Marie Bostwick's Between Heaven and Texas, part of her Cobbled Court Quilts series, is due out on April 30. I reviewed if for Library Journal's April 15 issue. First a note. Library Journal reviews have a few more plot spoilers than my normal reviews. Libraries are the primary market for these reviews, so there are usually more plot description than I normally have in my reviews. However, Between Heaven and Texas was a terrific book, and I wanted to share the review. Readers might be interested even if they haven't read the other books in the series.
Here's the review as it was submitted, reprinted here with permission.
Even when they were young girls in the town of Too Much, Texas, Mary
Dell Templeton’s tendency to speak her mind set her apart from her twin
sister, Lydia Dale. After both young women succumb to the family’s
“fatal flaw” (falling for “a certain sort of man”), it is sisterhood
that gets them through rough times—everything from Lydia's divorce to
the birth of Mary Dell’s beloved son, who has Down syndrome, to the
subsequent disappearance of Mary Dell's husband. The
sisters, inspired by a long line of determined Texas women, set about
running a ranch on their own and launching Mary Dell on the path to
becoming a quilting legend.
VERDICT Fans of Bostwick’s five Cobbled
Court Quilt novels will relish this prequel for the opportunity to see
high-spirited Mary Dell Templeton in her younger years. It’s a book for
those who enjoy novels featuring sassy, independent women, Southern
novels with witty dialogue, or stories featuring quilting. Readers
looking for stories of families dealing with children with special needs
may also appreciate the realistic handling of the issues involving the
birth of a child with Down syndrome.
Marie Bostwick's website is www.mariebostwick.com
Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick. Kensington. 2013. ISBN 9780758269294 (paperback), 352p.
FTC Full Disclosure - Library Journal sent the book so I could review it for them