Friday, September 6, 2013

Threads of Change by Jodi Barrows - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Threads of Change
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2013)
Jodi Barrows

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Over the past twenty years, Jodi has remarkably touched thousands of quilters throughout the world with her unique method called Square in a Square®. Her point of view provides the quilter with the freedom to create most any quilt design with speed and accuracy.

Jodi has spoken to quilting audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy and S. Africa. She has appeared as a guest on several quilting shows, including TNN’s Aleene’s Creative Living, TNN’s Your Home Studio, Perfecting Patchwork on Family Net TV and a pbs series with Kaye Wood.

Jodi was raised in southwest Kansas, has two grown sons, and is married to Steve, her high school sweetheart.


Conflict develops in the South,

Four granddaughters travel into uncertainty,

And Grandfather sells their precious home.

In the first book of A Quilting Story series, the four cousins-with social graces, charm, and a love for quilting-will face the anguish of life on the frontier in 1856 with every turn along the wagon trail. Raging storms and adversities hit the small band of travelers. Relieved to finally arrive at the abandoned military post at Fort Worth, Texas, they begin the hard work of establishing a new home. When trials follow them, they must decide to become true warriors of their hearts, minds, and souls or fall to the sufferings of prairie life.

Join the four women on a passage of friendship, love, and self-discovery as lives are mended around the quilting frame.

My Thoughts:
This is what life is all about.  Take a risk, see if you can fly.  Regardless of the outcome or what may develop, it is better to try than always wonder.”  (p. 35)

Grandpa Lucas is a very wise man.  The words he shared with Thomas on one of their last fishing trips together were spoken as if he had known the day would come when he would have to leave behind generations of memories, and of a hearty livelihood provided by the mill that had ultimately robbed the family of a priceless love while also providing a way to escape the looming Civil War.

Elizabeth (Liz) and her sister Meagan head west with their cousins Abby and Emma to Fort Worth, Texas on the brink of the Civil War.  Even traveling with Texas Rangers, they cannot avoid the hazards of the trail, and when they finally arrive at their destination, they find more and different dangers await.  Some dangers aren’t so obvious and prove even more emotionally challenging.  Survival is never certain, and loss seems to be ever lurking.  It is no wonder that people of yesteryear were as hearty as they were! They had to be to survive!

This is Jodi Barrows first work of fiction, and I must say it is a fine start.  This genre, and her writing style work  together to take readers back in time to ponder eternal truths.  This is a thoughtfully written story that will leave readers encouraged and hope-filled!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Threads of Change, go HERE.

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