Calico Brides is a collection of four novellas featuring women of the Ladies Sewing Circle in historic Calico, Kansas. Each novella focuses on a certain member of the the sewing circle. The four women are Ruth, Birdie, Gladys, and Annie. Each member decides to take on a certain missionary project in the town of Calico. Ruth decides to help a family of orphans, Annie knits clothing for soldiers at the nearby fort, Birdie helps women from the saloon get their lives in order, and Gladys helps a crotchety recluse. Each woman's endeavor inevitably leads to love.
I really enjoyed these stories and I am giving Calico Brides 4 out of 5 stars. Each woman's story was very touching and their missionary projects were extremely inspirational. The entire book was filled with Christian wisdom and love, which I enjoyed. This book actually had more "Christianity" in it than most Christian books I've read, but it never came across off as preachy. Each young woman was so godly while still being human. I especially enjoyed the story of Birdie, a former prostitute. I loved how her story portrayed God's Love for us as sinners and how he's so willing to forgive us. She really was the epitome of the "born again" message.
According to the Romancing America blog, this book will be the last in the series. Unless I misunderstood, I'm just assuming from the date listed on the blog. It says as of May 2013 Barbour Publishing will shift their focus to "3-in-1 collections of stories that had previously been published as single Heartsong Presents books." I'm not entirely sure what that means as I am only vaguely familiar with Heartsong and have never actually read any. Even though I've only read two books so far in the Romancing America series, I'll be sad to see no new books coming out. Goodreads lists 55 books in the series so there is always plenty more of reading I can do in the series, of course!
I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. in exchange for an honest review.