The Quilted Heart Book Review

Sometimes you want to read a book, but you don’t have alot of time to devote to a new story. A novella is a perfect option for you. A no·vel·la: is defined as a short novel; a fictional prose work that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. The Quilted Heart Omnibus: Three Novellas in One: Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore is a gentle collection of 3 stories that are intertwined and connected by the fabric of a quilting circle.

The Quilted Heart book Review

St. Charles, Missouri in the days and months after the Civil War is an uncertain place. Elsa Brantenberg has lost much in the war but she still has her granddaughter and Maren. Maren has also lost much and is losing her sight as well. When Elsa’s son-in-law returns home after the war, maybe everyone can find that love and forgiveness are still possible after the hurt and pain of the war.


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?

Each of the three novellas tell a story of a different lady in the St. Charles community. God’s love and forgiveness is a thread that connects them all.

Read the first chapter here.

About the author

mona hodgsonAuthor 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.

Connect with Mona Hodgson on her website and Facebook.

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received.

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