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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Letters From a Patchwork Quilt by Clare Flynn is set in the 1800s. Jack Brennan is different from his brothers. He does not want to be a parish priest like them. His father is angry but Jack runs away from his home, hoping to become a teacher. Mr. Quinn, his teacher, speaks to his cousin who is the headmistress of a new school in the outskirts of Bristol. Jack meets Eliza Hewett there and falls madly in love with her. Things change when Mary Ellen, his landlord's daughter, accuses him of being the father of the child she is expecting. Jack and Eliza are left with no choice but to run away. As they board the ship to America, Jack is arrested and Eliza finds herself going to New York alone with hardly any money. Will Jack be able to join her?
The story is different, original and touching. It's interesting to read how the lives of Jack and Eliza unfold in different countries. The plot is powerful, the characters are well sketched, memorable, and their personalities will remain in the minds of readers even after they finish the story. It's a story of love, loss and tragedy; a heartbreaking and moving tale where readers will wish to see Jack and Eliza reunited and happy together. The narration is descriptive; it also speaks about the society that existed during that age and pulls readers into the story. It's well written and the story is not predictable, making it a engaging read.