Calico Brides [NOOK Book]

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Marriage is in the making. . . .

The youngest four women of the Calico, Kansas, sewing circle sow good deeds and reap romance, too.

Gladys Polson is determined to help a crotchety widower who is wealthy in material things but poor in spirit. . .until his grandson Haydn Keller arrives, and the old man is just as determined to hear wedding bells for the young couple.

Annie Bliss is knitting hats and mittens for...

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Calico Brides

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Overview


Marriage is in the making. . . .

The youngest four women of the Calico, Kansas, sewing circle sow good deeds and reap romance, too.

Gladys Polson is determined to help a crotchety widower who is wealthy in material things but poor in spirit. . .until his grandson Haydn Keller arrives, and the old man is just as determined to hear wedding bells for the young couple.

Annie Bliss is knitting hats and mittens for soldiers at a nearby fort. Churlish chaplain Jeremiah “Bear” Arnold warns her to stay away from the men. . .and that includes himself.

Birdie Landry, a former saloon girl and new Christian, is sewing dresses for other saloon girls looking to start a new life when she has her feathers ruffled by charitable shopkeeper Ned Finnegan.

Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield’s heart has gone out to three orphaned children. When their uncle Beau Blanton arrives to take charge of them, sparks and tempers fly.

Will God stitch forever-after romances into the lives of these four women?

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Editorial Reviews

Blogspot.com - Amanda Caldwell

I really enjoyed these stories and I am giving Calico Brides 4 out of 5 stars. Each woman's story was very touching and their missionary projects were extremely inspirational. The entire book was filled with Christian wisdom and love, which I enjoyed. This book actually had more "Christianity" in it than most Christian books I've read, but it never came across off as preachy. Each young woman was so godly while still being human. I especially enjoyed the story of Birdie, a former prostitute. I loved how her story portrayed God's Love for us as sinners and how he's so willing to forgive us. She really was the epitome of the "born again" message. 
WordPress.com - Brittany McEuen

This was an enjoyable book that combined four separate, yet interwoven stories. Four women in a sewing circle decide to bless those in need. Each woman finds a different project (person or family) to help. The stories were easy to read and well written. While all were a little predictable, that was not a bad thing. I did enjoy this book and it was fun to have all four stories continue from one to the other. All of the stories did a good job of showing God’s love and provision for everyone. All of the women find that blessing others ends up blessing them as well and brings love into their lives. I found these stories to be uplifting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624160967
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Series: Romancing America
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 341,868
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son’s family; her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory.  Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality TV. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person.  Darlene has published several titles with Barbour Publishing.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

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    3.5 Stars This is the story of four friends who each take on a

    3.5 Stars

    This is the story of four friends who each take on a “project” to help a person in need. The book tells the short story of each of them as they do their good deeds. 




    What I liked: The stories where interesting and I liked all the characters. I also liked how all the stories where tied together and each story followed the other so it felt more like one book then four short stories.




    What I did not like: Being short stories I know that the development of each of the separate stories is not going to be as in depth as a full length novel but I felt the romance of each of the stories could have been better. The couples would know each other a very short time and it just felt like they needed just a little more time to make it feel believable. 




         Over all this was a good addition to the Romancing America line and I really liked how all the stories tied together and the unique plot of each individual story. I just wish the romance could have had a little more development and not felt so rushed.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    4 stars Calico Brides is a collection of stories about the Calic

    4 stars
    Calico Brides is a collection of stories about the Calico sewing circle women. The younger women of the circle want to do missionary work closer to home. They each take a cause they can work on throughout the year. Through their local mission they find husbands along the way.
    I came to care about all the different characters of Calico. It also makes me want to help more and in different ways. These are good clean reads. Each story can stand alone but better read together.

    A Birthday Wish
    Gladys Polson decides she is going to help Mr. Keller. He is all alone with his money and hardly leaves his house. Since his wife died. His son has moved away and never comes to visit. Her first thing is to decorate his house with baskets of greenery and bows by every window so he sees them when ever he looks out.
    While she is on a ladder hanging the first one the door opens and knocks her ladder but she is caught. Haydn is visiting his grandfather. He does not want anyone to know of his relationship to him so he tells everyone he is visiting for business reasons.
    Mr. Keller is grouchy does not want anyone's help. He tells his grandson that if he marries within two months while he is here he will pay to start a newspaper for Calico with him running it. Haydn is not willing to marry just anyone and on schedule.
    They both wonder at Gladys reason for visiting and being nice to Mr. Keller.

    Miss Bliss and the Bear
    Annie Bliss has the idea to knit mittens, scarfs and socks for all the soldiers at the nearby fort. She thinks of her brother who is serving else ways.
    Fort Chaplain Jeremiah tells all the soldiers to stay away from woman who bring trouble in his sermons. He does not want Annie to come back to the fort. So he gets to go to her house to talk about the project.
    It goes over so well that The Captain's wife wants to get the lonely soldiers to social more with the town.
    This in away is something we can do for are soldiers who are serving today or even those who are wounded in VA hospitals. Maybe not knit socks but something like that.

    Buttons for Birdie

    Birdie Landry is a former saloon girl and now Christian. She is trying to make her living from sewing and from chickens eggs. She needs to do it on her own. Birdie also wants to help other girls who are stuck working at the saloon. They need respectable dresses before they can leave and help finding a job.

    Ned owns the store and is willing to buy her eggs for more than he can sell them. He wants to help her but she won't buy on credit. Ned tries to be her friend.

    Birdie wants so bad to help her friends but won't let others help her help them. Finally she finds ways to help and let others help too.

    A Blessing for Beau
    Beau is a cowboy who's sister and brother-in-law died in a house fire everything they owned went to. He has come to raise his niece and nephews. The community has come to help to build a soddy house for them to live in. Plus some food for them to get to winter.
    Beau has a lot of pride and not much money he does not want to accept others help in raising his new family especially the school teacher Ruth.

    Ruth feels her mission project are the three orphan Pratt children. She knows all their clothes have burned up and she wants to make them clothes.
    When Beau wants to keep the boys out of school she desperately wants him to let them keep learning. She wants to help more.

    I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review of it when finished.
    June 1st 2013 by Barbour Books 352 pages ISBN:1616267461

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    This was an enjoyable book that combined four separate, yet inte

    This was an enjoyable book that combined four separate, yet interwoven stories. Four women in a sewing circle decide to bless those in need. Each woman finds a different project (person or family) to help. The stories were easy to read and well written. While all were a little predictable, that was not a bad thing. I did enjoy this book and it was fun to have all four stories continue from one to the other. All of the stories did a good job of showing God's love and provision for everyone. All of the women find that blessing others ends up blessing them as well and brings love into their lives. I found these stories to be uplifting. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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