I was given a gift of this lovely anthology and over the last few days I have enjoyed the stories, imagining myself on a front porch swing enjoying balmy breezes somewhere in the southern states of America.. having lived in Texas and visited Tennessee and Mississippi frequently, it did not take much imagination.
About A Southern Season; Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing
Four seasons. Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing.
Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak
When Kerry Graham’s boss forces her to return to the Gulf of Mexico where her husband drowned years ago, she feels only spring’s chill and not the warmth of the Texas sun. Can the joy of a reclusive author and the compassion of a shrimp-boat preacher thaw Kerry’s frigid heart?
Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson
With the untimely death of his wife, Dr. James Gillespie believes God has abandoned him. He also believes he’s never met anyone like the young widow Lillie Beth, whose beloved Granny lies dying at home, and who sees a God who sweeps hope through a farmhouse window. Can a young woman whose husband died in Vietnam restore a faith that is all but dead?
Through an Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton
Because her larger than life mother Daphne Goodwyn is dead, forty-year-old Cate returns to Memphis with one thought in mind: something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral. But surrounded by the well-mannered society that raised her, the nostalgic rites of a three-day, autumn mourning bring the unexpected gift of the end of sibling rivalry.
A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan
With Broadway stardom within her reach, Morgan James returns home in winter to help an old friend. Maybe it s just nostalgia, but when she sees him again, an old flame rekindles. When she s called back to NYC to take the lead in a new musical, will fame be worth losing the man she loves?
My review for the collection.
When we lived in Texas in the 1980s, it was evident that faith played a much more integral role in the lives of our new friends than we had experienced before. It was present in daily life and talked about much more openly. We were from protestant and catholic backgrounds in the UK and Ireland, and frankly were used to not talking about our faith so freely. We were embraced into the community completely, and included in all aspects of their family and faith. It was not a hard sell but a gentle reminder that in their eyes God welcomed everyone.
When that all encompassing faith is lost, it can be devastating and tough to regain without some kind of evidence that God is still there for you.
Three of the stories in particular explore this concept and as someone who is looking in from an agnostic, but spiritual perspective, it was heartwarming. It reminded me of a time when the goodness of people and their openhearted attitude towards strangers was prompted by their beliefs. Something that is not emphasized today in a great deal of literature, which focuses on the differences between us all.
I enjoyed all the stories, the writing is wonderful, as are the characters. In each there is a nugget to be taken away and considered in respect of our own faith and struggles with life. Whether it is grief, loss of faith, finding the right path in life, letting go the past, or resolving decades of family conflict, there is something for everyone who enjoys excellent storytelling.
The four authors, including Claire Fullerton whose writing I enjoy very much, deliver a beautiful collection of stories.
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and: Amazon UK
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The authors with a selection of their books and a link to their author pages
Eva Marie Everson, Buy: Amazon US
Linda W. Yezak, Buy: Amazon US
Claire Fullerton, Buy: Amazon US
Ane Mulligan, Buy: Amazon US
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy discovering more about the collection of short stories and the authors. Thanks Sally.