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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review - The Christmas Wedding Quilt by Emilie Richards, Janice Kay Johnson and Sarah Mayberry



About The Book:

A FAMILY'S GIFT

When they were young, cousins Ella, Rachel and Jo were always together at their family's lake house. As they grew up, though, they grew apart …until now, as the three must band together to grant a beloved aunt's dying wish: to finish the quilt she began as a gift for her daughter's Christmas wedding.
 
Let It Snow by USA TODAY bestselling author Emilie Richards
Searching for vintage quilting fabric, independent Jo is reunited with the man she thought she'd marry—and proves that sometimes the second time's the charm….
 
You Better Watch Out by Janice Kay Johnson
Ella is desperate when the unfinished quilt goes missing in her care. But a cocky lawyer might just help her find it— and find love.
 
Nine Ladies Dancing by Sarah Mayberry
Shy Rachel risks exposing her secret life when she falls for her quilting teacher's seemingly perfect son.
 
Together, Jo, Ella and Rachel create a Christmas heirloom that's both a wish and a promise—of happiness, hope and love everlasting.



My Thoughts:

Christmas is all about friends and family getting together, and with "The Christmas Wedding Quilt" readers get the best of both worlds - a wonderful collection of short stories about family written by three writing friends! 

I have been a fan of Emilie Richards' quilting novels for many years, so I was delighted to find this book which features quilting as the focal point that brings three cousins together to work on a project for a fourth cousin.  Emilie sets the tone with the intro to the stories with a romantic and cozy tale of reunion and a fresh take at love. Janice Kay Johnson picks up the thread and sews a fun and lively story of unlikely meeting and falling head over heels in love with her contribution, and Australian author Sarah Mayberry finishes up the story with her "down under" take on past love that needs a little polishing to make it shine for the holidays.

This is a wonderful collection of short stories that tie together beautifully with a common theme. There's a little sweetness, a little hotness, and a whole lot of love bundled up here and tied with a gorgeous bow - just perfect for holiday reading!




About The Authors:



Emilie Richards’s many novels feature complex characterizations and in-depth explorations of social issues, a result of her training and experience as a family counselor, which contribute to her fascination with relationships of all kinds. Emilie, a mother of four, lives with her husband in northern Virginia, where she is currently working on her next novel for MIRA Books.




The author of more than seventy books for children and adults, Janice Kay Johnson writes about love and family - about the way generations connect and the power our earliest experiences have on us throughout life. A five time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA award, she won a RITA in 2008 for her Superromance novel Snowbound. A former librarian, Janice raised two daughters in a small town north of Seattle, Washington.



 
Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia. Ever since she learned to read and write she has wanted to be an author. She studied professional writing and literature before embarking on various writing-related jobs, working as a magazine editor and in various story-related roles on Australia's longest running serial drama, Neighbours. She inherited a love of romances from both her grandmothers and fulfilled her fondest wish when she was accepted for publication.



My thanks to Harlequin Books for the advance review copy of this book, via Netgalley.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


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