by Charlotte Hubbard

July 2005
ISBN: 0-8439-5551-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Kansas, 1866, is not the easiest time. For Mercy Malloy itís difficult sometimes. Whether cooking for the stagecoach passengers as they pass through her town or helping her husband with the horse farm, or assisting her neighbors, Mercy does it all seasoned with Godís love.

But Mercy and her husband, Judd, want a baby and God doesnít seem to be answering that prayer, until two adolescent children are abandoned by their mother and sent out west by stage coach. The driver doesnít know what to do with them and talks Mercy and Judd into taking the children in. Are the children an answer to prayer?

Indian attacks, a runaway child and an abandoned baby add to the hardships the year has for Mercy. When she crumples under a rough blow, will she be able to rise up and cover her family with a patchwork of love?

A Patchwork Family is a well-written story about struggling along in the pioneer days. The story isnít really fast, but it does hold the readers interest so the pages are kept turning. I enjoyed reading about Mercy and Judd and hoped theyíd have the children they dreamed of.

There were a few incidents in the story where I would have liked to have seen more detail to bring the story to life, but instead those parts were skimmed over, it seemed by the author. The story comes to a satisfactory ending so I wasnít disappointed.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Laura.

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