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Letters From a Patchwork Quilt by [Flynn, Clare]
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"The story is different, original and touching. It's interesting to read how the lives of Jack and Eliza unfold in different countries. The plot is powerful, the characters are well sketched, memorable, and their personalities will remain in the minds of readers even after they finish the story. It's a story of love, loss and tragedy; a heartbreaking and moving tale where readers will wish to see Jack and Eliza reunited and happy together. The narration is descriptive; it also speaks about the society that existed during that age and pulls readers into the story. It's well written and the story is not predictable, making it a engaging read." Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Award-winning British author, Clare Flynn is a former global marketing director. She ran a successful strategic management consultancy, although most of her time these days is now spent writing her novels.

Her first novel, A Greater World, is set in the Blue Mountains of Australia in the 1920s and was awarded an Indie BRAG Medallion in 2015. You can download A Greater World free on Amazon and other retailers. Clare's second novel, Kurinji Flowers, is a gripping story of love and loss set in colonial India on a tea plantation in the 1930s and 40s. This was also honored with a BRAG Medallion in September 2015. Letters From a Patchwork Quilt, set in the late nineteenth century in England and the USA has received a Readers' Favorite 5 Star Medallion.

Clare's novels feature places she knows well and she does extensive research to build the period and geographic flavor of her books. She went to live for 2 weeks on a tea plantation while writing Kurinji Flowers and her travels for research have taken her from Sydney to St Louis. Clare lives in Chiswick, London and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Alliance of Independent Authors. When not writing she likes to splash about with watercolors and is a frequent visitor to the galleries, theatres and museums of London. 

Get your free copy of Clare's exclusive short story, A Fine Pair of Shoes, about a trip to the Great Exhibition of 1851, by signing up at her website You will also get early notification and a special low pre-launch price for Clare's future publications.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1260 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993332412
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cranbrook Press (September 24, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015T8QF38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By SensoryMama on September 30, 2015
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I really enjoyed the author's other two novels and was looking forward to reading this.

I'm having a hard time writing a review without giving away a bunch of spoilers! Suffice it to say, the story and characters were well developed and well written. The story was well paced and there were some unexpected turns to it. When I finished, I really had to think hard about how the story would have turned out if it had gone the way I'd wanted it to at the beginning. An interesting question to ponder upon completion as Jack turned out much differently than I had initially expected.

All in all, a very well written book, well edited, and I really recommend it.
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While not poorly written it is beyond depressing. Lovers cruelly separated not only by circumstances but by the entire ocean; one left in England the other in America.

This whole book was so frustrating because one mishap after another befalls Jack. I mean come on! He's torn apart from his one true love because of an unscrupulous priest - he has to take the blame for the priest's wrongdoing and marry a woman he doesn't love because the priest gets her pregnant. And then years later he loses his position and reputation because of another unscrupulous priest. Geeze, at least vary the reasons for his misfortunes. Jack turned to drink to try and forget his problems. He's pretty unsympathetic, he NEVER stands up for himself, neglects and ignores his kids, he's full of self-pity and does virtually nothing to improve his circumstances. He goes on to become a drunk, gives up drink and then when he's FINALLY on his way to America he gives in to drink yet again, gets robbed and ends up at the workhouse. His poems getting printed posthumously makes up for nothing.

Meanwhile Eliza is sailing off to America - she meets an old German doctor who falls in love with her. She spurns his advances and really who can blame her, she's waiting on Jack. She ends up in NYC, gets attacked, her face disfigured (was that strictly necessary?!?) and then ends up in St. Louis with the old German doc. They end up married and she goes on to be pretty successful and happy with her life and eventually does come to love the German doc. She married him so she could have children and she does. And I guess it's one of her ancestors that finds these letters in an old quilt. I admit that part of the story seems pretty pointless.
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I loved this story. It was poignant and truthful and not the fairytale ending of most stories but some how it reflected a truth of life that so many happy stories miss. It isn't always what we dream of and want from in life that we get. In fact, it rarely is. Yet, how we handle the situations of our lives is what defines us. Do we in the end make a happy life or a bad and lonely one. This book deals with those issues in ways few authors of today do. I applaud her courage in tackling a difficult subject with such grace and dignity.
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I was amazed at how I felt the pain of loss love of doomed lovers, and the brutality of mid 19th century NY. The author sustained the flawed character of Jack and the strengthen of Eliza throughout the book. So well written.
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Jack and Eliza could not catch a break. It's hard enough for two people who are essentially alone in the world to find happiness without 'everyone and his dog' being arrayed against them. It's hard enough for people not of the 'upper class' to find happiness without the wealthy and the church establishment acting against them. I would not want to be in the 'instigator's' shoes when karma catches up with them! However, I would not mind having a ringside seat to that comeuppance!

It is a testament to their strength that Jack and Eliza take the crappy hands that life has dealt them and make it work for them. If there ever was a life situation meant for the 'Serenity Prayer' this is it!

I think many people will be able to identify with this pair of star-crossed lovers. Our lives rarely turn out 100% the way we plan them, or we would like them to be. I know mine hasn't. I'm not a famous actress or writer. The house in which I live looks nothing like any of the various plans I drew up when I was younger. But the life and the family I have now is not one I would trade for any of the dreams I had growing up.

After Ms. Flynn elaborated on the title in the first chapter, I was a little confused that the quilt was not touched upon again until halfway through the book. I would have liked to have seen a little more reference to the quilt and the letters ... more consistently?

Nonetheless, Letters from a Patchwork Quilt was a wonderful story. I had a lot of empathy for the characters Eliza and Jack. I cheered and mourned with them, and got angered at the injustices dealt to them in their lives. Those of us in the 99% can identify with Eliza and Jack.
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What could be more intriguing that finding a letter stitched into the backing of a quilt? Our curiosity is piqued when, under a magnifying glass the letters are unstitched from inside the quilt and the story unfolds.

Jack’s story begins in 1875 in Derby, England. His very poor family intend for him to become a Catholic priest, sooner than later, and as Jack has no ambition to become a priest he leaves for a teaching assignment in Bristol. Content with his new position and newfound love, Eliza it appears that his future prospects are well in hand.

Unaware of treachery brewing in the background, Jack falls victim to an unprincipled and unscrupulous priest who intends to ruin his life to protect his own reputation. Jack and Eliza immediate make plans to leave for America, but at the last moment are separated. Eliza, penniless, leaves for America alone.

The novel follows the storylines of both Jack and Eliza and what they must do to survive and move on with their lives. Their love remains strong for each other even though they seem to be powerless to effect any change in their situation. If you are looking for a light romance, this is probably not the story for you. This book has its fill of plenty of tragedy and heartbreak. Personal weakness on Jack’s part as well as the methods used by the Catholic church to cover up wrongdoings of its priesthood arise time and again and you wonder, will things ever get any better?

This is not exactly a clean read, PG 13 + M. The offensive subject matter is well within historical accuracy and has been inserted into the storyline for a reason. Nonetheless, I found that the plot kept me interested until the last page. Sorry, no spoilers!
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