A Southern Season: Stories from a Front Porch Swing

A Southern Season: Stories from a Front Porch Swing


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ISBN-13: 9781946016386
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 09/29/2018
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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A Southern Season: Stories from a Front Porch Swing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell 5 months ago
What an enjoyable group of stories! I have to give them five thumbs up. I couldn't list them all on the subject line, but each of the authors--Linda Yezak (Ice Melts in Spring), Eva Marie Everson (Lillie Beth in Summer), Claire Fullerton, (Through an Autumn Window), and Ane Mulligan (A Magnolia Blooms in Winter) have produced a short but sweet Southern story that left me longing for the characters to come back. I'm so sure you'll love them all that I'm giving you links to the buy sites. Click Amazon or Barnes and Noble to take you there. I was given a free copy by one of the authors, but the opinions expressed herein are always my own.
JarmVee 8 months ago
What does a beach house, a doctor, a funeral and a play have in common? A Southern drawl! Four contemporary stories connected by location, lost and found loves, a dog or three, and woven with faith, family and friends. You are sure to find a favorite among these light but insightful stories as I did. And you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the gift of an O. Henry” ending to one!
Reading_Bee 9 months ago
The Southern Season Series is a wonderful collection of stories, highlighting the strength, character, and faith of Southern women. The reader travels from the Vietnam War Era, to the modern age, while watching each character learning and growing from their own personal hardships and heartaches. I thought the writing was well done. The characters developed fairly well, especially for the short length of the novellas. I liked the growth of the characters’ faith, particularly in the Eva Marie Everson novellas. There was a huge sense of true faith in them, and it was refreshing to read. Also, as a Southern girl myself, it was a whole lot of fun to read about the unique Southern dynamics. I highly recommend this collection to those who enjoy Southern Fiction, strong faith stories, and dynamic characters.
LJShuck 9 months ago
From the time I was a child, sitting on a porch swing while enjoying a good read, has been one of the best parts of the summer months for me. A Southern Season: Stories from a Front Porch Swing, is a perfect compilation of four stories set in the south, during four seasons. Warm-hearted romance, southern manners and southern wisdom abound like Southern Sweet Tea on a hot day. Each story features a main character who is searching for some kind of meaning in their lives, not realizing the simplicity of southern living and a life of grace were really what was missing. With titles such as Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak; Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson; Through an Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton, and A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan, the reader is sure to find a favorite. God and the importance of family are strong themes throughout each story. A Southern Season: Stories from a Front Porch is a delightful and inspiring read. I do have a favorite of the four stories, but I will not share which one. Curious, which one is your favorite. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Just Read Tours, and am not required to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions, therein, are solely my own.
RobbyeReviewer 9 months ago
A Southern Season: Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing features novellas by Eva Marie Everson, Linda Yezak, Ane Mulligan and Claire Fullerton. The anthology focuses on those who have lost their faith in God and are trying to find their way back, or alternately, fighting against finding their way back. Each story focuses on a single Southern season, with the story corresponding to the season. I enjoyed the stories. They were well-written and steeped in sound Biblical theology. Each character faced difficult decisions. In fact, three focused on the death of a family member or spouse, while the fourth focused on the possible loss of dreams. I know with novellas there is an inherent problem; they are short and have to pack a lot into the pages. I enjoyed the depth of personalities in each account of the characters. However, there was a feeling of hastiness, a need to hurry up and finish, that left me feeling a little off center or bewildered, knowing some of the “tying up” probably wouldn’t happen that quickly. Overall, I appreciated the stories. I love the South, iced tea (unsweetened-oh my, the blasphemy!) and a relating of Biblical growth and redemption. All four novellas had these elements, making them very enjoyable-they just ended a few words too soon. I received a copy of the book from JustReads Tours. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Laundry_Whispers 9 months ago
Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak Let me just start by saying that this collection is filled with new to me authors. Any time you branch out to new authors it’s a toss up. You love them or. . . This toe dip into the Linda W. Yezak was completely a win for me. I enjoyed her voice, though I did find the words a bit stilted, almost formal sounding. I feel just a tad like Elena Morino’s voice bled over into some of the other characters. Toss that aside for a moment with me. Yezak was able to blend a back story of pain into a novella with grace and simplicity while still maintaining the complexity of Kerry’s loss. Geez, now I’m starting to sound all wordy and formal. Here’s the deal, a simple trip to the beach in the opening scene oozed such depth of emotion and completely set up a full history with so few words. So much of this carried throughout the novella but then the ending felt too pat, too rushed, just too. Kerry’s withdrawal from her faith, he bitterness at her loss, and her isolation from the world was almost magically erased with just a few interactions and well placed interventions so to speak. It felt just entirely too easily. The message throughout, the fact that no matter the depth of our pain or the feeling that God has left us, God is always with us and waiting for us to connect was solid and really hit a few sore spots for me. The not so gentle reminder that our relationship with God is not based on a ‘feeling’ but based on his promises, truth, and fact. The solidness of that theme carried this novella through the rough spots for me and brought it all out as a winner. Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson Another dip into a new author and another success. So far this collection is wining on several levels for me. The story of Lille Beth, while there are a few pet peeves for me, reminds me a lot of my Granny and Pa – my dad’s parents. Granny was a ‘foreigner’ so to speak, born in Indian Territory that would come to be Oklahoma not long after she was born. They hadn’t known each other very long when they hopped the train from Hurley to Galena to get married. Five kids, three states, and almost 58 years later they were separated by the passing of Granny and a little of a year later Pa joined her after grieving himself to the grave. They are the reason that I pet peeve instalove but am slow to swing the axe at it. They are proof that instalove can work. But. . . I just don’t like it m’kay. Statistically instalove fails, but then there are nuggets like Granny and Pa. But really, falling in love in a day? I don’t think so. . . just sayin’. This novella touches on several sensitive topics, specifically alcoholism and domestic violence. It may be upsetting to some readers but it’s handled sensitively and not overtly. It has a folksy charm in the development of the characters and the dialogue they share. Back to pet peeves for a moment, I mean I harped on instalove enough but there’s also the everything falls back into place to easily. Jim, specifically, struggles with his relationship with God (much like Kerry in ‘Ice Melts in Spring’) due to the loose of his wife. He has separated himself from a lifelong relationship. Somehow, magically, with a little bit of time (and I mean little bit!) with Elma (granny) and Lillie Beth he’s back in the fold. It’s just a bit hard to rationalize ya know? While I loved this snapshot of these lives I feel like this novella tried a bit too hard to be some
jbarr5 9 months ago
A Southern Season: four stories from a front porch swing by Ane Mulligan Collecton of four stories from a front porch swing. Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak Kerrie has arrived at the seashore, after the hurricane's damage and her job is to catalog the writer's treasures and label some for a museum. Very descriptive details I can picture it in my mind. Kerrie has her dog with her. She's an acquisition curator. While out with her dog she runs into a man along the beach, Quinn. Like how other locals approach her with the answers to her heartache as they preach about God to her . Lillie Bath in Summer by Eva Marie Everson Summer of 1968 and memories of her grandmother in Georgia. After marrying and her spouse headed to fight the war granny takes her in. Years later we find the local doc and his prodigy come to visit because granny is very sick and Lilllie Beth has tried everything. She learns on his next visit that the old doctor will be retiring and the younger doc will take over. She learns about his life and enjoyed the time with his twin sister. He learns of her abusive life before marrying David. Granny doesn't wnat to die because the other men in the family will make Lillie Beth leave so she's telling th edoctor about it all. She preaches to them both about what should happen. . Through an Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton Cate arrives in Memphis during the fall to bury her mother who's passed away. We learn about their past lives and how sudden the death was. She has Eric by her side...She finds our hurtful truths...Love hearing of the gardens. . A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan Morgan goes back home to help with a friend but then she's summoned back to be the director in the musical. She is able to accomplish a lot between the play and music and it comes out perfect for her. Of course the whole town has bought a ticket to the show. She is able to coach Vanessa who she thinks is in love with Andy who's recuperating from surgery. He tells her how he really feels... Loved hearing how the Georgia town decorates for the Christmas holiday. Lots of twists and turns, surprises! . Acknowledgements from the authors to those who aided in their story. Free gift upon signup for newlsetter. Received this review copy from the author via The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) and this is my honest opinion.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I love that this collection of novella's gives the reader a glimpse of the four seasons in the South. Such a fun read! The stories deal with different seasons in life too, so some of them where not at all what I expected. I liked that the romance wasn't the main focus of the stories, but that they were woven together in a way that made them feel true to life. I enjoy that in a story. This is a wonderful collection of stories to pick up! I received this book from Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
AngelaWalker 9 months ago
This book was provided to me for free from the publisher. Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions. 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. Ice Melts in Spring - grief and trusting in God to be with you Lillie Beth in Summer- hope and God's hand in our lives Through an Autumn Window- forgiveness and embracing your upbringing A Magnolia Blooms in Winter-recognizing and using God's gifts 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.
SBMC 9 months ago
Out of the four authors who contributed to this collection, I have only read Eva Marie Everson previously so this book was a good introduction to several new-to-me authors. The writing styles of the four authors are unique, which make for very different stories only loosely tied together by the theme of changing seasons in the South. The first story, Ice Melts in Spring, by Linda Yezak is a contemporary novella that deals with pain and grief of loss and finding faith and purpose again after emotional devastation. Kerry is a museum curator who is still struggling with the loss of her husband very early in their marriage. Due to her job, she finds her way back to the coast where she and her husband began their marriage and encounters God through her interactions with a famed recluse author and a pastor neighbor who show her truth in love. Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson is such a powerfully moving story and, though it is a novella, the story feels like a full-length novel with detailed characterizations. Using first person limited narrative, the author skillfully weaves a poignant, heart-stirring, nostalgic, sweet story of Lillie Beth and Jim, painted against the backdrop of farm country in Georgia during the Vietnam War. Despite the heartaches in the characters' lives, the incredible mystery and wonder of God's Omnipotence and Omniscience ring clear through the plot. The writing is incredibly melodic and will hold you captive until the end of the story. Through An Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton is a present day novella also written from first person limited perspective. This story delves the most into the culture of the South and indoctrinates the reader to the heart of Memphis, TN social circle as Cate returns home for her mother's funeral. There are a lot of memories that Cate revisits as she thinks about her mother and the future she decides for herself and her family is admirable. A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan is also a contemporary first person narrative novella but with a funny, upbeat, and much younger voice. Morgan hails from a small town in Georgia but aspires to be a lead actress in NYC and she's so close to achieving her dream. Yet when she returns home briefly to help out her local church and her long-time friend, she needs to find out what her real dream is and how it aligns with God's will. I received a copy of the book from the authors/publisher via JustReads Publicity Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Heidi_Reads 10 months ago
Not having been exposed to the culture of the South, this was an interesting read. I liked the cozy hometown feel, especially of the second story. With the first and third stories, I didn't expect the focus on grief and it was a bit of a downer with the angst and misery. The fourth story had a main character that was kind of self-centered, and I had a hard time connecting with her and the other characters. I would recommend the story by Eva Marie Everson since it left me with a good feeling and held my attention with the era, setting, and relationships. (I received a complimentary copy of the book, all opinions are my own)