginia Kate and her brothers, afraid of what would happen, but I was also drawn into her world and all it entailed. I wish there was a 7 star rating, because that's what I'd give this book. Read it to the end, you won't regret it.
I so loved this book. It is the well written account of a young girl's life in the Appalachian Hollow. Upon reading the last word, I had that peaceful satisfaction that you get after a terrific meal. My spirit has been wonderfully fed.
Eliza Harrell
This book took me a couple chapters to get in to as the flow between present and past was a bit choppy. But the narrator voice was compelling and the content reminded me a bit of The Glass Castle. Found myself skimming sections that dragged on a bit about the main character's inner struggle, and I found that some of the characters didn't feel real, but it was a quick read that did make me think a lot about the impact of childhood trauma and the bright spots some adults can play in a child's life ...more

В забытый Богом уголок, Западную Вирджинию, возвращается женщина, которая поклялась никогда не возвращаться в эти места, где ей выпало прожить как счастливые, так и не очень моменты детства. Вирджиния Кейт возвращается домой, чтобы попрощаться, простить и отпустить целый сонм призраков прошлого, одни из которых ангелами хранителями парят над горами ее родного края, а другие - тянут в темные глубины, в которые опускаться страшно, но ... приходится. Над горой играет свет, деревья шепчут и воспомин
Megan Palasik
I really enjoyed this book. It made me think of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls.

This is the story of a little girl named Virginia Kate. At the beginning of the story, she is an adult and returning to her childhood home of West Virginia. However, most of the story is set in Virginia Kate's growing up years. Throughout the story you learn about how she grew up with her mother and father and two brothers in their dysfunctional family. Her parents were alcoholics, among other things.

The book
Chris Blake
Kathryn Magendie’s novel, Tender Graces, reminds me of that famous line from the Sting song, “If you love somebody, set them free.”

Tender Graces is more than a story of the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters. It is the story of a young girl named Virginia Kate, who overcomes great obstacles to discover who she is. Above all it is a story that teaches valuable lessons about what constitutes a family.

The presence of ghosts is a recurring theme as almost all of the characters a
Two weeks before her mother’s death, Virginia Kate Carey received a letter from that troubled woman. A previous attempt at reconciliation on Virginia’s part had elicited not much more than meanness and disregard. On her previous visit, Virginia sought insight into the inexplicable actions of her mother toward her and her brothers while they were growing up. Her mother, Katie, offered not a scrap of help, much less any sign of the love that Virginia desperately needs, but won’t ask for openly. No ...more
There are books that you instantly fall in love with after the first sentence or paragraph...and there are those that it takes a chapter or so...but this is one of those books I think that you really have to read all the way through to form an opinion about. I can honestly say I didn't know what to think about this book until I read the last few words. It's a story of the things we hold inside of us from our childhood and the importance of letting those things go. It's a family story, it's a gro ...more
I really enjoyed the story. It was very reminiscent of "White Oleander", an old favorite of mine. The editing was horrific though. On one page a character's name was spelled two different ways (Rebecca and Rebekha) and on another page the word 'road' was used instead of 'rode' in one sentence but the correct usage in another sentence. That's just to name a couple of the errors. This is very distracting while reading and takes away from the story.
Family, and how alcohol affects the dynamics of a family, was explored. Poverty, and how alcohol affects the dynamics of poverty of family, was explored. Life in the South...colloquial language...human sensations in relation to the mountains and moss and swamps and moisture of the southern states of the USA...these experiences came through vividly. What it is like to have the physical characteristics of a mother or does that affect one's personality?

There were very heavy parts of t
Plot: This book made me cry so much. I am used to books making me cry, but this one was unbelievable. All that Virginia goes through is so heart breaking, you can't help but cry.

Characters: I loved how it went back and forth between present day Virginia, and memory Virginia. Although that became confusing at first, I realized the chapter would tell you at the beginning which year in time the book was in. Seeing the past through her memories made them that more real.

Setting: Both of her homes had
Carol Millay
Great book

Great book

This was a very well written book about the trials and tribulations of a dysfunctional family. Kept my interest throughout. Can't wait to read others in the series.
Being a West Virginia girl, myself, I really liked this book. The mom's character reminded me of my own mother in a few ways, so I could relate. Kathryn is a good writer, and even though she lived in WV for a short while, she "got it down".
K. Meador
Attention grabber and keeper, May 28, 2012

Just wanted you to know I had downloaded your book, Tender Graces, a few weeks ago but with my work schedule I could only read a short bit at a time until this weekend. I have relaxed today losing myself in your story so powerfully and wonderfully weaved that it threw me back into time surrounding me with raw emotions of a family life who has done their best - having qualities of sacrifice and selfishness, compassion and greed, love and loss, decisions
This is actually a 2.5 star book.
I believe this was the author's first book and the roughness of the writing showed that. It was a good story, but I found myself aware all too often that I was reading a story. A 4 or 5 star book makes you lose yourself in the content. The many, many references to TV and products of the day (1960's)and mannerisms of less-than-polite brothers appeared to me as "look at me, I can write a delightful, real book".
Virginia Kate is the only girl in a family filled with
Shari Larsen
The death of her alcoholic, promiscuous and narcissistic mother and memories of her abused grandmother bring Virginia Kate back to the Appalachian mountains where she was born. As the daughter of a beautiful mountain wild-child, and a slick, Shakespeare quoting father, she relives her turbulent childhood and the pain of her mother's betrayals. She tries to come to terms with ghosts and long buried family secrets, as she struggles to reconcile three generations of a family's lost innocence.

A beau
More like 2 1/2 stars. I have read other books from this genre that are much better.
Denise Hisey
Virginia Kate's coming-to-terms journey of wrestling with her past could resonate with many of us. As an adult looking in the rear view mirror, she is able to see more clearly the choices her grandmother, father, and even her mother, made that shaped the woman she has become. She finds a path to acceptance and forgiveness that I found to be endearing and hopeful.

I found myself frequently chuckling at Virginia Kate's childhood perceptions of many things including an embarrassing grandma, brothers
Marina Aimer
I loved this book! I actually read it a few years ago, but have re-read it several times! Such a beautiful story, but sad and touching. Such a moving description of beautiful and strong natures, as well as weak and selfish. But we can understand how everyone came to be as they are and can love most of them... Virginia Kate is such a great character, tough, hurt, but understanding and forgiving. So many beautiful descriptions of place as well. The story catches you and will not let go! I have rea ...more
The story was well told. However, I am irritated by misspellings and typos. You didn't have a proofreader?
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I am a novelist, editor, personal trainer, and former Publishing Editor of Rose & Thorn Journal. I (for ten years) lived tucked in a cove at Killian Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Then I had to leave. I cannot speak of it without my gut folding in upon itself and my heart squeezing near to bursting. I have no home to call my own now. My published novels are: The G ...more
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