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From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever. Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the la From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever. Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and rescues him—placing “the Hooded Horseman” in Sheriff Suggs’s crosshairs. Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs, Alabama, in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop, especially now, to provide for her family. The lovely Celia catches Truett’s eye, and he finds himself wanting to impress her. But she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm. Celia’s growing attraction to the young Dr. Beverly terrifies her, and even if she could marry him, which she cannot, what will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching?


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From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever. Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the la From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever. Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and rescues him—placing “the Hooded Horseman” in Sheriff Suggs’s crosshairs. Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs, Alabama, in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop, especially now, to provide for her family. The lovely Celia catches Truett’s eye, and he finds himself wanting to impress her. But she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm. Celia’s growing attraction to the young Dr. Beverly terrifies her, and even if she could marry him, which she cannot, what will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching?

30 review for Magnolia Summer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Wait........Melanie Dickerson has a new book and I didn’t see it until she posted something on her Instagram today?!?! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE?!?!? I AM SO STICKEN EXCITED AND LOOK AT THE GORGEOUS COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  2. 5 out of 5

    Coffee&Books

    Let's have a talk..me and you. Yes, you reading this right now, I am talking to you. Let's be honest with each other, you are here for the same reason I was. I wanted an AMAZING romantic historical read and Melanie Dickerson is one of the best. Yes, one of the BEST! She weaves a story that pulls you in and makes you forget that you are not truly living and breathing the story..no..you are at home, cup of coffee in hand(hopefully) sitting in your favorite reading spot and the butterflies start fl Let's have a talk..me and you. Yes, you reading this right now, I am talking to you. Let's be honest with each other, you are here for the same reason I was. I wanted an AMAZING romantic historical read and Melanie Dickerson is one of the best. Yes, one of the BEST! She weaves a story that pulls you in and makes you forget that you are not truly living and breathing the story..no..you are at home, cup of coffee in hand(hopefully) sitting in your favorite reading spot and the butterflies start fluttering because you get to walk into this world Mrs. Dickerson created. Swoon worthy hero - check feisty heroine- check life on hold till finish book- check

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    my rating is 4.5 Historical fiction is not my preferred genre, but when it comes to Dickerson books, I can’t help but be engaged from the very beginning. This book was no exception, Truett (don’t you just love that name?) interferes with a wrongful lynching, saving his best friend’s life regardless of the risk it means for him being the town doctor. Sheriff Suggs is definitely corrupt and needs to be stopped, but what can one man do against the local authority? Celia gets an urgent letter from her my rating is 4.5 Historical fiction is not my preferred genre, but when it comes to Dickerson books, I can’t help but be engaged from the very beginning. This book was no exception, Truett (don’t you just love that name?) interferes with a wrongful lynching, saving his best friend’s life regardless of the risk it means for him being the town doctor. Sheriff Suggs is definitely corrupt and needs to be stopped, but what can one man do against the local authority? Celia gets an urgent letter from her sister regarding their mom’s health, stops what she is doing and rushes back to this small town to help out. She has EVERY intention of getting back to Nashville to start her own clothing business one day, how long does her family REALLY need her to stay? When Truett meets Celia, it feels A LOT like how Elizabeth and Darcy meeting for the first time, except Celia is determined to keep her distance with the handsome doctor while Truett is determined to charm her and show her that small town people are not as backwoods as she thinks they are. He will do whatever it takes to get her attention and charm her even while they both learn there’s a bounty on the “hooded horseman” and how long can his identity be kept a secret. Truett is a true hero in this book; he is brave, kind, romantic, and trusts God no matter how hopeless things seem. Loved how he helps Celia’s siblings while her mom is ill and they have no one else to turn to! There is a STRONG message of racism and injustice that is so well written and on point, it’s respectfully yet powerfully described here. There are many kissing scenes in this book and even though it’s not appropriate since the couple is not engaged, they are sweet, clean, moments and really enhance the story. Celia annoys me through half the book with her indecisiveness regarding Truett. She just can’t figure out her feelings for him. Some of it is comical but she arrives in town with her hair in a bun, determined, and uptight. Truett changes all of that for her with his heart and helpfulness. At the same time, I understood her fears and even related to some of them. Couldn’t believe how many times she faints in the story, but it is a doozy of a summer! At one point she kills a rattlesnake and it was fun how proud she was of that moment after the scary part is over. Hilarious when she faints in church because she sees Sheriff Suggs and panics! “…was this what was best for her? Had she ever cared what God wanted? Was she too focused on what she wanted to even wonder?” Really love that revelation for Celia and completely agreed. Also HAVE to mention that yes, the cover is so very pretty…BUT the way the couple appear to me isn’t entirely accurate. They almost look like Romeo & Juliet in their appearance and how they’re looking at one another. The characters in the book don’t match this “look” for me, it even looks like there could be hanky panky going on. NOT at all! It’s also fun to see them going from distanced to friendship to more, but despite the romance in the plot, there’s so much more going on so don’t be misled by this Gone With the Wind setting going on here. The cover is great but the story has much more depth than shown here :) :) I strongly considered this the Southern version of Pride & Prejudice and highly recommend it whether you have enjoyed Dickerson’s books before or this is the first you’ve heard of her work. You won’t be disappointed! I received an early copy of this. I volunteered to review it, all comments and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    "You just need to trust me. And trust God." Truett Beverly comes back home to Bethel Springs, Alabama after finishing medical school because he's needed there. He didn't expect to have to fight a corrupt sheriff, but Sheriff Suggs threatens his childhood friend, so Truett dons a black cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman. This act places him in a very dangerous position, for if he's caught, he will most certainly be hung. Just as Sheriff Suggs loves to do to the folks that rile him. Some "You just need to trust me. And trust God." Truett Beverly comes back home to Bethel Springs, Alabama after finishing medical school because he's needed there. He didn't expect to have to fight a corrupt sheriff, but Sheriff Suggs threatens his childhood friend, so Truett dons a black cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman. This act places him in a very dangerous position, for if he's caught, he will most certainly be hung. Just as Sheriff Suggs loves to do to the folks that rile him. Some just because they exist. Celia Wilcox comes to Bethel Springs in response to her younger sister's pleas to come help them. Their father has died and their mother is in shock and can't function. Celia has 4 siblings and none are old enough to head a household. But her heart is set on returning to Nashville and continuing to save to open her own sewing shop. Truett is taken with Celia at first glance and desires to impress her, but she is having none of it. What will Truett do if the sheriff finds out his other activities? Melanie Dickerson is well known for her unique ability to take a beloved fairy tale and rework it with an inspirational bent. I love those! She has delved into the Regency era with several books and done it very well indeed. Now she has proven that she can do Southern fiction with the best of them. I loved this book from the very first. She has written a cast of characters that grow on a reader's heart and a story that really impacts deeply. A story that bears witness to the fact that things were not always well in the south in the 1800s. Well done! *My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a review. All opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    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 sto 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patti Whitson Stephenson

    With this new book, Melanie Dickerson has taken a different direction from her popular “fairytale” books. In doing so, she has proven that she can also write Southern historical fiction with flair. This is not a typical romance novel. In this storyline that is set during a difficult time in our country’s history, Melanie Dickerson’s characters confront the difficult subject of racism with compassion and bravery. It’s a story of family loyalty, faith, and sacrificing your own wishes to help other With this new book, Melanie Dickerson has taken a different direction from her popular “fairytale” books. In doing so, she has proven that she can also write Southern historical fiction with flair. This is not a typical romance novel. In this storyline that is set during a difficult time in our country’s history, Melanie Dickerson’s characters confront the difficult subject of racism with compassion and bravery. It’s a story of family loyalty, faith, and sacrificing your own wishes to help others. The leading man is Dr. Truett Beverly, who becomes the “Hooded Horseman” to rescue his childhood friend, and in doing so, places himself in danger. Celia Wilcox has given up her own career to take care of her younger sisters. Following their love story is at times both humorous and suspenseful. This story kept my complete attention all the way through to the end. This is a clean, sweet romance with no foul language or embarrassing scenes. I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    This book is so good! I haven't read a book this fast in a long time. About 4 hours total between two nights! I am still laughing and shaking my head over the witty banter between the main characters. I love how it's like watching a movie unfold and you can see the characters in your mind. This one is going on my to be read again pile!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    Melanie Dickerson has created a unique cast of characters and set them in a country trying to rebuild after it was torn apart by war. To say I enjoyed this story would be an understatement.  Once I started reading it, I felt like I had fallen into the world created by Ms. Dickerson. Fully immersed in this story and eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next.  An angry sheriff who can't seem to let go of the past, taking the law into his own hands and unjustly judging the innocent, as gui Melanie Dickerson has created a unique cast of characters and set them in a country trying to rebuild after it was torn apart by war. To say I enjoyed this story would be an understatement.  Once I started reading it, I felt like I had fallen into the world created by Ms. Dickerson. Fully immersed in this story and eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next.  An angry sheriff who can't seem to let go of the past, taking the law into his own hands and unjustly judging the innocent, as guilty and swiftly enacting his own form of judgment.  A mysterious, masked hero fighting for fair treatment of those who the majority of society sees as unworthy. He is willing to risk his own safety to see that the innocent aren't harmed. Celia is an independent woman, ahead of her time. She longs to make a name for herself, to own her own business and stand on her own feet. She sees how being married has affected her mother, and doesn't want to set aside her dreams, to have a family. Lessons can be learned from any one of the dynamic characters in this story. There is something for everyone in the pages of this wonderful story. A reminder that we should stand up for others, that we aren't to pass judgment and that by giving of ourselves, new dreams can be discovered. If you enjoy reading southern historical novels, with lots of heart, a splash of adventure, and characters that will linger long after you've closed the book, then I encourage you to find a copy of this wonderful story to enjoy! I give this story 4.5 stars and I eagerly look forward to reading more stories with southern flair from Melanie Dickerson! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carol R.

    In Magnolia Summer, Dr. Truett Beverly returns to Bethel Springs, Alabama, his hometown, and finds himself in the middle of racial tensions, corruption, and secrets. When an African-American childhood friend is threatened, Truett becomes the Hooded Horseman to save him from Sheriff Sugg’s nefarious plans. Sugg and his vigilantes have taken the law into their own hands, executing their own brand of justice. Celia Wilcox comes to Bethel Springs to help her sister care for their grieving mother and In Magnolia Summer, Dr. Truett Beverly returns to Bethel Springs, Alabama, his hometown, and finds himself in the middle of racial tensions, corruption, and secrets. When an African-American childhood friend is threatened, Truett becomes the Hooded Horseman to save him from Sheriff Sugg’s nefarious plans. Sugg and his vigilantes have taken the law into their own hands, executing their own brand of justice. Celia Wilcox comes to Bethel Springs to help her sister care for their grieving mother and her younger siblings. Hoping to be there only for a few months, she longs to be back in Nashville to fulfill her dream of opening a dress shop. But Celia’s mother is worse than she thought and her father left behind no assets to support the family after his death. Should she give up her dream of a dress shop in Nashville? Despite their mutual attraction and determined to hang onto her dream, Celia wants no part of Truett, especially when she discovers he may be the Hooded Horseman. Could she prevent him from being hunted down by the sheriff and his vigilantes? Will she find happiness at the end of the summer? Dickerson’s tales feature wholesome relationships, making this book a good choice for teen readers. Dickerson excels as a storyteller with a carefully crafted plot, creating characters who learn the meaning of sacrifice as they adjust to life’s difficult situations. Magnolia Summer features an interracial relationship between secondary characters, acceptance despite racial differences, and a light but present faith element. Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Byers

    This story takes place in the late 1800’s. A wonderful cast of characters, including Celia, Lizzie, Will, Truett, Griff, Almira, James, Sheriff Suggs and plenty more, round out this trip to the south about 5 years after the end of the war. Celia returns to her family to help care for them after her mother sinks into despair after losing her husband. She is attracted to Dr Beverly but fights it as she has plans to go back to Tennessee and continue saving to open her own dress shop. The story weav This story takes place in the late 1800’s. A wonderful cast of characters, including Celia, Lizzie, Will, Truett, Griff, Almira, James, Sheriff Suggs and plenty more, round out this trip to the south about 5 years after the end of the war. Celia returns to her family to help care for them after her mother sinks into despair after losing her husband. She is attracted to Dr Beverly but fights it as she has plans to go back to Tennessee and continue saving to open her own dress shop. The story weaves around these two, with other subplots intertwined that draw the reader into the times and community.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rapunzel_Scheinberg

    This has got the be the most incredible book Melanie Dickerson has ever written. It was just amazing. It has such a powerful message. “Magnolia Summer” takes place in Northern Alabama, not long after the Civil War. I was excited to read this because racism is obviously a huge issue, and has been for many, many years, no matter what you believe, and I was interested in how she incorporated the issue, and because the time period in America (around the Civil War) is one of my favorite time periods This has got the be the most incredible book Melanie Dickerson has ever written. It was just amazing. It has such a powerful message. “Magnolia Summer” takes place in Northern Alabama, not long after the Civil War. I was excited to read this because racism is obviously a huge issue, and has been for many, many years, no matter what you believe, and I was interested in how she incorporated the issue, and because the time period in America (around the Civil War) is one of my favorite time periods. (Please forgive me for that shameful run-on sentence.) She made the book historically correct (which if very rare in my experience) and handled the racial issues so so well. She projected the fact that everyone is equal and racism is wrong while keeping the book true to the time period. I’m just so incredibly impressed with this book. It honestly is a book that everyone should read. It has such a good message and it teaches the correct history well, while all at the same time, Melanie included swoon-worthy romance, well developed characters, and non-stop action and adventure. I was sucked into this book from the very beginning. I honestly have nothing negative to say about this book. It’s just a downright beautifully written book that everyone needs to read. Kudos to you, Melanie. It takes a talented author to write a book like this one. All I have is praise for “Magnolia Summer”.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cortney Manning

    A sweet, dangerous, and exciting story of life in the deep south fifteen years after the Civil War. Celia strives to leave her stamp on a male-dominated world. She’s ambitious and hard-working, eager to open her own dress shop in bustling Nashville, but duty drags her to her family’s farm in Bethel Springs, Alabama where her teenage sister has been struggling to keep their family together in the wake of their father’s death. Celia, a city girl at heart, has one goal: to sell the farm that cost he A sweet, dangerous, and exciting story of life in the deep south fifteen years after the Civil War. Celia strives to leave her stamp on a male-dominated world. She’s ambitious and hard-working, eager to open her own dress shop in bustling Nashville, but duty drags her to her family’s farm in Bethel Springs, Alabama where her teenage sister has been struggling to keep their family together in the wake of their father’s death. Celia, a city girl at heart, has one goal: to sell the farm that cost her father’s life so she can bring her grief-blinded mother and young siblings back to Nashville with her. However, countless roadblocks fall in her path, and she fears she’ll be stuck in Bethel Springs forever, or worse, marry a man and become as lost as her mother. Truett is a doctor who takes on risk without a second thought. He recognizes the terrible wrongs carried out in Bethel Springs by people like Sheriff Suggs, and he takes action. Disguised as “the Hooded Horseman”, he sets out to right wrongs and free victims of tyranny. However, problems exist in his own family, and his actions begin catching up with him. Though instantly attracted to Celia, he wonders what he can he truly offer a fine, goal-driven lady like her, knowing he is a hunted man. Both main characters overcome trials and grow from their experiences. Furthermore, the minor characters experience their own mistakes, regrets, joys, and opportunities to shine. Though action-packed and thrilling, this story is also sweet with a powerful historical message, making it well-worth a reader’s time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    3.5 Stars. Overall, it was an interesting story with a good mix of action and romance. I really liked Truett because he seemed to have such a big heart, but I didn’t connect as much with Celia’s character.

  14. 5 out of 5

    E

    Awesome! I loved Truett's mysterious other identity as the Hooded Horseman but I loved why he went to such lengths to save lives even more. Cecila's fear was believable though at times I really wanted to her to just get over it. Truett loves her, why be so indecisive? But it did help with the progression of the story greatly. I loved the ending and I will most likely read Magnolia Summer again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    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 Regen 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. If I'm being honest it's probably one of her best works. 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!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    In her novel Magnolia Summer, book on of the Southern Seasons series, author Melanie Dickerson brings to life her wonderful southern characters and setting. Taking on the challenge of writing outside her regular genre of young adult fairytales, Dickerson writes a splendid and enthralling adult sweet and clean southern historical romance novel that readers will thoroughly enjoy! As always, from cover to cover, Dickerson’s story is an absolute delight to read. Focusing on friendship, family, and l In her novel Magnolia Summer, book on of the Southern Seasons series, author Melanie Dickerson brings to life her wonderful southern characters and setting. Taking on the challenge of writing outside her regular genre of young adult fairytales, Dickerson writes a splendid and enthralling adult sweet and clean southern historical romance novel that readers will thoroughly enjoy! As always, from cover to cover, Dickerson’s story is an absolute delight to read. Focusing on friendship, family, and love, this story is one that readers will pick up and be enthralled with the variety of characters from the tight knit family to the handsome doctor that lives next door. This is a sweet romance that readers of Dickerson’s previous work will thoroughly enjoy! Series: Southern Seasons Genre: historical, romance, Christian Publisher: GraceFaith Press Publication date: September 5, 2018 Number of pages: 313 A review copy of this book was provided by the author via her street team. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I like all of Melanie Dickerson's books, but this one was a new flavor and I loved it. While a sweet tale of two young people with very, very mild romance, it is more a story of fighting for justice and survival in a hard time for all. I felt Ms. Dickerson did an excellent job of giving us an amazing story, with powerful life lessons that everyone should learn from.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Honestly, I’ve enjoyed every Melanie Dickerson book that I have read so far. This one is American historical fiction set in 1880’s Alabama with a corrupt county sheriff and a handsome and earnest doctor for a hero. Our heroine Celia has come back to town to help her family after her father’s death. But she has plans of her own and they don’t include staying for a charming medical man. This is a quick page turner with lots of action and a great message.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Dear Melanie Dickerson, I’ll follow you to any genre/time period you want to write in! Another winner! I’m crossing my fingers for more books in this series. Love, Rachel

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marija

    An exceptionally good historical (clean) romance novel Cecelia and Truett were flawed, stubborn and both at the beginning with their own prejudices about each other. As it goes they grew in mind and spirit, their problems sculpting them in (even) better people. I liked the repeated references of diversities in the book. We have many people with medical 'problems' in the book, from Cecelia's absentminded mother to Amelia's, out of wedlock, pregnancy to Grif's brain injury. We also have racism, lync An exceptionally good historical (clean) romance novel Cecelia and Truett were flawed, stubborn and both at the beginning with their own prejudices about each other. As it goes they grew in mind and spirit, their problems sculpting them in (even) better people. I liked the repeated references of diversities in the book. We have many people with medical 'problems' in the book, from Cecelia's absentminded mother to Amelia's, out of wedlock, pregnancy to Grif's brain injury. We also have racism, lynching and sick in mind sheriff with his clique. Many things but exceptionally masterly put together. Can't recommend more. P.S. I noticed that Ms Dickerson loves to solve every problem she creates in her books like in the Merchant's daughter the Beast is at the end actually one of shining gorgeously beautiful species of men. I don't like that. Just let them be 'ugly' in other words let them be flawed in appearance but transformed to be beautiful in their lover's eyes. I like those. But in her books, her characters just can't have outward flaws. Either they are villains, poor or don't exist. Spoiler-ish ahead--> So, I didn't like Cecelia's mother's ending. First, she became sane which is fine, let it be, Cecelia and Truett can't bother with mother anymore when Cecelia is now married and wants her job. And Mother's new marriage only confirmed that she really can't live sane without a man by her side. Why? I don't feel the message is good, like everything in life eventually will come around (I don't deny this) but I feel like God likes to put us in situations from we are more likely to grow so I expected-hoped she would give the Mother some other purpose in life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Magnolia Summer ( Souther Seasons, #1 ) BY: Melanie Dickerson Magnolia Summer is book one in a brand new series Southern Seasons. Dickerson takes a different path than normal. She usually writes her Fairytale books. To me this is by far one of her best. I loved it. She weaves a wonderful historical romance with love, heroism, and secrets in a small town Bethel , Alabama. I love good old Alabama. I was grabbed at the start and could not put it down. The story and the characters both were well writt Magnolia Summer ( Souther Seasons, #1 ) BY: Melanie Dickerson Magnolia Summer is book one in a brand new series Southern Seasons. Dickerson takes a different path than normal. She usually writes her Fairytale books. To me this is by far one of her best. I loved it. She weaves a wonderful historical romance with love, heroism, and secrets in a small town Bethel , Alabama. I love good old Alabama. I was grabbed at the start and could not put it down. The story and the characters both were well written and well developed. I laughed and there was times that I had tears in my eyes and holding my breath. This is Truett and Celia’s story. Truett is a Doctor in his hometown Bethel. He cares about the people in his town. Celia has come home to help take care of her family. She has big dreams and they are not to get married and be like her mother. It is fun to watch these two . They both are attracted to each other. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    This is the first book of Melanie Dickerson's new series and if this first book is any indication then fans are surely in for a treat. Celia can't believe she had to leave all her dreams behind in Nashville to come home too take care of her family. But once she gets back home, things are worse than they seem. Her family is in poverty. And the entire household is run by Celia's younger sister because their mother had gone into a depressed state since the death of their father. Running the farm see This is the first book of Melanie Dickerson's new series and if this first book is any indication then fans are surely in for a treat. Celia can't believe she had to leave all her dreams behind in Nashville to come home too take care of her family. But once she gets back home, things are worse than they seem. Her family is in poverty. And the entire household is run by Celia's younger sister because their mother had gone into a depressed state since the death of their father. Running the farm seems impossible to tackle on their own and if it wasn't for the help of the community's doctor, Truett, they probably wouldn't survive. Truett Beverly may seem like a charming doctor by day, but when the town's sheriff starts killing innocents in the name of justice, Truett transforms himself into a hooded savior. Rescuing lives is what he does both as a doctor and as his hooded alter ego. But things turn complicated when Celia returns home. He can't help but fall for her spunky attitude but his secret could cost her everything. And he's not willing to put her life at risk. This is a thrilling novel that I highly recommend. It is clean and appropriate for ages 13+ for mild (non-graphic) violence. Absolutely no foul language or sexually explicit content.

  23. 4 out of 5

    S Hromas

    Tedious Slow moving and it felt like the characters were very stereotypical. I've liked the other books of hers, but not this one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mia DuPuis

    ❤❤❤ Truett ❤❤❤

  25. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson Will this Zorro of the Deep South succeed in saving his sleepy Southern town? My rating is 4.5 stars The sheriff of the little town of Bethel Springs, Alabama saw nothing wrong with lynching a man because of the color of his skin. And burning his house. And he had many of the townsfolk supporting his actions. Truett was a man after God’s heart. Like King David, he desired to please God and trusted Him to protect him as he fought the giants of his community. I adm Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson Will this Zorro of the Deep South succeed in saving his sleepy Southern town? My rating is 4.5 stars The sheriff of the little town of Bethel Springs, Alabama saw nothing wrong with lynching a man because of the color of his skin. And burning his house. And he had many of the townsfolk supporting his actions. Truett was a man after God’s heart. Like King David, he desired to please God and trusted Him to protect him as he fought the giants of his community. I admired Truett greatly. One of the things that made him fun was the contrast between his arrogance and his humility. In a way, he wasn’t really proud, he was just accustomed to having girls fall at his feet. As the son of a Southern gentleman and as a doctor, he could have felt himself above menial labor and yet he helped to teach the neighboring children how to farm and pitched in himself when they needed it. Celia was a bit of a snob. Not that she was rich and put on airs because of that. She just felt that menial work was something she shouldn’t have to bother herself with. She was angry that her mother was grieving to the point of not being able to care for the family. She was angry that she had to leave her job in Nashville and potentially spend her savings to care for her family and the struggling farm. But God wasn’t done with Celia and he wanted her to have a renewed heart. She had some serious lessons to learn and maturing to do. Yet through this, she was still likable as a character. She really did want to do the right things so when God exposed her heart to her, she willingly confessed and sought to change her attitude. Celia was also a fun mix of feisty and fearful. She had an encounter with a rattlesnake that revealed the kind of character that only comes out under pressure. The most amazing thing about the encounter was that she could have been selfish and thought only of her own safety and wouldn’t have had any problem but she really was the type of person who takes care of others, even if a bit grudgingly. Lizzie, Celia’s 14-year-old sister, and Will, her 12-year-old brother were nothing short of amazing. They saw a need for doing things around the house and jumped right in to do them. Lizzie especially showed a maturity beyond her years as she joyfully cared for the house and her youngest siblings. She even spent time doing extra things for them. And then had time to spare playing matchmaker for Celia! This story was a departure from the other stories Melanie Dickerson has written, taking place in the post-Civil War American South instead of Medieval Europe. However, it does fit in with the theme of legends re-told. As the first book of a new series, I’m excited to see what the other books will bring in this new chapter of the authors writing. This review was originally posted on Among the Reads I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Madi's Musings

    Summary: Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons Book 1) by [Dickerson, Melanie]Truett Beverly returned to Bethel Springs, Alabama, after finishing medical school. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but when Sheriff Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman, placing him squarely in the sheriff’s crosshairs. Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for the Summary: Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons Book 1) by [Dickerson, Melanie]Truett Beverly returned to Bethel Springs, Alabama, after finishing medical school. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but when Sheriff Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman, placing him squarely in the sheriff’s crosshairs. Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville in order to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop. Celia catches Truett’s eye from the moment she steps off the train. He finds himself wanting to impress her, but she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm. Truth is, Celia’s attraction to Dr. Truett Beverly terrifies her. What will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia’s greatest fears come true? Or will she be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching? Positive Elements: Family is shown as important, as is loyalty, and defending those who cannot defend themselves. Negative Elements: A character gets pregnant out of wedlock. Spiritual Elements: Characters pray; “Perfect love casts out all fear” from 1 John 4:18 is quoted; Psalm 94:6, Proverbs 31:9, and Amos 5:12,22 are read. Violence: A character tries to hang black men; a character is injured by an axe; a characters is punched; characters are threatened; a building is set on fire; characters are shot; war violence is remembered. Other: A man is accused of rape; characters kiss; a characters wants his daughter to abort her baby. Rating: 4 Stars Conclusion: Dickerson presents life in post Civil War Alabama in an engaging, page-turning style. You will hold your breath as Truett faces the wicked sheriff and Celia discovers the Hooded Horseman’s identity. You will want to comfort characters as they face hardship and trials. Looking for a sweet southern read? Then Magnolia Summer is for you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    June

    After the Civil War, there were still many problems in the south. Melanie Dickerson has written an amazing story involving some of these issues. When Celia returns to Bethel Springs just months after her father passed away, she hopes it will be a short visit to help her family out. Right away she is thrown together with Truett Beverly, the town doctor who had the unpleasant job of informing her of her father’s death on her first visit. Celia has no desire to marry and settle in Bethel Springs, b After the Civil War, there were still many problems in the south. Melanie Dickerson has written an amazing story involving some of these issues. When Celia returns to Bethel Springs just months after her father passed away, she hopes it will be a short visit to help her family out. Right away she is thrown together with Truett Beverly, the town doctor who had the unpleasant job of informing her of her father’s death on her first visit. Celia has no desire to marry and settle in Bethel Springs, but her feelings for Truett make it difficult to know what to do. The town needs their doctor, as does his family. And what of her own family needing her? But she has a difficult time giving up her dreams of being independent. The characters are well developed and the story is fast paced. I enjoyed Truett being a character who was a tiny bit cocky and a bit of a tease. A nice match for Celia’s spitfire character. The story starts with a dramatic scene and ends with a bit of a surprise. I enjoyed this book very much. This is Ms Dickerson’s first self published novel. First, may I report that she and her team did a fine job. I’m always skeptical of self publishing because I’m a magnet to grammatical errors. I am so happy to report that this was not an issue with this book and I look forward to reading many more books by Ms Dickerson. Christian Historical Romance. Clean, enjoyable and no preachy sermons, just a God lesson or two. So easy to give this book a 5 star rating!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Magnolia Summer has all the features of a good story: good character and plot development, interesting plot twists, and romantic tension. I love all of those things when I read a novel. This novel has an element that goes beyond your typical plot. I could sense it as I reading, but when I read the author's personal notes at the end it really spoke to me. It was the author's heart and motive that made this story special. I, like the author, am from the South. Unfortunately, there is a long histor Magnolia Summer has all the features of a good story: good character and plot development, interesting plot twists, and romantic tension. I love all of those things when I read a novel. This novel has an element that goes beyond your typical plot. I could sense it as I reading, but when I read the author's personal notes at the end it really spoke to me. It was the author's heart and motive that made this story special. I, like the author, am from the South. Unfortunately, there is a long history of racial tension and prejudice that continues on today. In this novel, the hero fights against injustice and brutal treatment of his African American friends and fellow members of his community. He does this even though his reputation could be damaged and he could face physical harm. His actions, along with the actions of several characters in the story, truly embody the verse in the Bible, "Greater love has no man than this, than he who would lay down his life for his friends." And for me, this is the beautiful theme of this novel. Showing love to our fellow brothers and sisters, no matter who they are, no matter the cost. This theme really moved me more than anything else in the novel. **I am thankful for a copy of this novel from the author and I was happy to give an honest review.**

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    A tremendous historical read that you don’t want to miss! Well developed characters, terrific plot with suspense and true history, a beautifully woven faith theme, as well as addressing the issue that skin color should not change how people interact or who they love. I really enjoyed the witty satirical banter between the main characters. Part of the book was just plain fun, part of it funny, and part of it the raw truth of events after the Civil War. As with all of these authors reads, this is a c A tremendous historical read that you don’t want to miss! Well developed characters, terrific plot with suspense and true history, a beautifully woven faith theme, as well as addressing the issue that skin color should not change how people interact or who they love. I really enjoyed the witty satirical banter between the main characters. Part of the book was just plain fun, part of it funny, and part of it the raw truth of events after the Civil War. As with all of these authors reads, this is a clean read. For any who want to know, there is a woman expecting a child who isn’t married. I feel the author did a good job with that story line. This book , though not in the exact same genre as her others, still has the authors special touch. It also still reads like her YA books. If you love Melanie Dickerson, buy the book. It might not be a fairy tale, but it truly doesn’t disappoint! I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Yager

    Another GREAT book by Melanie Dickerson. Reading one of her stories is a guaranteed enjoyable experience. Stepping outside of her usual young adult fairytales, Melanie Dickerson takes us on a fantastic ride through a Southern adventure. Pride and Prejudice meets Zorro in post-Civil War South, makes for an interesting tale. This is an amazing romance that deals with family, friendship, and faith, while still touching on some of the issues that the south faces right after the Civil war ended. The Another GREAT book by Melanie Dickerson. Reading one of her stories is a guaranteed enjoyable experience. Stepping outside of her usual young adult fairytales, Melanie Dickerson takes us on a fantastic ride through a Southern adventure. Pride and Prejudice meets Zorro in post-Civil War South, makes for an interesting tale. This is an amazing romance that deals with family, friendship, and faith, while still touching on some of the issues that the south faces right after the Civil war ended. The main characters are well crafted and make an excellent couple; which is to be expected from a Melanie Dickerson book. It is a must read.

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