About Quilts of Love:
Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.
About the book:
He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?
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?
Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.
About the Author:
Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including The Heiress’s Courtship. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at her website.
I will have to admit this was not my favorite Quilts of Love series book, I found it too hard to try to relate to Mary Varrs who seems to be quite liberated in her day and age. She’s not seeking marriage and so when handsome Zenus arrives on the scene she isn’t prepared for the feelings that come over her – especially since Zenus’ Aunt wants him paired with another woman. I found Mary to be so wrapped up in building a career for herself that she forgot to look around her to see what God wanted and I honestly found her to whiny for such an independent woman. Zenus was the same way though, whiny in a way only men can be – he was brooding over losing the woman he loved to another and then ultimately her death.
I will say I still gave this book a 5 star on Goodreads because I enjoyed the setting, late 1800’s always has appealed to me in regards to settings and historical content. Even though I couldn’t relate to the characters as much I still enjoyed the characters around them that built up the stories especially Zenus’ Aunt who had a level head and sought to be hospitable to those who entered her home and desired to help those who truly need it – of course she asked that they help in return. Although this wasn’t my favorite Quilts of Love book I still recommend it because, like for me, it opened me up to a new author, I’ve never read Gina Welborn other books, and it does have a quaint charm like other books set in the late 1800’s.
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