Book Information – Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories
Authors – Dorothy Love, Tamera Alexander, Elizabeth Musser, and Shelley Gray
As a native Virginian, I enjoy reading about Southern history as well as reading stories set in the South. Even though none of the tales in this anthology features my home state, the authors cover a fascinating variety of settings and themes from pre-Civil War South Carolina, through Reconstruction. While the quality of the stories did vary somewhat, I ended the anthology feeling glad I had read it.
A Love So True by Dorothy Love – Set in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina in 1860, this novella tells the story of Abigail Clayton, daughter of a successful planter with political aspirations. The tale opens as the Claytons prepare to welcome South Carolina society to their summer home for their annual barbeque. Abby anxiously awaits the arrival of Dr. Wade Bennett, the man she loves and longs to marry.
However, her father makes it clear that he intends for her to marry Charles Kittredge, a distant cousin and another successful planter. The marriage to Charles would unite two powerful land holdings and also has the potential to advance Mr. Clayton’s political aims. Abby has no wish to marry Charles, but she feels the call of duty to her father. Continue reading