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Magnolia Summer

(Southern Seasons #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and rescues him—placing “the Hooded Horseman” in Sheriff ...more
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Published September 5th 2018 by GraceFaith Press (first published September 2018)
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Wait........Melanie Dickerson has a new book and I didn’t see it until she posted something on her Instagram today?!?! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE?!?!? I AM SO STICKEN EXCITED AND LOOK AT THE GORGEOUS COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let's have a and you. Yes, you reading this right now, I am talking to you. Let's be honest with each other, you are here for the same reason I was. I wanted an AMAZING romantic historical read and Melanie Dickerson is one of the best. Yes, one of the BEST! She weaves a story that pulls you in and makes you forget that you are not truly living and breathing the are at home, cup of coffee in hand(hopefully) sitting in your favorite reading spot and the butterflies start fl ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
my rating is 4.5

Historical fiction is not my preferred genre, but when it comes to Dickerson books, I can’t help but be engaged from the very beginning. This book was no exception, Truett (don’t you just love that name?) interferes with a wrongful lynching, saving his best friend’s life regardless of the risk it means for him being the town doctor. Sheriff Suggs is definitely corrupt and needs to be stopped, but what can one man do against the local authority?

Celia gets an urgent letter from her
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"You just need to trust me. And trust God."

Truett Beverly comes back home to Bethel Springs, Alabama after finishing medical school because he's needed there. He didn't expect to have to fight a corrupt sheriff, but Sheriff Suggs threatens his childhood friend, so Truett dons a black cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman. This act places him in a very dangerous position, for if he's caught, he will most certainly be hung. Just as Sheriff Suggs loves to do to the folks that rile him. Some
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What's that? Another Melanie Dickerson book?! Why, yes, yes it is! Magnolia Summer is the first book in Melanie Dickerson’s brand new Southern Seasons series. Ms. Dickerson changes things up from her usual fare by taking us to the 1880s in the Deep South of the United States. Instead of a fairy tale retelling, Ms. Dickerson writes a dashing and heroic story filled with romance set in the South!

Magnolia Summer grabs you right from the start with a gallant and heroic action scene! Parts of the sto
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is set in Alabama, my home state. Magnolia Summer interested me when I first heard about it. Dickerson’s books always have great ratings and reviews and this storyline interested me more than those set during the regency period so I knew I wanted to read it. The history is pretty well known. The racial injustice that has gone on throughout history is so sad. I’m not sure how realistic the relationships between the different love interest were for the time period but I can always use my ...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
With this new book, Melanie Dickerson has taken a different direction from her popular “fairytale” books. In doing so, she has proven that she can also write Southern historical fiction with flair. This is not a typical romance novel. In this storyline that is set during a difficult time in our country’s history, Melanie Dickerson’s characters confront the difficult subject of racism with compassion and bravery. It’s a story of family loyalty, faith, and sacrificing your own wishes to help other ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Dickerson has created a unique cast of characters and set them in a country trying to rebuild after it was torn apart by war. To say I enjoyed this story would be an understatement.  Once I started reading it, I felt like I had fallen into the world created by Ms. Dickerson. Fully immersed in this story and eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next. 

An angry sheriff who can't seem to let go of the past, taking the law into his own hands and unjustly judging the innocent, as gui
Carol R.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Magnolia Summer, Dr. Truett Beverly returns to Bethel Springs, Alabama, his hometown, and finds himself in the middle of racial tensions, corruption, and secrets. When an African-American childhood friend is threatened, Truett becomes the Hooded Horseman to save him from Sheriff Sugg’s nefarious plans. Sugg and his vigilantes have taken the law into their own hands, executing their own brand of justice.

Celia Wilcox comes to Bethel Springs to help her sister care for their grieving mother and
Andrea Byers
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story takes place in the late 1800’s. A wonderful cast of characters, including Celia, Lizzie, Will, Truett, Griff, Almira, James, Sheriff Suggs and plenty more, round out this trip to the south about 5 years after the end of the war. Celia returns to her family to help care for them after her mother sinks into despair after losing her husband. She is attracted to Dr Beverly but fights it as she has plans to go back to Tennessee and continue saving to open her own dress shop. The story weav ...more
grace  Sandefur
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has got the be the most incredible book Melanie Dickerson has ever written. It was just amazing. It has such a powerful message. “Magnolia Summer” takes place in Northern Alabama, not long after the Civil War. I was excited to read this because racism is obviously a huge issue, and has been for many, many years, no matter what you believe, and I was interested in how she incorporated the issue, and because the time period in America (around the Civil War) is one of my favorite time periods ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good! I haven't read a book this fast in a long time. About 4 hours total between two nights!
I am still laughing and shaking my head over the witty banter between the main characters.
I love how it's like watching a movie unfold and you can see the characters in your mind.
This one is going on my to be read again pile!
Cortney Manning
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, dangerous, and exciting story of life in the deep south fifteen years after the Civil War.

Celia strives to leave her stamp on a male-dominated world. She’s ambitious and hard-working, eager to open her own dress shop in bustling Nashville, but duty drags her to her family’s farm in Bethel Springs, Alabama where her teenage sister has been struggling to keep their family together in the wake of their father’s death. Celia, a city girl at heart, has one goal: to sell the farm that cost he
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved Truett's mysterious other identity as the Hooded Horseman but I loved why he went to such lengths to save lives even more.
Cecila's fear was believable though at times I really wanted to her to just get over it. Truett loves her, why be so indecisive? But it did help with the progression of the story greatly.
I loved the ending and I will most likely read Magnolia Summer again.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. Overall, it was an interesting story with a good mix of action and romance. I really liked Truett because he seemed to have such a big heart, but I didn’t connect as much with Celia’s character.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear Melanie Dickerson,
I’ll follow you to any genre/time period you want to write in! Another winner! I’m crossing my fingers for more books in this series.
Love, Rachel
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I’ve enjoyed every Melanie Dickerson book that I have read so far. This one is American historical fiction set in 1880’s Alabama with a corrupt county sheriff and a handsome and earnest doctor for a hero. Our heroine Celia has come back to town to help her family after her father’s death. But she has plans of her own and they don’t include staying for a charming medical man. This is a quick page turner with lots of action and a great message.
I've been a fan of Melanie Dickerson's books for a long time since she wrote her first book, The Healer's Apprentice . I knew she has been wanting to do a Southern historical book. So I was excited when she announced she was coming out with a Southern historical romance I immediately ordered the book and as soon it was delivered to my door, I finished it in one sitting. Melanie Dickerson has yet again reminded me why she is one of my favorite authors. She has done medieval/fairy tales and Regen ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
First. I love Melanie Dickerson's writing. Although, this one was just okay. I felt in a few places frustrated with Celia as a character. She seemed very selfish in the beginning but did have a change of heart. The ending was a little abrupt as well. This one just didn't work for me.
In her novel Magnolia Summer, book on of the Southern Seasons series, author Melanie Dickerson brings to life her wonderful southern characters and setting. Taking on the challenge of writing outside her regular genre of young adult fairytales, Dickerson writes a splendid and enthralling adult sweet and clean southern historical romance novel that readers will thoroughly enjoy! As always, from cover to cover, Dickerson’s story is an absolute delight to read. Focusing on friendship, family, and l ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like all of Melanie Dickerson's books, but this one was a new flavor and I loved it.
While a sweet tale of two young people with very, very mild romance, it is more a story of fighting for justice and survival in a hard time for all.

I felt Ms. Dickerson did an excellent job of giving us an amazing story, with powerful life lessons that everyone should learn from.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
I read this book because of the author and not due to the content. However, the content is very relevant for right now, today. As we see tons of mobs and rioting in the streets over racial injustice, it hurts my heart and I know it hurts the heart of G-d to see people treated so poorly over the color of one's skin. When will it end?! It is sickening.
Being from the South, I understand some of the racial problems people face. I don't pretend to understand it all nor have I walked in someone else's
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
An exceptionally good historical (clean) romance novel
Cecelia and Truett were flawed, stubborn and both at the beginning with their own prejudices about each other.
As it goes they grew in mind and spirit, their problems sculpting them in (even) better people.

I liked the repeated references of diversities in the book. We have many people with medical 'problems' in the book, from Cecelia's absentminded mother to Amelia's, out of wedlock, pregnancy to Grif's brain injury. We also have racism, lync
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magnolia Summer ( Souther Seasons, #1 )
BY: Melanie Dickerson
Magnolia Summer is book one in a brand new series Southern Seasons. Dickerson takes a different path than normal. She usually writes her Fairytale books. To me this is by far one of her best. I loved it. She weaves a wonderful historical romance with love, heroism, and secrets in a small town Bethel , Alabama. I love good old Alabama. I was grabbed at the start and could not put it down. The story and the characters both were well writt
Awww! This was so sweet! It was super interesting and definitely as good as any other Melanie Dickerson book!
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Melanie Dickerson's new series and if this first book is any indication then fans are surely in for a treat.

Celia can't believe she had to leave all her dreams behind in Nashville to come home too take care of her family. But once she gets back home, things are worse than they seem. Her family is in poverty. And the entire household is run by Celia's younger sister because their mother had gone into a depressed state since the death of their father. Running the farm see
S Hromas
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok

Slow moving and it felt like the characters were very stereotypical. I've liked the other books of hers, but not this one.
Rita M Lange
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Home Madison County Alabama!

As a 30-year resident of Madison County in Alabama, it was a thrill to read a book about my neck of the woods! To have that book written by one of my favorite authors, makes it doubly enjoyable!
Grab a cup or two of tea, a comfy chair, a tissue, and enjoy Truett and Celia's 1880's adventure in Northern Alabama!
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

Will this Zorro of the Deep South succeed in saving his sleepy Southern town?

My rating is 4.5 stars

The sheriff of the little town of Bethel Springs, Alabama saw nothing wrong with lynching a man because of the color of his skin. And burning his house. And he had many of the townsfolk supporting his actions.

Truett was a man after God’s heart. Like King David, he desired to please God and trusted Him to protect him as he fought the giants of his community. I adm
Madi's Musings
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons Book 1) by [Dickerson, Melanie]Truett Beverly returned to Bethel Springs, Alabama, after finishing medical school. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but when Sheriff Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman, placing him squarely in the sheriff’s crosshairs.

Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for the
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Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Mel ...more

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