Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Masterpiece Marriage" by Gina Welborn

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About this book:

  “Mary Varrs prefers botany to romance.
  She thinks studying the growth pattern of her tomato seedlings is more time-worthy then pursuing a mate. When she needs illustrations of her prized plants, Mary turns to Priscilla Dane Osbourne for help.
  Zenus Dane also seeks help from his Aunt Priscilla. In order to salvage his flooded textile mill, he wants to sell her hand-drawn quilt patterns alongside his repurposed fabric scraps. No quilter has national name recognition like his aunt, but Priscilla is fiercely protective of her patterns. Convincing her will not be easy.
  It seems Priscilla is the answer to both their prayers. But Priscilla would rather weave a masterpiece marriage for her nephew than save his flooded business. Trouble is, her plans don’t include Mary, whose own growing attraction for Zenus could jeopardize Priscilla’s goodwill toward her. If faced with a decision between love and ambition, will Mary be able to choose?”

Series: Book #24 of the “Quilts of Love” line. {They do not have to be read in order as they are not connected. See my reviews of number #17, “A Promise in Pieces”, Here! Number #18, “A Stitch and a Prayer”, Here! Number #19, “Rival Hearts”, Here!, Number #20, “A Grand Design”, Here! and Number #21, “Hidden in the Stars”, Here!}   

Spiritual Content- Psalm 138:8 at the beginning; Prayers; Church going and Mentions of Church going; ‘H’a are capital; Mary doesn’t understand God’s plan.
*Note: Mentions of D*rwinists; A mention of the god, Venus.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘stupid’ and three forms of ‘idiot’; Arel calls coffee the poor man’s whiskey.

Sexual Content- a “whorehouse” and a man is called a “rake” a few times; Two Semi-detailed kisses and Two Detailed kisses; Touches (which go to barely-above-not-detailed to detailed); Noticing & Staring (semi-detailed); Holly Jane has a crush on Zenus and puts her “plump lips in a seducing pout” (which causes/does nothing); *Spoiler* Mary’s mother left her father to become a mistresses (or courtesan, which ever name you prefer) and Mary is supposed to be one as well if things don’t go well in America. *End of Spoiler*; Love, falling in love and the emotions.

-Mary Varrs
-Zenus Dane
                                        P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1891-92
                                                        214 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens- 
Early High School Teens- 
(and a half)
Older High School Teens- 
My personal Rating- 
First, I’d like to say I had no clue that this was a historical. At all. It also wasn’t written like a historical, so much so that I went back to the first chapter many times. I lost count after five. All that said, the beginning was much better than the ending. I wasn’t a fan of the sexual content that popped up near the end and all the secrets (secrets which I still haven’t gotten, I read the whole book and still feel left in the dark!) Though I wasn’t a big fan of this book, I cracked up at this quote at the beginning because I know some people like this!
“Five minutes in her presence was enough to compel Mary to require a nap from sheer social exhaustion.”

{Giveaway link removed- 7/15/19}

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this review via Litfuse Publicity Group.

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