The Patchwork Bride: A Novel (Paperback)
From Sandra Dallas, the bestselling author of A Quilt for Christmas, comes the irrepressible story of one woman's quest to find love without losing herself in the American West.
Ellen is putting the finishing touches on a wedding quilt made from scraps of old dresses when the bride-to-be—her granddaughter June—unexpectedly arrives and announces she’s calling off the marriage. With the tending of June’s uncertain heart in mind, Ellen tells her the story of Nell, a Kansas-born woman who goes to the High Plains of New Mexico Territory in 1898 in search of a husband.
Working as a biscuit-shooter, Nell falls for a cowboy named Buddy. She sees a future together, but she can’t help wondering if his feelings for her are true. When Buddy breaks her heart, she runs away.
In her search for a soul mate, Nell will run away from marriage twice more before finding the love of her life. It’s a tale filled with excitement, heartbreak, disappointment, and self-discovery—as well as with hard-earned life lessons about love. Another stunning, emotional novel from a master storyteller.
About the Author
Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of The Bride’s House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale and Tallgrass, among others. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and optioned for films. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.
Praise for The Patchwork Bride:
2019 WILLA "WOMEN WRITING THE WEST" LITERARY AWARD FINALIST
“Skilled writing and pacing propel the story, which is warm and heartfelt.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Dallas has done it again, telling three different stories with her trademark homespun style. Strong female characters and intriguing storytelling draw the reader into this two-hanky read full of love and loss.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A touching and romantic tale by a talented storyteller.”—Historical Novels Review
“Written with skill and exacting language…characters who will resonate with you and hard-won truths about life and love that will continue to matter to you long after you flip the last page.”—Bookreporter.com
“As comforting to read as a hot cup of tea.”—Denver Post
Praise for Sandra Dallas:
“As heartwarming as a homemade quilt.” —USA Today on A Quilt for Christmas
“The author's depiction of 19th-century Denver, especially its seedier side, is vividly authentic, while the nascent bond between Mick and Beret will have readers eagerly anticipating their next encounter.” —Publishers Weekly on Fallen Women
“A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals.” —Richmond Times Dispatch on True Sisters
“A tale of family, desire, vengeance and betrayal that more than transcends the ordinary.” —RT Book Reviews on The Bride’s House