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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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A Patchwork Christmas: Three Christmas Romances with Bonus Handcraft Patterns and Cookie Recipes - eBookJudith Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace WhitsonBarbour Books / 2012 / ePub$7.11 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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The Shadow on the Quilt, The Quilt Chronicles Series #2Stephanie WhitsonBarbour Publishing / 2012 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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The Message on the Quilt, Quilt Chronicles Series #3Stephanie WhitsonBarbour Publishing / 2013 / Trade Paperback$6.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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Join three of today’s bestselling inspirational fiction authors in a collection of Christmas stories from Victorian-era America that are full of second-chance romances. Jilted by her fiancé, Karla packs away her wedding quilts and her plans for marriage. Widow Jane travels to marry a prosperous man she barely knows in order to give her daughter a better life—then is stranded in a winter storm. Ada, a wealthy ingénue, inadvertently causes grave injury to a poor man she once considered quite a catch. Each must search her heart, change her plans. . .and patch together a tender, unexpected life filled with love.
SherKnox, INAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great read with lots of different stories.November 26, 2013SherKnox, INAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enjoyed each story and especially the way the storyline was told. Definitely a great read.
Janice H. Johnson5 Stars Out Of 5Set the Christmas spiritNovember 22, 2013Janice H. JohnsonQuality: 5Value: 5These stories made me really think about my own Christmas preparations and what is important, and why. I will enjoy the patterns and recipes included after Christmas.
There is a nice variety of backgrounds in this collection of stories.I found them satisfying and sometimes, funny.
nonna5 Stars Out Of 5This book is heartwarmingAugust 16, 2013nonnaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this book. The writers brought the characters to life, and the storylines were heartwarming. I would recommend this book to anyone.
reader88Gallipolis, OHAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Patterns and ideasJanuary 17, 2013reader88Gallipolis, OHAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was excited to see that they included the patterns and recipes from these cute stories and the end of each.
Rambling Reader3 Stars Out Of 5Holiday Stories with Good Year-Round MessagesDecember 22, 2012Rambling ReaderQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Christmas is in the air with this collection of holiday-themed novels, accompanied by quilt-making and baking. Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, and Stephanie Grace Whitson bring three unique stories to readers in "A Patchwork Christmas." Despite their differences, all three novellas felt melancholy until concluding with a happy ending. It is often difficult for me to develop connections to the characters in short stories, which proved to be the case in this collection.
"The Bridal Quilt" by Nancy Moser is my favorite among the three. It contains its share of loss and heartbreak, but the plot has dimension and the characters feel more fully developed. The messages of unselfish sacrifice and love for even the lowest on the social ladder are prominent in Moser's story, and especially relevant at Christmas.
Judith Miller takes readers to the Amana Colonies in "Seams of Love." I enjoyed revisiting the colonies in Miller's novella, after reading about them in one of her novels. Karla Stuke, though not an unlikable main character, suffers from insecurity and a broken heart. While such struggles are relatable, she dwells on them throughout the story. As a result, the overall tone of the novel becomes a bit heavy.
"A Patchwork Love" by Stephanie Grace Whitson is a story of hope. Jane and her daughter, Molly, find themselves sick, injured, and stranded when their train hits a wall of snow. A local farmer, Peter, offers them shelter in the home he shares with his mother. Peter is scarred visibly and emotionally from his time in the Civil War. The beginning of the novel centers around Molly overcoming her illness while Jane and Peter deal with their injuries. Peter's mother adds some charm to the novella, and the tone lightens as Molly improves. Love blossoms in the snug little home as once strangers become an inseparable family.
Although "A Patchwork Christmas" was not my ideal holiday collection, the stories convey good year-round messages.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this novel from NetGalley, courtesy of Barbour Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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