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Grab A Glass Of Sweet Tea & Discover The Heart And Soul Of The South

With The Frances Reynolds/Mae Walker Stories, you'll experience real Southern Culture, history, food & more delivered right to your mailbox

Southern stories told through letters

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Meet Frances and Mae


Step back into the spring of 1931 in the tiny rural town of Warm Springs, Georgia. 

Mae Walker and Frances Reynolds have been close friends since childhood, despite their very different personalities.

Frances has recently moved to the beautiful coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, with her husband William and his parents, where William has taken a position at his wealthy uncle's company.

Mae and her husband James have six children and live on a small farm outside Warm Springs, and they both work very hard every day to provide for their family.


Frances, uprooted from the comfort and familiarity of her small town, longs for

babies of her own, and has been catapulted into a level of society in Savannah in which she feels completely out of place. 

As Mae and Frances navigate their individual struggles and joys, Mae discovers a bundle of old Civil War-era letters that belonged to her mother. These letters reveal a long-hidden family secret with ties to Savannah.

Intrigued by the mystery, Frances joins Mae in trying to unravel the mystery within the letters, forging a stronger bond than ever between the two friends, even as she faces a shocking betrayal from her own family.

Their letters give readers an intimate glimpse into everyday life on a farm in the rural South, contrasted with life in a quintessentially Southern city during the economic uncertainty of the Great Depression.

Their correspondence is filled with shared sorrows and heartache, fun and laughter, and a generous helping of family drama, as well as romance, history, high society and intrigue, befitting Savannah’s charming yet somewhat mysterious atmosphere.

Join Mae and Frances on a year-long journey through their heartfelt letters, delivered twice a month, and experience the rich tapestry of Southern life and history through The Magnolia Letters


How a Subscription to The Magnolia Letters Works

When you sign up for a postal mail subscription to The Magnolia Letters, you have taken the first enjoyable step into the heart of another era, with our debut collection of The Mae Walker/Frances Reynolds Letters, set in Georgia during the Great Depression.

Through these letters, exchanged between Frances and Mae, you will witness the gradual unfolding of a year in the lives of these two dear friends, as they share their joys as well as their sorrows with one another.

With each letter, you’ll also receive some surprises, such as recipes, postcards, and other charming Southern treasures .

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The letters between Frances and Mae are simply wonderful…such a fully realized and rich, good-natured story with a gentle worldview. But these letters are messing with my diet. Now I’m craving blackberry cobbler and buttermilk biscuits!

Jillian W.

The letters are lovely! They are written in English of course, yet speak in a language that transports me to another place and time.

Denise W.

Frances and Mae’s relationship is full of so much empathy and warmth. Each place came alive for me, giving me a slice of the South at this time and place. Plus, I’m basking in the intimacy of letter writing! It really is a lost art. 


Adela R.

Join us as we embark on a journey to the American South with a subscription to The Magnolia Letters mailed right to your door!

With a subscription to The Magnolia Letters, you’ll be transported to another time and place, the Great Depression in the American South. As you enter the world of Mae Walker and Frances Reynolds, it’s almost as if you were looking over each woman’s shoulder as she reads a letter from her friend, and the story of their lives unfolds.

You will not only get to know Frances and Mae, as well as their families, but you’ll also come to a real appreciation for the beauty and history of where they each live, Mae in the rolling Piedmont hills of rural west central Georgia and Frances in lovely coastal Savannah, Georgia.

And just like in days gone by, you will wait in delicious anticipation for each letter to arrive, anxious to find out what has happened in the lives of these two dear friends you have come to know so well. A subscription to The Magnolia Letters is so much more than simply getting letters in the mail, it’s a deeply moving, immersive experience that enables you to enter into the heart of the lives of these two women living in the South at the height of The Great Depression.

Join us, won’t you, with a subscription of your own, and consider giving one to a beloved friend or family member, as a gift of The Magnolia Letters will bring joy and smiles to the recipient each month for a full year.

As the pace of modern life seems to grow ever more frantic, The Magnolia Letters is an oasis of calm, an escape into a world untouched by modern chaos, back to a time when human connections through letters truly mattered. We can’t wait to welcome you into The Magnolia Letters family!

Meet Ellen Britt

Ellen Britt is the writer and voice behind The Magnolia Letters, Southern stories told through letters. A native Southerner, Ellen grew up in a small rural town south of Atlanta, Georgia, in a big, rambling, old house her father inherited from his grandfather.

She is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and obtained her Physician Associate degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She also holds an Ed.D. in biology. Her medical career spanned some two decades as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine, plus Urgent Care.

Ellen has previously authored a collection of short stories set in the South, as well as a full-length screenplay, and has now turned her writing talents to The Magnolia Letters.

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