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Magnolia Summer

(Southern Seasons #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  95 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published September 5th 2018 by GraceFaith Press (first published September 2018)
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let's have a 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 are at home, cup of coffee in hand(hopefully) sitting in your favorite reading spot and the butterflies start fl ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Patti Whitson Stephenson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Carol R.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Andrea Byers
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Cortney Manning
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Emily Yager
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

I'm always excited for a new Melanie Dickerson novel, even though I didn't end up particularly liking her last one that was released before this one. This was an enjoyable read, I liked the characters a lot, they were relatable and I enjoyed watching how they got together. Though it might have been a little slow at times and I maybe could have gone for more from the stopping the bad guy side of things, but that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. Overall I did indeed enjoy thi ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the book okay, but it wasn't as good as her other series. I felt there was too much focus on Celia's "I don't want a man to get in the way of my dreams" to the point where it hurt the progress of the book. I felt like I couldn't truly get a feel for Celia as a character because her "I'm afraid to wind up like my mother dependent on a man and then upset when he dies" and that it got brought up so often that it dragged the storyline down.

But there were good parts of the story too, and the
Vicki Vaught
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! Yet another great book by Melanie Dickerson! I’ve never been disappointed when choosing one of her stories. This one was a different style than others I’ve read but still great. I loved the weaving of actual history through the plot line—we can all learn from the past, and these events of the post Civil War south are no different. I enjoyed watching from the sidelines as Truett and Celia came to know each other and as Celia let go of her fears by the end. Readers will greatly ...more
Therese May
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, since I only know Mrs. Dickerson's voice as a writer from less rugged settings. I was pleasantly surprised to find her voice entirely at ease in the different setting! Beautifully done. It can be very hard for writers to switch time periods and write with ease, but Mrs. Dickerson did it. If she has any other books from this time period, I will definitely be reading them!

Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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.
Rita M Lange
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Home Madison County Alabama!

As a 30-year resident of Madison County in Alabama, it was a thrill to read a book about my neck of the woods! To have that book written by one of my favorite authors, makes it doubly enjoyable!
Grab a cup or two of tea, a comfy chair, a tissue, and enjoy Truett and Celia's 1880's adventure in Northern Alabama!
Ruth Jessen
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, intense, and dramatic

While still historical, this story is much more modern than some of the authors other stories. I wasn't sure how many times Truett would keep accepting the changing opinions of Miss Celia. Love triumphs over disagreements and injustice. I can't wait to see if there's more!
Cristina Kirkham
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Good overall, I just didn't feel like the (spoiler alert!) sudden marriage at the end between her mother and some random guy kept with the character. Also, for someone so invested in her dream of having her own dress shop, she did very little sewing.
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Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Mel ...more
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