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    [imga=right]https://www.bluegrasspublishing.com/store/images/1413777597.jpg[/imga]YAY! I finally finished the review for Tinsie's Story - Both BENNY & PATTY are JPiC Members and I was excited about getting the novel! It came signed and exquisitely packaged - now the book is kinda beat up and has folded pages from me marking my most favorite passages LOL - Incidently - I've read it 3 times! It is a very nice historical fiction novel and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes that genre and even to those who don't particularly care about historical fiction. Truly I do believe this is a very IMPORTANT novel, for the lesson it teaches is wonderful.

    At anyrate there is an excerpt posted HERE - so enjoy.

    ALSO to BENNY & PATTY - apologies for the procrastination! Looking forward to the next novel = Fantabulous job with Tinsies Story ;)

    Jacquii.
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    Tinsie’s Story (A Quilt’s Reflections)
    Benny & Patty Morton
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    Tinsie’s Story, a collaborative effort by BENNY & PATTY MORTON, has really set the bar high for other novels in the genre historical fiction. This quaint story tells the story of the Morton family through several generations and the passing down of the family heirloom quilt. There are several novel ideas within this novel that are sure to please any fan of historical fiction.

    Though the storyline focuses mainly on the Morton family persevering through rough times in the mountains of Kentucky, the family heirloom quilt has an enormous voice. It’s my understanding that BENNY MORTON wrote the “meat” of the story and PATTY MORTON writes as the quilt’s voice. To give voice to such an inanimate object as an heirloom quilt is a decidedly risky endeavor when writing historical fiction. Right from the prologue though you will recognize that PATTY MORTON has written a wonderfully diverse & caring and immensely true character:

    “If these walls could talk,” is the cliché that clearly comes to mind. Tinsie’s Story evocatively suggests that the walls indeed do have a voice and in this case, so does the family heirloom quilt. And the quilt as an integral part of the storyline just accentuates how very important and precious such family heirlooms are.

    Almost midway through Tinsie’s Story is a poignant moment about Mammy – an older Black woman who’d earned her freedom by helping Tinsie set up house for one year. Mammy actually becomes part of the Morton family and is respected as such, but after the passing of many years Mammy falls ill with pneumonia:

    This came at a really pivotal moment in the novel. The emotions had reached a high and it was so refreshing to read the passage about Mammy and how the family truly felt about such loyalty.

    As a reader – I am really impressed by this freshman novel from BENNY & PATTY MORTON. There is some really excellent writing in this novel and a lot of it exquisitely poetic. But the message that one takes away after reading Tinsie’s Story is that the important things in life are often free, as well as the lesson that perseverance in the face of turmoil is indeed a beautiful thing.


    4 stars – Novel ideas & excellent presentation.
    Highly recommended!

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    Tinsie’s Story – Review by Kimberly D. Robinson, July 13, 2007

    This novel is a must read for the casual reader as well as the lover of the Historical Fiction genre. The prologue alone is a story in itself and captures the reader’s attention, leaving them wanting more. The concept of the family generation “Quilt” characterized as an entity, if you will, having humanistic qualities such as a voice and feelings was brilliant!

    The novel is exquisitely written and executed. The setting, characters, the Quilt, and the dialogue are exceptionally authentic which adds to the richness and depth of the novel. Be prepared to travel back in time. The “Quilt’s” voice takes the reader on a journey through life, love, life lessons, and loss. I felt like I was a part of the story. The Morton’s placed me there with their skillful writing, and mastery of story telling.

    You will laugh out loud, cry, clutch your fists, smile, and ponder on the messages and life lessons this novel depicts. I also have a quilt, and after reading this story, I wondered what “My Quilt” would tell if indeed it had a voice. I say that to say that this novel is classic and memorable. You will never look at a Quilt quite the same ever again.

    Thank you so much Benny and Patty for writing such a beautiful and heart – warming / wrenching story. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop, until you have experienced all of what the Quilt has to share.

    5 Stars! Excellent Rating! Excellent Write!

    Kimberly D. Robinson
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    NICE review KIM!
    I've read Tinsie's Story 3 times thus far and sure I will read it again and again.
    It is a really nice novel in my opinion - And I agree - you laugh, cry and go through the range of emotions when reading Tinsie's Story - And that is what novel writing is about - To get the reader to actually FEEL

    Anyway - nice review and thanx for posting it :)

    Jacquii.


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    Patty and I want to thank all of you for the wonderful reviews! But, most importantly, we are elated that you loved the story. Although the book is a short one, we wanted to leave the reader with some thought and retrospect about their own family ties. In this day and time families not as firmly connected as they once were...we are such a mobile people and it is so easy to become disconnected.

    Again, thank you for the wonderful reviews! We love you all. But, you already know that!


    Posted By Benny | Jul 14, 2007
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