Quilts of Love Series
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him. Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?
- Series: Quilts of Love
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (December 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426773633
- ISBN-13: 978-1426773631
Years ago, Gina worked at a news radio station scripting copy until she realized how depressing human tragedy was. Thus she fell in love with writing romances and now only thinks "It is time for a dead body?" when she's at a lull in her newest manuscript. (Warning: Dead bodies aren't found in Gina's writing.) Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. She writes lighthearted historicals featuring spunky heroines and wild-at-heart heroes.
For eleven years, this Oklahoma-raised girl lived in Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children before they headed back to Oklahoma. Her Barbour novellas can be found in HIGHLAND CROSSINGS, A CASCADES CHRISTMAS, and ECPA-bestselling MISTLETOE MEMORIES. This year ushers in the arrival of her full-length novels: THE HEIRESS'S COURTSHIP, THE MARSHAL'S PURSUIT, and MASTERPIECE MARRIAGE.
Mary Varrs needs an illustrator to get the only available female botanist job. The reason is she has no artistic abilities. She grows amazing tomato plants. So she thinks she will call on Priscilla Dan Osbourne to etch a picture of her plants. She's down to the last minute so she doesn't want anyone getting in her way. Zenus Dane's needs all the help he can get since his mill has flooded. He goes to his aunt to ask for help, he meets Mary. Mary wants to be a scientist and try to stop what the country is trying to stop women from doing. She had made a promise, either get a good job or go back to Europe as a courtesan. The unseemly pair find themselves together. I loved the way the author combined the many different situations and personalities together.The author's characterizations were so different and yet they meshed together. Somehow you just couldn't turn the pages fast enough.Even though Zenus and Mary constantly argued, you couldn't help but love t hem. Ms. Welborn presents herself as a clever writer with humor put in. This is a story of a girl that is struggling with deciding to choose between marriage and a career. It definitely is a love story.As you read the book you will see how different the world was back then and how it is now.
I received a complimentary copy of MASTERPIECE MARRIAGE from the author, Gina Welborn and Litfuse Publicity for my view of the book.. No other compensation was given.
I would give this book 5 STARS.