The Quilted Heart Omnibus: Three Novellas in One
By Mona Hodgson
About the Book:
Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, the three novellas in The Quilted Heart tell stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.
Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace?
Dandelions on the Wind
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren, and she feels compelled to find another job. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan?
Bending Toward the Sun
Dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, Emilie Heinrich is convinced she doesn’t have time for love. But when a childhood friend returns to St. Charles, Missouri, after serving in the Civil War, his smile and charm captures Emilie’s eye and her heart. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?
Ripples Along the Shore
Change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed Caroline’s husband. Despite her dislike for him, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new, but when Mr. Cowlishaw forbids her—a single woman—to travel with them, will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?
About the Author:
Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly forty books, including The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, Prairie Song, children’s books, and contributions to more than ten books for adults. Mona is a popular speaker for women’s groups, schools, and educators’ and writers’ conferences. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and a gaggle of grandchildren.
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The Quilted Heart written by Mona Hodgson contains three novellas written around a quilting circle in St. Charles. The three novellas are Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun and Ripples Along the Shore. Each book tells the story of on woman from the quilting circle and how their lives intertwine with each other.
I love reading historical fiction and reading these three novellas together I didn’t have to wait for the next book to come out to finish the series. In Dandelions on the Wind we meet Maren Jenson who has started to work for Elsa Brantenberg on her farm, loves what she is doing and becomes involved in the quilting circle that Elsa host once a week. Elsa’s granddaughter lives with her and Maren becomes close to her but when Gabi’s father returns, Maren feels she needs to find another job.
In Bending Toward the Sun, Emilie Heinrich works for her father and is focusing on getting her education. But a childhood friend returns to St. Charles after serving in the Civil War. This puts Emilie in a tough spot, does she choose to honor her father or choose to have a life with a husband and family?
In Dandelions on the Wind, Change is coming and a team of people is getting ready to head west on the wagon trail. Caroline has lost her husband in the war and is ready for change. She wants to go west with this team on the wagon trail and start a new life. Will she join them or will she stay?
If you love reading about the Civil War Era and love historical fiction then this novel is for you. Mona does an outstanding job with these novellas, and you definitely will not be disappointed.
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