August 12, 2015

Book Review: Among the Fair Magnolias by four authors

The authors that shared stories here are Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser.


I don't often request fiction but this particular one has the appeal of being a collection of stories by four authors in the genre of historical fiction so I jumped at the chance to read it.

I am glad that I did!

Quick Summary 
(no spoilers!)

The historical time period for all four stories in this collection are set around the time of the Civil War.  Each story takes us to a different location and tells stories of strength in the face of some very hard circumstances.  They are all romantic stories and each has it's own unique twist.  There is faith and redemption in each story as each heroine takes her own journey to navigate the threat of and/or the consequences of a hard war and time in our nation's history.  Each story is about 80 to 90 pages in length and gives a beautiful sampling of each author's writing and story telling style as well as individual pictures of this time in our history.  

My Reactions

I have often felt like Christian fiction was predictable and slow but if I had any doubts about this collection I was quickly proven wrong.  The stories are beautiful and drew me along nicely through interesting scenarios as I enjoyed each one.  I loved the historical aspect and the places I could find on a map as I read about each setting.

Since these were shorter stories in a collection there was not a lot of deep character development one would get over a longer novel but the stories were intriguing and the heroines were realistic and dynamic as they moved through their stories.  The characters were not perfect and plastic-like.  The dialogue seemed natural and historically accurate.  The stories were inspiring with a spiritual aspect that I enjoyed.  The mention of God was not "in your face" but was naturally approached in the daily lives of characters within the stories.

Of course, as with any collection, I enjoyed some stories more than others but all were nice reads.

This book was the perfect vacation read!  I love a book of short stories when I am on the road because you can read a story quickly as you are riding along in a vehicle or take to the beach or cabin for some quiet reading on a lazy day.  I am so glad I requested this book and I would certainly read more by these authors.

Oh, and there are recipes that go with each story in the back of the book to enjoy, too!

I would give this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it if you are an historical fiction fan.


This book came to me free of charge through Booklook Blogger Review Program courtesy of Harper Collins and all they ask in return from me is an honest unbiased review of the book based on my reactions and opinions.  




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