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1.0 out of 5 starsNot worth the money
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
Compared to the first book in this series, Country Heaven, I can't believe it was written by the same author. This dialog in this story is trite, predictable and oh so VERY boring. It is DIFFICULT to read and certainly not enjoyable. Each book in this series has contained more errors than the previous one. The story line in this book is undeveloped so the author just filled in with junk dialog.
This was the first and last book I will read by Ava Miles. I made it through a third of this sappy soggy book written at a 5th grade level and then deleted it. I was looking for something soothing in these tumultuous times but this book was mainly annoying and boring. What a waste of time.
The Patchwork Quilt of Happiness is the final book in Ava Miles Dare River series. As I read the final sentence, I realized that it was like saying goodbye to an old friend who was moving far away to pursue a lifelong dream. I was happy that everything had worked out so perfectly, after all there is always a "happily ever after" in Ava Miles Nora Roberts land. Yet it is bittersweet knowing your old friend won't be right there to share a morning walk or a cup of coffee. Ava's Dare River series is all about reuniting families, healing old wounds and fears of rejection, desertion and distrust. In the "Patchwork Quilt of Happiness"the youngest of the McGuineses', Sadie,seeks out her half-sister Paige, and asks her to join her quilting classes, in an attempt to bring Paige into the family fold. Of course in the process of healing family relationships, Sadie meets her sisters hot next door neighbor Riley who has his own trust issues when it comes to woman. Throughout the book Ava Miles uses art, color and quilting to weave together a story of a broken family, taking scraps of their lives,each person with their own unique color, and piecing them together to form this finished thing of beauty, a blended family much like a patchwork quilt. As a needlework person, who has always wanted to learn to quilt, I love the metaphor. And as the oldest child in an extended family, who has experienced the pain but also the love that can come from many different personalities trying to find their way in the world, I appreciate how Ava captures that journey so beautifully. She has a way with stories and words that is an art form itself. This book is a perfect ending to the series, though I was disappointed that it had to end. It seemed the end came very abruptly and I wanted to linger in Dare River a little longer, see everyone have their fairytale weddings and discover how many children would be added to the extended families. If you love happily ever after combined with real life struggles to find love in our modern world, I recommend you read not only "The Patchwork Quilt of Happiness" but the whole six book Dare River series.
1.0 out of 5 starsCan't change direction in the middle
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
I was a big fan of Ava Miles from the time I read Nora Roberts Land. I read all of the Dare River and Dare Valley series. But I could only get through about half of this book and DNF.
When the series started it was a fun, Southern themed series, with quirky characters and fun settings. Towards the end of this series I noticed a trend to the books having a slightly more religious tone. I live in the South. I know how important religion is in the South. But this book was so heavy handed. It should be classified as Christian Fiction.
Now there is nothing wrong with Christian Fiction. If that is what you like and that is what you believe, great. But it is not what I believe and I have a hard time reading it.
I wish that Ms Miles would have kept the tone she had in the beginning of the series and then moved on to more faith based fiction later.
5.0 out of 5 starsQuitting in a AMAZING light, Ava Miles style!
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2018
Reading Ava Miles is like opening up a family you wish were your own. I loved this new addition to the Dare River series .. I laughed, cried and fell in love with the new expansion to the McGuiness clan and, truth be told, waiting for her next book seems akin to torture. I think, maybe, I will go back to the beginning so waiting won't be so bad. Now, Ms. Miles, I know genius like yours takes time, but it might not hurt to rush it a bit, you know, for the sake of your reader's sanity (I mean, enjoyment). Folks, pick up your book today, you won't be disappointed and new readers can make old friends.. This book could stand alone, but why, pick up the whole series and get Kleenex.
Honestly, I had a very hard time finishing and liking this last book of the series. I feel as the tone and writing style changed greatly from the first book Country Heaven, with more emphasis on Christianity. The first book was more brash and realistic. In addition, I had a hard time with Jess, the 7 year old daughter; she was not believable. Her language and attitude was that of a 10 or 11 year old. On a more positive note, I am glad that the family members all had their HEA.
Overall I liked the book but I felt like I was wading through a lot of unnecessary pages to get to the few good parts. The characters were good but I was often confused about who the author was referring to. There were too many people who had very small parts in the story and it was hard to keep them all straight.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
I really enjoyed reading about the youngest sister and her journey to love. All of the characters throughout this series have been refreshing and fun. Also, loving to crochet I understand her love of quilting, which was very imformative in this story of art & love. Very sad that this is the last in the Dare River series but know some of the characters will show up in the Dare Valley series. If you love all arts, family and true love this is a really good read.
Thoroughly enjoyed Sadie and Rileys story, carries you through a whole range if emotions and leaves you hoping rhe next book will be available before too long xx Thank you Ava for another lovely book! Now waiting for the next once upon a Dare book.