Published by Random House LLC on 2014-01-21
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical, Romance
Source: Blogging For Books
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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?
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I’ve enjoyed Ms. Hodgson’s books in the past, and these collection of novellas was no different. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this tender book! Centered just after the Civil War, Ms. Hodgson brings to life the historical elements, the styles, the way of living after such a hard time. I loved it!
Ms. Hodgson created strong, charming characters that felt real to me. I felt like I made a new friend, or family member, through them as I followed each character from each story on their life’s journey. I loved the hidden messages of faith, hope, love, understanding and trusting that Ms. Hodgson incorporates into the books.
I highly recommend this book with 4 stars. It will move you, entertain you and keep you hooked until the end. I am looking forward to the next book that Ms. Hodgson brings her readers. She’s truly talented and this is a job well done!