A Basket Brigade Christmas
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Inspired by the true story of the Civil War's Basket Brigade women! In A Pinch of Love, can Jacob learn to control his jealousy over Sarah's care for others? In A Stitch in Time, will Silas finally tell Lucy that he's loved her for years? And in Endless Melody, will Zona's long-lost beau return
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.00 (inches)|
mary4 Stars Out Of 5great storiesSeptember 29, 2016maryQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I deducted 1 star because the print is so tiny I had to put magnifying glasses on to see it. but the stories are sweet love stories and I would recommend this book to young people with good eyesight
muss carol5 Stars Out Of 5basket brigadeAugust 11, 2016muss carolQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5i would tecommend this book! Detailed and historically sound but an enjoyable read without seeming academic. Couldn't put the boik down until I finished it!
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Stories of women dedicated to injured soldiersApril 24, 2016wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Three very good authors have written three very good stories. I like they are based on true events and they tell how much these women dido for the injured soldiers and how much it meant to the men. Yet another highly recommended book for historical fiction readers.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5lovely collectionOctober 3, 2015Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Stitch in Time by Stephanie Grace Whitson: Late September 1862, Decatur, Illinois, the Civil War has divided families and hearts and now Lucy Maddox's community has experienced their first personal loss. Lucy has lost her neighbor and one true love to the war, but Jonah Kincaid only considered her a friend. That does not stop the ache in her heart or the loss of his family and the small community. Lucy steps up to help his grieving mother with the Ladies' Aid as she can not serve as the president while in her year of grieving and mourning. Lucy remembers the young men she has ministered to on the trains as she helped deliver baskets of food to the soldiers say how cold they were and she has the idea to open her home to the ladies of the community to sew blankets and knit socks for the men. The ladies also begin including letters to the soldiers with the blankets and socks and Lucy develops a growing correspondence with one of the soldiers while her faithful employee, Silas, continues to manage and run their mercantile and help her efforts with the Ladies Aid project. Two men are interested in Lucy but who will win her heart?
MY REVIEW of A Stitch in Time by Stephanie Grace Whitson: What courage Lucy shows as she is alone in the world with both her parents deceased and she willingly opens her home to the ladies of the community to lend comfort to the soldiers. Her father was always opposed to inviting people into their home or rather their mansion but her mother was always doing whatever she could to help others and would certainly smile at Lucy's efforts. Silas quietly helps Lucy while secretly longing to marry her and protect her forever while Lucy gets involved with a soldier she has been corresponding with but Silas and several others are suspicious of Private Greene. Readers will enjoy seeing what happens with Private Greene, Silas, and Lucy as well as the ladies work on the blankets and socks. I rate this novella 4 stars and think readers of historical fiction will enjoy it.
A Pinch of Love by Judith Miller: October 1862, Decatur, Illinois,Sarah McHenry is helping her parents run the family bakery alone while her twin brother, Samuel, is away fighting for the Union. Sarah now has the added burden of her mother's sudden illness. Her mother has been in charge of the Basket Brigade (a group of local women who carry hot meals to the wounded soldiers on the train each day) and she begs Sarah to take over her duties while she is ill and confined to bed. Sarah has never helped her mother with the project because she simply could not bear to look at the wounded young men, knowing her brother could well be hurt somewhere as his letters were few and far between. Sarah is a loving, dutiful daughter though and so she reluctantly agrees. She is extremely anxious as she begins the work. But she soon has a change of heart when she meets the handsome, kind Corporal Jacob Curtis, assigned as aide to assist the wounded in the railcar she is serving food to and he puts himself at her ready disposal as well. They begin exchanging letters each time they meet to serve the soldiers since their time together is limited and they both desire to get to know the other better. Will love grow for this young couple or will the irritating, manipulative local man, Matthew, win her over despite her distaste for him?
MY REVIEW of A Pinch of Love by Judith Miller: I could actually imagine the delightful smells of the stews, soups, breads, coffee and desserts as Sarah and the Basket Brigade served the wounded young soldiers. The compassion that Sarah shows to the young men was so touching and I could not help but think that she would be an amazing nurse. She shows the same tender care and compassion for her mother as she tends to her needs. It is hard to imagine that she felt she was unsuited for the position with her mother's group of ladies. She imagines that each of the young men could easily be her own twin brother, Samuel, and she hopes and prays that some kind soul is treating him with the same love and concern that she shares with the young men on the train. The tension between Sarah and Matthew, the manipulative and abusive young local man, add to the intrigue of this novella as well as the budding relationship between her and Jacob. What path will Sarah choose for her life or will she simply resign herself to running her parents' bakery for them and never marrying and having a family of her own? This novella was my favorite among the collection and I have long been a fan of Judith Miller's writing so it came as no surprise. I rate this novella 5 stars and think that readers will also give it high ratings.
Endless Melody by Nancy Moser: November, 1862, Decatur, Illionois, Zona Evans, the young single musician of the community always heads up the church Christmas musicale and this year presents new challenges. One of the local prominent rich ladies has always had a solo in the musicale but her singing leaves much to be desired, will Zona have the nerve to leave her out this year and invoke the wrath of the woman and her family? One of the young boys who has always participated is experiencing the voice change that accompanies puberty. How will he ever be replaced? And one young man has the voice of an angel but his grandfather forbids him from singing. How can she convince his grandfather to allow little Johnny to use his gift? She was to marry Cardiff Kensington fifteen years ago but he left to fight in the Mexican War and she never heard from him again. Little did she know that he wrote letters to her for years but her parents hid them from her. Will they find each other again? or is all hope gone?
MY REVIEW of Endless Melody by Nancy Moser: Singing is a favorite activity of mine and so this novella touched many special nerves and memories for me. It was truly moving to imagine the church group singing Christmas carols for the wounded soldiers on the train as the Basket Brigade ladies served them warm, nourishing food. I felt empathy for Zona and Cardiff as they each thought the other had deserted them. Readers will delight in seeing how things are resolved for Zona, Cardiff and little Johnny. I rate this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers. Those who love historical fiction and romance are sure to appreciate this novella. A bonus feature includes actual recipes that were used in the time period and some that were served to the men on the trains. I received an ebook of this collection from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5A Basket Brigade Christmas!September 2, 2015The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Basket Brigade Christmas by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, and Stephanie Grace Whitson is a Christian Romance Novel. It is three stories that take place from September 1862 through December 1862 in Decatur, Illinois. A train comes through the town every day with wounded soldiers heading for the hospital in Chicago. The ladies of the town got together and arranged to feed the soldiers on the train.
A Stitch in Time by Stephanie Grace Whitson is the first book. Lucy Maddox has been living alone since the death of her parents three years previously. She upset to learn that her crush Jonah Kincaid (he only thought of her as a friend) just died. Lucy has decided to she wants to do something more for the war effort. She has decided to open up her home (something her father never would have tolerated when he was alive) and set up a work place. She wants the women to create blankets and knit socks for the soldiers. Lucy had noticed how threadbare their blankets were and the soldiers mentioned how much they needed warm socks. Lucy will provide many materials from Maddox Mercantile that she inherited from her parents. The mercantile is currently run by Silas Tait who is injured (lost lower left leg) and cannot fight in the war. Silas is in love with Lucy, but he does not think she will consider him (because he works for her and his injury). Then Private Oscar Green enters the picture. Is Private Greene the good person he is presenting to Lucy? Silas will not let anyone hurt Lucy. Will Silas tell Lucy how he feels before it is too late?
A Pinch of Love by Judith Miller is set in October of 1862. Sarah McHenry helps in her familys bakery which also supplies items for the Basket Brigade. Sarah has refused to take part in the endeavor because of her twin brother, Samuel who is at war. When Sarahs mother becomes ill, Sarah is forced to take over her duties (Sarahs mother is actually in charge of the whole affair). Sarah meets Corporal Jacob Curtis who is an aide on the train. However, Jacob would rather be in battle. Can Jacob see how important his job is on the train? Matthew Slade works at the Depot Hotel and Restaurant. He has been trying to court Sarah for years (and she keeps refusing). Matthew sees Sarah working with the Basket Brigade as a chance to change her position on courting. Will Matthew succeed in his pursuits or has someone else worked their way into Sarahs heart?
Endless Melody by Nancy Moser is the most religious of the three stories. Zona Evans is the director of the Christmas musicale. When she was younger she was very selfish and strong willed (still is stubborn). She was engaged to Cardiff Kensington. Cardiff went off the fight in the Mexican war and never returned. Zona never heard from him again. Cardiff is now a doctor in St. Louis. He has not forgotten Zona, but does not understand why she never answered any of his letters. Zona has never married nor is interested in anyone else. Cardiff transfers to Chicago to work in the military hospital. Zona has decided to take a few members of the musicale and have them sing Christmas carols to the injured soldiers on the train when it stops. Will Cardiff and Zona ever meet again?
I enjoyed the three stories, but did not love them. They are your typical Christian romance stories. There are some nice messages in each story like putting your ambitions or what you want ahead of what God wants for you. Another is that there are consequences for your actions. I did like how all three stories tied together with the same town, time period, and the Basket Brigade. It was very interesting learning about the Basket Brigade and what people did to help the soldiers. I give A Basket Brigade Christmas 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of A Basket Brigade Christmas from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my won.