Mary Dell Templeton prefers the quiet charms of Too Much to the bright lights of Dallas any day. She’s relieved to be moving back to her hometown–and bringing her cable TV show, Quintessential Quilting, with her. There are just a couple of wrinkles in her plan. Her son, Howard, who is her talented co-host and color consultant, and happens to have Down syndrome, wants to stay in Dallas and become more independent. Meanwhile, Mary Dell’s new boss hopes to attract a different demographic–by bringing in a younger co-host.
What Holly Silva knows about quilting wouldn’t fill a thimble, but she’s smart and ambitious. Her career hinges on outshining the formidable Mary Dell in order to earn her own show. Yet as Holly adapts to small-town living and begins a new romance, and Mary Dell considers rekindling an old one, the two find unlikely kinship. For as Mary Dell knows, the women of Too Much have a knack for untangling the knottiest problems when they work together. And sometimes the pattern for happiness is as simple and surprising as it is beautiful…
Rating: 3 stars
Over all, this is a very sweet book with a gentle storyline, set in a warm-hearted small Texan town.
The relationships portrayed, especially those between the women, are very positive and supportive and that is truly a lovely thing to see. I enjoyed reading about an older heroine as I think it’s really important to find reminders that life doesn’t end circa age 30, especially in today’s media savvy (or should that be savage?) air-brushed world.
That said, this book wasn’t particularly for me. The narration style took me some time to get used to as I found the narrator voice intrusive due to there being a number of editorial-style comments about the characters and their feelings or situations and backstory, rather than the author letting me, the reader, share their experiences directly through the writing and showing me what I needed to see. The many, threads of the story also felt a little jumbled and, although they came together in the end, I would have preferred more focus on one or two rather than having my attention tugged and scattered between them.
This is book 2 in a series, but I haven’t read the first one so it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone.
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.