Author: Marie Bostwick
Synopsis: This is an advanced review, so I’m going to stick to the blurb on the back of the book.
In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there. . .
Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.
While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted–a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable. . .
“Powerful, inspiring, and uplifting!” –Robyn Carr
Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: Readers of Marie Bostwick’s Cobble Court series will recognize the name Mary Dell. She’s definitely one of the more vibrant characters from this series. If you’ve read the past books, you will know that Mary Dell is a single mother to a son, Howard, who has Downs Syndrome. You also know that her husband left her for this reason. But in this book, we get to see the back story.
I personally enjoyed Mary Dell’s brash personality, and her fashion sense always made me laugh. You have to admire her. If there is one thing that I think defines her as a character, it is that she is true to herself. In a world of rampant imitation, this is a refreshing trait. This really was an uplifting book. I highly recommend it.
This book is available for purchase on April 30th. If you visit the author’s site, you can get her to sign the book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author. I, unlike the New York Times Book Review, did not receive money for my review which is why my review is more honest. This is a concept that the FTC fails to grasp. Contrary to popular belief, advanced review copies of books are not worth a great deal monetarily speaking. In fact most books are worth less than half its value within a year of purchase. This is another concept the FTC has not grasped. If you purchase a book that I thought highly of and do not like, that is life. Taste in books is subjective. This is a concept that some asinine person in the FTC has not yet grasped. The purpose of the statement is to comply with the FTC regulation while providing a not so subtle hint that they are not the brightest bulbs in the box and that they should spend their time doing more worthwhile things than hounding people who have book blogging hobbies.