The Message on the Quilt, Quilt Chronicles Series #3
I love the whole series-Stephanie does wonderful
Emilie Rhodes is an only child and she really wants to be a journalist, to write real news. Her editor father pacifies her by giving her an assignment to write a Ladies News column, which consisted of upcoming events with dates and times. When he catches her helping the typesetter he even takes that away from her. As Emilie prepares for the 1890 Chautauqua series with her cousins, the Spring Sisters, she comes up with an idea for a series of articles. This she does with the help of Noah Shaw, known as "The Man of Many Voices" but she submits them anonymously with the rival paper in Beatrice, NE.
Noah Shaw follows the circuit for the Chautauqua series but while in Beatrice he learns about Colonel Josiah Barton who could maybe tell him some things about his parents, at least his mother. He never knew his father and his mother died when he was young but he remembers the stories she used to tell him and the only thing he has is the quilt on which she stitched pictures of her life in the west.
Emilie and Noah can feel the connection with each other practically from the time he saves her from a snake in the middle of the night and then sees her home. Noah decides to go with Colonel Barton to trace the trail his mother took, Noah isn't sure if/when he returns if Emilie will still want him. You can sense what Noah's feeling in his heart as he goes on this very emotional trip.
As I was reading and Noah would tell about the pictures on his quilt and the stories to go along with them, I was trying to imagine what it looked like to a young boy, now a young man, then it all becomes clear in the end.
What a wonderful series this has been, I so loved it and I hate for it to end, I hope Stephanie can come up with some more stories. Stephanie makes it so you hate to put the book down, such a great job of writing. I'm definitely looking for more of her books.
August 16, 2013
THE MESSAGE ON THE QUILT...
THE MESSAGE ON THE QUILT by Stephanie Grace Whitson is an exciting Inspirational American West Historical Romance set in Nebraska. #3 in "The Quilt Chronicles",but can be read as a stand alone. See,"The Key on the Quilt" and " The Shadow on the Quilt". Join Emilie Rhodes and Noah Shaw on a journey of faith,healing,forgiveness,hope,heritage,brokenness and love. This is the conclusion to "The Quilt Chronicles",I hate to see it end,really. What a lovely story of faith,courage,secrets,and the power of love,forgiveness,and healing. Noah(The Man of Many Voices) is feeling adrift,he is a successful lecturer and looking for answers. What he finds is Emilie,who writes for her father's newspaper anonymously, of course. Together, they learn of Noah's heritage and find love and acceptance. A powerful story the story of a quilt and love. Quits often told their own story during the 1800's. I enjoy this author's stories and this was no exception. She is an amazing storyteller,with realistic characters who are not only charming but who are also engaging and realistic. At a time when life was harsh,prejudice was abound and love was hard to find,the characters still keep their keep and courage during difficult times. Loved it! A must read story for anyone who enjoys American West,a treasured quilt,and the power of faith and love. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
July 26, 2013
Emerging Women's Rights, Being An Orphan & Romance
Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, "The Message on the Quilt" Book Three in The Quilt Chronicles published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Emilie Rhodes.
From the back cover: Unravel the message behind a treasured quilt...
Emilie Rhodes has been taught to think for herself. But thinking for herself soon leads her to want to write "real news". Her newspaper editor father won't hear of it and fires her. When Emilie begins writing anonymously for her father's competition, interviewing speakers at the 1890Ã¢ÂÂ²s Chautauqua series, she meets and falls in love with "The Man Of Many Voices".
Noah Shaw is unsettled and feels adrift, even though he is a well-respected lecturer and dramatist. He's never felt that he belongs anywhere. His professional life is only one reason he's now in Nebraska. Noah is on a quest to find answers. Everyone always said Grandma's quilt stories were just that-stories. But Noah is not sure...and he's anxious to discover a piece of his past.
But will the truth Noah discovers about his heritage and a treasured quilt prove to bear a message of brokenness--or hope and healing?
Ever see a quilt from the bottom instead of the top? Of course from the top it is wonderful, all the pieces jointly fit together but underneath there is this jumble of thread and stitching that looks absolutely horrendous. Getting Emilie and Noah together is a lot like making a quilt beautiful to see on the top but a mass of work on the bottom. It takes God to make a beautiful quilt out of our lives and Ms. Whitson has given us a wonderful story to show us how He does it. Historical fiction, emerging women's rights and being an orphan, all molded together into a wonderful mosaic. This is a wonderful, fun book. I think this is one of the hardest stories to write as it is all character driven and takes a steady hand to guide the characters through the story while remaining true to each character and these characters are memorable. You come to love these characters as if they were alive (and they are within the pages of this book) and it is a thrill to watch them interact, grow and put aside their distrust, fear and the hurts of their pasts and find peace in their present. Many kudos to Ms. Whitson for a truly memorable book, I am sorry to see this series end however I look forward to the next series from the very talented Ms. Whitson.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
May 27, 2013
The Message on the Quilt.
This heart-worming story about love from first sight, hunting past, shady background and unknown future is very inspiring. Absolutelly worth reading...
I love reading novels that arent just a cute romance but also a lecture for life.
Autor present three people - Grace who chose to live in sin but after a few decades and million sins decides to come home..
- Noah who spent his life searching for the truth about his background and finaly finds it wishing he never did
- and ofcourse Em who is staring the biggest decisions in the face...
Who impressed me was Loreta - she met them all and put them into right perspective, I really liked her advices, acceptance and simple look on life.
Read it love it and certainly learn from it!!! You wont be dissapointed!!
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, through NetGalley.com in exchange for my honest opinion.
May 18, 2013