Publication Date: 5 June 2018
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Copy from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press
“He might look like the hottest thing since Texas chili, but he’s awful high and mighty. Too much ambition for a cowboy. He reads books, that one. He’s a knowin’ man. Don’t mind him.”
–Warning from Aunt Lucy
This delightful tale begins as a recounting of a story to Ellen’s granddaughter, June, who has run off from her fiancé to rethink her wedding plans. As Ellen stitches on a quilt for June’s wedding, she recounts various tales of a young woman who once ran away from marriage three times. The recounting of the vivacious Nell’s journey toward matrimony begins in 1898 as she meets the charming cowboy described in the opening quote above. How could Nell bring herself to leave Buddy, a man who looks like “the hottest thing since Texas chili?” But move on, she did!
Ellen continues the story over the course of her granddaughter’s visit regaling her with Nell’s other trips toward marriage that never quite materialized. The story is an interesting, enjoyable read with vivid characters that take you right back in time. Nell journeys to the country and back to the city as she struggles to find a husband and a life that will fulfill her.
The story spans decades as Ellen recounts and stitches along on the wedding quilt. Each piece tells a story that unfolds for the reader as it progresses. The similarity in generations becomes apparent by the end of the book and a poignant tale comes to a pleasant ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed the ranch talk and the salty characters that were part of Nell’s life. The book highlights families, expectations, and the true meaning of love and marriage. A truly enjoyable read!
This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.