Day 4: The Quilted Heart Omnibus by Mona Hodgson

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The Quilted Heart Omnibus

Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, 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
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
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
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 her­a 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?

Click here to pre-order your paperback or eBook copy of The Quilted Heart. (http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=220625)

FACEBOOK BOOK RELEASE PARTY!

Please save the date for a Book Release Party for THE QUILTED HEART on Facebook, FRIDAY, January 24th! You’ll find the party in the Notes Section on her “Mona Hodgson Author Page” from 6:00 PM  to 8:00 PM EST, 5:oo to 7:00 PM CST, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Mountain Time) , 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM PM .  Mona will answer questions, give away prizes and share photos and behind-the-scenes stories about the three novellas included in The Quilted Heart omnibus, set in Saint Charles, Missouri.

~My Interview with Mona~

A bit of an author interview :

Something On why you choose this Era and time period ?

Fifteen years ago, I spent a couple of hours in St. Charles, an enchanting city dating back to the 17-and-1800s. In March 2012 I was finally able to return, and the city, its history, and its people­from times gone by and present day­sank deeper into my heart. Imagine my delight when I discovered St. Charles was where Lewis and Clark provisioned for their corps of discovery expedition in 1804. And at the time of my novellas, the riverside city was the stepping off point for the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, funneling a broad array of people on their journey west.

Quilting , Family ect for you ?

It was the imagery and metaphor that led me to first speak at women’s retreats about The Quilted Heart and then write these stories. I’m not a quilter, but I had two grandmothers who were and my Sis Linda is a quilter. I have the first quilt Linda made to commemorate the birth of my first daughter, Amy.

What old fashioned things do you own, save , collect ?

Read paperbacks. 🙂 My hubby is a yard saler. I have a settee, a small caned rocker, a cask, and an Edison phonograph he restored as part of the decor in my office.

and any other fun things you want to add..smile

BLOG TOUR DRAWING

Leave a comment here, then comment on Mona Hodgson Author Page before Friday, January 31st to enter the BLOG TOUR DRAWING for one of three signed copies of The Quilted Heart. Tell Mona which blog you visited and commented on! You can enter once for each Participating Blog (noted above) you visit and comment on.

Thanks for the opportunity to connect with you followers, Linda.

Hugs and blessings,
Mona

~ Thank you Mona for sharing with us and being such a blessing with your lovely books ! Linda ~
Mona
 Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in her Hearts Seeking Home Series. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and her six I Wonder books.Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications. Mona is a speaker for women’s groups, Christian women’s retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians.

Connect with Mona:

www.monahodgson.com/blog

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Mona?ref=hl

Remeber: Leave a comment on Mona’s Wall (Link Above) for a chance to win a copy of these three novella in one volume !

http://www.pinterest.com/monahodgson/

https://twitter.com/MonaHodgson

My Thoughts:

Being a lover of historical fiction, I so love this series that Mona has written.  I have always considered myself a woman born out of my time.  I grew up watching shows like Little House on the Prairie, so I automatically feel in love with this series !  Life may be full of hardships, but it is blessed by friendship, love and wholesomeness , that is rare today.  I am so looking forward to reading Mona’s book Prarie Song, as this series was the prequel to it.  I have to say that I wish personally that this story could go on and on… but I suppose that all good things must come to an end but don’t you just hate it when a story ends ?   Will there be more ?  I hope you all will read this series and then go on to read Mona’s book Prairie Song, Book 1 in  Hearts Seeking Home !

Today’s Quilt Pattern   The Winner is….. Chris B !!!

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Giveaway: Each Day I will be offering a different Quilt E-pattern.

This e-pattern will be emailed to the winner  by me, I have purchased these special for this weeks giveaways !

They are sold by martingale.com.   So you want to know how you win right…Here it is !

Each thing you do will get you 1 entry ok…

1.  Like my facebook page and leave me a comment telling me you have done so here in comments.

https://www.facebook.com/peacefulacrehomestead

2.  Follow Me on Twitter and leave me a comment here telling me you have done so.

https://twitter.com/faithfulacres7

3. Follow Me on Pinterest and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

http://www.pinterest.com/faithfulacres/

4.  Leave Me a comment here  telling me about your family quilting adventures or  a quilt in your family.

Please Leave a separate comment for each entry.

There will be a daily drawing (winners announced at the end of the week and at the end of the week will be the surprise drawing.)

The person who comes each day this week and comments daily, will be entered in a Special Surprise Giveaway ! ( Something Special from Me)

Blessings and Much Love,

Linda

~Families Are Stitched Together With Love ~ Giveaways

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Grandpas Farm

Lovingly made by Ruth May Fisher (my grandmother)

for  Henry Raymond Fisher (my grandfather)

~ Well many of you know that I was interviewed by Author Mona Hodgson about Quilts in my family and why they mean so much to me.  If you never got to read that interview you can find it on her site  http://monahodgson.com/2013/12/guest-quilter-1/

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Sampler Quilt

Made by Ruth May Fisher (my grandmother)

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Baby Quilt lovingly made for  Nancy Fisher Davenport (my aunt)

by  Bertha Louise Kells ( my great grandmother) Grandma Ruth’s Mom.

As you can see, there was much love in our family , my Grandmother Ruth loved my Grandfather Ray a whole bunch and she loved the farm a lot too.  We all got to experience that love when we visited the farm.  Grandma never started her quilting until older.  But through the years there were many ways she showed us that she cared.  Awesome food was one way !  My Grandparents loved having the whole family over at the farm for the holidays.  My Grandma Ruth loved it when we all grew up and had babies and  she loved having us visit them.

As you can see my Great Grandmother Kells was very creative also.  She loved to make eye glass pins and felt mittens on clips and I can imagine that her creative side was what spurred my Grandmother Ruth to do so in her later years.

It is that creative spirit that I am sure inspired my mom Gloria Bradt and in turn inspires me today ! I think that is what inspires my sister Jeanette to quilt and sew also.  Over the coming days I want to share with you pieces of our lives that include quilts and the things that stitched us together as a family.  The farming tradition was carried down by many of us in ways large and small and I know that Grandpas Farm Quilt was my Grandmother Ruths way of showing just that and her love for Grandpa.  It is a  Legacy of Love !  One we all carry in our Hearts !

Tomorrow, I will share with you another quilt my Grandmother made !  I hope you will come back for a visit.

Today’s Quilt Pattern  Winner !!!!! Diana Montgomery

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Giveaway: Each Day I will be offering a different Quilt E-pattern.

This e-pattern will be emailed to the winner  by me, I have purchased these special for this weeks giveaways !

They are sold by martingale.com.   So you want to know how you win right…Here it is !

Each thing you do will get you 1 entry ok…

1.  Like my facebook page and leave me a comment telling me you have done so here in comments.

https://www.facebook.com/peacefulacrehomestead

2.  Follow Me on Twitter and leave me a comment here telling me you have done so.

https://twitter.com/faithfulacres7

3. Follow Me on Pinterest and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

http://www.pinterest.com/faithfulacres/

4.  Leave Me a comment here  telling me about your family quilting adventures or  a quilt in your family.

Please Leave a separate comment for each entry.

There will be a daily drawing (winners announced at the end of the week and at the end of the week will be the surprise drawing.)

The person who comes each day this week and comments daily, will be entered in a Special Surprise Giveaway ! ( Something Special from Me)

Blessings and Much Love,

Linda

Do you love Historical Fiction ? Quilting and  Old fashioned Times

Well I think you would love this book series

The Quilted Heart Omnibus by Mona Hodgson

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Please join me Thursday to hear more about this wonderful book !

Pre-order your copy today in Paperback or Kindle !

http://www.amazon.com/The-Quilted-Heart-Omnibus-Dandelions/dp/0307731146