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Message on a quilt is a sweet and tender story that will remind anyone who reads it that faith, hope and love are key to life .
Unravel the message behind a treasured quilt. . . .
Emilie Rhodes has been taught to think for herself. But thinking for herself soon leads her to want to write “real news.” Her newspaper editor father won’t hear of it and fires her. When Emilie begins writing anonymously for her father’s competition, interviewing speakers at the 1890 Chautauqua series, she meets and ...
Unravel the message behind a treasured quilt. . . .
Emilie Rhodes has been taught to think for herself. But thinking for herself soon leads her to want to write “real news.” Her newspaper editor father won’t hear of it and fires her. When Emilie begins writing anonymously for her father’s competition, interviewing speakers at the 1890 Chautauqua series, she meets and falls in love with “The Man of Many Voices.”
Noah Shaw is unsettled and feels adrift, even though he is a well-respected lecturer and dramatist. He’s never felt that he belongs anywhere. His professional life is only one reason he’s now in Nebraska. Noah is on a quest to find answers. Everyone always said Grandma’s quilt stories were just that—stories. But Noah’s not sure. . .and he’s anxious to discover a piece of his past.
But will the truth Noah discovers about his heritage and a treasured quilt prove to bear a message of brokenness—or hope and healing?
Posted August 16, 2013
I loved this whole series, Stephanie does a wonderful job!
Emilie Rhodes is an only child and she really wants to be a journalist, to write real news. Her editor father pacifies her by giving her an assignment to write a Ladies News column, which consisted of upcoming events with dates and times. When he catches her helping the typesetter he even takes that away from her. As Emilie prepares for the 1890 Chautauqua series with her cousins, the Spring Sisters, she comes up with an idea for a series of articles. This she does with the help of Noah Shaw, known as "The Man of Many Voices" but she submits them anonymously with the rival paper in Beatrice, NE.
Noah Shaw follows the circuit for the Chautauqua series but while in Beatrice he learns about Colonel Josiah Barton who could maybe tell him some things about his parents, at least his mother. He never knew his father and his mother died when he was young but he remembers the stories she used to tell him and the only thing he has is the quilt on which she stitched pictures of her life in the west.
Emilie and Noah can feel the connection with each other practically from the time he saves her from a snake in the middle of the night and then sees her home. Noah decides to go with Colonel Barton to trace the trail his mother took, Noah isn't sure if/when he returns if Emilie will still want him. You can sense what Noah's feeling in his heart as he goes on this very emotional trip.
As I was reading and Noah would tell about the pictures on his quilt and the stories to go along with them, I was trying to imagine what it looked like to a young boy, now a young man, then it all becomes clear in the end.
What a wonderful series this has been, I so loved it and I hate for it to end, I hope Stephanie can come up with some more stories. Stephanie makes it so you hate to put the book down, such a great job of writing. I'm definitely looking for more of her books.
Posted July 26, 2013
THE MESSAGE ON THE QUILT by Stephanie Grace Whitson is an exciting Inspirational American West Historical Romance set in Nebraska. #3 in "The Quilt Chronicles",but can be read as a stand alone. See,"The Key on the Quilt" and " The Shadow on the Quilt". Join Emilie Rhodes and Noah Shaw on a journey of faith,healing,forgiveness,hope,heritage,brokenness and love. This is the conclusion to "The Quilt Chronicles",I hate to see it end,really. What a lovely story of faith,courage,secrets,and the power of love,forgiveness,and healing. Noah(The Man of Many Voices) is feeling adrift,he is a successful lecturer and looking for answers. What he finds is Emilie,who writes for her father's newspaper anonymously, of course. Together, they learn of Noah's heritage and find love and acceptance. A powerful story the story of a quilt and love. Quits often told their own story during the 1800's. I enjoy this author's stories and this was no exception. She is an amazing storyteller,with realistic characters who are not only charming but who are also engaging and realistic. At a time when life was harsh,prejudice was abound and love was hard to find,the characters still keep their keep and courage during difficult times. Loved it! A must read story for anyone who enjoys American West,a treasured quilt,and the power of faith and love. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted May 27, 2013
Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, "The Message on the Quilt" Book Three in The Quilt Chronicles published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Emilie Rhodes.
From the back cover: Unravel the message behind a treasured quilt...
Emilie Rhodes has been taught to think for herself. But thinking for herself soon leads her to want to write "real news". Her newspaper editor father won't hear of it and fires her. When Emilie begins writing anonymously for her father's competition, interviewing speakers at the 1890′s Chautauqua series, she meets and falls in love with "The Man Of Many Voices".
Noah Shaw is unsettled and feels adrift, even though he is a well-respected lecturer and dramatist. He's never felt that he belongs anywhere. His professional life is only one reason he's now in Nebraska. Noah is on a quest to find answers. Everyone always said Grandma's quilt stories were just that-stories. But Noah is not sure...and he's anxious to discover a piece of his past.
But will the truth Noah discovers about his heritage and a treasured quilt prove to bear a message of brokenness--or hope and healing?
Ever see a quilt from the bottom instead of the top? Of course from the top it is wonderful, all the pieces jointly fit together but underneath there is this jumble of thread and stitching that looks absolutely horrendous. Getting Emilie and Noah together is a lot like making a quilt beautiful to see on the top but a mass of work on the bottom. It takes God to make a beautiful quilt out of our lives and Ms. Whitson has given us a wonderful story to show us how He does it. Historical fiction, emerging women's rights and being an orphan, all molded together into a wonderful mosaic. This is a wonderful, fun book. I think this is one of the hardest stories to write as it is all character driven and takes a steady hand to guide the characters through the story while remaining true to each character and these characters are memorable. You come to love these characters as if they were alive (and they are within the pages of this book) and it is a thrill to watch them interact, grow and put aside their distrust, fear and the hurts of their pasts and find peace in their present. Many kudos to Ms. Whitson for a truly memorable book, I am sorry to see this series end however I look forward to the next series from the very talented Ms. Whitson.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted May 15, 2013
Emilie loves to write and wants more then anything to write articles for her fathers paper but her parents are not keen on the idea and after getting herself in trouble for helping with the print press she is not even allowed to write the local goings on column. She is left with a great idea for a story and the competition paper to write for. Noah has come to Nebraska for a job but also to see if he can find out answers about his mother. All he has is her stories and the quilt she made him when he was a boy. When these two cross paths love begins to bloom but when Noah finds out some things about his past that shake him to the core and Emilie’s story causes family problems can they find a way to make it work?
This is the final book in the series and I really liked it.
What I liked: I really liked Emilie. She was frustrated with her parents but still loved them. Her three cousins where also quite likable. Noah was a interesting character and I liked the mystery that came from his past. I also found the big fair they all where a part of quite cool to learn about and it was fun to imagine being there.
What I did not like: As much as I liked the story about Noah and his father I thought it was a little over the top on his reaction. I know it was a time period thing but how that ended was kind of lukewarm. I also thought that Emilie and her parents worked out their issues about her writing way to easily and I was kind of left going really that’s how that ends?
Over all I really liked this book and its easily my favorite of the series. I wish the cousins could have had a chance to have a book as well because I really liked them. I also thought it was neat how the quilt helped Noah learn about his past. This book can easily be read as a stand alone no need to read the first two books. I highly recommend it.
Posted April 14, 2013
This is the third book in the Quilt Chronicles. I have now read 2 out of 3 books and have enjoyed both. Now I want to go back and read the first of the series. The Message on the Quilt was a good story. I liked it and the little twists in the story. Some I could see coming and others not so much. It does have a lot of scriptures, faith and prayer in the story but it all fits great into the story. It shows a slice of life in 1890. Some good, some of it bad. It is a uplifting novel.
The characters where a wide arrange. You had a actress that is aging and down on her luck. Who changes with help of friends she just met. She studies how to play different roles and costumes to change who she wants to be.
Emilie writes for her father's newspaper the woman's page of events. She wants more. Her father and mother want her to stop so he fires her. Emilie has an idea for a series of articles and she decides to go out in the middle of the night to get the work her mother wants her to do so she might have A chance to do articles. While she is their she finds a snake in her family cabin and screams.
Noah is a famous speaker and is out on the stage practicing his speech. He thinks he is all alone and hears a scream. He runs to the aid and finds Emilie. He takes the snake away and escorts her back home. Noah has been alone since his mother died when he was thirteen. He has a lot of faith and quotes the bible, poets, declaration of Independence and Shakespear. He really likes Emilie and her three cousins and her friend Bert.
Noah helps her with her story idea and after her father turns her down without even reading her first article, he comforts her and asks her what she wants. Emilie decides with his help to turn the article into the other newspaper under a fake name. She is happy to see it published.
The supporting characters are interesting and I want to know what happens to them next. What will the Spring sisters do next? What does Grace decide to do. I really thought they helped enrich the story so well.
I know I will be on the lookout for more books by Stephanie Grace Whitson in the future. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
Published April 1st 2013 by Barbour Books 320 pages ISBN:1616264438