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Tender Graces [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Magendie
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kathryn Magendie
Trade paperback, April 2009, Bell Bridge Books
Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Southern

A gentle yet unflinching look at how we find our way home. A woman returns to her West Virginia roots to resolve the ghosts of her childhood. In the tradition of Rebecca Wells, Sue Monk Kidd, Olive Ann Burns, and Dorothy Allison. TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Magendie is strong literary women’s fiction written with exquisite style.

The death of her troubled mother and memories of her abused grandmother lure a young woman back to the Appalachian hollow where she was born. Virginia Kate, the daughter of a beautiful mountain wild-child and a slick, Shakespeare-quoting salesman, relives her turbulent childhood and the pain of her mother’s betrayals. Haunted by ghosts and buried family secrets, Virginia Kate struggles to reconcile three generations of her family’s lost innocence.

Rave reviews include:

"Kathryn Magendie's TENDER GRACES is a powerful, moving and beautifully written debut. With rich detail, vivid imagery and finely drawn characters who leap off the page, drag you into their lives and make you root for them, this book will command your attention all the way to the final page...and leave you wishing for more."--Danielle Younge-Ullman, author of FALLING UNDER

“Kathryn Magendie's TENDER GRACES leaves a ghostly trail of broken hearts from by-God West Virginia to Texas to the shimmering seasons of Louisiana where real love and an unexpected home is found for a lost child. Reminiscent of early Lee Smith and Silas House, Magendie's Virginia Kate Carey is the steady beating pulse of this beautiful narrative that sweeps through a lifetime of loss, grief, and ultimately redemption and what it means to go home again.” – Kerry Madden, author, Gentle’s Holler

“Gifted” – Deborah LeBlanc, author
“Powerful” – Angie Ledbetter, author
“Arresting” – David Madden, author
“A poem to childhood” – Ed Cullen, NPR contributor
“Held me spellbound” – Cheryl’s Book Nook reviews
“Poetic” -- J. Kaye’s Book Blog
“Poignant and funny” – Booklove reviews
“Simply amazing” – Firestalker Reviews
“I truly couldn’t put it down” – Suburban Sanity Reviews

“Don’t miss this book”—The Serenity Room Reviews

“Highly recommended – Kaye’s Penguin Posts Reviews

“TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Magendie is the kind of book that sticks with you long after you finish it. I turned the last page this morning, and I still can't get the characters out of my head. . . I highly recommend Tender Graces, and I know it will make my list of favorite books for the year.” – Diary of an Eccentric Reviews

“This is supposed to be a review of Kathryn Magendie’s exquisite literary novel, not a general discussion of my father’s peculiarities, but maybe that’s my point. Tender Graces became part of my family. Virginia Kate could have been me. Her mother could have been my father’s mother. Her brother Micah could have been my Dad.
Maybe that’s the highest praise I could ever give a book anyway: I couldn’t separate my reality from Magendie’s fiction.”
– Katrina Stonoff, Let it Simmer Reviews

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2181 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982175620
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028N6C0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
In a world of rushed 30-day novels, brooding teenage vampires and prepubescence riding broomsticks....Kathryn Magendie shines through as a beacon of hope for those who require character development and descriptive literature to place them inside the story. Tender Graces is a literary work of art that will quickly find a sanctuary on your bookshelf.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern literature at its best! April 19, 2009
Virginia Kate Carey received a phone call from her uncle with news her mother died. Two weeks prior, she'd received her grandmother's journal in the mail along with a letter from her mother to come home. Little did Virginia know when she sent back a reply back, refusing to come home, it would be the last.

Filled with remorse, Virginia is heading back with her grandmother's journal. Through this journal and her mother's notes in the margins, she will be carried back in time.

Kathryn Magendie's poetic voice will tug at your heart as she paints a realistic picture of a time gone by. Fans of Southern Literature will cherish TENDER GRACES.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Home May 3, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"No matter what, we care about our mommas and we always will." This single statement, by her Aunt Billie, defines the life of Virginia Kate Carey and her brothers as told with care and total believability by Kathryn Magendie in TENDER GRACES. Rarely have the effects of adult neglect and cruelty to children been presented with such grace and clarity. We applaud the resilience of the children, but see the scars that linger forever and can find little sympathy for the perpetrators, regardless of the reasons for their actions.

Virginia Kate's Mother, Katie Ivene, is a cruel, alcoholic, promiscuous, narcissistic beauty who is hard to love. Her father isn't perfect by a long shot, but he does his best to provide stability for his children and it is fortunate for everyone that he finds a true saint in his new wife, Rebekha. We find ourselves rooting for Rebekha and becoming impatient with Virginia Kate's guilty reluctance to love her. Although we want to believe a sliver of goodness motivates Katie Ivene, it is too slippery to grasp.

Despite its overarching theme, Virginia Kate's story is filled with beauty, mystery, and the joys of life. Transcending the genre of women's literature, it is reminiscent of such classics as TOM SAWYER and HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better books about rotten childhoods. September 16, 2009
By mhb
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I ordered this book, all 17 reviewers on Amazon gave this book 5 stars, so I was expecting a fantastic read. I was disappointed. If you haven't read Connie May Fowler's Before Women Had Wings, Rebecca Wells' Little Altars Everywhere, and Rick Bragg's All over But the Shoutin, I suggest reading these wonderful books instead. Tender Graces shares the "troubled childhood in the South" theme, but I found it less engaging, and I did not enjoy the writing style. In my opinion, there are so many better books with similar plot lines.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Debut May 3, 2009
Katherine Magendie's TENDER GRACES is a powerful, moving and beautifully written debut. With rich detail, vivid imagery and finely drawn characters who leap off the page, drag you into their lives and make you root for them, this book will command your attention all the way to the final page...and leave you wishing for more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC April 27, 2009
How did I love it? Let me count the ways:
1. Poetic
2. Imaginative
3. Clever
4. Unique
5. Exciting
6. Haunting
7. It made me laugh/it made me cry
8. It's one I'll never forget

The story is beautifully written, haunting, profound, and develops the characters in a way that makes the reader feel personally connected. It should be in Oprah's book club. I hope she reads it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up April 23, 2009
Great character developement. Sit on the porch with your sweet tea and enjoy this great coming of age saga.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appalachian childhood revisited May 3, 2009
I am not as eloquent as the other reviewers but I know what I like and this book is IT! It reminds me of an Appalachian Ellen Foster but stands well on its own. With her whirly-world and her mountain singing to her from near and far Virgina Kate is a force to be reckoned with. Virginia Kate Carey is the little mountain girl in many of us: moving toward a more worldy future yet yearning to return to our simple, homey and sometimes painful roots. This work of beauty will stay in my heart and bookshelf a long time...when it is not being shared with friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars tender graces
Though Tender Graces is about a dysfunctional family Kathryn Magendie writes with a smooth style that carried me through the ordeal. Read more
Published 2 days ago by marshall l dell
4.0 out of 5 stars A friend recommended it.
I found it similar to other books of that genre. The author did a good job of portraying southern and mountain people's views.
Published 2 months ago by Lenore Torbert
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite book series
I have read each book in this series and I love each one equally. Kathryn Magendie truly has a gift with words. Each book contains adventure, hardship and vivid imagery. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angela Laird
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable!
It seems so simple a story on the surface but is wonderfully complex. The characters will live in you forever.
Published 7 months ago by John L. Settles
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I rarely give 5 stars, but this book deserves that rating! Good editing, interesting, deep, kind of beyond description. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Adly Teoh
5.0 out of 5 stars very very good
So liked this book. The way she wrote it for readers who enjoy details and what happens. She ties all the knots. When I finished all the characters were defined. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Story!
I love a rich novel with strong character development - and this is what Ms. Magendie has written. When the book ended, I felt disappointment and truly wanted to know how the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Deborah Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down
This is a great story with a lot of different and complex situations. A person can really get into this book.
Published 12 months ago by Julie D. Gronewold
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was not only a well wrtitten story it provided a good study...
I am not looking forward to trying to express how I feel about this book. To me, it was two books within the same cover. Two for the price of one. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Virginia Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A story that holds magic, love, family heartbreak and healing within its pages. Find a quiet place, sit back and lose yourself between the pages.
Published 15 months ago by Michele
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More About the Author

Spellbinding stories of mystic love and soulful hope . . .

Amazon Best-selling author, former personal trainer, and Publishing Editor of the Rose & Thorn, Magendie's novels include The Graces Series/The Virginia Kate Sagas: TENDER GRACES, SECRET GRACES, FAMILY GRACES; SWEETIE; and the novella PETEY in the anthology THE FIREFLY DANCE.

Her newest novel, THE LIGHTNING CHARMER, was released November 2013: "The spell was cast when they were children. That bond cannot be broken. In the deep hollows and high ridges of the ancient Appalachian mountains, a legacy of stunning magic will change their lives forever."

Kathryn Magendie was born a West-by-god Virginia Hillbilly (and proud of it--and that word could be a "fighting word," so just say'n), moved here, there, and yonder, was stuck in the swamps of South Louisiana for many years, and one fine morning she left behind her moss-filled grandfather oak trees in South Louisiana and floated off to Home in a tucked-in cove in Maggie Valley, Western North Carolina, where she spins tales, drinks Deep Creek Blend coffee, an occasional vodka tonic with lime, and contemplates the glow of Old Moon.

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