Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Christmas Wedding Quilt: Let It Snow/You Better Watch Out/Nine Ladies Dancing


About The Book:  A FAMILY'S GIFT - When they were young, cousins Ella, Rachel and Jo were always together at their family's lake house. As they grew up, though, they grew apart…until now, as the three must band together to grant a beloved aunt's dying wish: to finish the quilt she began as a gift for her daughter's Christmas wedding. Searching for vintage quilting fabric, independent Jo is reunited with the man she thought she'd marry—and proves that sometimes the second time's the charm….
About The Authors:  Emilie Richards’s many novels feature complex characterizations and in-depth explorations of social issues, a result of her training and experience as a family counselor, which contribute to her fascination with relationships of all kinds. Emilie, a mother of four, lives with her husband in northern Virginia, where she is currently working on her next novel for MIRA Books.

The author of more than seventy books for children and adults, Janice Kay Johnson writes about love and family - about the way generations connect and the power our earliest experiences have on us throughout life. A five time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA award, she won a RITA in 2008 for her Superromance novel Snowbound. A former librarian, Janice raised two daughters in a small town north of Seattle, Washington.

Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia. Ever since she learned to read and write she has wanted to be an author. She studied professional writing and literature before embarking on various writing-related jobs, working as a magazine editor and in various story-related roles on Australia's longest running serial drama, Neighbours. She inherited a love of romances from both her grandmothers and fulfilled her fondest wish when she was accepted for publication.
My Thoughts On The Book:  I love sappy stories with Christmas themes.  They are my downfall especially during the holiday season.  As a reviewer who comes from a long line of quilters this story just grabbed my heart. 
The first story was Let It Snow by Emilie Richards -   The heroine, Jo,  gets a package from her Aunt who died while she was out of the country on business. The aunt includes a note that asks  Jo if she will help her to help her finish her daughter's wedding quilt. She knows that she won't be around for her wedding.  Jo finds herself at the family cabin in Dec. She is going to search for scraps of material for her part of the quilt using the bride and groom's childhoods material...and her tapestry of life unfolds from there. 

The second tale, You Better Watch Out  is by Janice Kay Johnson.  This sweet story begins with a mega drama when another member of Jo's family, Ella, finds her car stolen with the quilt top in it.  The heroine had just finished her part of the quilt and was on her way to the post office to send  the beloved quilt on to the next quilter.  Running into Brett, while chasing after her car begins her humorous and at times dramatic part of her life tapestry. 
The last of the stories, Nine Ladies Dancing by Sarah Mayberry is about the final member of Jo's family, Rachel, and her assignment with the quilt and her story with Leo and his mother.  This story was a bit flat and did not seem to fully tell the story that could have been there.  There was a lot missing here.  Even the title seemed out of place.  I enjoyed the first two as quick, fun reads, but then this third one left me feeling deflated. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of these books from Harlequin and Net Galley Publicity Group. 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.” Thanks guys for letting me have this chance!

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