The Sewing Sisters’ Society + First Line Friday

Happy Friday, reader friends! Join me in welcoming back our author friend Ruth Logan Herne for a JustRead blog blitz and First Line Fridays post celebrating The Sewing Sisters’ Society, a collection of historical novellas!

about the book

Title: The Sewing Sisters’ Society
Author: Ruth Logan Herne
Genre: Historical/Western Romance novellas
Release Date: January 22, 2019

Hattie McGillicuddy might not look like your typical matchmaker, but Hattie makes things happen in the little town of Second Chance, South Dakota. With the arrival of the railroad and official statehood, Hattie’s determined to bring brides west, and not just any brides. Brides who need the wide open prairie as much as the prairie- and the prairie men- need them! Three pioneer stories of unlikely love are woven around a little town full of homespun characters that take us back to another place and another time but with the same faith, hope and love we cherish today.

Macy can’t sew a lick, and she’s come to town with a sacrifice and a secret, but when Hattie’s first apprentice is attracted to the pastor of the only church in town—the man raising her illegitimate son— will the truth set her free? Or make her leave the town and her son behind? (The Pastor Takes a Wife)

Unjustly accused, Nellie comes west to escape the law. She has a way with tucks and gathers, and every Western town could use more tucks and gathers. She’s determined to improve the drab look of the prairie and manages to brighten hearts as well. But will her quick speech and firm ideas of women’s suffrage draw Levi Eichas closer or send the somber carriage maker running? (Second Chance Christmas)

Grief has robbed Ann Hazel, but when her aunt pushes her to go west and help an ailing Hattie McGillicuddy turn hems, Ann’s shamed into it. She’s managed to avoid life for awhile, but when Sol Eichas’s nanny comes down sick, Ann reluctantly agrees to help. As she winds her way around Sol’s heart and home, can the two troubled souls leave the past behind to embrace a future together? (Second Chance at Love)

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It was now or never, Macy Evers realized she faced the dust-covered store-front of Hattie’s Shirt Shop, Fine Goods Available by Order.



Ann should have stayed right where she was in Pennsylvania.

Guilt, fear and sorrow made for somber seatmates as the dark train chugged west across desolate land. Beiges and browns mixed with hints of gray, and the three stretched wide in every direction, occasionally broken by claim shacks looking no bigger than the muskrat lodges in Crawford Pond.

Quick tears stung her eyes.

She couldn’t think of water. Of her home. Her old home, she corrected herself. Or her life there.

The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want…

Well, He wasn’t her shepherd. He wasn’t any such thing, He wasn’t Lord, God or any other lofty name men of the cloth spewed.

He was nothing. Nothing at all.

Ann squared her shoulders and lifted her chin in anger because anger was so much better than all those other feelings combined. Anger was manageable, most times.

The rest?

She clung to her satchel and the anger, sure of both. She’d boarded this train at Aunt Jean Ellen’s insistence. Her maiden aunt meant well, but if it wasn’t for Jean Ellen’s friend needing immediate help, Ann would have stayed tucked in the valley, waiting for the sun to rise and then fall each day, an acceptable monotony. She’d go back to that soon enough, once she got her aunt’s friend Hattie on the mend.

coming soon

A Most Inconvenient Love (March 2019) Ruthy’s first full-length historical novel!
Set in Second Chance, South Dakota (like The Sewing Sisters’ Society)


about the author

Ruth Logan Herne

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tour giveaway

One winner will receive a ‘books and chocolate’ prize pack from the author (US only), including at least: (1) print copy of The Sewing Sisters’ Society(1) print copy of Christmas on the Frontier and chocolate!

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Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 6, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm February 13, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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29 thoughts on “The Sewing Sisters’ Society + First Line Friday”

  1. Thank you for being part of the JustRead blog blitz for “The Sewing Sisters’ Society” by Ruth Logan Herne. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this great sounding book.

    My first line –
    “So then I got all confused. Agnes Zook waved her hands through the air as she tried to describe to her captive, green audience what had happened.

    THE AMISH CANDY MAKER by Laura V. Hilton
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  2. Definitely want to read this one!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Falling for Grace” by Janet W. Ferguson:

    “It was finally over.”


  3. It’s so fun to be over here with you, Bethy! And I love Ann’s story… she just wants to punch people in the face because her heart is so achingly lost but she can’t do that… Which is kind of a shame, right??? 🙂

    Here’s a first line from A Most Inconvenient Love, a wonderful regency style prairie romance coming out next month!!!!

    Sebastian Ward didn’t growl, and he felt good about that.


  4. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from American Omens by Travis Thrasher but it’s also my current read so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (8) here: “‘I believe.’ Dowland said with all the conviction and soul he could muster.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of quality reading time! 🙂


  5. Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line from Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer on my blog today. This is the second line:

    “No lamp shone in the window but a full moon sailed in a sky the colour of sapphires, and lit the village with a pale light, as cold as the sheen on steel.”


  6. Try saying “The Sewing Sisters’ Society” a few times quickly… Lol.

    I’m featuring “The Seamstress” by Allison Pittman on my blog, but I’ve just started reading “Atoning for Ashes” by Kaitlin Covel, so I’ll share that first line here:

    Josie had always detested black.

    Have a great weekend!


  7. Sounds like a sweet collection of stories! Historical fiction is my favorite, so I am looking forward to her full lenght release.


  8. Thanks for the review and being a host for this Blog Blitz Tour. I am so looking forward to reading this book. Good luck everyone.


  9. Ann Hazel and Sol sound like they would be great at having a second chance at love. All the story lines seem enjoyable to read.


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