The Key on the Quilt (Quilt Chronicles Series #1)

The Key on the Quilt (Quilt Chronicles Series #1)

by Stephanie Grace Whitson


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Enter a historic Nebraskan prison where three women find betrayal, love, and ultimate truth. Jane Prescott is serving a ten-year sentence for murder. Can a broken spirit be healed behind bars? Matron Mamie Dawson feels called to help the wounded women in her charge. Will a guard’s attentions keep her from her mission? Warden’s wife Ellen McKenna has changed her preconceptions about these female prisoners. Will it be enough to save her from a life-or-death situation? Will the cryptic quilt connecting their lives expose the truth of one woman’s past and ensure a better future for them all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616264420
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Series: The Quilt Chronicles , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two-time Christy finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in southeast Nebraska. Her husband and blended family, her church, quilting, and Kitty--her motorcycle--all rank high on her list of "favorite things." Learn more at

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Key on the Quilt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CynthiaT More than 1 year ago
The story is very well written, the characters are very engaging. I enjoy discovering new authors to enjoy and this is going to be a series I will re-read. Definitely recommend it!
Donna65738 More than 1 year ago
I really admire the way the author weaves this story together and ties all loose end together. Lots of unexpected twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an exceptional book written about women's lives within the prison walls and how the faith of a few helped to change their lives forever. Easty-to-read, funny in places, sad in places, but overall excellent. I highly recommend reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a gentle book from the past this book and writer is your read. It is nice to read a book without all the current vulgar language and sexual scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was refreshing to read a new plot Sometimes I feel like Im reading the same story over and over with a new location and new character names. Thanks Srephanie for new original story. Im looking forward to the next one in the seies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
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Thank you to reviewer wfnren. Now I don't have to purchase the book, you told everything in the review
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Jane Prescott is serving a 10 year sentence for a murder believed to have been committed by Jane Marquis. Jane Prescott and Jane Marquis are the same person, but she went back to using her first married name after being convicted of murdering her husband Owen Marquis. She has a nine year old daughter, Rose Prescott, who went to live with Jane's sister Flora after the murder. Jane didn't give any reason for murdering Owen, a good man as far as anyone knew, except when he was drinking, then he became very abusive to Jane and that was never in public. He never hurt Rose, except for the fact that she heard and saw the abusiveness. Jane had one person in town who tried to fight for her at the trial, but she wouldn't let him and she wouldn't say anything in defense of herself as to why she shot Owen. Dr Max Zimmer had seen the bruises and broken ribs as he watched her go to a silent obedient wife. He also treated Rose when she received an injury while Owen was teaching her to shoot a gun. During her time in prison, Jane wrote to Rose and waited for Flora to bring her for a visit. After she'd been in there for a while she received a short note from her sister to quit writing to Rose because it was too upsetting to her and if she tried to continue there was a chance she'd move so Jane wouldn't know where they were. Dr Zimmer continued to fight to get her out as he didn't think she was capable of commiting the crime she'd been convicted of. When he went to visit her after she'd served a few years one of the prisoners, Pearl Brand, attacked another prisoner who was pregnant, along with the warden. Dr Zimmer, being on site, treated the prisoner and delivered her baby. Jane was the prisoner selected to go with Vestal to be treated at the wardens house, but she and Max did not speak even one word to each other as that was not allowed. The next day, after visiting with the warden about the reason for coming to see him, to request a letter to take to the governor so Jane could be released, he got to see Jane and explain what he was doing. She told him to forget it and to not bother her again. Jane had found a way to get through her ten year sentence by not thinking about the future when she would be free to see Rose again and have her daughter back. If she allowed Max to get her hopes up, she would have to start the process of forgetting where she was all over again, she just couldn't allow that to happen. After the prison dust up, Pearl was not held with the other women and the warden's wife started helping out and would guard the women on Sunday's. After services one Sunday, the preacher's wife lost a necklace so that night Ellen took Jane to help her search for it and clean as they were looking. They didn't know that Pearl had escaped her cell with the help of a guard and had a homemade weapon. Ellen sent Jane to get a broom and when she returned Pearl had Ellen held hostage and now she would have Jane also. All the women were afraid of Pearl so Jane knew not to even talk to her but Ellen didn't, which worked out for them, she ended up finding out what the whole plan was. Max decided it was taking his wife an awful long time so he went looking for her, when Pearl saw him she jumped to stab Ellen, but Jane jumped up and diverted the attack to save the warden's wife and got stabbed instead. Yep, that's it, you have to read it now! Stephanie did a great job with this book and holding your interest throughout. This is a must read! I just can't say enough good about this book. I am really anxious for the second book in this series, Shadow of a Name, to some out this September. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley. 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.”
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Jane is in prison for murder. Mamie is the Matron of the ladies ward of the prison and Ellen is the Wardens wife. The book starts off introducing us to each of these woman and slowly they come together and the story start to take shape. Jane has a daughter named Rose that she misses terribly. She struggles to adjust to prison and also when Max shows up a man from her past she deals with her feeling for him. Max was the man who danced with Jane and causes the final fight that ended in the death of Jane's husband. He does not think Jane should be in jail and works hard to get her released. What I liked: I liked how this book told the story from three very different people. You have the prisoner Jane, the Matron who watches over her Mamie and the new warden’s wife Ellen. There is also a few chapters with Max and Rose telling as well which just adds to the storyline. The detail in this book was really good I felt like I was right there with the characters. What I did not like: There where a few times I felt the book was dragging a little. I wish there had been a small epilogue. This is book one in a series so hopefully we might see a little more of these characters again in the next book. Over all I really enjoyed this book. I have not read a book about woman in jail in this time period before and I found it very informative and I gather the author spent a lot of time researching and it showed. I highly recommend this book!