A Patchwork Christmas is a collection of three historical Christmas novellas by three different authors. In addition to the three novellas, this cute collection also includes a knitting pattern, a quilting pattern and several recipes. The three novellas are:
Seems Like Love by Judith Miller (Amana, Iowa, 1890) -Karla Stuke of the Amana Colonies has experienced the heartbreak of a broken engagement. Well aware that she is plain, Karla doesn’t think she can attract someone as attractive and educated as newly returned Frank. Frank has always liked Karla and his feelings of friendship have grown into something more but can he get Karla to open up and trust him?
A Patchwork Love by Stephanie Grace Whitson (West of Omaha, Nebraska, 1875)-Jane McClure is the widowed mother doing her best to provide for her daughter, while traveling by train to marry a businessman she doesn’t love, Jane and her daughter are stranded by a snow storm. The homesteader who rescues the two of them has gone through more than his fair share of trials and doesn’t think that anyone as beautiful as Jane would even be willing to look at a man like him, will the Christmas season bring these two lonely souls together or will their fear keep them separate?
The Bridal Quilt by Nancy Moser (New York City, November 1889) -Ada is a the daughter of social prominent New Yorkers but her engagement to the well-connected Samuel is a love match. But when Sam realizes that he has a different calling in his life, will his choices and refusal to include Ada in his new life keep them apart forever?
A Patchwork Christmas is a cute collection of stories. I admit I had a harder time getting into A Patchwork Love (mostly because it took the author a while to set up the story) but it ended up being my favorite of three, I do feel like it could have been a full-length novel and been fabulous. Each of the stories are centered around a home-made item, either gloves or quilts, and the authors have included the patterns for the Christmas items in the stories in the book (the gloves pictures above are the ones in Seems Like Love). A Patchwork Christmas was a quick, fun, heartwarming read that was perfect for the quick free moments between all the holiday rushing around.
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: A Patchwork Christmas
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 400
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: September 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon