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Tender Graces [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Magendie
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Book Description

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.


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  • File Size: 1959 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • 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: #81,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern literature at its best! April 19, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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18 of 20 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Debut May 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up April 23, 2009
Format:Paperback
Great character developement. Sit on the porch with your sweet tea and enjoy this great coming of age saga.
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41 of 54 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC April 27, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! June 15, 2009
Format:Paperback
Tender Graces
What can i say? This book was one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I didn't want it to end, i wanted to keep reading , to follow the rest of Virginia Kates life.
Virginia Kate, along with her older brother Micah, younger brother Andy live with their Daddy Frederick and Momma Katie in West Virginia.
Their Momma and Daddy met when Grandma Faith invited Daddy to their house for supper . They were married shortly after but the happiness didn't last forever, they soon were arguing and fighting which escalated day by day . Daddy ends up leaving to Texas to live with his Mom while finishing school. And then everything goes downhill from there. I wanted to hug Virginia Kate and tell her everything will be ok and i wanted to slap Katie for destroying their kids life. I also wanted to slap their dad too and throw every bottle of booze in the garbage.
A passage from Chapter 1 : All my tired flies out the window when i see Grandma Faith standing in the mountain mists that drift in and out of the trees. She's as she was before, like one lick of fire hasn't touched her, whole and alive and wanting as she beckons me. Grandma whispers her wants as she's done all my life. I put my hand out the car window as Momma used to do, and say "Wheeee..." then holler to the owl flying in the night. "I'm Virginia Kate, and i'm a crazy woman." He keeps his wings spread to find his supper. I don't feel silly one bit.........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed the book. A good review of things in the 1960's
Published 6 hours ago by ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots and lots of words
When one is tossed and turned and shuffled both physically and emotionally, it sometimes takes years to find oneself. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lorena
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me
I couldn't get more than ten pages into this. I had no idea what was going on and the way in which it's written was annoying and hard to follow. Read more
Published 9 days ago by KD
5.0 out of 5 stars Please read
This was a very good book I couldn't put it down, how triumphant she was with struggling with abuse. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rosalie Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL piece of artwork.
I loved this book cover to cover. It was extremely poetic and well done. A very successful first novel it was, in my opinion. I'm a fan!
Published 23 days ago by RC
5.0 out of 5 stars Why only a Trilogy?
wonderfullllll.I bought all three of the "Graces" trilogy and am "binge" reading them. such great characters and writing style. Read more
Published 29 days ago by anniekal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story. Can hardly wait to read the next ...
OMG....Excellent story. Can hardly wait to read the next two in this series.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read. Although
Not a bad read. Although, Virginia Kate could have done with a good swift kick at times. There is stubborn and just plain dense.
Published 1 month ago by Beverly A. Trackwell
4.0 out of 5 stars again - difficult to say you love a book when it is a story that...
Captures the reader, again - difficult to say you love a book when it is a story that includes child abuse and mental illness, but Ms. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jcoll123
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable, haunting novel!
This is a remarkable, haunting, complex story of a unique family with roots in West Virgia and Louisiana. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Olson
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More About the Author

Spellbinding stories of mystic love and soulful hope . . .

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

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--that is, until somehow she ended up in the flatlands of Texas - whuh-whuh-wha just happened?

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