Southern Belle's and hospitality both go hand in hand with Old South. There is plenty of sweet in this book but also full of sass. I always enjoy reading stories set in the southern states with its deep history around the Civil War time period. Each character is unique and have very different backgrounds. I appreciated reading about a variety of women, each with their own story and experience. It must be noted that there are spiritual themes throughout each story. Grab a glass of sweet tea and indulge in these romantic, sassy stories in the Old South.
The Southern Belle Brides Collection
Love as Sweet as Southern Iced Tea Welcome to the Old South where hospitality is king and charm is queen. Can lasting love been found here amidst chaotic life challenges? The Belle of the Congaree by Lauralee Bliss Columbia, South Carolina—1866 Mason Bassinger reluctantly travels to post-war South Carolina seeking lands his carpetbagger brother can buy. Elisa Anderson barely survives after her family’s plantation was destroyed. She welcomes visits by the handsome and wealthy Mason who makes the cottage by the Congaree feel like a home. But when Mason’s true purpose is revealed, will her heart be broken by betrayal? Thoroughbreds by Ramona Cecil Lexington, Kentucky—1918 A family tragedy reunites Ella Jamison with her childhood tormentor, igniting surprisingly different sparks. Clay Garrett questions why God would allow him to fall in love with the one woman least likely to return his affections. But when love blooms against all odds, old secrets threaten to destroy it and, in the process, tear an entire family apart. The Marmalade Belle by Dianne Christner Ocala, Florida—1893 A decade-old note draws Maribelle Sinclair into the arms of Jackson, her childhood hero, but the Cavalry dragoon’s soul appears dark and dangerous as the Florida everglades. Virgil, on the other hand, is sweet as mama’s orange marmalade and optimistically forthright. If hearts are windows, like the glass-bottomed boats on nearby Silver River, Maribelle can trust hers to make the right choice. Debt of Love by Lynn Coleman Palatka, Florida—1868 Adeline Edwards, a Southern Belle with strong calloused hands from tending cattle, no longer attends balls. Banker, Phineas George Hamilton III, arrives at the plantation to recover the bank’s debt and discovers strong-willed Adeline doubts the bank’s claim. Can they figure out the debt, or will they find balance in love? Hometown Bride by Patty Smith Hall Marietta, Georgia—1870 Jilly Chastain never lied, but when her mother fabricates a marriage with her childhood sweetheart, Grayson Hancock, Jilly goes along with it, never expecting Grayson to show up, ready to make their make-believe marriage real. Miss Beaumont’s Companion by Grace Hitchcock Baton Rouge, Louisiana—1892 When lady’s companion Aria St. Angelo is coerced into posing as her political employer’s absent daughter for the evening at the Louisiana Governor’s masquerade ball, she wasn’t planning on falling for Byron Roderick, the most eligible bachelor in the capitol. Above All These Things by Connie Stevens East central Georgia—1855 Pre-conceived opinions and stubborn pride builds walls of resentment between Annulet Granville, the belle of Thornwalk Manor, and a visiting stranger. Annulet’s parents urge her to find a husband, but she labels Peyton Stafford the enemy. So what is she to do with Christ’s command to love her enemies?