Image of The Patchwork Bride: A Novel


Image of The Patchwork Bride: A Novel

Dallas’ lovely story of a runaway bride is heartfelt, joyous and surprising. Dallas pulls the threads of two different tales together with a quilt that represents not only the wedding dresses it is made from, but the patchwork of brides, marriages and family that come together as the tale unfurls. The simple narrative and realistic dialogue make it easy for readers to connect to the characters and eagerly follow a woman’s search for a soulmate, and also her search for herself. Dallas truly comes into her own in the historical sections of the novel, providing a delightful glimpse into life in New Mexico, Denver and Kansas City. The ending may be a surprise for some, but highly satisfying for everyone who loves a sweet, homey romance.

Grandma Ellen is making a quilt from old family wedding dresses for her soon-to-be-wed granddaughter June. That’s when June arrives with news she is calling off the wedding. To help June through her misgivings, Ellen relates the story of her friend Nell, who went through three men before finding the love of her life. On her husband hunt, Nell travels to her aunt’s New Mexico ranch where she works in the kitchen and meets Buddy, a ranch hand. They’re ready to wed when Buddy breaks her heart and Nell heads for Denver. There she finds a job as a waitress, and she then moves on to Kansas City where she becomes a teacher. Along the way Nell has several suitors, but none are quite right. Nell begins to realize she has grown up, and when the right man comes along, she knows it. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 304 pp., $26.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin