THE QUILTED HEART: Three novellas in One by Mona Hodgson

Quilted Hearts Books 1-3
Mona Hodgson

The Quilted Heart Omnibus (Quilted Hearts #1-3)
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 21st 2014
WaterBrook Press
 (ISBN13: 9780307731142)
(from Goodreads)
Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, 
the three novellas in 
The Quilted Heart 
tell stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.
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?

Dandelions on the Wind
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren, and she feels compelled to find another job. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan?

Bending Toward the Sun

Dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, Emilie Heinrich is convinced she doesn't have time for love. But when a childhood friend returns to St. Charles, Missouri, after serving in the Civil War, his smile and charm captures Emilie’s eye and her heart. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?

Ripples Along the Shore
Change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boone's Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed Caroline’s husband. Despite her dislike for him, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new, but when Mr. Cowlishaw forbids her—a single woman—to travel with them, will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?

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Mona Hodgson Married forty-one years to her leading man, Mona from Arizona lives in the Southwest where trees have arms instead of branches and salsa is a staple. When Mona Hodgson isn't writing or speaking, she's playing Wii games with her Arizona grandson, spending time with her mom, picnicking, texting her sisters, or chatting on Skype with her grandchildren in Africa.

Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children's books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and upcoming Hearts Seeking Home Series. Her children's books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and her six I Wonder books. Mona's writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications. Mona is a speaker for women's groups, Christian women's retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians.


The author wrote three wonderful stories that blended together perfectly.  The three stories are also marketed as single but being able to read the three stories in one continuous read was lovely. Ms. Hodgson moved the story from one to another, never skipping a beat.  The words flowed smoothly as did the plots. You got to know the women of the stories and their  own personalities. After you read the first story, the second one blends in from the first and same true for the third.
We are introduced to Mauren, Emile, and Caroline who plan to go on a great adventure. Westward Ho!  with the Boone's Lick Wagon Train led by Garrett Cowlishaw, This may lead to many rough moments as Garret was a Confederate soldier that killed Caroline's husband. He told the adventurers that Caroline couldn't go since she was a single woman.Caroline is a widow  and her eyes only roam to one man.  I believe you call that love? Will God intervene and show Garret and Caroline the way? Then we have Mauren and Emile who are both married.  Don't forget Anna.  She will bring a surprise to the read.?
This was a trio of ales that Ms. Hodgson wrote that were very hart warming.You have the sorrow of the Confederate War and its aftermath.  Families lost, farms and acreage lost or left in ruins. Husbands, fathers, and sons that some didn't come back.  The ones that did had a hard time with the nightmares, let alone the rebuilding and learning to live a half ways normal life again.

Will everyone adventure westward with the wagon train?  Will Gabby's papa and his intended go and leave his mother-in-law.?    Will Caroline go on the wagon train or will Garret forbid her?
I simply loved the way Ms. Hodgson wrote one tale into another so fluidly and smoothly.  She adds the belief of God and each of the characters relationship with him

I want to read about the adventures of the wagon train, who went, what kind of situations happened.  I just want to know it all.   I loved the characters.  They weren't dull be no means.  They were real characters. 

Please don't pass this book up.  You get three stories in one book that are actually one story.  Pick up a copy and learn about the small town of Missouri and the people who live there.  Maybe you'll get the bug to go on the wagon train and go  Westward Ho!

I was given a complimentary copy of THE QUILTED HEART OMNIBUS from the author Mona Hodgson and  waterbrookmultnomah Blogging For Books Program for my own opinion.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 Wagon Wheels.

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A Shari Markham Mystery



Angel Killer (Shari Markham Mystery, #1)

Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 1st 2013
Oak Tree Press
 (ISBN13: 9781610090797)

OVERVIEW: (from Goodreads)

The death of a child is every mother’s nightmare. But what if the child has no mother? What if their little bodies are discarded like garbage and no one even seems to care that they’re gone?

Shari Markham, psychologist for the Dallas Police Department, knows what it feels like to be unclaimed and unwanted. She can’t turn away, even if it means demons dancing in her dreams at night. But when her relentless pursuit of information to help apprehend this madman gets a little too close, he turns the tables, warning her that his next scheduled victim will be her own three-year-old granddaughter, Angel!
P.J.  Nunn

As with most things, PJ Nunn's career started out as something else entirely. She started out in retail then moved to property management. That led to teaching high school, then serving as a counselor and liaison to the local police youth services division. She also spent five years as chairperson of the Coryell County Child Welfare Board and spent years counseling abuse victims and serving law enforcement as a trauma counselor and consultant (something she still does today). When she moved to Dallas, a family illness caused her to leave a job teaching psychology at Dallas County Community College District to become a freelance writer, but found that a few favors she was doing for friends—writing press releases and setting up book signings—was better suited to her talents and her drives.
In 1998, she founded BreakThrough Promotions, now a national public relations firm helping authors, mostly of mystery novels, publicize themselves and their work.  The business is thriving and PJ is excited about the release of her first novel, ANGEL KILLER.  PJ lives with her husband and some of their five children near Dallas, Texas.
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ANGEL KILLER is the first book in the series, Shari Markham Mysteries. The book is written in the third person narrative.  Location: Dallas ,Texas.  The plot is based on the horrendous murders of small children.  This is every mother's nightmare.  That her baby will start walking to school and never gets there, or playing in the yard and you look out to check on her and she's gone.  What happens if that poor child has no mommy?   The minute you open the book you are in the middle of a dark evil story that you just can't let go.  Kidnapped children has become an everyday event, some where, some place it is happening.  It is so sad and makes your heart weep. The story  drags you into the suspenseful story of heart break, murder, evil, and the constant fear that the next child taken could be yours or no one's.
Shari Markham works for the Dallas Police Dept. as a criminal profiler and psychologist. Shari is brought in on the investigation of the strange deaths of these little children.. She gets a bit too close for the killer's comfort and things hit too close to home for Shari. Why is this affecting Shari so much?  Will Shari be able to solve the mystery?  Will her investigation end in tragedy or will her life return to normal?  Will the murderer continue killing or will he get his dues?
Tragedy of this sort can hit anyone, even you.  It isn't planned a lot of the time.  You might think you are keeping a close watch on your babies, but keep that watch up and do as much as you can.  Once those babies are gone, you don't get them back.  These sick people who takes these children don't care.  The little ones are just trash to be thrown out for the  garbage. 
The author, PJ Nunn wrote a book that was so realistic.  It was about a subject that you could relate to in different ways. I would recommend this book to anyone.  It may be a wake up call for some or informative for others.  We can't close our eyes, it's reality that hits every day.

I was given a complimentary copy of ANGEL KILLER from the author, PJ Nunn for my personal view.  No other compensation took place.
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MAISY and the MISSING FILES by Elizabeth Woodrum

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Maisy and the Missing Mice 


(The Maisy Files) 

 Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

 Publication Date: September 24, 2013  Publisher: Independent 
 Pages: 75
  Recommended Ages: 6 to 10


Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

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About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth WoodrumElizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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