Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Threads of Change - A Book Review

Threads of Change by Jodi Barrows is Part I of A Quilting Story.  Lucas desires to spare his granddaughters sorrow from the changes that he know will come when the Civil War starts.  He decides to send all four of them to Texas by wagon train.  He makes all the arrangements and the girls say goodbye to the only home they've known.  Many difficulties arise along the way, but they are relieved when they finally arrive at Fort Worth, Texas.  It will take a lot of hard work, but they are determined to establish a new home.  It seems that their trials have followed them and they have to work hard so they don't fall to the sufferings of prairie life.  Their faith and their quilting are what gets them through.

Upon reading the prologue to this book I was hooked.  It told the account of Elizabeth walking around the front porch of her home in Louisiana.  She was grief stricken with the thought of leaving her home, and as she looked around she was trying to etch everything into her memory so she would not forget a single detail.  This was such a beautiful was to start the book and the way the author told the account pulled at my heart strings.   It was as if she was speaking the language of my heart and exactly how I would feel if I had to leave the only home I ever knew.

The authors writing continues to captivate throughout the entire novel and all the characters are so likable.  I was sad when they were sad and rejoiced when they rejoiced.  I love that the book is a "quilting story".  I have never made a quilt, but I hope to someday.  How I would love to travel back in time and sit around a quilting frame and discuss life with ladies from long ago.  How much wisdom I'm sure they could share.

I'm anxious to read part two of A Quilting Story!  I have a feeling I'm going to love it too!

***Thanks to Moody Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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