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Posted December 11, 2012
I really enjoyed this story. It was a nice quiet read, perfect for relaxing on an afternoon or before bed.
I had to enjoy Meghan's enthusiasm and her ability to actually finish what she started, though, at times I agreed with Caleb and wanted to shake some sense into her when she kept leaping before she looked.
I wish we could still find doctors who cared half as much as Doc. You really had to admire his patience, love, and hard work on behalf of his patients. I was very impressed with his devotion!
Another character we should all try to be more like was Natalie. Her love and determination to help and take care of her husband's family was very admirable. Her loyalty and friendship to Meghan were a very precious thing. I would love to someday read a book of Natalie's own.
Ms. Vetsch did a wonderful job in engaging the reader's emotions. I felt disappointed, angry, and excited with Meghan and Caleb. At times I just wanted to slap Mrs. Gregory, she was just SO unfair!
While reading about the El Garces (Harvey) Hotel and all the wonderful girls being trained into their jobs, I kept having scenes from the 1946 movie The Harvey Girls starring Judy Garland. Ms. Vetsch has captured that nostalgic quality that seems to have disappeared from books and movies these days.
One of the highlights for me was the matter-of-fact descriptions of the influenza epidemic. Many authors will skirt over the illness they are writing about so it was nice to have, not only the emotional response, but a description of the physical cause for those emotions.
By the way, you will want to read this one with a tall glass of cold lemonade. Needles is hot and Ms. Vetsch has done a good job making her readers feel the desert heat!
All in all this was a great read and I will be looking for more books by Erica Vetsch.
I give A Bride Sews With Love In Needles California 4 Stars
You just can't beat a book with a quilt!
Posted November 8, 2012
A BRIDE SEWS WITH LOVE
In Needles, California by Erica Vetsch
I like compelling stories that make me feel uplifted when I come to the end.
This book was like that. Only thing, while Meghan Thorson works the intense challenging life of a Harvey girl serving the Harvey hotels along the railroad west, I couldn’t figure out how sewing had anything to do with it.
Although she’s had trouble with achievement, she is compelled to make her father proud. Meghan rises to the demanding job that requires near perfection, but she has more ambitions. Her dreams go to World War II’s front lines in France where her brother serves in the military. An upcoming auction to benefit soldiers causes her to make an almost unreasonable pledge to contribute $1,000 toward an ambulance. She hopes to raise the money through a signature quilt. She plans to sell quilt pieces donors sign and then she embroiders the signatures. The pieces make the beautiful quilt.
A major distraction, however, is handsome Caleb McBride who is accused of being a coward because he raises horses for the Army instead of volunteering. Meghan’s boss refuses to serve Caleb in the Harvey restaurant and others in the town ridicule him. But still there is an invisible connection between Caleb and Meghan.
A roommate hiding her marriage and pregnancy, plus a dangerous epidemic further challenge Meghan’s job, her success and her confused heart.
The book is full of suspense, a little humor, and satisfaction for the reader. I recommend it.
Note: The publisher provided a copy of this book, but in no way does that influence my opinion. I recently threw away an historical Christian romance that I purchased because after a wonderful first half, it ended up with the lead character in a brothel and although she could have escaped, because she thought she owed the man money she chose to stay where the wicked man held her captive. The whole second half of the book was set in the brothel, so it hit the waste basket.
Posted November 2, 2012
I must admit that I've loved every Harvey Girl novel I've read and this one is no exception. I have had the feeling of never measuring up to someone else's expectation, no matter how hard I tried. I commiserated with Meghan. On the other hand, I also understand what it's like to have a secret that you don't want anyone to know about because of how it will change their perspective, just like Caleb. Ms. Vetsch's writing touched me in several different ways with this novel and I'm sure it'll touch you too.
***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***