When I decided to write The Patchwork Bride, I knew I wanted to write a love story, not a romance. I’m not just sure what the difference is, but I know that Fabio would not appear on the cover. I loved writing the book because it is actually five stories, and it include characters and settings I love. I used lots of jargon—I have a dozen books of it—both western lingo and restaurant slang, all of which I think is fun. Researching the book meant visiting New Mexico again and again and again. We authors make such sacrifices. I also went back to my grandparents’ farm in Harveyville, Kansas, where Nell grew up with her grandparents. Her grandmother is a member of the Persian Pickle Club, of course.
The Patchwork Bride
BY SANDRA DALLAS
Ellen is putting the finishing touches on a wedding quilt made from scraps of old dresses when the bride-to-be—her granddaughter June—unexpectedly arrives and announces she’s calling off the marriage. With the tending of June’s uncertain heart in mind, Ellen tells her the story of Nell, a Kansas-born woman who goes to the High Plains of New Mexico Territory in 1898 in search of a husband. Working as a biscuit-shooter, Nell falls for a cowboy named Buddy. She sees a future together, but she can’t helping wondering if his feelings for her are true. When Buddy breaks her heart, she runs away. In her search for a soul mate, Nell will run away from marriage two more times before finding the love of her life. It’s a tale filled with excitement, heartbreak, disappointment, and self-discovery—as well as with hard-earned life lessons about love. Another stunning, emotional novel from a master storyteller.