Among the Fair Magnolias by By Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love, Shelley Gray, and Elizabeth Musser

Among the Fair Magnolias  

Four Southern Love Stories

by By Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love,

Shelley Gray, and Elizabeth Musser

among the fair magnolias

Book Description

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 at his mother’s homestead, he discovers that she is very ill and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

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.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser

Emily has a secret: She’s in love with one of the freedmen on her family’s plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

About the Authors

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville. Visit her website at Facebook: tamera.alexander Twitter: @tameraalexander

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray.


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 more. These stories are short, but they are really good. Perfect for the times you don’t have enough time to read a full blown book. Southern with a little bit of romance, now that makes for an entertaining and exciting read. Don’t wait to pick up your copy!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


About Every Perfect Gift:
Book 3 in Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge Romance series.
Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.
Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl. Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.
When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.
My Review
Sophie Caldwell knew she was in for a rough start when she found the newpaper office she was going to reopen a huge mess! The equipment was old and worn, and it was the 18th century and women didn’t own businesses. But that’s not all because when Sophie lived in Hickory Ridge, she lived in the orphanage there, and had a very difficult life because of the way she was treated. But despite all of this, Sophie was determined to make a go of it in her new adventure.

I really love this book!. It is just plain beautiful and inviting, and is my reason for choosing Every Perfect Gift to read and review. And I really grew to love Sophie and her determination. She didn’t let anyone get in her way or discourage her from doing what she wanted to do. I also enjoyed the way she treated the people she came in contact with. The other characters were realistic and believable and they really grew on you as the story unfolded. Author Dorothy Love did a great job of describing the historical setting in vivid details to give readers a really good feel of Hickory Ridge, and I also learned a lot about newspapers and the printing process and how the running of a newspaper office was back in the 1800’s, which was very interesting.

Overall, this is a wonderful book to read during the Christmas Holiday Season. Since the setting is in a small town, readers will get that homey feeling and enjoy close neighbors, for the most part. I highly recommend Every Perfect Gift to you if you enjoy historical fiction! And don’t forget to check out the first two books in this series to read as well, though they can be read as stand alones if you want!

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their blogging program, Booksneeze. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.