Having four novellas in one book is like getting a sweet buy-one-free-one deal at my favorite store. I’m happy to have requested Among The Fair Magnolias from BookLook. I’m even happier to read it as I love the great quality of the four authors’ writing.
A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Even if this story is short, simple and took place in a span of a few days and then a couple of months after, I get the chance to know the personalities of the characters, which is wonderful. They are real: with all their imperfections, with all their beliefs. That meant the author Dorothy Love’s books are promising. A Heart So True is a captivating novella, even if the mention of God is only at the beginning.
To Mend A Dream by Tamera Alexander
This is one romantic and exciting novella. The timeline is a little off, though, because while reading, I don’t know how many days or months has passed until later, when I have already formed my opinion on the situation. So then, I have to change it again, since people of the olden times were not that liberated, right? Or not… As a passionate kiss is shared even before getting married. There is also another thing I don’t understand, pertaining to engagements. But, I don’t want to spoil the story.
This is not only a romantic and exciting novella, but is one that inspired me to always pray to the Lord. As a parent, I am reminded that I must leave a lasting and Godly legacy to my children.
Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
One of the words that I use to describe this novella is political. I get to catch a glimpse of a little part of history of the U. S. and why KKK existed. It is not my cup of tea, though, yet the way the story is written is compelling. I am touched by the deep convictions of the characters, the heartrending circumstances they are under, and the heartfelt cry to the Lord. If I were in Emily’s position, I would also feel confused and would long for the peace of God. It inspires faith in troubled times.
An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
I love Shelley Gray’s way with words that helps me imagine the dry and uncomfortable Texas setting. There are some instances that made me smile and some that made me think that the hero is fortunate to have things work in his favor. Too fortunate that they seem too good to be true. I think that this outlaw’s heart hasn’t really changed in the years he’s been with a gang of ill repute. In fact, it seems to me that his character was not very mature or developed. He almost gave up and it was his mama who provided the ideas. Same goes for Nora, I could imagine her giggling like a schoolgirl in Russell’s presence. I wish that the themes of forgiveness, of reconciliation, of choosing to follow one’s heart were more elaborate.
A fun collection of recipes await at the end of the book.
Note: I received Among The Fair Magnolias from BookLook, that’s where I get ebooks for free, I just need to share my review here. All opinions expressed are my own.