"Mary Dell's Long Awaited Story is Heartouching, and Leaves Readers Yearning for More"
Reviewed by Sandi Shilhanek
Posted April 7, 2013
Women's Fiction Contemporary
Every now and then we as readers discover an author that
pulls at our heartstrings and makes us want to forget our
real lives and delve into the story and characters that
they have created. For me one of these authors is Marie
Bostwick. I have to admit that when I first heard
about Ms. Bostwick I was convinced her stories were not for
me. I thought they were more of a saga than a finely woven
tale of contemporary women facing issues that my
friends or I might face. I couldn't have been more wrong if
With the publication of BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS, Marie
Bostwick again proves to readers that not only does she know
her characters well, but that she knows the issues they are
facing as well. Mary Dell was raised in a small town in
Texas by a mother who might have spent more time with her
twin sister than with her, but her extended family picked up
the slack. Mary Dell was never without love.
When, as a young woman disappointed because her award
winning frock proved not to be award winning after all, she
is consoled by Donny Bebee and walks away a winner in the
romance department. Donny and Mary Dell marry, and while
married life is hard, and the child they yearn for is not
forthcoming, they persevere and live a happy life on the
ranch that is Mary Dell's heritage.
When they finally have that long awaited child and he is
born with Down Syndrome, Mary Dell delves into
finding out all she can about Down Syndrome. She neglects
her husband, to the point where he feels useless and
abruptly leaves her to run the ranch and raise the child
Many women might have crawled under the covers at the
enormity of all that was now being put squarely on their
shoulders...not Mary Dell. Not only does she figure out how
to solve the issue of getting help for the ranch, but she
begins to dream of a new enterprise and with the help of
her twin sister Lydia Dale makes that dream into a
Mary Dell had several cameos in Bostwick's previous series
Cobbled Quilts. With the publication of BETWEEN
HEAVEN AND TEXAS readers will get to see how she got her
amazing enterprise going and see Howard from his birth. I
am hoping that BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS is just the first in
a long line of new novels starring Mary Dell and the rest of
her friends and family.
In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts
series, New York Times bestselling author Marie
Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town
and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there. .
Welcome to Too Much--where the women are strong-willed
and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell
Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children,
their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But
it's well known that the females in Mary Dell's family have
two traits in common--superior sewing skills and a fatal
weakness for men.
While Lydia Dale grows up petite
and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and
sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing
into a business. Meanwhile, she'll settle for raising babies
with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive
too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always
wanted--a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary
Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her
family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life
that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove
vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable. . .
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