Friday, April 19, 2013

Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick

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

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


Beth Hoffman said...

Wonderful review, Lesa! You really grabbed my attention. I've not read any of Marie Bostwick's books, and I think it's time that I did!

Lesa said...

You could start with this one, Beth. It acts as a prequel because people meet Mary Dell later in life in the series.