Liz's Mercantile - The Novel
In Jodi Barrows' first novel, Leaving Riverton, Lucas Mailly and his four granddaughters leave their beloved Riverton home in Louisiana to venture west. The political unrest of the civil war is growing in the South.
In 1856, Fort Worth Texas is an abandoned military post located along the Trinity River. These women, with city social grace and manners, make themselves at home and begin to civilize the frontier with churches and schools. They make friends and prove themselves to be capable frontier women in the community. The Mailly Mercantile is run by the widow Elizabeth Bromont, the eldest of the granddaughters. In this story, she must continue to protect her family. She is faced with a tough decision that will affect them all, and possibly she has chosen the wrong answer. The quilt, Liz's Gift, plays a large role in that decision. The hardship of the West brings heartache in numerous ways for the Mailly granddaughters.
Jodi Barrows pieces her love of quilting and the American West into this novel like a fine patchwork quilt. Each character has a quilt stitched into the story uniquely for them. Jodi has drawn from her own family's history to create a story founded in many truths.
Author: Jodi Barrows
Publisher: SNS Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Condition: Like new. Sticker residue on front cover. Pre-owned.