About the Book
Tattered relationships and broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together by God’s love.
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. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Wooly desperately needs to reconnect with the family he abandoned when his grief sent him running toward the army—and into the Civil War. She also senses there could be something more between the widower and herself, if either can move beyond their past hurts.
Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost such decisions demand of her heart. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan? Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?
3 out of 5
I found this book to be quite engaging, start to finish. Mona writes in a style that is soft and subtle. Her characters are bright, forthcoming and easy to relate to. Her writing skill is crisp, clear and hits right on its mark.
I love that this story is full of faith and hope. It mirrors clearly the uncertainties of life, but also a God who is in control.
Maren is a strong young woman who wouldn’t let her disability get in the way of what needs to be done. Her faith is profound and she has a heart of gold.
Rutherfold, as I prefer to call him, is a man persistent to make things right despite past mistakes without forcing his way. His character is a perfect example of how one ought to show gratitude for grace when it is offered.
Gabi is a sweet little girl and her bouncing curls always managed to make me stop with a smile. Mother Bratenberg was a wise old one. I loved that her character mirrored the true human nature that though we love God and let His Word sink in our hearts, it takes His grace to deal rightly with people, especially those that have hurt us.
The stories of some of the characters were left unfinished. I’m a fan of prairie romance as I’m sensing the next book in the series will be. So I’m looking forward to seeing how the trail to the west will affect the characters of this story.
If you love a simple, soft and subtle romance, one with modest character, then this book is for you. I’d compare it to a Lori Wick laced with spunky metaphor. It is a book you can read in one sitting if you push hard enough.
Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author
Mona Hodgson is the author of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series and nearly thirty children’s books. Her writing credits also include hundreds of articles, poems and short stories in more than fifty different periodicals including Highlights for Children, Focus on the Family, Decision, Clubhouse Jr., The Upper Room, The Quiet Hour and the Christian Communicator. Mona speaks at women’s retreats, schools and conferences for librarians, educators and writers and is a regular columnist at Bustles and Spurs Blog.
Mona and Bob, her husband of forty-one years, have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law and a gaggle of grandchildren.
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