Friday, March 22, 2013

The Message on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Thanks to NetGalley, I just finished The Message on the Quilt, book 3 in Stephanie's Quilt Chronicles (by the way, I've read book 1, The Key on the Quilt, but haven't had a chance to read book 2, The Shadow on the Quilt, that's sitting on my shelf - and that's ok. The books aren't related - except for quilts and Nebraska - so, note to you: they don't need to be read in order)!

I've read almost all of Stephanie's historical novels, and I can't think of one that I didn't like! She has an easy-to-read style and is gifted at seamlessly weaving spiritual applications through her stories.

The Message on the Quilt tells the story of Emilie and Noah. Emilie is the daughter of a newspaperman, and she has a deep desire to write. And, not new to many storylines like that, Dad and Mom allow her a small, unimportant column, but when Emilie wants more, they don't think it's proper for a lady of her social standing and the expected confrontation arises.

Noah arrives in town to speak at a conference type thing (with another agenda to find more out about his parents) and meets Emilie under unusual circumstances.

Usually, characters fall in love despite their known differences and then struggle to overcome them. I loved that Noah and Emilie's twist didn't occur until after they were 'in love,' causing another whole set of problems. Their 'twist' was also unusual in its seriousness and social prejudice, and I was very surprised at Mr. Rhodes' eventual response.

Stephanie is great at tying several stories into one, and her characters are always so believable and memorable, even down to 'Phil' the horse! The Spring sisters - oh my! It took me awhile to notice their names: April, May, June! ;-) Fun friends, loyal family! And, Madame Jumeaux's story is also good - I think her and her brother's past and future could be a book! I loved Ladora - she's the discerning older woman who always has just the right words of wisdom to give to those around her.

The Message on the Quilt was a great story! If you haven't read anything by Stephanie yet, here's a great place to start!

Thank you to Stephanie and Barbour through NetGalley for sending me an e-copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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