With all this extra time on our hands, reading has been a nice way to spend a morning. This past month and a half, I’ve gathered several new books and devoured them all with quilting as a theme. Two were sent to me by C&T Publishing specifically for this post, and two by their authors. I did not promise good reviews to anyone, but the great thing is they are all recommended. Affiliate links to C&T Publishing and Amazon are provided. You can click on the links to see the publisher’s synopsis of the plot.
Just in Time by Marie Bostwick
Richly developed characterization with a realistic plot line, Just In Time tells a story of three women all in stages of grief but not all because of the same reason. Finding a grief support group not meeting their needs, they form their own. They give each other support as they work through their hardships and find the joy in life again. Quilting comes in as one of the women is making a memory quilt. Ms Bostwick writes in a compelling style, making her books difficult to put down and she is one of my all time favorite writers. A happy and satisfying ending makes this a book to read for these times, when we all want to see that things will turn out OK. Highly recommend!!
After the Storm: The Story of Hannah Applegate Benson Stone by Cary Flanagan
Fans of historical fiction will love this novel. Told in memoir form as a series of remembered events, this is the story of a woman growing up in rural New Hampshire in the late 19th century. It has the joys and heartbreaks of a life of hardship and loss, but also perseverance and strength. Quilting is the central theme in Hannah’s life, as she becomes a skilled seamstress and then a quilt designer at a time when it wasn’t the norm for women to excel in business. It is apparent that the author did significant research, and weaves facts of the time into her writing. The historical aspect of the story enhances the plot and gives an extra dimension. Very well written, and enjoyable to read, I learned some things along the way about the history of quilting. I hope she does a sequel! Recommend.
Tie Died by Carol Dean Jones
Enjoyable cozy mystery with an older protagonist who moves to a retirement community at the insistence of her children. She begins to make friends, and decides to learn some new things by taking classes at the center in computers and quilting. The quilting isn’t a large part of the story, but an old quilt does play a part. When a resident of the community is murdered, Sarah just cannot leave things alone. Add in an alcoholic detective, and things do get interesting. Ms Jones writing style is easy reading and I finished this one in just a couple of mornings. There is a quilt pattern in the back of the book too as a bonus. There are several books now in this series available from C&T Publishing, and I look forward to reading more.
The Rose Quilt by Mark Pasquini
This mystery is written cozy style, but follows the investigation through the eyes of a professional state inspector. Historical fiction fans will be happy with this novel’s time period. It is set in 1923, with some references to events current to the day and to the style of clothing worn in the flapper era. The mystery itself is straightforward without undue red herrings, and is an easy read. It is refreshing to find a mystery that proceeds along in a logical manner, all while we get to know the investigator and his personal challenges.
Threadville Mysteries by Janet Brolin
Dire Threads and Threaded for Trouble
This is a nice cozy mystery series centering on a group of shop owners of needlecrafts and fabrics. Our heroine owns an embroidery shop, selling high end embroidery machines and threads. The descriptions of what her students did actually led me to get out the embroidery unit on my machine and play with it again. Other shop owners have quilting fabric and batting shops, a knitting store and button shop. All together the five stores comprise Threadville, a destination for quilters and needlecrafters that come by busloads. The first book in the series, Dire Threads, introduces us to Willow, the typical amateur that asks too many questions and goes down the wrong path. The second book was unique, in that the murder weapon is a sewing machine. There are five books in this series. These are pretty much standard, formulaic, cozy mystery stories, nothing special, but fun in their emphasis on needle arts.
If you are in the mood for more sewing and quilting fiction, see my posts from National Sewing Month 2016. These posts also contain reviews on books to avoid.
Sewing and Quilting Theme Mysteries
Quilting Fiction – Stories of Life
Sewing Fiction – Magic and Ghosts
More Sewing and Quilting Fiction Stories About Life
And if you’d like to see more reviews on books in more genres, click on my category tab Books and Reading.
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