Masterpiece Marriage

Title:  Masterpiece Marriage (Quilts of Love Series)
Author:  Gina Welborn
Pages:  240
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
The stage for a wonderfully delightful tale is set in May 1891, when we read about Zenus Dane’s textile factory which has been heavily damaged by a flood collapsing the roof.  Zenus’s cousin, Sean, comes to view the damage along with letting him know what insurance will and won’t cover.  Due to the amount of fabric ruined in spots, Zenus needs a way to recoup some of the financial loss before the bank loan comes due.
Zenus decides to visit his Aunt Priscilla, hoping she will create a unique award winning quilt pattern he can market in his new venture to recoup loss.  However, the last time Zenus visited his aunt words were spoken and silence has been the rule from both sides.  Now Zenus must swallow his pride to talk to his aunt in person or risk losing his factory.  When Zenus goes to see her, he meets his aunt’s neighbor, Mary Varrs, who is quilting with other ladies while Aunt Priscilla works on a task Mary needs within ten days.
Aunt Priscilla is a woman who knows her mind and really runs a tight ship when her ladies are at the quilting bee.  As I discovered though there is more to this lady’s heart which will endear Zenus, Mary and readers to this precious soul.  Priscilla comes across as a hardnosed older lady, but there is something that happened in her past that no one has ever known before.
One of the best aspects of this book compared to some of the other stories in the series is that this one is focused more on the characters than on a quilt or its history.  The social customs of the day were at times quite funny to read about and imagine as well as the interactions between Mary and Zenus.  The tale is told during a time in history when women were expected to stay home and not look beyond that realm.  So the women’s suffrage movements in both positive and negative impacts are a small point in the book, but something to think about as to how it relates to society then and now.  At times, I found myself laughing at the various situations or antics of one of the characters!  The only change I would recommend in future books is the ending as it seemed quite abrupt and left a lot unfinished.
My rating is 4 stars.
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