The Quilted Heart - Book Review

In keeping with my New Year's Resolution, I've been reading a few more books this year than I have over the past few years.
I choose The Quilted Heart randomly, needing to add a few more dollars to my cart to get free shipping! It was a good choice!
The Quilted Heart is written by Mona Hodgson and are three short novels in one, all involving the same characters. The setting is a small Missouri town a the end of the Civil War. This intrigued me because we had just finished reading Across Five Aprils with our homeschool history program. I have read very few books about life in the North after the Civil War.

The perfect reader would be a young or older adult, more likely a female. :) This is a Christian book, so no moral or modesty issues. I would encourage my teenage daughters to read this book.
The three main characters in the book couldn't lead more different lives, but they are all intertwined as they try to piece their lives back together after the heartaches they experienced related to the intense hardships of the Civil War. 
At the center of each story is a quilting group ran by an older woman, Mrs. Brantenberg, who, though she too experienced great tribulations brought on by the war, was able to have a positive impact on everyone's life in the quilting circle, through friendship and prayer.
Mrs. Brantenberg says, "Life is much like quilting - a patchwork of scraps and remnants." 
"No matter our age. Life's changing seasons are as persistent as the ripples along the shore."  
I particularly like to read historical fiction books because I like to learn a little something in my easy reading. This book was perfect - it included the post Civil War Era and led into wagon trains going west from Missouri.

I enjoyed the uplifting qualities of this book too. Though the characters had suffered greatly and their lives were in a mess, they could find the good in the day and give praise where it was due. It made me see that we can always find something positive in our lives and underlined the need of daily thanking God for the seasons in our lives.

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