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5.0 out of 5 starsMelanie Dickerson has yet again reminded me why she is one of my favorite authors. She has done medieval/fairy tales and Regency ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2018
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 Regency romance, now she can add Southern historical romances. It's clear that Melanie Dickerson was meant to write this book. I loved the characters, the romance, and the setting. Truett Beverly is a swoon-worthy hero, although I do wish we could have more adventures of him being the "Hooded Horseman", however, whenever he was in the scene you can't help but fall in love with him. Cecilia was definitely different from Melanie Dickerson's heroines. She was very feisty and I loved it. I could see myself in her so she was relatable and man I enjoyed whenever she and Truett are together. They have such great chemistry and the romance, ugh, I could not get enough of it. I enjoyed the setting of Alabama and it was very easy to picture myself there and experience the senses. I will definitely have to visit Alabama one day. I am very glad that Melanie Dickerson was able to publish this book and I definitely cannot read more of the next books in the series! (Also can we talk about the cover????? GORGEOUS!)
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 story remind me of Zorro and Robin Hood. Ms. Dickerson does a great job describing the South. I especially love reading about how people in the South all take care of each other.
Readers will fall in love with our independent and sometimes high strung heroine, Celia. And the hero, Truett? I have a feeling many girls will love him! He is dashing, heroic, a little cocky and super sweet. I like seeing the characters praying and talking to God.
Ms. Dickerson writes a great story and her characters are complex and multidimensional. What are you waiting for? Grab yourself a copy of Magnolia Summer, sit on your front porch with some sweet tea and enjoy this wonderful story!
Content: This is a clean read overall. I would rate it PG for some minor content. Some examples of the content are: a mention of rape; a woman is pregnant out of wedlock; reference to tobacco; a woman deals with depression; a man smokes a cigar; mention that a man is drunk and looks at a woman’s figure; a trollop is referred to.
Rating: I give this book 5 stars!
Genre: Christian fiction; Historical fiction; Romance
I want to thank Melanie Dickerson and GraceFaith Press for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
I loved this book! I haven't read a Melanie Dickerson that I didn't like, but this one is really special. Set in the post-Civil War south, there's so much southern charm, along with a bit of Zorro-esque dashing heroism. Celia is not your typical Southern Belle. She longs for her own Boutique, to create her own gowns and be a business-woman in her own right. As much as a husband and kids might sound good, she fears they'd take away from her desire for her business. But, when her family needs her, she puts her dreams on hold, and travels to the small town, and meets Truett. Truett is pure charm, spouting poetry, but with a good head on his shoulders as the town doctor, and a deep desire to see justice done. As each fights their own feelings, can they learn to lean on each other for help? Or will someone with more sinister intent ruin the good of the town? This was a great read, and one I highly recommend, and I do hope to read more about these wonderful people!