Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Quilted Heart Omnibus

“The Quilted Heart Omnibus” by Mona Hodgson is three novellas in one book that are set in St. Charles, Missouri in 1865. In “Dandelions on the Wind” we meet Maren Jenson. Maren came to America in hopes to be a mail order bride. However, her intended left her and joined the war. She moved in with Mrs. Brantenberg to help her with the farm. The war is now over and Mrs. Brantenberg’s widowed son-in-law, Rutherford, has returned. Will Maren and Rutherford be able to let go of their painful pasts and have a future together?

In “Bending Toward the Sun” Emilie Heinrich is a loving and dedicated daughter who helps run her father’s store and takes care of him. Her father wants a better life for Emilie and convinces her to get a higher education. When Emilie reunites with her childhood friend Quaid she finds herself falling for him, but her father forbids Quaid to see Emilie. Will Emilie listen to her father or follow her heart for a future with Quaid?

In “Ripples Along the Shore” Caroline Milburn has returned to St. Charles and finds many of her friends preparing to head west on a wagon train. Caroline lost her husband in the war and begins to think maybe a better future awaits her in the west as well. When the leader of the wagon train, Garrett Cowlishaw, tells her she cannot go with them Caroline thinks her hopes for a brighter future are gone. Will she turn to God to see her through?

These were three very well written novellas that will make you feel like you are in St. Charles with all of the women of the quilting circle. There are many more characters that you will enjoy as well. In this book we see how different tragedies affected the women and how they overcame them with God’s help. I recommend also reading the first book in the Hearts Seeking Home series “Prairie Song” as the story of these women continues as they head west to a new home. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read chapter 1.

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