Friday, August 24, 2012

A Patchwork Christmas byJudith Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson

4 STARS This three complete stories that draw your emotions. One thing I like are at the end of the novels have reciepes,patterns and bookclub questions. Those extras are a nice bonus to the books. Seams Like Love by Judith Miller is about a religion I have never heard about called Inspirationists. Karla Stuke was working at her family business the hotel in Iowa when a new quest comes into register. It's Frank Lehner a old child friend of hers. He has been away to become a pharmacist. Frank is glad to be at home in the colonies again. Frank asks how her and her husband are? He had heard she was engaged but not that her fiance broke the engagement and married someone else. Karla has a hard time trusting men. Frank is glad that she is still single and asks her out that night to the ice skating like they used to. A Patchwork Love by Stephanie Grace Whitson Jame McClure is a widow with a young girl traveling by train to see a prosperous businessman to marry. She wants to give her daughter a future. She has sold her house and things to pay her husband debts that he left. She used the last of her money to pay for the ride to the train station because her 10 year old daughter Molly was not feeling to well. On the way into the station she fell on the ice and hurt her knee. As the train ride goes her daughter starts coughing. A porter gives a lot of kindness to her. He knows she can't afford to buy anything. He gets a blanket for her daughter. When a man decided he did not want the tea he had ordered brought it to her. When she was only one left in car he moved her up to a better car so her daughter would be more comfortable. Then the train got snuck in the snow. A man Peter Gruber saw the train stuck. So Peter and his mother brought hot food to help. When she saw Molly not feeling well said they must come home with them and when the whistle blew Peter would bring her back. Molly got worse but Mrs. Gruber has had some knowledge of healing and takes care of her and they stay awhile so Molly can heal and Jane's knee can too. Peter has so many scars on one side of his face and neck. He hides away from them as much as possible. He got wounded in the civil war saving others. His fiance left him because of how he looks now. Molly calls him a good monster and makes him feel better of himself they both do. The Bridal Quilt by Nancy Moser New York city 1889 Samuel is going out with his friends instead of staying with his girlfriend. Ada wants him to spend the time with him and hopes he will ask her to marry him soon. Samuel goes with his friends want to leave thier high society roots and go into the slums. He feels so out of place with his friends. He hears a little girl scream and cry he rushes to see if he can help sees her getting beat up and steps in. His friends tell him to come. Samuel brings the little girl with him. His grandfather is apalled that he brought her to his home. She only speaks german and plans to find her parents next day. He tells Ada because he breaks his date. Her grandmother speaks german. The little girl is a orphan and she was getting beaten because she would not rob anyone. She stays at a orphange. Samuel spends the next few weeks spending all his time and money to help out the home once he sees the need. Ada is stuck in her house because of quaratine. When Samuel's grandfather realizes where he is spending his time and money they have a big fight and he looses his inhertance, bank job and home. Samuel goes to Ada and breaks up with her because of his choices that she would not fit in thier. A year later her mother is hoping that Ada will be engaged this Christmas season. Ada and her brother end up in the bad part of town Samuel lives and Ada gets out and a little boy is going to get run over and a man rushes out and saves him but gets hurt. Ada's brother who is studying to be a doc. goes to help and Ada tells him to put him in the carrage and its Samuel. She is happy to see him but he does not wake up. Her mother is furious that Samuel is in her house. When she wants her daughter to marry Owen now. These are good Christmas romances and just wish they were longer. Anyone can read them they don't preach but thier not afraid to say prayers or read scriptures and do good. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 09/01/2012 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc

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