Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An interesting setting makes for an interesting story

The Key on the Quilt, written by Stephanie Grace Whitson, takes place in Nebraska in the late 1800’s. The setting is a woman’s prison and the main character is a murderer. Or is she?

Jane is serving her time after being accused of murdering her abusive husband. Her sister has taken over the care of her daughter Rose. Rose is led to believe that her mother has died but the memories of her mother and the time of the murder haunt her dreams. Meanwhile Jane sits in the prison counting the days till she will be free again.

Dr. Max Zimmer desperately wants to help Jane but she has asked him to stop, as she does not feel there is any hope. Even though Jane asks him not to, he tries to help Jane by talking to the prison warden. The warden and his wife, Ellen and Ian McKenna, play an important role in the story.

There are a few story lines in this book. Each one compliments the other. The characters all have depth and the stories themselves move along quickly. I liked the action, emotion and plot and felt the book flowed well. The author also did very well at describing the setting and time period. Overall it was a very well written and enjoyable novel.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

I gave this book 5/5 stars

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