Can the Divine Quilter stitch together the torn pieces of Emilie’s heart?
Divided between the love of her father and the desires of her heart, Emilie Heinrich must rely on the love and wisdom of the women in her quilting circle for support. Since Emilie is dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, she 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.
Quaid McFarland has a gentleness and humor that causes Emilie to question her indifference toward romance. But her German father sees only one thing when he looks at the young man: an Irish teamster. And Johann Heinrich is not about to let such a man court his beloved daughter.
Her father’s prejudices test Emilie’s faith in God’s ability to mend the patchwork pieces of her life. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?
There is a MAJOR problem with Mona Hodgson’s Quilted Hearts series: each novella is way too short! I was firmly entrenched in Bending Toward the Sun when I glanced at the bottom of my Kindle’s screen. Eighty percent? How had I read 80 percent of it already?
Emilie’s father is resolved to keep Quaid away from his daughter. He tells her that it’s because Quaid is Irish, but a conversation regarding another man made me wonder if there was something more to this father’s determination. Quaid intends to honor the man’s wishes and decides to trust God. It brings him peace, but will it bring him love? I don’t want to give anything away, but I think you can guess the ending.
Characters from the previous novella appear, such as Elsa Brantenberg and her family. The quilting circle still meets, during which Mrs. Brantenberg offers her wisdom and prayer to those women in need. Meanwhile, conversation continues about the wagon train that will head west the following spring…
This is the second in Hodgson’s e-novella series set in St Charles, Missouri. Each is a quick read that sets up us readers for her upcoming Hearts Seeking Home series. I’ve pre-ordered all three, and now can’t wait to read the final title in this e-trio. That one is called Ripples Along the Shore and comes out toward the end of next month.
Want to read the first chapter of Bending Toward the Sun? Click here to download a pdf file of it.
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 02 April 2013
Page Count: 128