Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: Libby Morgan: Reunion

03_Libby Morgan Reunion CoverPublication Date: September 7, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 283

Series: American Heritage Quilt Series
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

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Coming from a long line of seamstresses, Libby has yet to sew anything more than the rudimentary button or hem, but on a visit to Connecticut she learns more than just how to sew patchwork. Set in 1855 New England and London, this tender story, Libby Morgan: Reunion, follows tenacious Elizabeth (Libby) Jane Morgan through her thirteenth summer of new adventures at home and abroad. She is given a birthday gift of sewing tools and fabric, as well as old family letters to use as templates for making her first quilt. Her decision to first read the letters results in questions that only her Grandmother Morgan’s stories can answer—stories of true love, horrible loss and family connections to London nobles. Her keen eye and inquisitive nature draws her family into a mysterious investigation that tests their faith, challenges their ability to forgive, and results in a resurrection and reunion of lost hearts.

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Review: To say that I fell in love with this book would be an understatement. I've always loved stories about quilts and have read most of Jennifer Chiaverini's series, as well as Wanda Brunstetter's quilting series too.

This is a young adult historical set in 1855 and Libby is a wonderful character. I've not read many historical novels with the main character being so young, but from the start I loved Libby. She acts older then her thirteen years, but occasionally will slip up and remind us, she's still not quite a grown woman.

This is more than just Libby's story, it's a family drama too, as she uses letters to create her first quilt, and those letters make up the most intriguing part of the story. They deal with Libby's grandmother Morgan's early life. The story in those letters is heartbreaking.

I loved how the events of the past came full circle in the story, giving Mother Morgan closure to past hurts. I felt sad that her husband, Edward didn't live to learn the truth.

This is a Christian YA historical. Religion isn't front and center here, but there are times when I felt the character's faith was a little bit much considering some of the things that had happened to the characters, but it didn't do anything to detract from the story.

This was a wonderfully well written story, and one that will draw readers in, especially if they have a love for quilts and quilt making.

Rating: 5 flowers

02_Leah Zieber AuthorAbout the Author

Leah A. Zieber is a quilt historian and quilt maker from Temecula, California, specializing in American quilt history and reproduction quilts from the nineteenth century. Her quilts have been exhibited across the country in quilt shows, museums and historical societies and were most recently published in Stars: A Study of 19th Century Star Quilts. Leah has worked closely with Southern California collectors, cataloging, managing, and independently researching their textile collections. Her own collection of antique quilts and related textile items spans one hundred and eighty five years, and she shares her knowledge of American quilt history using her collection in lectures and workshops. Libby Morgan: Reunion is her debut novel and the first in her American Heritage Quilt Series.

For more information please visit Leah Zieber's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Libby Morgan: Reunion Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 1
Review at WV Stitcher

Tuesday, December 2
Spotlight at I'd Rather Be Reading

Thursday, December 4
Interview & Giveaway at Reading Lark

Friday, December 5
Review at Book Nerd

Saturday, December 6
Review at Mel's Shelves

Monday, December 8
Review at Forever Ashley

Tuesday, December 9
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Spotlight at Boom Baby Reviews

Wednesday, December 10
Review at Luxury Reading
Spotlight & Giveaway at Mina's Bookshelf

Friday, December 12
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Monday, December 15
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, December 16
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, December 17
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, December 18
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Friday, December 19
Guest Post at Book Babe

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