The Sewing Sisters’ Society is a warm-hearted collection of novellas set in Second Chance, South Dakota. The name of the town is a pretty good hint about the kind of people who make up its population, especially Hattie McGillicuddy who seems to always be on the lookout for someone else to help. She is all about second chances at life.
Books include The Pastor Takes a Wife, Second Chance Christmas, and Second Chance at Love. Each one features a different young woman desperately in need of a home and a job but mostly someone who cares. Hattie manages to work her magic on Macy, Nellie, and Ann with a bit of subtle nudging in the right direction toward the very young men who need them in their lives.
I loved these books, especially the lovable and unique characters. Hattie was a dear who couldn’t help getting involved in other’s lives, but in a good way. No gossip from her! The book contained just the right blend of drama, humor, and romance to make it a perfectly light-hearted read yet was also filled with a wonderful story of faith and redemption. You can’t go wrong with this novella collection!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Just Read Tours. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Hattie McGillicuddy might not look like your typical matchmaker, but Hattie makes things happen in the little town of Second Chance, South Dakota. With the arrival of the railroad and official statehood, Hattie’s determined to bring brides west, and not just any brides. Brides who need the wide open prairie as much as the prairie- and the prairie men- need them! Three pioneer stories of unlikely love are woven around a little town full of homespun characters that take us back to another place and another time but with the same faith, hope and love we cherish today.
Macy can’t sew a lick, and she’s come to town with a sacrifice and a secret, but when Hattie’s first apprentice is attracted to the pastor of the only church in town—the man raising her illegitimate son— will the truth set her free? Or make her leave the town and her son behind? (The Pastor Takes a Wife)
Unjustly accused, Nellie comes west to escape the law. She has a way with tucks and gathers, and every Western town could use more tucks and gathers. She’s determined to improve the drab look of the prairie and manages to brighten hearts as well. But will her quick speech and firm ideas of women’s suffrage draw Levi Eichas closer or send the somber carriage maker running? (Second Chance Christmas)
Grief has robbed Ann Hazel, but when her aunt pushes her to go west and help an ailing Hattie McGillicuddy turn hems, Ann’s shamed into it. She’s managed to avoid life for awhile, but when Sol Eichas’s nanny comes down sick, Ann reluctantly agrees to help. As she winds her way around Sol’s heart and home, can the two troubled souls leave the past behind to embrace a future together? (Second Chance at Love)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!