"Among the Fair Magnolias" is a collection of four novellas set in the years following the Civil War, and is written by Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love, Shelley Gray, and Elizabeth Musser. It is published by Thomas Nelson.
I went into this collection only knowing Tamera Alexander, and none of the other authors or their books. I was hoping to be impressed, because I'm a southern girl and I love history, plus getting introduced to other author's books without reading a whole novel is great. In this case though, I wasn't impressed. The stories were boring, and my only consolation was that they were only novellas and soon I would be onto the next author. I've read other novellas collections that mixed in unfamiliar authors, and those worked for me. The concept here sounded great; I was excited to follow up on Savannah Darby from Tamera Alexander's "To Win Her Favor", but even her story felt rushed and just wrong at the end.
I'll still follow up on Tamera Alexander's works, but none of other authors made a good impression on me; I'll also continue to read books published through Thomas Nelson. Mostly, it was just the individual plots of the stories; they didn't "hook" me; also, I didn't connect with the characters. I don't know if having the characters connect from one novella to the next would have made a difference; I think it could go either way if coordinated well enough. This collection just didn't flow together, which was a shame because I really believe this had a lot of potential.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with an e-copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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