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Dixie Rebel (The Carolina Magnolia Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Rice
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Book Description

Maya Alyssum has a rebel's dream: to open a school where kids can find unconditional acceptance—an acceptance she and her sister had never experienced while growing up in foster homes.

But Axell Holm, the town council's representative, holds Maya's unconventional dream in his hands.

Axell is the kind of uptight authority figure Maya loves to hate. So how is it that he's ringing all her chimes, even as her rebellious plans turn his ordered life upside down?

Previously titled: Impossible Dreams

"Hours of reading delight." ~RT Reviews

"...will leave readers with a smile on their faces." ~Murray Ledger and Times (KY)

Dixie Rebel
Imperfect Rebel
Rebel Charm
Carolina Rebel

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart, has two children and is a firm believer in happily-ever-after. Her emotionally-charged romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice. A native of Kentucky and New York, and a past resident of North Carolina, Patricia Rice currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit her website at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0449006018
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (23 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance's hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina, she currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beach read 26 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you're after a feel-good, wet Sunday afternoon or summer beach, easy-read romance then this 'done before' fairly predictable plot is for you.
Free spirited, ex-foster kid, teacher, Maya moves back to small southern town and meets uptight, older, rich business man Axell Holm - cue the simmering sexual tension and passion amidst sub plots and local conflict. Maya turned a bit too much from strong, feisty independent woman to simpering love/lust struck female under the spell of Mr Macho for my liking (think Mills and Boon) and the book could have been shorter if facts weren't repeated so much. Otherwise a good enough way to lose yourself in a story for a few hours.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read! 6 April 2000
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This was just a delightful book, with gentle, vague, funky Maya bringing uptight businessman Axell to his knees. The story begins with her struggling to maintain the special school that is her dream, run the New Age shop of her sister, Cleo, who is in jail, and take care of her sister's little boy.
Ordinarily, she and Axell would have nothing in common--except that he has a distressed little girl who responds to Maya's warmth and understanding. There are many layers and delightful characters, with Ms. Rice combining intelligence and a light touch in a way reminiscent of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This is a first rate choice for contemporary romance readers.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mmmm. mmmm good 7 April 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In Wadeville, North Carolina, Maya Alyssum worries about the future for herself, her incarcerated sister, and her young nephew. Though pregnant and single, she runs her sibling's store and opens up a school, "Impossible Dream" that the mayor wants to shut. One of her students is troubled eight-year old Constance whose mother is dead. Her father, council member Axell Holm, struggles to reach her.

Like Maya, Axell has many pressures to deal with as well. His bar and restaurant is under attack by the mayor and his mother-in-law demands he give Constance to her. Desperate for help and attracted to Maya, he persuades her to join forces through a marriage of convenience to stop those who want to cause them pain. As they struggle with the external forces trying to destroy them, Maya and Axell begin to fall in love, feelings that their charges fully support.

IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS is an entertaining contemporary romance. Though the story line requires a bit of a stretch, the enjoyable plot remains fun to read. The lead characters are a warm duo and their two-preadolescent charges provide much heart-wrenching moments. The remaining support cast adds a small town regional flavor to the delightful mix. Patricia Rice provides her audience with a warm, delightful tale.

Harriet Klausner
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 30 May 2000
By Suzanne B. Kelly - Published on
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If you are a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you will most certainly love this book. It has a feisty heroine, a wounded but repairable hero, a handful of cute kids, and a small town of eccentric characters. And just when you think the problems will overwhelm, they melt away like snow in the sun. A light, fun read, with one of the few laugh-out-loud birth scenes I have ever read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Characters 1 Feb. 2013
By rhonda - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Friday, February 1, 2013Impossible Dreams (Carolina Series) by Patricia Rice

Impossible Dreams (Carolina Series book 1)

I was lost in the story. I want to know more about the characters in the Carolina series. Maya acts like a bubble head at times,
but she is not. She cares about children all children. She has a dream of a school helping kids of all kind to excell at the
things they can do and encourage them in all ways. Maya is starting a new school right now it is afterschool program. She moved to
Carolina because her sister was arrested for drugs and has a 5 year old son Matey. She is also helping her sister run her shop so
she will have something to come home to.

Maya's school is out in the country in a big old school between two freeways. She has a three year lease on the school. The Mayor wants to buy the land for a mall parking lot and built a road to connect the freeway. Maya is not giving up her lease. The Mayor is
fighting dirty condeming buildings,inspectors, threatening the bar's license. Hasseling her. She is also 7 months pregnant and not married.

Axell owns a bar and restraunt. He has a little girl Constance who does not speak much to him. He is on the city council. He knows the
Mayor wants to close her school down. Constance loves her teacher and is starting to talk more. He wants to help Maya for his daughters sake.
He even suggests she move in with him and be a nanny for her. When Cleo's shop and apartment is cordon off and she can't go back to it.
Axell brings them to his house.

His mother-in-law wants to get custody of Constance and take her back to Texas. Axell does not want her to go but wants the best
for his daughter. Because Axell is helping Maya the Mayor is trying to cause him to loose his license for the bar. Axell does not communicate well. Maya is helping him. His quiet house is not the same. She is making a difference in Matey and Constance.

I enjoyed the characters. How they all are working together or against each other. I want to see more about Cleo and Maya's business partner.
Too see what they do next. Axell at first was someone I did not like so much but he started to open up and his actions for Maya
and the children were wonderful.

Patricia Rice has built a good community of characters and makes you want to come back and visit them again and again.

There are a few love scenes in the book that I skipped over.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when I had finshed by Library Thing Early Review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 27 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a sweet story. I particularly liked Maya. I found her to be very personable and someone I could count on. Axell could have been worked on a little more, but on the whole, an enjoyable read for a rainy sunday afternoon.
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