The Shadow on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson

The Shadow on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson is book two in The Quilt Chronicles written in 2012. This is a series of stand alone stories that refer to a special quilt. In this story we meet Juliana, a young widow who is left to run her husband’s construction company,finish the house he started building, care for his aunts and continue to hide his cheating on her. .When she is faced with making a decision with what to do with the home he was building, she finds out the person she has trusted is now wanting to take advantage of her. Meanwhile, the women in the community are working on a quilt for a fundraiser. People in the community pay to have their name on the quilt and one name troubles Juliana.

This is an enjoyable story. It is very well written and touches on sensitive topics such as prostitution, extra marital affairs and greed. I enjoyed how the author was able to write such a nice story that showed how Juliana was able to cope with her loss and how she responded to finding out the truth of her husband. I enjoyed how she was able to continue building the home he started and how she turned it into something good for so many people. It was also enjoyable to see how a fire that took their place of employment and housing, Cass’s mother and sister were given a chance to start over. This story is a good reminder that good can come from bad situations.

About the Book

Juliana Sutton has just about everything a woman could want. Her husband is riding a crest of success in the bustling capital city of Lincoln, and Juliana leads various philanthropic endeavors. Once finished, their new home, a spectacular mansion on five acres, will be the envy if all. Then a devastating scandal erupts.

Cass Gregory, the foreman overseeing the Sutton mansion construction, has spent recent years trying to untangle the disastrous results of his own past choices – and wishing he didn’t know the truth about his boss. When scandal ignites, Cass longs to comfort Juliana but is convinced her position in society and his past make a relationship impossible.

Juliana and Cass are thrown together as completion of the mansion draws near, each one wounded and afraid to trust. Till the shadow of a name stand between them and true happiness?

About the Author

A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls “playing with imaginary friends” (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie’s fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first nonfiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. In addition to serving in her local church and keeping up with two married children, two college students, and a high school senior, Stephanie enjoys motorcycle trips with her family and church friends. Her passionate interests in pioneer women’s history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities.

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