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About the Author
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two grandchildren. She enjoys board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafting, crocheting, and knitting. Visit her online at http://marydavisbooks.com, or https://www.facebook.com/mary.davis.73932 and join her FB readers group, Mary Davis READERS Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/132969074007619/?source=create_flow .
Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.
- ASIN : B07Q4S6CWF
- Publisher : Barbour Books (July 1, 2019)
- Publication date : July 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5461 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 450 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1643520512
- Lending : Enabled
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- #1,180 in Christian Fiction Collections & Anthologies (Books)
- #1,241 in Christian Short Stories
- #5,158 in Christian Historical Fiction (Kindle Store)
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Netgalley and the publisher kindly sent me an eBook in the hopes of a favorable review, with no further compensation or expectation. All opinions are my own. I cannot say I would go out of my way to recommend this collection, but as an add-on to fill your online cart, sure. However, I would recommend Grace Hitchcock as a stand-alone author.
(1) Bygone by Mary Davis (4 stars)•*• Heartwarming •*•1884 Texas – Matilda (aka Tilly) Rockford has returned home from Baltimore, all grown up. She never expected Orion Dunbar to be the person meeting her at the station. “Would he squeeze her hand until she cried like when she was a child? No, he held it gently, helping her into the buggy. He laid a quilt across her lap to keep her warm on the ride.” Orion had arrived on the orphan train, a broken and angry little boy. He acted out and hurt people, especially little Tilly who was always kind to him. Now grown, he only wants to make up for his past mistakes. “His heart sped up at having her so close. She smelled of lavender and vanilla.” However, there is another man who also wishes to pay Matilda special attentions.
I enjoyed this sweet story, yet there are several incomplete sentences: e.g. 1. “Show her she could trust him.” 2. “The same place that had always hungered for her attention.” 3. “And smiled.”
(2) The Bridal Shop, a Novella by Grace Hitchcok (5 stars) •*• Sweet Story of learning to trust in others•*•
1886 Charleston, South Carolina – Alice has been so hurt by men that she has resigned herself to a life without them and she now runs an up-and-coming bridal shop. “Giles lifted his faced heavenward and groaned. A bridal shop, Lord? Not to sound ungrateful, but You couldn’t have made it a tailor shop? And not some place full of women?” I enjoyed Giles very much. Clearly a good and Godly man with a sense of humor. Eustace is a total cad! And he deserves the brat of a wife he married.
TEA MOMENT: “Alice couldn’t bring herself to go to bed quite yet. She decided to treat herself to a pot of herbal tea and the last of the oatmeal cookies from the bakery over a Harper’s Bazaar.”
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3?”
I like Grace Hitchcock’s writing style. This is the second of her books that I have read.
(3) Mending Sarah’s Heart, a Novella by Suzanne Norquist (3 stars) •*•Learning to Trust God Again •*•
1884 Rockledge, CO – Sarah Anderson is a widow. She and her sons live in a CO mining town near family. She believes God has let her down and now she is forced to earn a living in her dress shop. Jack Taylor has a mission to accomplish. Turn over funds to his deceased partner’s widow and skedaddle. He does not expect to find a woman in desperate need of help with sons in need of guidance.
This was a sweet story of learning to trust God again, and feeling unworthy of God’s love, or anyone else’s. Not a lot of depth, but an easy afternoon read. I liked how Jack stepped in to guide the boys, even though he didn’t know them. However, the immediate desire for him to protect the widow did not click for me.
(4) Binding Up Wounds, a Novella by Liz Tolsma (3 stars) •*•A Decent Story of Acceptance•*•
1865 Regent, WI, - Lance Witherspoon fought for “the other side”. He carries a multihued patchwork quilt that saved his life. With nowhere left to go, he sets out from VA to find the woman who created it and thank her. Melissa Bainbridge is quite, shy, private. She lives with her grandparents and creates dolls. Her town does not understand her. The young women either torment or shun her. “The three girls burst into a fresh round of laughter. Now would be the perfect time for the Second Coming. Anything to deliver Melissa from this misery. But no trumpets sounded from heaven.” Her grandparents adore her and strive to love all, including strangers considered by most to be “the enemy”. The two main characters spend weeks together, getting to know each other in the process. I appreciated that the author did not have them tripping into each other’s arms after a few days. Overall, I liked the idea of this story and what pulls Lance to Melissa. It is such a harsh thing he has to go through, being an outsider in his own country. Melissa was rather immature and for far longer than necessary, i.e. multiple times during the same day, which was nerve-wracking. Lance had such a pure heart. A decent enough story.
In fact, we SHOULD be doing acts of atonement & reparation, anyway, (as Jesus said WHEN you fast, give alms, etc, rather than IF) but doing them for the right reasons.
Because it's part of following Jesus - our imitation of Christ
And because it shows the Lord (as well as our own selves) the sincerity of our contrition for how we've hurt & offended Him.
If you broke a window with a baseball as a kid, you couldn't afford to replace it, but your parents would, & then have you work or do something to help pay for it. Well, God is certainly a good parent & knows that we are better for participating in those reparations than sitting back waiting for Him to do everything for us.. [Colossians 1:24 - "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church" ].
(1) Bygones by Mary Davis
This very sweet story of forgiveness is probably my favorite of the four. Tilly is a bit slow to recognize & then accept what Orion is trying to do; and Orion isn't very good at communicating his intentions, but by the end of the story, they both have grown & developed. It's very heart-warming (though I couldn't buy the banker guy's final scene at all)
(2) The Bridal Shop by Grace Hitchcock
I liked how refreshingly different several of the details were in this one. Alice & Giles were a great couple. Constance & friends are a little over the top. An unexpected but good ending. I was left wondering what happened when evidence of Eustace's fight was seen by Constance & family since he wasn't injured in the quake
(3) Mending Sarah’s Heart by Suzanne Norquist
Sarah's rather negative character is understandable, but not quite as likeable as the others. I think her bitterness & hurt ended up being too much of her description to leave room for much else.
Jack's character is more sympathetic as well as being likeable. I do like the way this story ends.
(4) Binding Up Wounds by Liz Tolsma
The premise of this story is a good one, but unfortunately, I feel this one was the weakest of the group. There's a scene of reproach & almost immediate remorse, at one point, that was just not at all credible.
Typically, there would be a speech that makes the recipients feel guilty, the speaker leaves while the recipients stew, & remorse gradually hits, & then they show up contritely to help. As clichéd as that is, at least it has some psychological plausibility.
*Clean romance level: sweet kisses
*Religion: generic Christian
Thimbles and Threads is a novella collection written by Mary Davis, Grace Hitchcock, Suzanne Norquist, and Liz Tolsma. Each story involves the theme of sewing and each of the main heroines is a seamstress. One sews a quilt; one owns a bridal shop, one owns a seamstress shop, and one makes rag dolls. They all were sweet stories that end in happily every afters for the characters. If you are looking for shorter stories with sewing as the theme, then this is the book for you! Each story is set in a different location which made the book fun to read since I love being able to visit all different locations and times through books. I would recommend this novella collection to those who enjoy sweet historical romances, shorter stories, and sewing.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Grace Hitchcock through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.