In the 19th century women married for convenience as often as love.
See how God surprises three young women with second-chance love
just in time for the holidays.
* SEAMS LIKE LOVE by Judith Miller: Betrayed by the man she
thought God had designed for her, a resident of the Amana Colonies
packs away her wedding quilts as well as any plans for marriage. But
God has other plans.
* A PATCHWORK LOVE by Stephanie Grace Whitson: A young
widow is headed west to marry a prosperous businessman she barely
knows in order to give her daughter a better life when a snowstorm
strands them in the middle of nowhere.
* THE BRIDAL QUILT by Nancy Moser: A wealthy ingénue--the toast
of New York--inadvertently causes grave injury to a man who saves a
street orphan from her carriage. But then she discovers he is a man
from her past...
Surprised by the possibility of love, each woman must search her
heart, change her plans, make a decision, and patch together a
tender, unexpected life filled with love.
A 3-in-1 collection of Civil War Christmas novellas inspired by the true
story of the Basket Brigade women of Decatur, Illinois. . . .
A Pinch of Love by Judith Miller: Sarah McHenry is drawn to Jacob
Curtis, but can he control his jealousy over her care for other soldiers?
A Stitch in Time by Stephanie Grace Whitson: Lucy Maddox wins the
attention of a handsome private, yet his intentions don’t seem noble to
Silas Tait, who has loved Lucy secretly for years.
Endless Melody by Nancy Moser: Word of Zona Evans’s musical
ministrations reaches her long-lost love, Dr. Cardiff Kensington. Can
love blossom after years apart?
Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in
Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand
of true love....
- Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry
three years ago.
- Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for
- Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans.
- Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret.
- Esther is empowered to choose between two men.
- Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash.
- Jamie and William face a daunting London season together.
My story is "When I Saw His Face." Esther has been a widow for
six years, and is finally seeing her only child marry and move away.
But instead of being lonely, she rather likes her newfound
independence. That independence extends to her realization that if
she chooses romance again, it truly is her choice. How exciting!
Return to Christmases of yesteryear with three seamstresses who use their
talents to succeed in the late 1800s. But can love also be stitched into their lives?
A SEAMLESS LOVE by Judith Miller,1888 – Pullman, Illinois
Hannah Cushman possesses a special talent for embroidered fancywork and
design which secures her a position in the Dressmaking and Millinery Shop in
the Pullman Arcade near Chicago where she encounters childhood friend Daniel
Price. Daniel is disappointed to learn Hannah is being courted by a detective
with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. With two men vying for her attention, will
Hannah seek God’s direction or ignore the warning signs He sets before her?
MENDED HEARTS by Stephanie Grace Whitson,1890 – Nebraska
Rachel Ellsworth has always been encouraged to pursue her passion for art. She
looks forward to taking the Grand Tour on her honeymoon and experiencing the
great museums of Europe. But when tragedy strikes, Rachel's plans are put on
hold and she is forced to stay with two maiden aunts in a small Nebraska town
where the most exciting things that ever happen are quilting bees and the county
fair. Rachel expects her stay in Lost Creek to be temporary--until a letter from
home changes everything. How can a budding artist who loves the big city
expect to find happiness in the middle of nowhere?
Penelope (Pin) Billings and Jonathan Evers have loved each other since they
were children, promising to one day get officially engaged. Both have distinct
talents: Pin for sewing dresses and teaching others to sew and Jonathan—a
doctor right out of school—in helping the people of the village. As adulthood
nears and the time to fulfill their promise seems right, a tragic event pulls them
apart, making both question their future. Will they discover they are stronger
together than apart?