Determined to sow good deeds into the lives of needy people, the four youngest members of the 1876 Calico, Kansas, sewing circle reap romance. Gladys Polson, designing to aid a crotchety widower, falls for a stranger. Annie Bliss, knitting for soldiers, has a fort chaplain on pins and needles. Birdy Landry, sewing dresses for saloon girls looking for a new life, has her feathers ruffled by a beneficent shopkeeper. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield is about to teach a new guardian a few lessons in life and love. Will God stitch forever-after romances into the lives of these four women?
What inspired you to write this book, Darlene?
When Barbour opened up to monthly novellas, including anthologies all by one author, I jumped at the chance. Combining the contemporary fascination with quilts, my love of alliteration, and the ongoing love of a good prairie romance, I came up with a title: Kansas Calico Brides, shortened by my publisher to simply Calico Brides.
My brides are the four unmarried members of the Ladies’ Missionary Society of Calico, Kansas. They decide to make missions local: each one will choose a personal project involving sewing to show the love of Christ in the Calico community.
A crochety wealthy reclusive—a “bear” of an army chaplain—a reformed saloon girl—and an uncle who takes over an instant family when his sister dies---God stitches love into their lives as each woman finds her unique calling.
What's one fun piece of trivia my readers might not know about you, but would like to?
Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in Oklahoma near her son’s family. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. She has published several titles with Barbour Publishing, including her two latest releases, A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas, and Merry Christmas, With Love, in Postmark: Christmas. She has also written two books in the Texas Trails series with RiverNorth Fiction, Lone Star Trail and A Ranger’s Trail. She’s a member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers.
You can find Darlene online at http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/darlene.franklin.3 You may also be interested in her Facebook page, Darlene’s 5 Questions a Day (https://www.facebook.com/groups/542991419047696/?bookmark_t=group) where she answers the first five questions related to the writing life posed on any given day. Group members are also welcome to contribute.
Thanks for sharing with my readers today, Darlene! Great to host you!