The Quilted Heart novellas only available as individual eBooks?
Not for long!
January 21st, WaterBrook Multnomah will release Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore as a print omnibus–three novellas in one thick book.
In 1999, I’d gone to St. Louis for a conference and a children’s book signing event. On a program-free afternoon, this Arizona girl decided to slide into her rental car and head out for an adventure. I ended up in St. Charles, Missouri. Immediately smitten by its historical Main Street and charming riverside perch, I dreamed of one day setting a story in Saint Charles.
When I wanted to write a series about a quilting circle, a light blinked in my head and I knew just the place for Elsa Brantenberg’s farm and her quilters. Anyone else like reading about quilts in fiction? And, oh, the enchanting history I found upon my 2012 return to St. Charles (I’m saving those tidbits for an upcoming Vlog.) Quilting and historic Saint Charles, Missouri. What fun it was to piece the two together in The Quilted Heart novellas!
The three novellas in The Quilted Heart tell stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.
Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace?
Dandelions on the Wind
A broken soldier. A nearly-blind abandoned bride. Will love bind their hearts together, or will stubborn pride unravel the family they both love?
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren, and she feels compelled to find another job. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan?
Bending Toward the Sun
Old prejudices threaten to destroy new love.
Dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, Emilie Heinrich is convinced she doesn’t have time for love. But when a childhood friend returns to St. Charles, Missouri, after serving in the Civil War, his smile and charm captures Emilie’s eye and her heart. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?
Ripples Along the Shore
A war widow. An enemy soldier.
Can a wagon train west renew their hope, or will
the wounds of the past keep them bound to their grief?
Change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed Caroline’s husband. Despite her dislike for him, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new, but when Mr. Cowlishaw forbids her—a single woman—to travel with them, will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?
Now, all three stories in one book, available as a paperback or as an ebook on January 21, 2014!
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Have you read any of the three eNovellas–Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, or Ripples Along the Shore, or have you been waiting for the print collection?