Thursday, August 6, 2015
A Colebridge Quilted Christmas by Ann Hazelwood
The final installment of Ann Hazelwood's Colebridge Community Series reveals Christmas in Colebridge. Main street is busy with the Mistletoe Market and the quilt show in the depot. Folks in Colebridge help one another, especially at Christmas. Like the quilts, they are sewn together through love and loss. Their lives are quilted together by their appreciation of the community that binds them, not just in Colebridge but in their hearts.
About The Author
Ann Hazelwood is a former 30 yr. Quilt Shop owner from St. Charles, Missouri. She has written a series of Missouri travel books and small gift books for AQS, such as “100 Things You Need to Know if You Own a Quilt” and “100 Treats for Quilters.”
Ann is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser and former President of the National Quilt Museum. She lectures on quilt related topics and has exhibited her red and white quilt collection in the National Quilt Museum. She is also the textile appraiser for the Antique Road Show, when in the St. Louis region.
When AQS started publishing fiction, Ann was the first to publish. Her Colebridge Series includes “The Basement Quilt,” “The Potting Shed Quilt,” “The Funeral Parlor Quilt,” “The Jane Austen Quilt Club,” “The Ghostly Quilts on Main, Quilted Lilies,” and “A Colebridge Quilted Christmas.” These titles are also available on e-book and audio.
Ann’s new fiction series takes place in the rolling hills of East Perry County, Missouri, her home town territory. “The Forgiving Quilt” is the first in the series and will make its debut in January of 2016.
This book is the eighth and final novel in this series, and I was given the opportunity to review this book, I now am looking forward to reading the entire series. So yes this can be read alone, and enough information is included to carry you through, so you know what is going on.
When this book opens we are very much into the Christmas Season in Colebridge, and Anne is busy everywhere, so much on her plate, you want to tell her to breath. Little Sammy is about to enjoy his first Christmas, and be the center of everyone’s world.
As I turned the pages of this book I became so absorbed in Anne’s world, and put myself in her shoes, and I will tell you once you pick it up, you can’t put it down, it is so compelling a read.
Where Anne has a lot of problems, and grief being the main one, she seems to be constantly thinking of others. The Christmas spirit abounds in this story, and wait until you see the Christmas Market, it is described so well, felt I was there.
What a gift Ann Hazelwood has to bring the written word alive, while this was my first book by here, it will not be my last.
I received this book from the Publisher American Quilter’s Society, and was not required to give a positive review.