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Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Southern Season: novella collection Review & Giveaway

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Southern Season: Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Claire Fullerton, Linda W. Yezak, and Ane Mulligan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Pull up a front porch swing and enjoy learning more about this collection from 4 great authors :)

A Southern Season: 
four stories from a front porch swing


ABOUT THE BOOK

a southern season


Title:  A Southern Season: Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing
Series: Novella Collection
Author: Eva Marie Everson, Claire Fullerton, Linda W. Yezak, Ane Mulligan 
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 252 pages
Publication Date: November 1st, 2018
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction
Edition: paperback 
Genre: Christian fiction, heritage fiction, Inspirational Southern/Women's Fiction
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |   

I received an ARC of A Southern Season for review purposes. This product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions.  












Synopsis:


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?  

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MY REVIEW




Plot

Four short stories.
  1. Ice Melts in Spring - grief and trusting in God to be with you
  2. Lillie Beth in Summer- hope and God's hand in our lives
  3. Through an Autumn Window- forgiveness and embracing your upbringing
  4. A Magnolia Blooms in Winter-recognizing and using God's gifts

Setting

Southern USA
Comment below if you have visited or live in the South. I'm an Ohioan but love visiting! Bourbon country, scenic drives, comfort food and hospitality, those are the things I miss from living in Kentucky for a few years.

Theme

Each of the 4 novellas are approximately 50 pages long and tell a tale of Southern characters from different social and economical backgrounds and stages of faith with the central theme focusing on seasons of life and faith and what that can look like.

What did I like about the book?

The imagery brings the communities to life and captures the charm and hospitality the South is known for. Three of the 4 stories included death/grief, definitely a life event where its sometimes hard to see God's plan or goodness.

What did I not like about the book?

I guess I didn't really understand the ending of Through an Autumn Window, it wasn't very clear. 

Date Started/Finished : October 9-15th 2018















EXCERPT

From Through An Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton




I’ve never minded the rain. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year in the South. I’ve missed its stark changes since I moved to California. I still wait for it with fevered expectancy. In California, I look for any hint of fall in the air, and almost will it into being. The temperature drops, and that’s me in the slightest of breeze, putting on a knee-length coat and wearing autumn colors in shades of khaki, maroon, and green. Californians look at me as if I’ve lost my mind, but I don’t care. I’m a forty-year-old Southerner, I have carte blanche to be as off-beat as I want. But I don’t have to wait for the fall in Memphis. It creeps up slowly and gives me a sense of anticipation, knowing, as I do, that Halloween dangles like a carrot before a horse at the end of October. I’m more compatible with the fall than any other season. I look forward to Halloween more than any other date on the calendar. Everything about the fall offers something to intrigue me: wind and mist and all things unseen. I’ve always liked the idea of that which lies beneath the surface. Even my way of God-fearing has a sense of mystical magic. There’s something about fall’s hesitant introspection that speaks to the core of my being, when everything on earth takes a big exhale before winter comes barreling through to freeze it. I’m not saying there’s a good time of year to bury your mother, but if I were given the choice, I’d want to do it in the fall, for something about the bleak, languishing season is compatible with pending change.






ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Eva Marie by Mary Denman Photography 2

Eva Marie Everson (Lillie Beth in Summer) is a multiple award-winning author and speaker. She is the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference & North Georgia Christian Writers Conference.  

CONNECT WITH EVA: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
 
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Claire Fullerton (Through an Autumn Window) is the author of Mourning Dove, Dancing to an Irish Reel, and A Portal in Time. She is a transplanted Southerner from Memphis now living in Malibu, California.

CONNECT WITH CLAIRE: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
 
Ane

Ane Mulligan (A Magnolia Blooms in Winter) writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She's an award-winning, multi-published novelist and playwright, who believes chocolate and coffee are two of the four major food groups.

 CONNECT WITH ANE: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
 
Linda Yezak

Linda W. Yezak (Ice Melts in Spring) lives with her husband and PB, the original scaredy cat, in a forest in Deep East Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. Author of several novels, novellas, and short stories, she is best known for her award-winning Circle Bar Ranch series.  

CONNECT WITH LINDA: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

a southern season giveaway

TOUR GIVEAWAY
(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Southern Season, signed by all 4 authors! (US only)  

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