What they are about: On Thursdays, Elsa Brantenberg hosts a Quilting Circle at her house. The women who go there have all experienced heartache related to the Civil War. They are trying to get through their lives and circumstances with friendship and prayer.
Back of Book blurb:
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?
My thoughts: I really liked the first novella, Dandelions on the Wind, one because the main character, Maren, is loosing her eyesight. I work with blind children, so this issue is a soft spot with me! Maren’s “employer” Mrs. Brantenberg character, is so touching and insightful.
The other two novellas were; Bending Toward the Sun and Ripples Along the Shore. All of the stories were enjoyable and fun and had some great messages in them. Novellas are really nice to read when you want to read a whole story in on sitting or evening but do not have the time for a full-length novel. These novellas are gentle and sweet and were worth my time. I enjoyed them, but I did feel a bit disjointed with the characters like I sometimes tend to feel while reading novellas. The third and final story, Ripples Along the Shore, was a bit confusing for me at times with the point of view switching to a couple of secondary characters. I loved how the stories followed each other and were very connected so I could find out what was happening with all of the characters. With how many main characters there were through these three novellas, the characters were well developed and interesting and fun.
I rate The Quilted Heart 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free from bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Meet the author, Mona Hodgson:
Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and upcoming Hearts Seeking Home Series. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and her six I Wonder books. Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications. Mona is a speaker for women’s groups, Christian women’s retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians.