Lucas Mailly has made the the decision to sell his home and business in Louisiana in anticipation of the war between the North and the South. He is making the move to Fort Worth. Texas. Four of his granddaughters will be heading out ahead of him on a wagon train. Along with the girls will be some of his most trust worthy hired hands to protect his family and their belongings.
The journey is not easy there are many dangers and mishaps including some bad weather before they reach there destination. What makes these women think they are ready for such a dangerous adventure into the Texas frontier. One of Lucas's granddaughters, Liz is recently a widow and the other three are single. These young women are brave with a fortitude that amazes not only the hired hands but surprisingly themselves. They each are looking forward to building a new life which includes a mercantile, a dress shop and maybe even a husband.
This was a real page turner for me. There was lots and lots of action packed in this one book. I had to keep running my family out of the room so I could read. I definitely enjoyed reading this story. The author gave these women some major backbones for sure. The love of family for this grandfather and his trust in God to protect his granddaughters was heartfelt. This is what it took to settle in the Texas frontier. It was as if the author had been an eyewitness on this journey. In this story is romance, adventure and so much more.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from MP Newsroom/Moody Publishers/River North for review.
Prior to the beginning of the Civil War, Lucas sends his four granddaughters west in hopes of sparing them the expected changes that would come to the south. With four wagons loaded with trade goods and prior arrangements made for proper escort, the journey begins. From this point forward, the difficulties of crossing the prairie without shelter of a home or fresh nourishing meat handy and other trials begin. Not only do the trials begin, but so do the changes within the women that inevitably come from digging deep within to face dangers head on, moving forward and not fleeing home.
The more I progressed through the pages, the more I became captivated with the plot and also found myself emotionally engaged. Not only is this a tale of various quilts, frontier travel and faith, but also discovering love after loss. Most of the granddaughters recognized the leadership qualities within Elizabeth and Abigail going to teach at a new school and Megan opening a dressmaker's store, but what about Emma?
Lucas, their grandfather, eventually joins the women once his land and business are sold, and what a joyful reunion! Two of the men who were accompanying the women at the start of the journey get separated from the band. Two other hands help and are willing to let Liz lead and give orders, even her son Luke who is quickly becoming a man. What awaits them at their destination of Fort Worth, Texas? With civil unrest and lawlessness what future can the men and women of the area look forward to?
I suspect the author has further adventures in store for these characters as the novel's ending leaves one wondering what comes next. As I read, it reminded me how different life was back then and even though we have modern convinces perhaps we have lost the closeness in relationships. Back then most were reared with the Bible being the book in most homes where family information was kept and recorded for generations. Where do we keep that information now and do we let the next generation know their past? I know it is important to my family and we do have a way of noting the family line from both my husband and me. We share a faith that carries us through the toughest of storms and brings comfort in a way no one or nothing else can. What about you dear reader?
For Elizabeth Bromont, her life has been as changing as the quilts she works so hard to create. Now at the crossroads of a new life for her and her three cousins as well as her young son Luke, she has made a decision to leave her family home in Louisiana and head out west to Fort Worth, Texas. She's strong and determined, raised that way by her grandfather Lucas Mailly after losing her husband Caleb in a logging accident. Lucas has managed to convince Liz that with the possibility of a war erupting in the South with the recent tensions surrounding slavery, their hope for the future lies in selling the family timber mill and taking everything they own and head to a new life and fresh start.
Liz and her three cousins, Emma, Abby and Megan arrange to pack up all the family's belonging into six wagons and take the journey west while her grandfather waits on the sale of the land and mill before joining them. He has managed to convince a couple of his best mill workers, John and Blue along with a close family friend, Thomas to join the women and ensure they make it through Indian Territory safe and sound. Thomas was Caleb's best friend when they first came to Lucas for work and it was due to his stubbornness that he sat back and waited too long, while Caleb stole the love of his life right out from under him. All these years he's sat back and waited for Liz to get over grieving for Caleb before telling him how he has felt all these years. He believes that is one of the reasons Lucas is so willing to allow Thomas to join the Mailly family on their trip to Texas.
However the trip isn't as smooth sailing as any of them would have liked the trip to go. From unexpected storms, being lost in the wilderness and being stalked not only by Indians but a wild and deadly panther as well, it is surprising that any of them manage to make it to Texas intact and in one piece. One thing is certain, life on the wild frontier in the mid 1800's was a wild as it comes and soon that future that the Mailly family had hoped for would soon undergo the greatest test of the family's faith yet.
I received Threads of Change by Jodi Barrows compliments of River North Publishing and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. Being a huge western romance fan, this one really spoke to my heart and soul of just how hard life was not only for people living in the 1850's but how difficult it was for a single woman raising a young son as well. We always wish for more simple times and often times forget just how hard women had to work back in those days and how young they were when death came to greet them. This is the first novel in the Quilting Series and I, for one, am thoroughly looking forward to reading the next one. This one rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my personal opinion.