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Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow #2, in the Persimmon Hollow Legacy Series by Gerri Bauer
Josefa Gomez has big dreams…beautiful dreams…of becoming a fashion designer. Her Tia Lupita fears Josefa’s dreams are impractical. She plans to put a stop to them by arranging a marriage for her. But headstrong Josefa has other intentions…and soon she finds herself needing to choose between the wealthy Oswald Heller and the poor but kindly carpenter Ben Stillman. Will Josefa be able to stitch together a life for herself in Persimmon Hollow?
Number of Pages: 316
Vendor: Franciscan Media
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Persimmon Hollow Legacy
Living with her aunt and uncle, the housekeeper and caretaker at Agnes and Seth’s Taylor Grove compound, Josefa longs for the glamorous life of a fashion designer far beyond her small town. But her dreams of designing exquisite gowns for rich women in Paris and New York alarm her Tia Lupita, who fears that Josefa’s ambitions are unrealistic for a girl of her station. In late 19th century America, a Mexican woman’s best prospect may well be a suitable marriage and a position in the household of a kind employer. When Lupita announces a plan for Josefa to move away from Persimmon Hollow to live with distant relatives in Texas and prepare for an arranged marriage, the headstrong beauty knows she has to make an audacious choice.
Will Josefa follow her dreams of glamor or submit to her aunt’s plans for stability and security? Can she find a way to use her gifts in a truly productive way? And when a choice arises between two suitors, will she choose a rich man who could give her all the outward trappings she desires, or a quiet carpenter who has fewer material goodsbut a bigger heart?
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Predictable novel with expected ending.April 17, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow is the second book in series (set in 1888). Josefa Gomez Rodrigues is twenty-two and wants more out of her life. Josefa is living with her Aunt Lupita and Uncle Alfredo in Persimmon Hollow, Florida after the death of her parents and sister a year ago. Josefa has the chance to apprentice to the dressmaker in town (it will be a two-month apprenticeship) and she takes it. Her Aunt Lupita wants to send her to Texas to live with relatives where they will find a husband for her (which is why Josefa took the apprenticeship). Ben Stillman is a young carpenter in the area (and will do any odd jobs) who is taken with Josefa, but he knows he has nothing to offer Josefa at this time. Ben is busy supporting his widowed mother and sister. Ben is also hoping to be a plant hunter (like his father). Then Oswald Heller comes to town. He built a big, fancy house next to Taylor Grove (where Josefa lives with her family). Oswald (a pompous, blowhard) flatters Josefa and starts courting her. But Oswald has a hidden agenda (an evil one). But Josefa is flattered by Oswalds attention (and money). Will Josefa make the right choice? Persimmon Hollow citizens have finally saved up enough money to build the Catholic Church. But some people are not happy to hear that news. Things are never dull in Persimmon Hollow. Read Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow to check in with the citizens of Persimmon Hollow.
I found Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow to be a little slow and expected. The book is nicely written, has a lovely setting (here in Florida), and contains some entertaining characters. I just wanted some spark or a little something that made the novel unique. The book just plodded on to its humdrum ending. I give Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow 3 out of 5 stars. I was disappointed that the author did not tell us what happened to the scoundrel (I bet you can guess who it is). I even went back and reread the last two chapters to make sure I did not miss it. Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow does contain good messages/morals (which is the point of the book). There are quite a few characters in the book and many subplots (which can get confusing). I was hoping that this book would be better than the first novel in the series, but I was let down. Maybe I am just too old and cynical (jaded) for this novel (a younger person might appreciate it more).
I received a complimentary copy of Stitching a Life in Persimmon from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.