I’ve been enjoying novellas lately, so I was excited to read this collection, The Quilted Heart by Mona Hogdson, published by Water Brook Press.
Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace?
I really enjoyed this book, for the most part. I loved the friendships within the community, and the sweet woman Mrs. Brantenburg who was a mentor to all of them and always spoke such wisdom. I know a lot of us long for that kind of Titus 2 mentor, and I really enjoyed her character throughout the stories. I also enjoyed the strong faith, and coming back to faith that we see through many of the characters.
I also loved the fact that the stories picked up where the previous left off, yet were still complete in their own right. Each novella is a complete story, but they also work together to form a larger story, told through the viewpoints of different characters.
I particularly enjoyed Dandelions on the Wind. I believe it was my favorite story.
My only complaint about this book would be the final story, Ripples on the Shore. I felt that the story ended quite abruptly and seemed to be incomplete. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I will leave it at that, but I wish the author had saved this one for a full-length novel, because the story seemed to be leading to a place it never fully arrived and left me feeling a bit unsatisfied at the end of an otherwise great book.