A Patchwork Christmas: Three Christmas Romances with Bonus Handcraft Patterns and Cookie Recipes - eBookJudith Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace WhitsonBarbour Publishing / 2012 / ePub$3.72 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 53 Authors, 3 Historical Romances During the 1800'sOctober 20, 2012VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Three authors team up in their new book, "A Patchwork Christmas Collection" published by Barbour Publishing Inc. to give us three Historical Romances during the 1800Ã¢â¬Â²s.
From the back cover: Three women each patch together unexpected love
It is the late Victorian-era America, a time when women marry for convenience as often as they marry for love. When passion seems a distant hope, how delightful it is that God surprises three young women with second-chance love just in time for the holidays_
Betrayed by the man she thought God had for her, a resident of the Amana Colonies packs away her wedding quilts as wells as any plans for marriage
A young widow is headed west to marry a prosperous businessman she barely knows in order to give her daughter a better life-when a snowstorm strands them in the middle of nowhere.
A wealthy ingenue-the toast of New York!-inadvertently causes grave injury to a man who saves a street orphan from her carriage. And then she discovers he is a man she once considered quite a catch.
Surprised by the possibility of love, each woman must search her heart, change her plans, make a decision..and patch together a tender, unexpected life filled with love.
Judith Miller provides the first story, "Seams Like Love" where Karla Stuke, a jilted fiance, decides to give up on romance forever. However an apprentice pharmacist, Frank Lehner, just might have the prescription to win her over. Stephanie Grace Whitson then gives us "A Patchwork Love" where Jane McClure, a widow, heading west to marry for her daughter's future is stranded by a snowstorm. Will she understand the warmth of love given by the homesteader who gave them shelter? Nancy Moser provides "The Bridal Quilt" where an accident brings two old acquaintances back together with an orphan that they rescued from a near fatal accident. Will they understand their meeting was not a coincidence?
"A Patchwork Christmas Collection" is great fun to read. Each story is set in different states so each story has a different feel to it. This is a book where you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, make yourself comfortable in your favorite chair and have warm cider to drink as you savor each story. All the stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced. Leave this book on your shelf so that next year you can re-visit it.
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weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5An Easy ReadOctober 6, 2012weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Karla figures she will never marry after her fiancÃÂ© breaks up with her but then her childhood friend returns and shows and interest in being more then friends. Can Karla over cover her pain to find a happy ever after?
Jane is a widow and she is out of money and hoping a man she boards a train to visit with her daughter will be an answer to her problems but a snowstorm strands her with a man who may steal her heart instead.
Ada is hoping to marry her beau but he suddenly changes his mind and disappears. A year later she is involved in an accident that he is injured in. Can they find their way back to each other?
This book has three short stories. They are not connected in any way other then being around the Christmas season.
What I liked: The first and third stories where my favorite and the first one about Karla was the one I liked the best. All three stories where well written.
What I did not like: Was not a big fan of the story with Jane. I just felt it seemed way to much happened in a very short period of time. Also parts of the story about Ada felt kind of unbelievable as well.
Over all this was a enjoyable short story collection and if you like historical fiction you will like these stories. It's a easy read but each story has enough depth to keep it interesting.
kcjeanetteColumbus, MSAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 53 GREAT STORIESSeptember 17, 2012kcjeanetteColumbus, MSAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My husband picked this up for me & what a great read it was! All 3 stories were easy to get lost into. This is not just a Christmas book but something that you can enjoy anytime of the year. Each story is filled with pain, heartache, and yes redemption that happens during the Christmas season! But tell me how can you go wrong with these 3 authors? Pick it up today and get lost in one of the 3 stories. ENJOY.
IreneUnited States4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable stories!September 10, 2012IreneUnited StatesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I liked the 3 different stories in this book. Each story is unique and entertaining. I thought the authors all wrote with their individual style and this made each story enjoyable. The setting for these stories is the late 1800's during the holiday season. Each story has discussion questions at the end in case you want to read this book with a group.
I liked that the stories were not your typical romance. They had circumstance that could reflect a real life incident. The first story is about a girl who has had her heart broken and must learn to trust and love again. The second story is about a train ride that leads to a very different place then expected. The final story is about doing good for the Lord. Of the three stories this one was the least exciting.
I gave this book 4/5 stars. I liked the first two stories a lot and felt the characters really developed and the story was interesting. The final story was not as well developed and had parts that just did not make sense in the context of the story. I would recommend this book though, and think anyone who likes Christian historical romances will enjoy this book.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.