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Masterpiece Marriage (Quilts of Love #24)

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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 aun ...more
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Published December 16th 2014 by Abingdon Press
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Mary Varrs prefers botany to romance.
She thinks studying the growth pattern of her tomato seedlings is more time-worthy then pursuing a mate. When she needs illustrations of her prized plants, Mary turns to Priscilla Dane Osbourne for help.
Zenus Dane also seeks help from his Aunt Priscilla. In order to salvage his flooded textile mill, he wants to sell her hand-drawn quilt patterns alongside his repurposed fabric scraps. No quilter has national name recognition like his aunt,
Lisa Johnson
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Masterpiece Marriage (Quilts of Love Series)
Author: Gina Welborn
Pages: 240
Year: 2014
Publisher: Abingdon Press
The stage for a wonderfully delightful tale is set in May 1891, when we read about Zenus Dane’s textile factory which has been heavily damaged by a flood collapsing the roof. Zenus’s cousin, Sean, comes to view the damage along with letting him know what insurance will and won’t cover. Due to the amount of fabric ruined in spots, Zenus needs a way to recoup some of the financial lo
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
The Quilts of Love novels are written by a variety of authors that each center around a quilt. While they are all numbered, they can be read in any order, as hey are stand alone novels. I've almost read them all and each inspires a deep desire for me to resume quilting again after finishing one.

In Masterpiece Marriage, author Gina Welborn weaves a romance between a textile mill owner, Zenus Dane and Mary Varrs who is studying tomato seedlings in hopes of gaining a place in a university to furth
Julia Wilson
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn is set in 1890's America, and on the surface is a gentle story set around quilting, but lurking just underneath is the theme of women and their rights and expectations. It also deals with God, and listening, obeying and interpreting His voice.
Mary Varrs is a young English woman who has travelled to America to hopefully get work in a university, but needs someone to sketch her tomato plants. As an English woman, Mary is an object of curiosity to the locals in
Kathleen E.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn ~ a Quilts of Love story, © 2014

Being skilled in the Art of Pleasing Others truly did obliterate her individuality. No wonder the average English girl was viewed as decidedly dull by the Americans. Years of being "improved" made her this way.
--Masterpiece Marriage, 46

Join another wonderful Quilts of Love story ~ finding how quilts change and resurrect the longing to express.

A beautiful story of hope and love ~ and Mary. So reminded
Victor Gentile
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gina Welborn in her new book, “Masterpiece Marriage” Book Twenty-Four in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Mary Varrs.

From the back cover: Mary Varrs prefers botany to romance.

She thinks studying the growth pattern of her tomato seedlings is more time-worthy than pursuing a mate. When she needs illustrations of her prized plants, Mary turns to Priscilla Dane Osbourne for help.

Zenus Dane also seeks help from his aunt Priscilla. In order to salvage hi
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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,
Gayle Pace
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Mary Varrs needs an illustrator to get the only available female botanist job. The reason is she has no artistic abilities. She grows amazing tomato plants. So she thinks she will call on Priscilla Dan Osbourne to etch a picture of her plants. She's down to the last minute so she doesn't want anyone getting in her way. Zenus Dane's needs all the help he can get since his mill has flooded. He goes to his aunt to ask for help, he meets Mary. Mary wants to be a scientist and try to stop what
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another Quilts of Love Series book that I really liked. It is out of the box genre for me and it took a while to get into the book, but once I got into it, it was hard to put down. How would you feel if all your hard work was for nothing? Join Gina Welborn as she takes you on the journey of Mary Varrs as she works hard to prove herself to her family and find a career where very little is offered to women. Zenus Dane comes to his aunt for help in saving his textile business only after he ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

5 stars ***** out of 5
Historical Romance

I was able to identify with Mary right from the start, for though I can sew (just not a fine stitch), I too prefer to be outside getting my hands dirty. Nothing as prestigious as botany, though. This was a fun read, with stereotypes exchanged. A man who works with fabric, a woman who loves botany. And, as with all the books in the QUILTS OF LOVE series, the quilt takes on its own personality. To have included a woman who makes prize winning quilts was pure
Hallie Szott
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Once again, I was not disappointed by a Quilts of Love novel. As I read Gina Welborn’s Masterpiece Marriage, I loved how the historical setting added a unique flavor to the story and influenced the character interactions. It’s such a fun read - I loved it. Zenus Dane and Mary Varrs, the central characters, both have strong, stubborn personalities and find themselves immediately at odds. Then throw Aunt Priscilla and Arel Dewey into the mix, with plenty
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Being intentional," he said, "is a quality more people should possess." - Zenus Dane

Gina Welborn has penned a wonderful addition to the Quilts of Love series! Masterpiece Marriage is a beautiful story!

I loved the richness and depth of the historical setting and story details. The tapestry of this story includes so many lovely threads. The characters are complex and charming and the relationship between Englishwoman Mary Varrs and textile mill owner Zenus Dane is delightful. I also enjoyed Zenus
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A quilt is a masterpiece just as things happen to bring Zeus and Mary together. A marriage is put together with many different memories as is quilt.
A flood of the textile Mill Zeus owns looks like a disaster. Yet Zeus feels if he can get one of his Aunt's masterpiece quilts he can save the mill and people's jobs. Mary is staying at house next to his Aunt and going to College. Which wasn't common during this time period.
Women were not even allowed to vote. Mary is looking for a career but her ex-
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mary wants to be a scientist, she wants to do what America was trying to stop Women from doing. She had made a promise, get a good job or go back to europe as a Courtesan...
Zenus needs help from his aunt Priscilla.........and doesnt want to wait
That is how this totally fascinating book begins...........I enjoyed every minute of it
You will thoroughly enjoy reading this book and how different the World was then
What a neat book Gina.......God bless you
Anne Rightler
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn is part of the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Press. It is a sweet story of two young people who know what they don't want in life but can't seem to see that what they want is right in front of their noses. With good humor, an 1890s setting, a few twists to the plot and strong, realistic characters, the author brings a drama to the pages that is sure to capture the heart and imagination. There is a strong thread of faith in God throughout the story that ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This is another review that Amazon deleted on me, so this is mainly notes to myself. As I recall it, the historical aspects were a bit more modern than was accurate for the period. I think this was also the story where the "hero" kissed the gal in public, which would have ruined her carefully-guarded reputation. So wasn't super-impressed by the hero.

I received this review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love time pieces and Masterpiece Marriage was the perfect writing to settle my addiction for now. The Quilts of Love series is all written by different authors, and I have really enjoyed getting to read such engaging pieces of writing. In this particular book the year is 1891 and follows the story of Zenus Dane. After his textile factory has been extremely damaged from a flood and collapsed roof, his cousin Sean comes to the rescue with some assistance. So much of the fabric is ruin ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: woohoo, giveaways, book
When I got this book and even after reading the blurb on the back, I didn't realize it was a historical book. Which is fine, because I love all kinds of historical books. However when I first started reading, the first thing I read was it was set in 1892. I read the better part of the first chapter and started second guessing if I read the date right. It didn't "feel" at all like a historical setting. I thought maybe that would change as I read, but it never really did. With the exception of a f ...more
Create With Joy
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you’re ready to warm your heart with a good, old-fashioned love story, then find a cozy spot to curl up for a few hours – the latest release in the Quilts Of Love series from Abingdon Press is here!

Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Wellborn takes us to Philadelphia in 1891, to a period in history where opportunities for women were limited and choosing between a man and a career meant sacrifices most of us could never imagine.

In this story, we meet Mary Varrs – an ambitious young woman who’s more i
ASC Book Reviews
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best in this series! This is the first time I've read anything from Gina Welborn and I hope to change that after this! From the beginning I was intrigued and then the humor started! :D This book made me laugh so much I don't think I should read it in public! LOL! I don't think I've read books in this time so it was very interesting to me what was accepted and what wasn't. The characters are hilarious, lovable, and fascinating! I absolutely LOVE the way Gina writes her character's pray ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction so I was totally excited to read Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn, another great book in the Quilt of Love series.

The year is 1891 and Zenus Dane knows the good Lord won't give him more than he can handle, but when his textile mill floods the insurance will repair the roof but that won't cover the fabric that was lost. Facing a mortgage and needing to meet payroll he comes up with an idea to sell his fabric to quilters and wants his aunt Priscilla who is an expert q
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will have to admit this was not my favorite Quilts of Love series book, I found it too hard to try to relate to Mary Varrs who seems to be quite liberated in her day and age. She’s not seeking marriage and so when handsome Zenus arrives on the scene she isn’t prepared for the feelings that come over her – especially since Zenus’ Aunt wants him paired with another woman. I found Mary to be so wrapped up in building a career for herself that she forgot to look around her to see what God wanted a ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Masterpiece Marriage is a delightful historical romance between two perfectly mismatched individuals. Although Zenus would love to have a wife and family, he has never found a woman he can tolerate who also fits his idea for the perfect wife. When he meets Mary Varrs, he is instantly drawn to her but a more inappropriate woman for him could not exist. Mary’s determination to achieve the scientific success she believes will prove her worth would leave her no time to care for his home and children ...more
Marilyn Johnson
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mary Varrs loves science and desires to continue her education and work in the field of science. She is on a deadline and must seek help from a neighbor. When she agrees to help Priscilla Dane Osbourne in her quilting circle, so Pricilla will help her, she never imagined meeting the handsome and notorious nephew, Zenus Dane. When they must work together, will they likely kill each other, become great friend or find what neither one thought they wanted, true love. Can Mary meet her deadline in ti ...more
Amy Bradsher
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Masterpiece Marriage is a historical fiction story like no other. There's not a flirtatious wink in the whole book. The characters are not shallow or fickle, and yet love and it's role in marriage - as well as the role of men and women in society - headlines the plot.

Masterpiece Marriage is set in a most unique period of history. It takes place during a time when suffragettes are marching for the vote and are just beginning to be accepted to institutions of higher learning around the world. When
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 tr
J.C. Morrows
OK, here's irony for you - I had no idea... none... that this was a historical novel when I picked it up to start reading.

But it quickly became apparent.

In reading the story that unfolded, I realized I was also reading about the period in time when - what is known today as women's lib - came about.

I won't go into all of my own ideas about women's lib here because it really has nothing to do with the book but suffice to day I'm not a huge fan.
I am however a fan of what the main character in this
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
MASTERPIECE MARRIAGE is a very well-written historical set in the gilded age. Both Mary & Zenus want something from Priscilla as it seems she is the answer to both of their prayers. But is she really?

I’m not really a fan of books set in this time period. The language is very stilted and the characters very proper and polite. To me, it slows the reading down and I can’t lose myself in the story as well as I’d like.

That said, MASTERPIECE MARRIAGE was definitely a unique read. A flooded texti
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love quilting and history, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with this one. The creation of the crazy quilt, as they were done back in the day, was beautifully embedded in the story. The rich color and textures came alive under the characters clever fingers. Very well done!

Mary Varrs has a mission she needs to complete and a deadline looming in front of her. Zenus Dane has a flooded textile mill full of partially damaged bolts of fabric. Mary's neighbor - also Zenus's aunt - holds the key to both
Karen Korb
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts On The Book: I have loved the Quilts of Love series. This one is no exception. Gina Welborn does an outstanding job of character and plot development. I love Mary Varrs and I love Zenus. This book has it all with intrigue, romance, quilting, and a friend who needs to mind her own business. I loved it! The aunt was priceless and was a perfect fit to turn of the century dowagers. This was an easy read and once I started it I found I had to finish it before putting it down.
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Bestselling author Gina Welborn is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. She is also graduate of the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain Motor Resort in Pahrump, Nevada, and she bought fabric (for her mother) at The Quilted Dragon. Should you not be a fan of the premier American Sports Car or of doing sewingy stuff with fabric, know Gina has actual writing credit ...more
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