Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons, #1) by Melanie Dickerson

Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons, #1)

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 chil...


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TitleMagnolia Summer (Southern Seasons, #1)
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Release DateSep 5th, 2018
PublisherGraceFaith Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Historical Romance, Christian Romance
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Reviews Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons, #1)

  • Coffee&Books
    2018-07-15
    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 ...
  • Kara
    2018-07-16
    my rating is 4.5Historical 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 ...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    2018-08-12
    "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 ...
  • Megan
    2018-08-24
    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...
  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    2018-07-16
    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 l...
  • Jackie
    2018-08-02
    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)
    2018-09-04
    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...
  • Carol R.
    2018-07-20
    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...
  • Andrea Byers
    2018-07-16
    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 contin...
  • Rapunzel_Scheinberg
    2018-07-20
    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 (aro...
  • Cortney Manning
    2018-07-18
    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 gi...
  • Lori
    2018-09-28
    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.
  • Kayla
    2018-08-21
    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 au...
  • Sydney
    2018-08-14
    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 de...
  • Elizabeth
    2018-08-25
    Magnolia Summer ( Souther Seasons, #1 )BY: Melanie DickersonMagnolia 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....
  • Martha
    2018-09-30
    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.
  • Phyllis
    2018-09-10
    Magnolia Summer by Melanie DickersonWill this Zorro of the Deep South succeed in saving his sleepy Southern town?My rating is 4.5 starsThe 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...
  • Madi's Musings
    2018-10-26
    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...
  • June
    2018-09-03
    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 ha...
  • Rachael
    2018-09-05
    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...
  • Emily Yager
    2018-09-25
    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...
  • Silverscarf
    2018-10-12
    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 enjo...
  • Kathy
    2018-10-13
    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.Bu...
  • Vicki Vaught
    2018-09-22
    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 Ce...
  • Therese May
    2018-10-12
    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!
  • Kim
    2018-09-13
    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 ...
  • E
    2018-09-12
    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.
  • Rita M Lange
    2018-09-28
    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
    2018-10-14
    Sweet, intense, and dramaticWhile 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!