About the Book
Divided between the love of her father and the desires of her heart, Emilie Heinrich must rely on the love and wisdom of the women in her quilting circle for support. Since Emilie is dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, she 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.
Quaid McFarland has a gentleness and humor that causes Emilie to question her indifference toward romance. But her German father sees only one thing when he looks at the young man: an Irish teamster. And Johann Heinrich is not about to let such a man court his beloved daughter.
Her father’s prejudices test Emilie’s faith in God’s ability to mend the patchwork pieces of her life. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?
4 out of 5 (stars)
This is a love story that wasn’t complicated at all. At least not the relationship between the two main characters, Emilie and Quaid. They didn’t have trouble admitting to themselves that they were falling for the other, and didn’t hide it from each other, which I found surprising with Emilie. I honestly thought she would put up a fight with her emotions given her past feelings about the matter of romance.
It is a pretty straight-forward story and easy to follow. The theme, which is also found in the title, was very clear—it’s important to learn to bend towards the Sun (God) when we find ourselves in the shadowy situations of life, just like flowers in the shadows seeking the attention of the sun by striving to bend towards it as they grow. Of course this would require trusting God even when every part of us is screaming to take hasty action.
Given the obstacle in their path, Emilie and Quaid had to learn to be still in God and wait for Him to handle things, and in the end, it worked out for the best.
Overall, it was a simple, almost fast-paced story but slow enough to enjoy. Despite the fact this is a novella, it didn’t stop Mona from developing the personalities of the main characters and some of the secondary to a satisfactory level.
Bending Towards The Sun is the second book in the Quilted Heart Series. You can read my review of the first book, Dandelions In The Wind here.
*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Many thanks to Water Brook Multnomah for a free ebook copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author
MONA HODGSON writes historical romance fiction for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. She is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride in THE SINCLAIR SISTERS OF CRIPPLE CREEK SERIES and THE QUILTED HEART eNovella Series–Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in the HEARTS SEEKING HOME SERIES. Her writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books, contributions to eleven books for adults, and hundreds of short stories, articles, and poems in newspapers and magazines. One of Mona’s favorite things to do (besides writing or eating dark chocolate) is to speak at women’s retreats and schools, and for women’s groups, librarians, and at writers’ conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob. Check out www.monahodgson.com to learn more. You can also follow Mona on her blog and http://www.facebook.com/author.mona
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