Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Key on the Quilt



From a distance, the building may resemble a castle, but it's the last place Jane Prescott, Mamie Dawson, and Ellen Sullivan thought they'd be, and the last place they expected to see love grow.

Broken in spirit and wondering if God has abandoned her, Jane is serving a 10 year sentence at Nebraska State Penitentiary, even as she hides a startling secret. How will one caring physician help unravel the hidden meaning behind Jane's courthouse steps quilt?

Mamie told God she'd go anywhere, never dreaming He'd send her to nurture women the world had forgotten as a prison matron. But while helping those around her, will she stubbornly keep the attentions of a kind guard at arm's length?

Ellen was never going to leave Kentucky, but the marriage made her a Nebraska warden's wife. Can she reach past uncertainty and fear to find God's purpose in it all?

Together, these three women form an unlikely friendship that takes them to the end of themselves and, ultimately, on a journey that proves prison walls can neither frustrate God's plan not keep love out.

My Review:

Stellar for so many reasons.  The unusual plot for one. And the complexity and variety of characters. And how those characters interact and develop relationships with one another. Everything about this book is impeccably written with a unique twist. And that includes romance. Steadfast comes to mind. Enduring. A depth of regard that survives far beyond the first blush of attraction. Definitely makes for a soul-satisfying read.

Fascinating historical details took on new life as the story progressed and caused me to reflect on my own misguided viewpoints. This book made me stretch and grow, both as an individual and a Christian. It's about finding God wherever you are and accepting His children wherever they are. Profound. Fulfilling. Emotional. A journey to remember. This one goes in the keeper pile.

 Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to put the title in the subject line so your entry is easy for me to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 1 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Kav,

    This book sounds fantastic. I've never read Stephanie Whitson, but I like your review of this one.


  2. This book sounds really good and different from anything I've ever read before. I'd love to win a copy.


  3. Thanks Julia. It is a fantastic book. Good luck!

    It's definitely different -- amazing how 'fresh' this historical is. Good luck, Liz.

  4. This book is very different from what I would usually read. Thanks for your review as now I am very interested in the story. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  5. Glad I could pique your interest, Amy! Good luck!

  6. Thank you for introducing us to so many new authors. Please add me!

  7. I've read several of Stephanie's books and have enjoyed them very much. This looks like another book I'd like to read. It would be fun to win a copy so please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.


  8. Please enter me! I love Stephanie Grace Whitson's awesome. :) Can't wait to read this one!


  9. Would love to win this! Thanks

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  10. Sounds like an interesting story!

  11. WOW! This book sounds like none I've ever read before. I very much look forward to reading it and seeing the different perspectives shown through each character's eyes. Friends? I wouldn't think three people in three different 'positions' inside or close to prison walls could come together in friendship. Thanks for the drawing and entering me. I've never read a book by Stephanie and look forward to it.
    purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

  12. I have never heard of Stephanie Whitson, but this books sounds good - I would love the opportunity to read it. I live in Iowa, so a story set in Nebraska would be great! Thank you for a chance at the giveaway!



  13. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  14. I would enjoy this book. Thanks!

  15. Good luck everyone! wish I could send you all a copy!

  16. I never would have thought of a story of a prisoner and a quilt tied together. This is so unusual and sounds like a wonderful story.


  17. This Book sounds wonderful and like to have a chance to win it, Please enter me in the Giveaway.


  18. Please enter me into the drawing for The Key on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson. I am sure I will enjoy the story, as will the others I share the books that I have read with.




  19. Hi Kav , Thank you for another new author. From reading the story - The Key On The Quilt - I would love to have a copy of her book. I have never read any of Stephanie's books and I' m sure I would definitely enjoy this one.

    Mary Duff

  20. This one is definitely unique and well worth the read. Good luck everyone!

  21. The Key on the Quilt sounds so unusual, a very different storyline for Stephanie. Pleas include me!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  22. An interesting storyline, indeed! Please enter me!

  23. Wow. That sounds a very interesting read. I would love the opportunity to be able to read this book.

    Please enter me...

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  24. I just stopped in and wanted to say thank you all for the kind words. I have been a little discouraged with my work-in-progress this week, and the review and those of you who know my books from the past have truly been used of the good Lord to encourage me today to keep on keepin' on. THANK YOU for making my Sunday brighter!

  25. I would love to win this book! I have read the Prairie Wind series and the Dakota Moon series by Stephanie Grace Whitson and I loved them!

  26. Please enter me to win "The Key on the Quilt", by Stephanie Grace Whitson. It sounds like a very interesting plot. I have read all of her books, and she is one of my most favorite authors. Reading her works has helped enlighten me in my walk with the Lord and soothes my soul. Thank you Stephanie for sharing your amazing talents with the world, and thank you Kav for the very helpful contribution you make to readers via your blog!!