This book sucked me right in! I had my doubts at first because I am NOT a romance novel reader. However, it captured my attention and I found it very interesting. I am a grief therapist and I found that this was an excellent book about recovering from loss, years later. Also, I am a quilter, and there is a LOT of quilting in this. What fun!
This is the second book by Emilie Richards I've read and I really enjoy the depth of her characters. The interactions are so real and human and touching. I guess Im at the age where a story about interactions between three generations of women in a family has me thinking about those relationships in my life. I like the fact that the characters are not prefect and they dont fit into a set formula. They are flawed and honest and I enjoyed the journey.
What a wonderful story. Not only does the author catch the details of the era in which the action is set, but she also is honest in the emotions of her characters. Three generations of women in a family that reflects the trials and tribulations of our country over the last 80 years. And for anyone interested in quilting the subplot offers a wonderful appreciation for that time honored art.
I usually don't like books like this, but once I got into this story and learned more about the strength of Helen an expert quilt and family matriarch; Helen's daughter Nancy, who has had quite the uphill battle to overcome her simple country roots; and Tessa, Nancy's daughter who has lost a daughter and is determined to keep the drunk driver behind bars. the more of this book I read, the more I adored the women that I have met and the message that they tell.
Helen is now getting to the age where it's harder for her to take care of her home and her farm and when Nancy and Tessa go out for a visit they are shocked at what has become of Helen. Indomitable Helen just isn't able to do it all anymore, and when they arrive to discuss leaving her mountain home they are shocked at the mess the place is in. Helen has turned into a hoarder. Remember, she came from a time when you didn't throw anything away, you never know when you might need it again. Now there are just so many piles and such clutter that the home isn't safe anymore. While gathering up and throwing away Tessa finds the old quilts that her grandmother has made and with each quilt a little bit more of her grandmothers and in turn her mothers stories come out.
These three women deeply love each other, but with any family ties there are moments that you could just as easily walk away. But walking away isn't what these women are about and when they are face to face with that truth, you see them fight amongst themselves and those that love them to, come out better strong women in the end.
Family isn't easy but when you combine it was aging, failing marriages and the loss of a child what doesn't tear you apart will in time make stronger bonds that are what help woman who love each other accomplish anything.
First book in the Shenandoah Valley Series
This was a hearwarming tale of two generations of women coming to terms with their past and present, and making choices to improve their future. A good book about personal struggle and finding yourself amidst the pressures of society and life.