“Threads of Change” by Jodi Barrows, book review
1865 Louisiana, the Mailly family has decided to leave in light of the political battles raging between the north and south. Grandpa Lucas has decided to sell the saw mill and relocate the entire clan to Fort Worth, TX, an abandoned army fort. Since he must stay until the new owners take possession of the mill, the 4 granddaughters, all grown women, and mill workers set out on the westward journey. Lucas has carefully and thoughtfully planned the trip including an escort by the Texas Rangers. While the wagon train meets some troubles on the trip, all arrive at Fort Worth and are welcomed by the few residents left.
The granddaughters are all strong, God-fearing woman who each have special and unique talents. But all share a love for quilting and that is a theme in this book. They share quilting work together at night around the camp fire while on the trail. There is quite a bit of detail about the quilt designs and how quilts were made during this time period. The stories and wisdom of the quilts is shared too.
I enjoyed the story, especially as I began quilting just over a year ago. I can appreciate the hand work to make quilts large enough for a bed! The story moved at a comfortable pace, but sometimes I felt like a lot of time was skipped. I did not like the abrupt ending, but I guess that is to entice us all the read book #2.
I received this book from the publisher, Moody/ North River. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Abingdon Press (August 20, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carla Olson Gade has been imaging stories most of her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing Inspirational Historical Romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Writers, and the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary.
Her publishing credits also include a variety of newspaper articles, newsletters, and web content. She also enjoys developing discipleship materials for women. She has been a book judge for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest (RWA), and ACFW’s Genesis Contest.
In addition to writing, Carla is a freelance website designer and webhost and an advocate for adult literacy. An experienced event and program planner/promoter, Carla designs marketing materials for her writing group, women’s ministry, and other functions. Carla has also spoken at several women’s events and facilitated many workshops and classes through the years.
An autodidact, creative thinker, and avid reader, Carla also enjoys genealogy, web design, and photography. A native New Englander, she lives in beautiful rural Maine with her “hero” husband and two young adult sons, and a new grandson.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Honour Metcalf’s quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager’s niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan—a design for love.