Among the Fair Magnolias

Four best-selling novelists bring tales of four Southern women who face near impossible choices on their journeys in life and in love during the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history in Among the Fair Magnolias. Don’t miss this collection of stories from Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser.

Did you ever feel so into a book that you feel like every time you open it you are snuggling down with a pice of your heart.

This book, Among The Fair Magnolias did just that for me. This compilation of 4 novellas by Tamera Alexander, Shelly Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser did just that.

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I mean look at that cover.  Isn’t that like a fairy tell setting?  Just somewhere to take your mind off everything.  You walk into each novella with your heart a little heavy and end up with your heart lightened and full of love

The stories involve you from the beginning and never leave you hanging.  Having strong main characters and having led you back to the 1800’s is just great for those that want a book that you can meet these characters in their stories as if you were right there with them.  Never was I bored during reading these 4 novellas.

I am finding that I love this historical period.  While I am still not “in love” with love stories.  The need to sometimes drown out the world and get lost in a book very quickly!

My Favorite An Outlaws Heart is just that.  A book that keeps  you involved from the very first words to the end  Russell comes home after being gone for 7 years and finds his mother very ill.  While hanging around trying to help her, he runs into his old girlfriend who had run him off the last time she saw him.  Was it all because she didn’t love him anymore or because of love that’s why she asked him to leave.  Read An Outlaws Heart in Among The Fair Magnolias and you can get it here

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander – Savannah is so angry about the war  It killed her parent’s.  Left her with a family to raise even at her young age.  They also lost the family farm “Darby Farms” in the process.  Only to have it purchased by a Union Soldier.  Savannah is hired to be the seamstress on the Darby Farms remodel. she is ecstatic because that gets her back in the home.  Where she is in a race against the clock that will end her reasons to be in the home.  Does she keep looking for the mistake.

Dorothy Love – Abigail must marry her distant cousin Charles.  She knows that she doesn’t want to and her heart belongs to another man.  Should she listen to her parents or realize she is destined to a life of unhappiness

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser – Emily is in love.  With a freedman.  He is taunted by the KKK.  The person that loves Emily is part of that KKK she soon find out.  What other secrets are there to be found.

Check out each of these Novellas, in Among The Fair Magnolias by these 4 authors.  You can get this book at the following links

http://litfusegroup.com/books/among-the-fair-magnolias

Among the Fair Magnolias Authors

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including “A Lasting Impression” and “The Inheritance.” Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. 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.

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.

Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’ For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams.

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A Christmas Gift For Rose and a GIVEAWAY!!!

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Through adversity, Rose finds love.

Rose finds Family

Rose finds Rose.

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When an Amish woman learns the truth about her heritage, her life shattered. She had already lost the love of her life when he went off to war.

Amish men just didn’t do that. Rose couldn’t get past the point that he was at war, regardless of whether he was on the front-line or a medic. Her reasons for turning her back on Jonathan end up being her heritage. Rose tries to deal with her identity and the loss of the life she always thought had.

When faced with adversity Rose learns that family is more than the people you are born too. She also learns that family is more than blood.

Rose learns life lessons

In those lessons Rose finds adversity, Rose finds friendship, Rose finds true family and Rose…

Finds Rose.

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What a sweet story this is of community, faith, love, family and living God’s command of love your neighbor!

The faith that Rose finds in herself, her family and Jonathan, the love of her life, are all renewed with the spirit of Christmas.

The Christmas gift she finds is herself.

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My thoughts

I loved how the story intertwined among the War and lets you know how hard it was for people to live during that time. Really gut wrenching honest. A young woman questions her entire existence and you cannot help but start “cheering for the home team” Rose’s emotions are all over the place in this book and when I read it the first time, (when it first came out) I was in love with this book and the feelings of family and home, and community.

The next time I read it, I couldn’t connect with the book. Then I realized that it was my own doing because of my issues in my family. This is a book that makes you think and think hard about your family

It makes you want to have that ideal family life!!! Does that life ever really exist? For the young woman in this book, you find that it —  read the book to find out what Rose does and how she handles her emotions and feelings and how she comes to terms with her life during this time!!!”

Go here for the giveaway –  A Christmas Gift For Rose

 

 

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It’s Christmas In November!!! and A Twitter Party

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WHAT: a Twitter party celebrating Christmas with Tricia Goyer

W\HEN: Tuesday, November 11th at 7pm CST

WHERE: On Twitter.com. Use TweetChat.com to easily keep up with the party. Make sure you’re following @MeghanTucker &

@TriciaGoyer and use the hashtag #GoyerChristmas to join in.

**What’s a Twitter Party? Find out more HERE**

 

We’re partying with Tricia Goyer tomorrow 11/11/2014 at 7 PM CST and I want to personally invite you to join us as we begin

celebrating Christmas. Who

is Tricia Goyer?

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Five Minute Friday – Grateful

Grateful

adjective

1.

warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for yourhelp.
2.

expressing or actuated by gratitude: a grateful letter.
3.

pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: a grateful breeze.

Origin: 
1545–55;  obsolete grate  pleasing (< Latin grātus ) + -ful

Grateful

 

I am so extremely blessed by the gifts that God gives me every single day.  To the “huggies” and “lovins” my puppy gives, to the text messages from  my grandchildren, just to say I love you, to my health (even though it’s bad, because it could be so much worse)

God has gifted us with so many things to be grateful for in this life and you must learn to cherish each and everyone of them.  Including the bad things.  The good, right there along with the bad, teach you so many things that God tells us in the Bible.,

Turn the other cheek, Love your neighbor as thyself,  etc, etc.  there are a LOT of verses on gratitude

But also when you are going through trials, they can also deepen your gratitude to a level so unexpected, that it becomes habit

being cured of cancer

knowing that your child is ill, but so many have it so much worse off etc, etc

just remember, getting through those trials, should make you grateful

It’s so easy to remember to be grateful in the good times.

thank you God for healing me, the new job, new house, etc, etc.  But how hard is it to say THANK YOU LORD for giving my child the illness that he has, because who wants to thank someone for a sick child.  But that child is alive….   That child may be bringing you closer together as a family

or whatever 10000 things can be though of (this is just an example of things that can go wrong, and they will, and you MUST be thankful to God for everything) good and bad

Being able to make a gratitude journal was the best thing that ever happened for me to help me be able to be thankful for good, great, bad, hard, easy, all sorts of things

One of the best books I have ever read about this subject has been 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp

here is a link to her weekly gratitude journal.

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2011/04/when-youre-feeling-a-bit-broken-free-weekly-gratitude-journal/

However, 1000 Gifts also has an accompaniment journal…. Or you can choose a photo a day with gratitude, or a post a day (a lot of people do this at Thanksgiving) but do it everyday…

Why just be grateful at thanksgiving

It doesn’t matter what you use, whether it is the accompaniment journal or a composition book, a store bought journal, or an app… I just typed in Gratitude Journal in my app store and there are lots of apps, paid and free, to help you with this.

But remember, no matter how you do it, remember not just the good stuff.  Being grateful for the hard blessings also, will make you appreciate the good blessings 1000 times over!

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

(this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:

Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.

Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.

{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url

http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it

Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

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Thanksgiving Blessings Day 30

Day 30

Today I am thankful for Jewel, Jasmine and Jayden being here with me.  And E.  And Roscoe…And Uncle David and Jason and Peeps!!!

Courtesy of the children in my world today!!

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Thanksgiving Blessings Day 29

Day 29

today I am thankful for the ability to be able to do nothing sometimes!  I mean just nothing. Sit back, mindlessly drown in a book or a tv show or both, a steaming hot bath,   A big glass of tea… or hot cup of coffee, or hot chocolate…..

nothingness!!  for that I am eternally grateful because for that, I survive the rest of the business!!  God has blessed me with the ability to not work…  I realize to some that it might now be a blessing  But it really is.  We can afford our lifestyle on one income, we can be part of that generation that is a one family income.  Would it be better if we weren’t?  Of course!!  

When I am totally by myself, I can read my bible, pray and get more worship in the oneness of God!!  Even Jesus, went alone and prayed in Gethsemane…  Mark 13:32…  While I love my alone time, my alone time spent in the Word of God is so incredibly special and something I need to recharge!

That and nothing!   nothingness.. nothing at all, nada, nilch, nil, nine!   yep… I’m thankful for nothing!

 

Thanksgiving Blessings Day 28

Day 28

today I am thankful for extended family and the ability to visit the and enjoy their company!  I am getting to spend the day with Paul’s sister and his family.

I adore this woman so much!  I am so blessed that she is in my life and that I have a bonus sister!

As well as all the nephews and nieces.  Wish my bonus brothers could be there!

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