The Women Of Magnolia
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The Women Of Magnolia

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by Marlene Mitchell
     
 

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In the mid-eighteen-hundreds, Mississippi was one of the richest states in the union. The wealthy plantations owners enjoyed an opulent life during this golden age of prosperity. The Vine family owned one of these vast plantations. Hundreds of acres of lush cotton plants covered their property and was home to over three hundred slaves.

When Evan Vine's father dies

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In the mid-eighteen-hundreds, Mississippi was one of the richest states in the union. The wealthy plantations owners enjoyed an opulent life during this golden age of prosperity. The Vine family owned one of these vast plantations. Hundreds of acres of lush cotton plants covered their property and was home to over three hundred slaves.

When Evan Vine's father dies suddenly, he is summoned home from France to manage Vine Manor: a task that he does not relish. It is only when he meets Mary Elizabeth Cates that his life changes forever. She returns his love and accepts his proposal of marriage. As a wedding gift, he presents her with a magnificent summer home called Magnolia. Mary Elizabeth begins the legacy of women who inhabit Magnolia.

In this novel written in a unique style, you will meet and explore the lives of Mary Elizabeth Vine, her daughter; Hallie Vine Simmons, and granddaughters; Mary and Lydia. You will meet the prostitutes who come to Magnolia to seek refuge and the black slave women who have endured the wrath of their masters. Their compelling story will endear itself to you in the detailed profile of the women.

Witness the early years when life is good, only to change at a moment's notice by an outbreak of cholera or a slave uprising. There are the middle years when the civil war tears apart the south leaving tragedy and desolation in its path. Finally... the restoration when everyone attempts to find a new life... a new life at Magnolia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982714959
Publisher:
Books by Marlene Mitchell
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
571,120
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Women Of Magnolia 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved this book (1) because it took place in the old south (and I am from the south); (2) it followed a family through several generations telling their story of love and of triumph. This author has a way of bringing her characters to life and you cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. I think you too will love this book -- Jackie from SC
pamagal49 More than 1 year ago
This book is sooooooo well written. You fall in live with the charaters immediately. I purchased this book for a road trip. I picked it up to scan through the pages and could not put it down. Needless to say I read the entire book in two days. So much for reading on the road. If you love civil war or slave stories this is the book for you!!!!!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Denise Stern for Readers' Favorite "The Women of Magnolia" spans decades in the lives of the women of Mississippi’s Vine Manor plantation, beginning in the early 1830s with Evan Vine, who marries Englishwoman Mary Elizabeth. As a gift for his new wife, Evan refurbishes a smaller estate near the ocean called Magnolia. Tragedy strikes Evan early in life following the birth of his daughter, Hallie. The story follows the lives of Evan and Hallie as she grows older and marries a new manager of Vine Manor plantation. Hallie and her husband James have two daughters of their own, Lydia and Mary. However, the War Between the States threatens the security of the Vine family and Hallie and her daughters retreat to New Orleans while James joins the Confederate Army. Magnolia becomes a refuge for the downtrodden, former slaves, prostitutes and those merely seeking shelter and a bit of compassion. "The Women of Magnolia", taking multiple points of view, offers a detailed and well-researched account of how one family’s dedication to doing the right thing helped save dozens of lives during one of the worst periods in American history. Author Marlene Mitchell has penned an engaging account of pre-Civil War life on a southern plantation, and the fears, uncertainties and tragedy that one southern family must endure over three generations. From the moment the readers meet Evan and Mary Elizabeth, they are drawn into a different era and into the lives of two people who begin a lineage at Magnolia that will see children and grandchildren struggling to do what they feel is right and just in an imperfect world. The characters are well-developed, and supporting characters are given their own voice in chapters throughout the novel, offering multiple points of view of the same circumstances throughout.
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Interesting and sweet, I enjoyed the book so much!
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