The Key on the Quilt, by Stephanie Grace Whitson

book coverGod’s Plan Revealed. . . Stitch by Stitch

From a distance, the building may resemble a castle, but it’s the last place Jane Prescott, Mamie Dawson, and Ellen Sullivan thought they’d be, and the last place they expected to see love grow.

Broken in spirit and wondering if God has abandoned her, Jane is serving a ten-year sentence at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, even as she hides a startling secret. How will one caring physician help unravel the hidden meaning behind Jane’s courthouse steps quilt?

Mamie told God she’d go anywhere, never dreaming He’d send her to nurture women the world had forgotten. But while helping those around her, will she stubbornly keep the attentions of a kind guard at arm’s length?

Ellen was never going to leave Kentucky, but then marriage made her a Nebraska warden’s wife. Can she reach past uncertainty and fear to find God’s purpose in it all?

Together, these three women form an unlikely friendship that takes them to the end of themselves and, ultimately, on a journey that proves prison walls can neither frustrate God’s plans nor keep love out.

The shadow of the Civil War permeates this tale of three women involved in the Nebraskan prison system. Each has sacrificed something to be where they are when the reader meets them. Only in Jane’s case – the main storyline – do we see part of why she is in prison. She fell for a handsome man with a mean streak. In fact, Whitson shows us in her writing that appearances are not always as they seem. Mamie’s suitor is not exactly good looking but he cares a lot for her, while Ellen comes to find that not all the female prisoners at her husband’s prison are to be feared.

This was a book that sucked me in from the beginning if only because I didn’t know where it was going. I didn’t understand the title reference until near the end. Midway through, we are introduced to Jane’s daughter, Rose, who has been raised to believe her mother is dead. Once Rose came in, I began to see the clearer picture. It was easy to form a liking for most of the incarcerated women, although I did wonder what happened to the one evil woman in the prison. Her terrible actions change Jane’s life for the better.

The Key on the Quilt is the first book of The Quilt Chronicles. The next title in the trilogy will be published in September.

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Publication Date: 01 March 2012

Page Count: 320

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I downloaded my free copy of The Key on the Quilt from Barbour Publishing on the NetGalley website. I was under no obligation to write a review.


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  1. Pingback: The Shadow on the Quilt, by Stephanie Grace Whitson | Proverbial Reads

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