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Tender Graces [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Magendie
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars there Oct. 13 2014
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Treed the best way for the next two weeks ago I have no idea what I want a relationship is a good time waster
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature that won't have you tearing your eyes out! April 14 2009
By Daniel J. Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
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.
56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern literature at its best! April 19 2009
By J. Kaye Oldner - Published on Amazon.com
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.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Home May 3 2009
By Stephen R. Winham - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Debut May 3 2009
By Danielle Younge-Ullman - Published on Amazon.com
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.
41 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better books about rotten childhoods. Sept. 16 2009
By mhb - Published on Amazon.com
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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