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Ripples Along the Shore: The Quilted Heart Novella Three by [Hodgson, Mona]
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  • File Size: 3934 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (May 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD6NBBQ
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Mona Hodgson writes a heartwarming tale where community means giving each other a helping hand when needed. The setting for this book is a small town in Missouri just a few months after the end of the Civil War. Nearly every family in the area was touched by the war in some way. Some had lost family members; some had family return either wounded physically or emotionally.

Recently, Caroline Milburn had started coming to Mrs. Brantenberg's quilting circle. She shared with the group that she hadn't heard news of her husband serving in the army in several months. The strain of not knowing whether he had perished or was alive was telling on her. Each week they encouraged and prayed for her. But bitterness sharpened her tongue. She often embarrassed her sister with her curt mannerism. Another friend of Mrs. Brantenberg's family, Gerrit Cowlishaw, knew the right people to contact, and he obtained news of her husband. Caroline was a widow. This third novella of The Quilted Heart Trilogy is about Caroline's story.

Caroline lived with her sister Jewell and her family. Jewell's husband returned from the war alive but had lost a leg. He was angry and bitter, making family life difficult for Jewell. He was openly hostile with Caroline, although she did her best to help with the children and housework, giving comfort to her sister. But after several months grieving the loss of her husband, she realized she needed to start fresh, perhaps as a teacher out west.

The final novella continues to develop the life stories of the other members of the quilting group which met every Thursday, hosted by Mrs. Brantenberg in her home. The club was the social event for women in the area to get together and share news and gossip.
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If you love historical fiction, good love stories and excellent storytelling - this series is for you. This is the 3rd and final book in the Quilted Hearts Series by Mona Hodgson and I loved all three of them. These three short novellas (this one is only 128 pages) follow the lives of several women who live in a small German town in Missouri in a post-Civil War America. Saint Charles is a bustling town where people are trying to rebuild their lives after the war.

Almost everyone has lost someone in the war.
In one of the outlying farms is a woman who hosts a Thursday quilting circle and these novellas follow the lives of several of these women. Each novella follows one main story, but I love the way the author introduces us to the women she'll be following in the next installment.

In this particular book we follow Caroline. She has just found out that her husband died during the war and she is at loose ends as to what to do with her life. She lives with her sister and brother-in-law because she has no where else to go and no job to earn a living. Her brother-in-law is a bitter man who has allowed the loss of a limb during the way to color his entire life. Caroline wants to start anew - but how?

There is also Garrett Cowlishaw. He was a Confederate soldier (although - there seems to be more to that story....) and has come to Saint Charles to lead a wagon train west on the Oregon Trail. His path seems to keep intersecting with the widow, Mrs. Caroline Milburn and he develops feeling for her despite her obvious dislike of him.

Caroline decides she is going to attempt to go west on the wagon train. She could start a new life as a schoolteacher. But will Mr. Cowlishaw allow her - a single woman - to travel with his wagon train?
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Ripples Along the Shore tells of the struggles of Caroline Milburn a widow from losing her husband in the Civil War. She moves to St. Charles, Missouri where her only relative, her sister, Jewell lives. Caroline feels the need to start over and wants to go west with the Boone's Lick Wagon Train lead by Garrett Cowlishaw. He will not allow a single woman to come alone on the wagon train so she prays for a path to open for her to move west and find a new start.

As each member of The Quilted Heart Omnibus quilting circle of friends finds a new path, the stories weave together to make a wonderful Christian romance.

Thanks to Mona Hodgson and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for the copy of The Quilted Heart Omnibus that my mom won in the giveaway and shared with me.
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Widow Caroline Milburn realizes there's nothing left for her St. Charles. With confirmation that her husband died in the Civil War after waiting years for word, she realizes she can't remain living with her sister, her sister's abusive husband, and their children.

There's a wagon train heading West, being led by Garrett Colishaw. Caroline feels that's where her destiny waits. California needs teachers, and the widow feels called to reclaim her former career.

The wagon train- and former soldier Garret Colishaw,- however, won't take single women. Caroline is determined to go. Can she claim her destiny?

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This is another novella in The Quilted Hearts series. If you've read the last one, Bending Toward the Sun, you're familiar with the main characters in this title.

Here's my beef: yes, it's a novella. Yes, it's a series. But finish a storyline within the novella! The storyline could be really good. But it's not. I think it's because it's a novella.

Each one of these I've read could have been really good as full-length novels. These, though, just stink. The characters aren't adequately developed, even after reading more than one part of the series, and the story lines have no meat to them. They COULD be really good.

I don't know if this is the publisher or the author, but I really wish they'd just stop. Or finish a whole story within the novella.

And, there are too many characters and too many storylines going on for a novella. Ironically, one little snippet about another friend going west got resolved, with basically no character development or actual back story to the characters.

I was sorely disappointed in the ending. I hoped something substantial would happen, but it never did.
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