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51 review for The Spoilt Quilt and Other Frontier Stories: Pioneering Women of the West

  1. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Mizushima

    I’m fortunate to have received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved The Spoilt Quilt, and I highly recommend it. These stories were right up my alley, since I enjoy reading about brave women and their lives in the American West. This fine anthology includes stories written by two of my favorite historical fiction authors: New York Times bestselling author, Sandra Dallas, and two-time Colorado Book Awards finalist, Pat Stoltey. The opening story that shares its name with I’m fortunate to have received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved The Spoilt Quilt, and I highly recommend it. These stories were right up my alley, since I enjoy reading about brave women and their lives in the American West. This fine anthology includes stories written by two of my favorite historical fiction authors: New York Times bestselling author, Sandra Dallas, and two-time Colorado Book Awards finalist, Pat Stoltey. The opening story that shares its name with the anthology's title is written by Sandra Dallas and features a sheriff and his wife who arrive at an outlying farm to investigate the farmer’s death by pitchfork. The storyteller captivated me as the tale outlined the events leading up to this man’s murder—fine writing at its best. Pat Stoltey’s contribution, Good Work for a Girl, captures the hardships a family endures as they head west to seek a new life. Gradually, members of the family succumb to illness and accident until only one is left, young Cecilia who tries to find adequate work. Met with the prejudices of the day, she’s turned down wherever she goes, but this spunky girl rises to the challenge until she finds good work for a girl. I loved watching Cecilia grow and succeed despite the odds being stacked against her. Every story in this collection shines. In addition to Dallas and Stoltey, other authors who’ve contributed are Deborah Morgan, Charlotte Hinger, Larry D. Sweazy, Sharon Frame Gay, Matthew P. Mayo, Randi Samuelson-Brown, C. K. Crigger, W. Michael Farmer, Candace Simar, Patricia Grady Cox, Marcia Gaye, John D. Nesbitt, Paul Colt, and Preston Lewis. They all deserve a mention because each individual story is a winner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Not what I expected, a book about quilts and quilt stories, though there were quilts mentioned in some of the stories. It's short stories about what people can endure and can do, both to survive and to get their self respect back. There are some things I will have a hard time forgetting. Real or fiction, these stories will not be easily forgotten.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    Just finishing Spoilt Quilts, an amazing anthology of short stories about women and men and the western frontier. Not for the faint of heart, but a realistic recounting of this life for some women. Hard to read. Excellent writing, especially Candace Simar’s story. Recommend

  4. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    The first story was okay, didn't care for the second. I did like the third one. We'll see what I think of the rest. Some were good, some I didn’t enjoy, but I’m glad I read this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Randi Samuelson-Brown

    I am reviewing an ARC copy provided by the publisher. This is a really great collection of stories about the women (and sometimes husbands and other family members) who either settled the west or were native inhabitants. The anthology provides diverse perspectives on life in the west -and none of it is coming across as easy. One thread that runs through the majority of stories is the element of hope for a better life, and the necessities of survival. A great book to read a story or two at a time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    This collection of short stories either narrated by or featuring women in 1800s western territories is hard to put down, despite uneven storytelling and editing. Lesser-known writers rub shoulders with Sandra Dallas, who headlines prominently on the cover. Making a go of it in the West was really about surviving extremes, which these stories grittily describe. From the mail order bride left unwanted on the train platform who finds herself trapped in an unending nightmare of abuse, to the young This collection of short stories either narrated by or featuring women in 1800s western territories is hard to put down, despite uneven storytelling and editing. Lesser-known writers rub shoulders with Sandra Dallas, who headlines prominently on the cover. Making a go of it in the West was really about surviving extremes, which these stories grittily describe. From the mail order bride left unwanted on the train platform who finds herself trapped in an unending nightmare of abuse, to the young woman who tricks her father and escapes to Texas to marry her beau, they fully explore the range of experiences to be had outside the bounds of sedate, settled society. This is a quick read that fans of Western fiction will enjoy. Adult.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Individually, the stories are okay, but Hazel Romney, the editor, certainly worked hard to lead readers to believe only white women could be be “pioneering women of the West.” I was so excited to read this anthology, naively thinking there would be at least ONE story out of sixteen written by a person of color about a person of color. Nope. Not even in 2019. At least I now know Five Star Publishing’s motivations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Stoltey

    Pioneer women lived in harsh times and difficult conditions, so not all of the stories in this collection have happy endings. However, the title story is by the wonderful Sandra Dallas, both male and female authors have written great characters and plots, and, I must mention, the collection also contains my own short story, "Good Work for a Girl."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deb.mcquillangmail.com

    Wonderful short stories with lovely strong women characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I'm not usually a short story lover but these were good. Life in the west, strong women, emotional stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I enjoyed these stories of pioneering women. I especially enjoyed The Spoilt Quilt, Nest and The Devil’s Rope. Women were clever and hard working. They were underestimated but so very capable

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