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Tender Graces [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Magendie
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1959 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028N6C0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 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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56 of 61 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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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
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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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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6 of 6 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 Awesome read! June 15, 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie April 23, 2009
"Tender Graces" is a very touching novel about a woman reminiscing about her childhood after her mothers death. She has the daunting reponsibility of sorting through her mothers possessions which brings back many memories, some happy and some sad. The author, Kathryn Mangendie, has an uncanny way of taking the reader back in time with her main character as she remembers her childhood in detail with emotions and visuals.

I enjoyed this book very much. I laughed and cried while reading it. I loved the way Kathryn started in the now and flashed back to the past and periodically brought you back to the present. As I read it I felt as if I were there with Virginia Kate from her childhood to her adulthood, as she searches for answers to questions about her mother's motives.

I cannot wait for the next book by Kathryn Magendie.....I give this book 5 stars...get WILL enjoy it!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading Tender Graces
I really enjoyed reading Tender Graces. The story line was very interesting. I liked watching the characters develop and grow. The story was realistic..... true to life.
Published 23 days ago by Mollie S. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
What a wonderful well written story!
Published 1 month ago by Misael
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I got bored with all the details
Published 3 months ago by LBM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by CTreff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very touching
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters
I loved the way the characters were represented. Of course you really felt like you got to know the main characters but you also get a real sense of how all the people affected how... Read more
Published 6 months ago by nan kegel
4.0 out of 5 stars really good book about family
There is so much going on in Tender Graces... so many themes and situations... At first i was put off. Then i got drawn in. And in reality, isn. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JayGreg
4.0 out of 5 stars love love love !!
What a heart wrenching, sad but happy story ... The feelings this story conjure up are so thought provoking ! Well done & thank you !
Published 8 months ago by megan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed the book. A good review of things in the 1960's
Published 8 months 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 8 months ago by Lorena Helfers
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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.

Magendie is working on a new novel now--supernatural, magic, romance, sex--all the good stuff, y'all.

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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