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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Ripples Along the Shore : Review -Author Mona Hodgson

Ripples Along the Shore
Quilted Heart series book 3

Author - Mona Hodgson
Publisher - Waterbrook Press released 21.5.13


Third charming eNovella in Mona Hodgson's Quilted Hearts Series, the reader is re-introduced to recently Civil war-widowed, Caroline Milburn. Returning to her sister's home in St Charles isn't her desired choice, but serves as the catalyst to search her heart for next steps. Her brother in law's less than welcoming stance, a misguided step toward a steamboat acquaintance, and God's call to her heart propels Caroline to step toward a new future.

When those steps are stymied, Caroline refreshes her spirit with the truths learned during Thursday's Quilted Hearts group discussions. "..scraps..are like the circumstances in our lives. Remnants to be reclaimed and used by God as He stitches our hearts together.. a quilted heart is a transformed heart..that comes when we humble ourselves before the Lord." Though Caroline believes, "there were no straight lines in her life. Only jagged edges", she chooses to humble herself, believing for the rest of the scripture, "and He will lift you up."

Caroline takes initiative in pursuing a paid position with the local dry goods store with the intention of providing her own housing away from the crowded setting at her sister's. She remains undeterred from her dream of moving west, but modifies her travel date in light of the rejection from this year's wagon train captain.

The eNovella ends with the quilting sisterhood gathering for their farewell session,learning of each other's plans and provisions made for both those leaving and those remaining.

Readers are left anticipating the next part of the journey in Prairie Song, book 1 of the Hearts Seeking Home expected Aug. 6th release...

The characters are vivid, genuine, and likeable,leaving me wanting more. More of the story, more of the people, and more goodness for each of them. I for one, am looking forward to starting the new series of their Westward Ho.

Highly recommended reading as a series for connection with the characters and continuity.


*Appreciation to Waterbrook Press for an ecopy to read and review without obligation.

Find more on author Mona Hodgson at her page
and further FHC author info HERE for
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