THE QUILTED HEART
THREE NOVELLA IN ONE
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction (America/Post-Civil War)
Series: The Quilted Heart Triology (Three Novellas in one)
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
- Series: The Quilted Heart
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307731146
- ISBN-13: 978-0307731142
Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, the three novellas in The Quilted Heart tell stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.
Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace?
Dandelions on the Wind
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren, and she feels compelled to find another job. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan?
Bending Toward the Sun
Dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, Emilie Heinrich is convinced she doesn’t have time for love. But when a childhood friend returns to St. Charles, Missouri, after serving in the Civil War, his smile and charm captures Emilie’s eye and her heart. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?
Ripples Along the Shore
Change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed Caroline’s husband. Despite her dislike for him, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new, but when Mr. Cowlishaw forbids her—a single woman—to travel with them, will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?
THE QUILTED HEART by Mona Hodgson is an amazing Christian Historical Fiction set in the 1860’s St. Charles, Missouri. Post-Civil War era. “The Quilted Heart” Trilogy,Three Novellas in one amazing book, “Dandelions on the Wind”, “Bending Toward the Sun” and “Ripples Along the Shore”.
“Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.”
This tale of God’s grace, love, healing, forgiveness, friendship and romance follows three young ladies, Maren Jensen, Emilie Heinrich, the widow Caroline and the men who steal their hearts.
Together, these ladies, endure hardships, and heartache set against the backdrop of the Civil War but with prayer and friendship they stitch their tattered hearts back together one stitch at a time.
Each story brings us into the hearts and lives of the characters with endurance and love. A heartwarming tale of second chances, change, a bit of intrigue and lots of romance. You don’t want to miss one moment of THE QUILTED HEART. Well done, Ms. Hodgson! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More