Friday, January 16, 2015

Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn, a Quilts of Love book

About the Book:
He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.
Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.
Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?
Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.ut the
He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.
Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.
Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?
Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:
Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including "The Heiress’s Courtship." She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.


My Thoughts:
This was the first book I've read by Gina Welborn and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I love to read historical fiction and this book did not disappoint.  From the very beginning it had my attention.  Masterpiece Marriage, kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what had happened in Zenus' past and wondering also who the prince is to Mary Varrs!?  
The book is written around Zenus Dane, who wants to save his business, a textile mill that employs many single mothers, but has just endured a flood.  He meets with his aunt to beg her help-- if she'll design a quilt that can used the damp, but undamaged fabrics in his warehouse.  In the meantime, his aunt is playing matchmaker. 
Mary Varrs just wants to be a professor, but in a time when women are barely allowed to attend college with men.  She hasn't thought about marriage... she is only concerned with proving herself and making something of herself.  In a moment of need, she agrees to be a part of a quilting bee in exchange for artistic renderings she needs to procure a spot as an under-teacher.  
Mary and Zenus don't care much for each other.  They each need something that only Zenus' aunt can help them with.  Can they get along long enough to get what they need accomplished?  

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