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A Stitch in Crime | Cathy Elliott

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Today I am reviewing A Stitch in Crime, the newest Quilts of Love book by Cathy Elliott.

Below is a brief synopsis:

Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co‑chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.

Mary‑Alice Wentworth, a much‑loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick‑off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?

When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary‑Alice is attacked again

. . . with far worse results.


My Thoughts:

I have a personal affinity for the Quilts of Love series…

I actually have a great many of the series, so when a new one is introduced, I run to order it — and so far I haven’t been disappointed. This series is a great addition to my library!

A Stitch in Crime begins so innocently. Thea James is running into problems even before the First Annual Blocks on the Walk Quilt Show even begins! At the Quilt-Without-Guilt Guild Christmas potluck it’s just one thing after another.

And what’s going on with her best friend!

Cathy Elliot introduces us to some very realistic, yet diverse characters — those who are important to the community and those who aren’t… those who work hard and those who don’t… and those who are causing the problems — will the truth ever come out in time?

Romance… assault… larceny… anonymous threats… attempted murder…

I really like that this town acts like a small town… you know what I mean, where everyone knows everyone else — and it brings a feeling of contentment. This is a great cozy mystery. All in all, another great addition to the Quilts of Love series!


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Cathy Elliott


Author and speaker Cathy Elliot nourishes her night‑owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California.

Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.

Find out more about Cathy at


Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



Title: A Stitch in Crime
Series: Quilts of Love #25
Author: Cathy Elliott
Genre: Christian Suspense
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: January 2015
ISBN: 978-1426773655
Copyright © 2013-2015 donnasbookshelf.


Masterpiece Marriage | Gina Welborn

Today I’m reviewing Masterpiece Marriage, a wonderful Quilts of Love historical fiction novel by Gina Welborn.

Here is a brief synopsis:

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles.

Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife.

However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?



Oh, I really enjoyed reading about Zenus and Mary!

Gina creates wonderful, realistic, I-would-like-to-meet-them characters! Zenus is such a treat; reading about him blesses my heart.

It was such a joy, reading as he walked through his textile mill, assessing the water damage to the fabric, as well as the new equipment, that he never lost hope or spoke ugly thoughts…

“No sense bemoaning fate. Count it all joy– it was the only contingency he had. And he would count it all joy he’d fallen into this trial, because the testing of his faith was producing patience in him.”

Now, I’ll admit he drove a few other bonkers with his impatience; I guess that’s how God teaches patience – with the opportunity to learn how to be patient.
And while Mary is much more headstrong that I would normally appreciate, I think it’s possible that the book might not be as engaging without her liberated attitude. After all, she just wanted to do something she loved.

Gina Welborn shows just how this type of thinking affected individuals during this time period. I’m glad I don’t live in that time; the twenty-first century is difficult enough for me!

I don’t want to give away anything from this wonderful story except to say that it is well written and definitely well worth reading!


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God bless you!
© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Top 10 Quilts of Love Books/Authors of 2014



For this series, I am listing the author — and book — for my top ten favorites!

Note: I am reviewing Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn next week… and A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliot soon, so I wanted to mention them, but I don’t yet know if they’ll be favorites.

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP 10 QUILTS OF LOVE BOOKS/AUTHORS for 2014:

1. The Christmas Quilt – Vannetta Chapman

2. Scraps of Evidence – Barbara Cameron

3. Quilted by Christmas – Jodie Baker

4. A Promise in Pieces – Emily T. Wierenga

5. Aloha Rose – Lisa Carter

6. A Grand Design – Amber Stockton

7. Tempest’s Course – Lynette Sowell

8.  Path of Freedom – Jennifer Hudson Taylor

9. Rival Hearts – Tara Randel

10. Swept Away – Laura V. Hilton, Cindy Loven


…and I’m listing several that I enjoyed, but never considered a favorite – because I had not yet fallen in love with the World War II era… now that I have, I plan to re-read these:

1. A Wild Goose Chase Christmas – Jennifer AlLee

2. Maybelle in Stitches – Joyce Magnin

3. Pieces of Her Heart – Bonnie S. Calhoun

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite inspirational authors!

God bless you!


© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Swept Away | Laura V. Hilton Marathon

Swept Away
by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven is a special Quilts of Love collaboration

Quilts of Love… every quilt has a story…

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

Sara doesn’t think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother.

When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager.

But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past — and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms.

When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer’s granddaughter.

Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life — and her heart — forever.


The last thing I expected when I began reading Swept Away… was a match-making grandma (which reminded me a bit of my favorite series – come back next month to read all about it)… and bless her heart, she’s got a load of problems -– and a big solution!

Unfortunately, she also has two very uncooperative individuals — who balk at every suggestion. Does she give up? Would any self-respecting grandma? No way! She has seem the way they look at each other and she’s determined to see her plans work out for everyone involved.

Sarah Jane started out as someone I didn’t know if I’d like or not… but her grandma is determined to match her with the local handyman, Andrew. Andrew is a bit rough at the beginning, too… but he quickly becomes my favorite character!

As Sarah Jane begins reading his trail journals and learns how he begins to let go of his past hurts, she discovers that he found God in an unexpected place, and how his whole life changed. As Sarah Jane gets more involved in her grandma’s life – and Drew’s – she wants the peace Drew found, but she doesn’t think it’s possible.

With God, all things are possible…

I honestly had no idea when I began reading Swept Away that I would end up with a book that spoke volumes to me. It has all my favorite elements: faith, love, humor, romance, and forgiveness.

If you’ve read Laura’s books, then you know that her books are blessed by God. I don’t think this is the norm for many authors. Laura says she prays – a lot – over her books.

I haven’t read anything else by Cindy Loven, but I look forward to reading more from her… and I can’t wait to see what’s next from Laura!

Get your copy… and prepare to be swept away!

So come back this weekend, when I’ll be interviewing Laura… and talking more about some new books on the horizon.

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter Laura’s GIVEAWAY contest!

Laura V. Hilton Marathon | Giveaway!

You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE

You can find more about Laura V. Hilton on her website… HERE


God bless you!


©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

The Christmas Quilt | Vannetta Chapman Marathon


Today I am reviewing The Christmas Quilt by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches.

She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam.

Annie s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the “boppli” arrives.

With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.


A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt have been two of my more enjoyable selections to read… not to say that nothing bad happens and all is happy and well, but my faith was restored when Annie, without question or hesitation, returned home when she received word that she was needed. And once home, she knew she was there to stay!

It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel again…

The Christmas Quilt is the sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas (where the story of Samuel and Annie first begins) and this novel picks it up at the perfect time…

In A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the end… and The Christmas Quilt begins with their wedding… Annie and Samuel marry on the same day as Adam and Leah… then they share a few other surprises!

I laughed and cried with them as they struggled through the joys and sorrows of life.

And that is the secret of Vanetta Chapman’s writing… it’s easy to get to know the characters; you soon think of them as people, friends, family. And the everyday happenings are so “real” it’s a joy to read… when you reach the end of the book, you’re not ready to let them go!

Vanetta, is there any chance at all we’ll get to see Annie and Samuel again… say perhaps with a houseful of kinner?

The Christmas Quilt is part of the Quilts of Love series and is definitely one of the books on my “keeper” shelf.

If you get the chance, buy both of the books and read A Simple Amish Christmas first, then jump right into The Christmas Quilt! I am certain you will enjoy every minute!


And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!

Vannetta Chapman Marathon | GIVEAWAY!


You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE

You can find more about Vanetta Chapman on her website… HERE

God bless you!

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

Vannetta Chapman Marathon!

Beginning today, I plan to devote the month of September 2014 to best-selling author, Vannetta Chapman

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The first book I plan to read and review is the first book I ever read by Vannetta Chapman… it’s a wonderful story called A Simple Amish Christmas. I found it and ordered it on Amazon in November 2010… yep, it only took this book to get me hooked – forever to be a Vannetta Chapman fan!

The sequel, which came out three years later, is called The Christmas Quilt, which was also chosen to be a Quilts of Love selection. It’s the perfect sequel. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year… so it’s no wonder I fell in love with these two titles!

For Christmas 2012, my daughter bought me three books – the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series by – of course, Vannetta Chapman!

When she ordered them, the pictures showed them all as having the original covers. However, when they arrived, the third book cover was different (don’t you just hate that).

Last year I gave away a copy of Falling to Pieces… Vanetta found out and sent me another copy of it – autographed – and with the newer cover.

Now I have two books in the series with the original cover… and two books in the series with the new cover… of course, I’m hoping to find book #2 in the new cover so I will have a matching set. But I refuse to give away the first two books because my daughter bought them for me – even though they don’t match the others!

** An ebook compilation of books 1, 2, and 3 of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series will be available on 9-23-2014

I plan to purchase this ebook compilation, because I enjoy having copies on my iPad so I can read them anytime – especially when I’m traveling (or at the dentist/doctors office, waiting in lines, etc).

Vannetta has written a novella for An Amish Garden… Watch for Where Healing Blooms.

… and Vannetta graciously offered her fans two free ebook short stories to follow the Pebble Creek series… they are (respectively) Home to Pebble Creek and Christmas at Pebble Creek.

Recently Vannetta stepped just outside the Amish community… to write an inspirational romantic suspense novel. The title of this novel is HIDDEN and it is the first of the Jacobs Family Series. This novel will be available on 9-30-2014.

Below is the list of all the reviews, in order:

Christmas novels
A Simple Amish Christmas
The Christmas Quilt

Pebble Creek series
A Promise for Miriam
A Home for Lydia
A Wedding for Julia
Home to Pebble Creek (short story)
Christmas at Pebble Creek (short story)

Amish Village Mystery series
Murder Simply Brewed

Shipshewana Amish Mystery series
Falling to Pieces
A Perfect Square
Material Witness

Jacobs Family series
Hidden (available 9-30-2014)

and… Where Healing Blooms (Amish Garden novella)

I hope you enjoy reading the reviews for these books!

Now I must begin… please stay with me this month – follow my blog so you won’t miss any of my reviews for Vannetta’s books! I have dedicated the whole month, so I can take my time and do the best reviews I can do.

God bless you!

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

2013 favorite books

Welcome 2014!


There’s no way I can list all the books I read in 2013… after moving, I discovered Amish books. I have purchased dozens of books in 2013 but the list is too long, so I’ve listed my favorite series below:

1. Quilts of Lancaster County (Barbara Cameron)

2. The Pebble Creek Amish Series (Vannetta Chapman)

3. Shipshewanna Amish Mystery (Vannetta Chapman)

4. Kauffman Amish Bakery Series (Amy Clipston)

5. Little Valley Series (Jerry Eicher)

6. The Adams County Trilogy (Jerry Eicher)

7. Lancaster County Secrets (Suzanne Woods Fisher)

8. Stoney Ridge Seasons (Suzanne Woods Fisher)

9. The Inn at Eagle Hill (Suzanne Woods Fisher)

10. The Half-Stitched Knitting Club (Wanda Brunstetter)

11. The Women of Lancaster County (Mindy Starns Clark / Leslie Gould)

12. 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Tricia Goyer)

13. The Secrets of Crittenden County (Shelley Shepard Gray)

14. Sisters of the Heart (Shelley Shepard Gray)

15. Seasons of Sugarcreek (Shelley Shepard Gray)

16. Ada’s House (Cindy Woodsmall)

17. Sisters of the Quilt (Cindy Woodsmall)

We are also collecting the Quilts of Love series (I have 5 so far) and the Love Finds You In… series (I have 15 so far).

Of the Amish series, my favorites are the Amish Vines & Orchards series and the Christmas in Apple Ridge (Cindy Woodsmall).

We have given books away and bought more bookcases, but there’s always another one to collect…

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