Threads of Home: A Quilting Story (Part 2)

THREADS OF HOME

JODI BARROWS

Publisher:  River North; New Edition edition

Published date:  February 1, 2014

ISBN-10: 0802409385

ISBN-13: 978-0802409386

Genre: Christian—Historical Fiction

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description

The past threatens to destroy the good days ahead.

Liz has overcome the emptiness of her husband’s death, the hardships of the trip west and even the robbery and murder of her beloved grandfather.  Standing at the altar, she feels hope for the first time in many years.

Settling into their new home in Fort Worth, Texas, the cousins begin to build a new life now that grandfather is gone, but their minds are never at rest. Abby initiates the work necessary to start a new school while Liz works in the mercantile. Emma stands firm as a herd of cattle and cowboys come dangerously close, sparking a new venture for Emma-she learns that providing the cowboys with food and shelter, for both them and their horses, can bring extra income into the household.  But Emma can’t do it alone; she enlists the help of the lighthearted Megan.

When Liz becomes sick the whole town is abuzz  . . . as the women gather at the quilting frame relationships grow strong as women work together while facing the hardships and joys of a life on the prairies of Texas.

As the four cousins forge a new family amid the unfamiliar ways of those living on the plains, feel the suffering of loss and the joy of true love found.

My Thoughts

This novel is a historical fiction set in Pre-Civil War times.  This is the second part of a story that begins in the novel Threads of Change, and I highly recommend that anyone interested in reading Threads of Home, begin the series by reading the first novel first.  There is so much rich historical information that can be found in this novel that, not only is it a wonderfully written story, it will certainly remind you of all that was done and scarified to get where we are today.  The way the quilting and quilting frame seems to create new friendships and hold old ones together is very enjoyable and helps the reader become emotionally involved with all four of characters.  Each character, Megan, Liz, Emma and Abby, must choose their life path and work diligently to achieve their goals.  The sense of family and camaraderie that can be found throughout the novel is very heartwarming.  While it is a shorter novel, I did not find it to be a “quick” read, as there is so much history and information found on the pages that you really need to process in order to understand the plot.  As this was my first experience with Ms. Barrows’ novels, I really felt like I was missing a lot of background knowledge for the plot and character background.  This one is definitely not a stand-alone read, nor is the series itself.  While it is a decent book, I don’t think I would recommend this book to the younger generation of readers, but if quilting and history are your passion, then this is probably a great book for you!

Rating: 3

Heat Rating: none

Reviewed by: AprilP

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