Calico Brides (Kansas)   -     By: Darlene Franklin
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Calico Brides (Kansas)

Barbour Publishing / 2013 / Paperback

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Determined to sow good deeds into the lives of needy people, the four youngest members of the 1876 Calico, Kansas, sewing circle reap romance. Gladys Polson, designing to aid a crotchety widower, falls for a stranger. Annie Bliss, knitting for soldiers, has a fort chaplain on pins and needles. Birdy Landry, sewing dresses for saloon girls looking for a new life, has her feathers ruffled by a beneficent shopkeeper. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield is about to teach a new guardian a few lessons in life and love. Will God stitch forever-after romances into the lives of these four women?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616267461
ISBN-13: 9781616267469
Availability: In Stock
Series: Romancing America

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Determined to sow good deeds into the lives of needy people, the four youngest members of the 1876 Calico, Kansas, sewing circle reap romance. Gladys Polson, designing to aid a crotchety widower, falls for a stranger. Annie Bliss, knitting for soldiers, has a fort chaplain on pins and needles. Birdy Landry, sewing dresses for saloon girls looking for a new life, has her feathers ruffled by a beneficent shopkeeper. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield is about to teach a new guardian a few lessons in life and love. Will God stitch forever-after romances into the lives of these four women?

 

 

Author Bio

Award-winning author and speaker, Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son’s family; her daughter, Jolene, has preceded her into glory. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene has published several titles with Barbour Publishing.

Editorial Reviews

I really enjoyed these stories and I am giving Calico Brides 4 out of 5 stars. Each woman's story was very touching and their missionary projects were extremely inspirational. The entire book was filled with Christian wisdom and love, which I enjoyed. This book actually had more "Christianity" in it than most Christian books I've read, but it never came across off as preachy. Each young woman was so godly while still being human. I especially enjoyed the story of Birdie, a former prostitute. I loved how her story portrayed God's Love for us as sinners and how he's so willing to forgive us. She really was the epitome of the "born again" message. 

This was an enjoyable book that combined four separate, yet interwoven stories. Four women in a sewing circle decide to bless those in need. Each woman finds a different project (person or family) to help. The stories were easy to read and well written. While all were a little predictable, that was not a bad thing. I did enjoy this book and it was fun to have all four stories continue from one to the other. All of the stories did a good job of showing God’s love and provision for everyone. All of the women find that blessing others ends up blessing them as well and brings love into their lives. I found these stories to be uplifting.

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  1. Larik
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    interesting
    July 27, 2013
    Larik
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Realy nice sweet stories of how God can use us in our own "backyard" so to speak. While ministering to those in China and around the world gives us a name and a reputation, helping those close to us gives us a better place to live in. I loved the stories even thou the first one about Gladys and Haydn had me confused on time frame (Christmas and Easterseend seemed to happen in a span of few weeks) and few moments that were over the roof ( i would die of emberasement if after 2 meetings my dad asked a guy of his intentions- it rediculous); i really enjoyd the other stories. Annie managed not only to dress an army in mittens and socks but also to tame a Bear and bring a piece of home to all soldiers. Birdie and Ned were my favorite. Her fight for independance and his fight for her heart helped not just to save soiled girls from the saloon but also to bring community together to believe in second chances and be less judgemental and more helpful. Ruth and Beau made me laugh and throw panches in the air at the same time. Such stubborn-stubborn pair. Beau was suppose to be the bear of this book.

    What really impressed me in this book and i commend Darlene Franklin for it, is the real life example of verse Romans 8:28. Readers and Authors know that if we love our Lord enough to step out of our comfort zone for His children, He will bring blessings to us even if things seem to go the wrong way at the begining..

    Disclaimer: I got a free copy of "Calico Brides" from a publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet
    July 15, 2013
    weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    3.5 Stars

    This is the story of four friends who each take on a "project" to help a person in need. The book tells the short story of each of them as they do their good deeds.

    What I liked: The stories where interesting and I liked all the characters. I also liked how all the stories where tied together and each story followed the other so it felt more like one book then four short stories.

    What I did not like: Being short stories I know that the development of each of the separate stories is not going to be as in depth as a full length novel but I felt the romance of each of the stories could have been better. The couples would know each other a very short time and it just felt like they needed just a little more time to make it feel believable.

    Over all this was a good addition to the Romancing America line and I really liked how all the stories tied together and the unique plot of each individual story. I just wish the romance could have had a little more development and not felt so rushed.
  3. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable, uplifting stories
    May 26, 2013
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an enjoyable book that combined four separate, yet interwoven stories. Four women in a sewing circle decide to bless those in need. Each woman finds a different project (person or family) to help. The stories were easy to read and well written. While all were a little predictable, that was not a bad thing. I did enjoy this book and it was fun to have all four stories continue from one to the other. All of the stories did a good job of showing God's love and provision for everyone. All of the women find that blessing others ends up blessing them as well and brings love into their lives. I found these stories to be uplifting. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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