Sophie's Kin & Quilt
By Patsy Brookshire
Sophie is growing old and it's time to tell her secret. She chooses to confide in Annie, a niece who may have chosen the wrong man to love.
In 1918 Sophie went to Cannon Beach, on the Oregon Coast, to keep house for two bachelor brothers. Fascinated with the view from the cabin, she decides to "paint" it with fabric, to create a quilt that pictures what she sees through her kitchen window. A neighbor, an artist, becomes first her friend, then her lover. But David is not free. He has a wife whom he loves, a wife who recently lost the child they had long hoped for. Can there be a way he can be with Sophie without betraying his wife?
Old memories, old pain, and a secret kept for most of a lifetime come to light as Sophie tells Annie her story. And when it is done, there is one more surprise.
It's time for Annie to put grief behind her and get on with her life. What better way than to go to the State Fair? That innocent first step leads her into a confusing series of events in which she attempts to revive an old love, keep her eighty-year-old cousin out of trouble, finish a quilt left to her by a beloved aunt, and oh, yes, support a new friend suspected of killing her husband. Cousin Sam may be old, but he's not dead yet. His sudden love affair with a brand-new widow shows Annie that it's never too late to love, even though it might be safer not to try to relive the past.
The disparate bits of Annie's life slowly come together, as Magda teaches her how to put pieces of fabric together into a pleasing quilt. While she watches Sam and Magda fall in love, she finds herself wondering if she might find a future with Dan, a handsome fireman. But before she can look too far ahead, there's the quilt show to get through. And that's a whole different complication.