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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  704 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Four Southern women are at a turning point in history . . . and in their own hearts.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything—her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished?

An Outlaw's Heart by Sh
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Thomas Nelson (first published July 1st 2015)
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Overall I am disappointed. But I almost expected to be. I LOVE and own every book Tamera Alexander and Elizabeth Musser have written. I struggle with Dorothy Love's writing style and haven't enjoyed the books I've read. I haven't read anything my Shelley Gray.

My favorite of the novellas was "To Mend a Dream" by Tamera Alexander. We are introduced to Savannah Darby in To Win Her Favor and I was excited for her to have a happy ending. It is a novella so it is very fast paced, but the story is s
These stories are pure delight. You'll feel the flavors of Southern life in the 1800s and root for these couples to find true love. It's hard to pick a favorite! Each one is pleasing in its own way.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. Each one of these stories are charming and I was not disappointed with the characters nor the plots. Ea ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
The four star rating is for Dorothy Loves and five stars and beyond for Elizabeth Musser's read. I've always enjoyed Loves writing style without all the frills that comes with some authors. This was my first time reading Musser and it was the finest novella I've yet to read; it was woven with excitement and complete unpredictability. I never would have guessed how this little story would have ended. I also appreciated her writing style; it was refreshing to read something without constantly havi ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
True confessions time. I originally gave this collection the side eye. If you aren’t one prone to “side-eye” antics, one way it can be used is being rather cautious towards one person or object. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s very rare I’ll enjoy a novella and my schedule was rather tight, so I figured I’d just pass and get to it at a later time. But then this collection kept popping up everywhere, so I finally caved and pretty much said, why not?!

So logical.

I can’t explain it either.

I’m r
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
I really enjoyed this anthology! Tamera Alexander definitely stands out among the authors with quality characters and wonderful prose. All of the stories are very good and I plan to check out more books by all of these talented authors.

A fantastic read for Historical Romance fans interested in the Pre-Civil War, Antebellum, or Reconstruction Era of the Southern United States.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Among the Fair Magnolias is a wonderfully entertaining and moving collection of stories. It's all about historical romance and 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. There's no way I could pick a favorite because all are well written and compelling in their own way.

Among the Fair Magnolia
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
{3.5 stars}

There is such fun in discovering new authors. Before reading this I only knew two of the four authors, so it was great reading from Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser for the first time. As a book-lover I relish getting drawn into the pages of a story, and this novella collection gave the perfect opportunity.

With southern charm prominent in its pages, Dorothy Love’s A Heart So True was a nice read. It took some time for me to get used to the author’s writing but after a while of settl
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This collection of novella's all deal with the time period just before or after the American Civil War. Each of the stories deal with loss and the strenghth of the characters because of their trials.

Before this book I was familiar with Tamera Alexander's writing, but not the other author's. I enjoyed each of their stories and their individual writing styles. The book happens in different Cities/States, all of them are in the Southern United States.

I loved that the stories all looked at the time
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Four beautifully written novellas with their own unique style and story; particularly engaging because several are anticipated successors to fine quality full length novels; serving to extend those wonderful stories. During a time period when our nation was reeling from dreadful internal conflict, it's nice to remember that love found a way to prevail; in and out of, the pages of a book.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.

My Thoughts

My-oh-my was this collection of four
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.

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 f
Maureen Timerman
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
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.

My Review: This story is set in pre-Civil War times, 1860, and yes there is war talk and with her father hoping to run for Governor of NC, Abigail has to be on her best behavior. Of course, we know all things cannot run smooth, and with her heart on th
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
As is often the case with novella collections, I liked a couple of the stories more than the other two. But all four novellas are shining examples of the tremendous talent belonging to these authors. In fact, each of these stories could easily have been the foundation for its own novel, and I found myself greedily wanting them to be.

“A Heart So True” felt to me like I was dropped in the middle of an ongoing story… which is fine, except that I wasn’t. At least not as far as the main characters we
Jalynn Patterson
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
Four Southern women are at a turning point in history . . . and in their own hearts.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything—her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished?

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 a
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This is the first inspirational compilation I've read that's historical. I knew I would love Tamera Alexander's story because I have loved all of her books. The other three authors I wasn't sure about, but I didn't need to worry. The characterization, plot, and writing were all really good for the most part, especially considering that these are all fairly short novellas, all under 100 pages in length. Here's what I thought about each...

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love, 88 pages
I've read one othe
Four Southern Love Stories
by four accomplished authors ~
Highly anticipated, I loved each author's story telling creativity!
After loving Tamera Alexander's, To Win Her Favor, I appreciated being party to Savannah's own story, her siblings care, and the opportunity for both a life and a love of her own. Definitely a wee bit of love for her worthy hero! Delightful conclusion to the mystery search as well.

An Outlaw's Heart: A Southern Love Story by Shelley Gray Wonderful story from a male point of v
Rebekah Gyger
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A Heart so True~ This novella is set in the same area as some of Dorothy's other novels, with main characters making an appearance as tertiary characters here. It is a short story about one woman's speed-bump to love. While the story was sweet, I did not see much in the way of a theme or message. I would have said that the theme was to marry only for love, yet Abigail states that she will marry whomever makes her mother happy. In the end, I believe she made the only decision which I cou
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection. The Civil War/Antebellum south has been one of my favorite eras to read about for a long time. All of these authors succeeded in creating stories that transported me to another time. The great thing about novella collections is getting to sample the writing of several authors, especially those you may not be familiar with. Tamara Alexander is one of my favorite authors, but I haven't read anything by the other authors. I enjoyed getting a taste of their writing. ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Four well-known authors join forces to create one exceptional novella collection.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love -- A woman caught between love and duty. Righteous indignation was front and center as I read this novella. Abigail's father is...well, I don't have words. A stark look at how women were treated as commodities.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander -- Sqqqueallll!!!!! So thrilled to discover Savannah Darby's story in this collection. She captured my attention in To Win Her Favor and I w
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have a love/hate relationship with novellas. I love that they are short and usually easy to read and entertaining. I also love that I can get a taste of new-to-me-authors without committing a lot of time to a full novel/series. I hate that they are short... especially if they are GOOD!! :) I want to know the rest of the story. Sometimes, I feel that novellas are just rushed to end too soon and it makes them less than. Less than as good as they could be if they were a little longer. Or a lot lo ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book is made up of four Southern Romances by four amazingly great authors. The stories are:, To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander; An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray; A Heart So True by Dorothy Love; Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser. In all four of these stores, these interesting ladies have to make decisions that will be life changing. And with each of these authors, they make their story, characters and plots interesting enough that readers will be back for mor
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

Among the Fair Magnolias takes you into the deep South. Each story brought out a unique voice by talented writers. Unfortunately not all of them were to my taste this time around. One of the stories seemed overly pushy on the political side of things; I'm not into politics, so having it thrust at me was quite jolting. Another of the stories included a predictable love triangle where one guy is a big jerk and the other is a broken man finding his way again; this storyline is ov
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Each of the four stories are connected by their location and time period. Each one is set in the south during or close to the Civil War. The women in each story must overcome obstacles to have the men they love. Each author captured the essence of the time period.

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
Cara Putman
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to read this collection because it has a novella from my friend Tamera Alexander. If you read her latest book, , then you may have been as curious as I was about what happened to Savannah Darby. In her novella, To Mend a Dream, she lets us know. It is a rich story that is perfect for the novella length.

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
Shannah Mauney
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. Read my individual review of each st ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings on the book as whole, but overall was more impressed than I expected to be. This was my first time reading all 4 authors, so I have no previous experience with their other writings. The cover was beautiful, and I am southern, so I just had to give this a try!
Just Commonly
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four Among the Fair Magnolias:
Magnolia trees are very common in the southern states of the United States, and with a title as "Among the Fair Magnolias", one would easily tie the setting to somewhere in the south. "Among the Fair Magnolias" is a collection of four separate historical novellas, all set in the south within a decade before or after the war between the states, better known as the Civil War. Each novella are written by a best-selling Christian novelists (Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gra
The Books and Biscuits Blog
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Among the Fair Magnolias – Alexander, Gray, Love, and Musser (4.5-5 Stars)

Among the Fair Magnolias brings together some of Christian fiction’s great authors, who contribute stories that depict the American South during the period around the Civil War. Through four diverse love stories, they bring the period to life and show the undeterred nature of America’s women in the face of some of life’s greatest challenges.

Ms. Love’s “Heart So True” tells the story of Abigail Clayton as she faces the cho
Margaret Chind
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.

Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors.
Provides novella-length releases between authors' full-length novels.
One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-be
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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.