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review 2018-06-08 02:33
A satisfying read
The Patchwork Bride - Sandra Dallas
Dallas writes characters especially well. They live and breathe as naturally as you and I. In this book , a modern young woman is a runaway bride, unsure of her love and commitment. The woman she runs to tells her the story of a turn of the century runaway bride – one who runs three times!
This story within a story is the “real” story of this book.The tension grows as the young woman falls in love (or like) and then is disillusioned each time. We watch her character change while she grows in maturity as heartache after heartache consumes her. Each time she (and we) learn a bit more about her character, her needs, the time she lives in and the men she chooses, or who choose her. The modern runaway learns as well.
The middle of the book drags a bit, but stick with the story. There is a surprising twist near the end. The opportunities open to women and the strictures they live under are presented with sympathy for the characters, the place and the time.
This is not Dallas’s best, but it is a satisfying read. You will be glad you stuck with it.
4 of 5 stars


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review 2018-03-11 20:49
The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas
The Patchwork Bride - Sandra Dallas
I love Sandra Dallas and was not disappointed with her new book. 
A very touching,sweet Historical Romance, it is very well written,
has an interesting plot and endearing characters.
Fans of Sandra Dallas will not be disappointed!
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review 2018-01-07 05:33
Piecing Together a Love Story
The Patchwork Bride - Sandra Dallas
The Persian Pickle Club - Sandra Dallas

Ellen is getting older and wondering how long she and her husband, Ben, can stay on their beloved ranch, when her granddaughter, June, gets cold feet and runs from her wedding. Ellen is working on June’s wedding quilt, which contains pieces of the wedding dresses from the women of the family. As the two women sit together, Ellen tells June the stories of one woman, named Nell, and how it took her 3 tries to find the man she would marry. The story of Nell’s first beau, Buddy, is full of cowboy swagger, the second story, about James, is a bit of a shocker, and the story of predictable, solid Wade has a not-so-predictable twist in the end.

The strengths of this book are the depictions of the relationships between the women characters, and the easygoing voice the story is told in. Readers who liked The Persian Pickle Club (which is referred to in this story) are sure to enjoy this latest novel.

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review 2017-05-04 22:07
#31 - The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Patchwork Girl of Oz - L. Frank Baum,John R. Neill

(I know it should be #30. But book 30 was "In the Dark, in the Woods" and I'm not ready to write a review. I am not sure I wil)


Great, as usual! I love meeting new characters (Dorothy is no longer the main character), but still getting to see a bit of the old ones, that was great.

The part with the Horners was hilarious, I love all the puns.

I can't wait to read other Oz stories, this author was a genius!
This was my read for Fantasyland 7 and I earned 3$ for this (262 pages)!
Bank: 45$
Onto The Great Gatsby now, that I chose for Main Street 11.
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review 2017-01-24 01:22
Broken Pieces (Patchworks #1.5) by Toni Aleo
Broken Pieces (Patchwork Series Book 2) - Toni Aleo

BROKEN PIECES takes place at the same time as book one, PIECES.  However, the story is told from Rebecca von Stein’s oldest brother, Oceanus’, point of view.  I loved finding out what was going on with him and hearing his thoughts.  He had a lot on his plate and was suffering emotionally.   


Oceanus is next in line to run the Patchworks clan, after his father, William.  His father originally said he would pass the clan to Oceanus when he turned twenty-five.   Unfortunately, William changed his mind and still has not stepped down as the leader.  The first thing that Oceanus plans to do when he becomes the leader is to change the rule that, “There is to be no romantic mixing between any of the five supernatural clans.”  Oceanus has been secretly dating the daughter of the leader of the Wolves, Taegan Conner.  Time is running out because her father arranged for Taegan to be married to the son of another wolf leader.


I like Oceanus’ character. He is a good big brother, looking out for his siblings.  He is protective.   He is progressive and wants to make contemporary changes to the Works.  He truly loves Taegan and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He is broken by the possibility of them having to marry someone from their own clans.  I like that he is open-minded and believes in love. 


I enjoyed finding out additional information about the stuff that was going on with Rebekah and Ryland; especially at the end of the book, that just added a whole new level of urgency to the story. 


I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this book.  I loved the first novel, PIECES, giving it a five-star review.  BROKEN PIECES is just as skillfully written and exciting.  However, since it happened simultaneously to PIECES, for the most part, I knew what was going to occur.  I really like the story and feel it is a great addition to the series, but it was a four-star read for me.  That being said, if I never read PIECES, I would probably give this story 5-stars.  I enjoyed getting to hear Oceanus’ story and finding out some of the things that went on behind the scenes of the first book.  Toni Aleo’s Patchworks series is a remarkable and thrilling paranormal read.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series, PIECED TOGETHER.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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