Book Review: “The Message on the Quilt” by Stephanie Grace Whitson

May 27, 2013 at 11:04 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, “The Message on the Quilt book coverThe Message on the Quilt” Book Three in The Quilt Chronicles published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Emilie Rhodes.

From the back cover:  Unravel the message behind a treasured quilt…

Emilie Rhodes has been taught to think for herself.  But thinking for herself soon leads her to want to write “real news”.  Her newspaper editor father won’t hear of it and fires her.  When Emilie begins writing anonymously for her father’s competition, interviewing speakers at the 1890’s Chautauqua series, she meets and falls in love with “The Man Of Many Voices”.

Noah Shaw is unsettled and feels adrift, even though he is a well-respected lecturer and dramatist.  He’s never felt that he belongs anywhere.  His professional life is only one reason he’s now in Nebraska.  Noah is on a quest to find answers.  Everyone always said Grandma’s quilt stories were just that–stories.  But Noah is not sure…and he’s anxious to discover a piece of his past.

But will the truth Noah discovers about his heritage and a treasured quilt prove to bear a message of brokenness—or hope and healing?

Ever see a quilt from the bottom instead of the top?  Of course from the top it is wonderful, all the pieces jointly fit together but underneath there is this jumble of thread and stitching that looks absolutely horrendous.  Getting Emilie and Noah together is a lot like making a quilt beautiful to see on the top but a mass of work on the bottom.  It takes God to make a beautiful quilt out of our lives and Ms. Whitson has given us a wonderful story to show us how He does it.  Historical fiction, emerging women’s rights and being an orphan, all molded together into a wonderful mosaic.   This is a wonderful, fun book.  I think this is one of the hardest stories to write as it is all character driven and takes a steady hand to guide the characters through the story while remaining true to each character and these characters are memorable.  You come to love these characters as if they were alive (and they are within the pages of this book) and it is a thrill to watch them interact, grow and put aside their distrust, fear and the hurts of their pasts and find peace in their present.  Many kudos to Ms. Whitson for a truly memorable book, I am sorry to see this series end however I look forward to the next series from the very talented Ms. Whitson.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Thank you for making my day. I’m so thankful to know that Emilie and Noah captured your imagination and made you believe they were real. That’s honestly some of the highest praise I could receive for a story. THANK YOU.

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