Fifty has a lot more solid ring to it, but 44 is the number of books I ended up with for this post. That's because several of the books I read, in all consciousness, I cannot recommend. On the flip side, several books I do recommend can be yours. Sound intriguing?! Read on, my friends, to find out how to enter our book giveaway.
What's inspired this mega book review, you might be wondering? Well, lately, I've been reading novels that have a sub-theme of sewing/quilting. And since I like both... sewing and reading, these book themes really resonated with me. So, this past month, I also recruited my book club friends to help me read books with this theme. Some of the reviews below are mine and others are from these trusted friends of mine. I couldn't have done this post without The Literary Ladies - a huge thanks goes out to them!
This post also has a few sponsors, which I will thank right now: Barbor Books who is the publisher of Wanda E. Brunstetter's books; Marie Bostwick who writes the Cobble Court Quilts series; Molly MacRae, author of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries; and Cate Price, author of Deadly Notions Mysteries. All of these authors are donating a book to give away to my readers. At the bottom of this post, please leave a comment and tell me if you have read any of these books or another book not listed with a sewing/quilting theme. You have until Monday, February 9th at Midnight MST to enter. I will announce the winners on this post on Tuesday, February 10th at 8 a.m. MST. Each winner will receive one of these outstanding books.
Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction:
1. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana , by Gayle LemmonFalling To Pieces, by Vannetta Chapman
3. Deadly Notions Mysteries, by Cate Price4. Cobble Court Quilts Series, by Marie Bostwick
Dyeing Wishes, by Molly MacRae
, by Jennifer Chiaverini:
The author states that these books do not necessarily have to be read in the order they were written, but the later ones will give away some events if not read in order.
11. The Quilter's Apprentice, by Jennifer Chiaverin
I love the detailed descriptions of the women in this book and the quilts these women worked on during a retreat centered around making quilts for the Linus Project (The Linus Project is a real charity which donates quilts to children. For more details about this organization go HERE). I wish there was a real group called the Elm Creek Quilters that offer retreats like this because I would join them!
The Seamstress a Memoir of Survival, by Sara Tuvel Bernstein
17. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, by Jennifer Chiaverin
Stitches in Time Sewing and Baking Series by Dee-ann Black
18. The Tea Shop Cakes, Ice Cream and Afternoon Tea
|I read this book for book club back in 2004. The story takes place during the 1930's, during hard times and the depression. A group of women join together to sew/quilt and improve themselves. It was a fun read, a mystery with interesting characters.|
22. The Sewing Circle: One Woman's Mentoring Shapes Lives in Four Stories of Love, by Andrea Boseshaar, Pamela Boeshaar, Pamela Kaye Tracy, Cathy Marie Hake, & Sally Laity
23. Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty a Slave, and Four Years in the White House, by Elizabeth Keckley
24. Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing, by Kathy Cano-Murillo
This story is an adaptation from the Brothers Grimm of "The Brave Little Tailor". I liked this rendition and love the brilliance of the Little Seamstress as she approaches challenges.
, by Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes is one of my personal favorite British children's authors and illustrators. "Ella's Big Chance" is set during the roaring twenties. This is a cute, fun child's book about Ella, her friend Buttons the delivery boy, and her father, a dress maker. She loves to help her father in his dress shop but when her father remarries, that Cinderella twist comes into play. I especially love Shirley Hughes illustrations. In 2003, this book won the Kate Greenaway metal.
, by Erla Young
36. Something From Nothing, by Phoebe Gilman
Listen to this sweet children's novel HERE. This book provides a good lesson for children illustrating a grandfather's refashioning skills. This Jewish folktale is about a favorite coat that gets "repurposed" until there's nothing left but a story. "I like best the illustrations in Something from Nothing because of the darling little mouse family living under the floorboards that decorate their home with all the clippings that fall through the cracks." (Reviewed by Susan)
This book was the 2000 Caldecott Metal winner. It's the same Jewish folktale as "Something From Nothing" yet this book actually has holes throughout the book. (Reviewed by Susan)
, by Jeff Brumbeau
, by Jeff Brumbeau
41. The Purple Coat, by Amy Hest
42. Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History, by Sue Stauffacher
41. The Purple Coat, by Amy Hest
series, Ready to Wear, by Chloe Taylor
|This is book one of a sweet series for young readers. Zoey is a very likable 7th grade girl who dares to design and sew her own clothes. She also blogs about her designs at Sew Zoey. I liked the upbeat attitude this spunky and daring girl has.|
to give away to 4 lucky winners - leave a comment below and let me know which of the following books you'd like to receive:
1) GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS, by Cate Price If the winner has already read it, they can choose #2 or #3 in the series instead. To purchase Cate Price's books, see this LINK.
2) The Half-Stitched Amish Quilt Club, by Wanda E. Brunstetter. This book was donated by her publisher Barbour Publishing.
3) Between Heaven and Texas , by Marie Bostwick author of the Cobble Court Quilts Series. This book was donated by the author. You can learn more about Marie Bostwick's books HERE.
4) The winner can choose between the four titles in the Haunted Yarn Shop series by Molly MacRae: "Last Wool and Testament"; "Dyeing Wishes"; "Spinning in Her Grave"; "Plagued by Quilt". You can purchase her books HERE.
DEADLINE: Leave a comment by Monday, February 9th, Midnight MST for your chance to win one of these books. USA, DPO or APO shipping addresses only.
Enjoy this list and please feel free to share it with your friends! xoxo Grandma
February 10, UPDATE:
Here are the four winners, if your name is on this list, please e-mail me an address to ship your free book to within the next 24 hours so I can have the authors/publishers send you your free book.
- Elizabeth Obih-Frank
- Iryna Boehland
- Linda Steaples
- Jeanie Dannheim