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Tender Graces Paperback – April 1, 2009
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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 really strong black coffee, an occasional vodka with the occasional lime, and oft-times a glass or two of red wine, all while she contemplates the glow of Old Moon.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.........
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 it....read it....you WILL enjoy it!!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrific novel I love her writing. She is inspiring and her characters are so rich and riveting. Magendie is a great wordsmith, and her descriptions of places and people bring the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susanne Lakin
it was a good book and I would recommend it for the 99cents price I paid.
I would pay no more than 5 for it.
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 9 months ago by Mollie S. Jackson
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 morePublished 14 months ago by nan kegel
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 morePublished 16 months ago by JayGreg