Calico, Kansas, 1875: The four youngest women of the Calico sewing circle are on a mission to help those in need in their small town. Calico Brides is another book from the “Romancing America” series and contains four novellas written by Darlene Franklin. Gladys Polson decides to brighten the spirits of the wealthiest man in town, where she meets Haydn Johnson who has come to town to help him out. Together will they be able to fulfil the old man’s “Birthday Wish”?
Annie Bliss knows how lonely a soldier’s life can be from reading her brother’s letters. She decides to knit socks, hats and mittens for the soldiers at the nearby fort. But fort chaplain Jeremiah Arnold is determined to keep her away from direct contact with the men, especially himself. What will happen with “Miss Bliss and the Bear”?
Former saloon girl and new Christian Birdie Landry barely makes a living sewing for the town. But she wants to help other saloon girls escape the life and decides to make suitable clothes for them. Storekeeper Ned Finnegan wants to help her, but she is reluctant to receive help without paying for it. Ned is determined, however and sets up “Buttons for Birdie” to get the town involved.
Schoolteacher Ruth Fairchild is determined to help the three orphaned Pratt children as much as she can. But when their Uncle Beau arrives to take care of them he refuses to accept any help, and disagrees with any advice she offers. Will she be able to provide “A Blessing for Beau”?
I really enjoyed this book! I almost wish it was not divided up into the four separate stories because it reads like one full story made up of four parts. The stories are very interconnected and well written, all four women appear in each of the stories, along with their man after their story.
Reaching out to those in need around us is a major theme in this book. Each one of the women does that, and three cases the person they want to help is reluctant. (In Birdie’s case people want to help her but she does not want it) Still they persevere and everything works out.
On the whole this is a wonderful book! I give it five out of five stars.
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