This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Abingdon Press (December 16, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After Gina Welborn earned a Communications degee from an Oklahoma university, she thought the perfect career choice was working at a news radio station writing commercial copy, public service announcements, and news reports. A PSA writer, sadly, can only be so creative when describing ketchup and Geronimo’s grave. (No, she never combined those two elements in the same script, but now that she thinks about it, she wishes ... ) Thus Gina "retired" to focus on goal, motivation, and conflict within her family before discovering her niche in writing romances. A member of RWA and ACFW, Gina has four published novellas, including one in the ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories, and three short historical romances: The Heiress's Courtship, The Marshal's Pursuit, and Masterpiece Marriage. A moderately obsessive fan of Community, Once Upon a Time, and Chopped, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a box-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster named Tom Bob Deucalion. Gina is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.
ABOUT THE BOOK
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him. Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Masterpiece Marriage, go HERE.
MY REVIEW-I have been very pleasantly surprised with how much I am enjoying the Quilts of Love series. Each book is written by a different author but they all tie in somehow with a quilt. They range from colonial time period to modern stories today. This one here is probably one of my favorites. There was something that I didn't care for but it was minor compared to how much I liked the story:)
One of my favorite things with this installment was the heroine. I don't often see a leading lady who is a botanist, comfortable in her own skin and with an accent to boot! Mary is from England and I love the way she thinks, dresses and such. I had a bit of trouble liking Zenus at first. What a name for the hero of the story! He comes off as higher class than all the others around him and looks down on most. But we see why that happens a little later in the book. The only thing that I didn't care for in the book were the italicized parts. There happened to be a lot in here and it was things like how the cat appeared, or the never want to go outside dog, etc. Just a little bit too much but it seriously didn't hinder me from reading the book at all. Or from making this part of my top five Quilts of Love series novels!!
**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**