Return to historic Nebraska where a newspaperwoman and a lecturer discover the pitfalls of love. Will the message behind a treasured quilt be brokenness—or hope and healing? The Message on the Quilt, the third installment of two-time Christy Award finalist Stephanie Grace Whitson will complete her Quilt Chronicles Series. The book is set for publication in April 2013 from Barbour Publishing.
When Emilie Rhodes convinces her newspaper editor father to assign her to interview the speakers at the 1890 Chautauqua series in her hometown, she meets and falls in love with “The Man of Many Voices.” But Noah Shaw’s professional life is only one reason he’s in Nebraska. Noah is on a quest to find answers. Everyone always said that Grandma’s quilt stories were just that—stories. But Noah isn’t sure, and what he finally learns about his heritage convinces him that a future with Emilie is impossible. Will a treasured quilt prove to bear a message of brokenness—or hope?
The Message on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson
April 2013 / $12.99 / 320 Pages / Paperback
Also Available in Series:
The Key on the Quilt / ISBN: 978-1-61626-442-0 / Book 1
The Shadow on the Quilt / ISBN: 978-1-61626-444-4 / Book 2
Meet The Author:
Stephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two-time Christy finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home in southeast Nebraska. Her husband and blended family, her church, quilting, and Kitty—her motorcycle—all rank high on her list of “favorite things.”
Author Q & A
Q: This is the third and final installment in your Quilt Chronicles series. How does this novel differ from the first two books?
A: The first two books dealt with themes that included tough times and personal loss. This book is about an unknown past reaching out to change someone’s life in a profound way. The settings are a bit different as well. The first two books were both set in pioneer Lincoln, Nebraska. Most of the Message on the Quilt takes place on the grounds of a nineteenth century Chautauqua event, which means that everyone in this book is away from home—uprooted and camping out in an atmosphere something like a county fair. At the particular Chautauqua that I used for my setting, there were over five hundred tents pitched on the grounds. It was quite the event. The nearby town of 5,000 had to handle an influx of about 15,000 new people. . .oh, my. The setting itself almost became a character.
Q: The Message on the Quilt introduces readers to Emilie Rhodes. How would you describe Emilie?
A: Emilie is the only child of a newspaper editor and his lovely, but very traditional, wife. She’s been raised to think for herself, but when “thinking for herself” leads her to disagree with her father (and her mother), tension and conflict is inevitable. She struggles with how to use the gifts God has given her without making her parents feel betrayed—because neither side of the conflict is about to give in.
Q: Emilie, a newspaper reporter, is assigned to interview the speakers of the 1890 Chautauqua series. What is the Chautauqua series and why did you chose to include them in your story?
A: The first Chautauqua was organized by a Methodist minister in 1874 in Chautauqua, New York (hence, the name). It was an educational summer camp for all ages. The itinerant version made renowned performers, lecturers, public figures, pastors, etc. available to rural communities all over the country and offered educational opportunities to people who had had no opportunity for higher education. A farmer who would otherwise never have a chance to see a U.S. President, might be able to do just that if he went to Chautauqua. People drove for miles and camped out for ten days at a time for the chance to hear and see the famous people of their day. These were events that people talked about for the rest of their lives. Once the automobile made it easier for people to travel and moving pictures made it possible for them to “see” via film, the Chautauqua movement declined in popularity.
Q: Now that your Quilt Chronicles are drawing to an end, which character from the series did you relate to most? Why?
A: I can’t really say that I relate “most” to any single character. Each one has some character quality or special challenge that resonated with me. Each one had to face the “big question” that I think about a lot: “When the worst thing imaginable happens. . .then what?” I don’t set out to write about that specifically with every book, but I believe we all gain encouragement from going with fictional characters we care about through events that make them ask the same questions we do when trials come. . .and then find the answers in their belief in a personal God.