Grandma's Wedding Quilts 12 Day Blitz - Day 6, Pleasance's First Love by Kristin Holt

Kristin Holt

USA Today Bestselling Author

I recall the winter of my first grade year, basking in the

heat from our fireplace in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dad read aloud Madeline

L'Engle's A WRINKLE IN TIME and Mom peeled orange segments for us to enjoy.

was the definitive moment I fell in love with fiction.


I write frequent articles (or view recent posts easily

on my
Home Page, scroll down) about the nineteenth century

American West–every subject of possible interest to readers, amateur

historians, authors…as all of these tidbits surfaced while researching for my

books. I also blog monthly at
Sweet Romance Reads, Sweet Americana

, and Romancing the


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His worst mistake was letting her go.

His second-worst mistake? Bringing her home.

No one will ever know how badly Pleasance

Benton’s abandonment threw Jacob Gideon. He landed hard, hard enough he didn’t

care to find a replacement. Now that he needs a woman, he figures the safest

way is to order one from a catalog.

Pleasance is back to reclaim her rightful

place at Jacob’s side. One way or another she’ll remind him theirs is a match

made in heaven…once the shock wears off. The teensy-weensy problem? Jacob

doesn’t know that she—
his first love—is

his catalog bride.

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Q&A With the Author

1.  Describe

yourself in 50 words or less.

I'm a wife, mother,

daughter, sister, and friend. I believe kindness matters, people matter, and "nice matters".  Mail

Order Bride Collection: A Timeless Romance Anthology
recently made the USA Today Bestseller's List--I'm

honored! I'm a Christian who writes secular

Sweet (clean) Victorian Westerns, Romance Appropriate For All Audiences.


What do you love most in the world?

Outside of

incomparable, irreplaceable individuals and my relationships with them, I'd

have to say I love quality fiction most in the world. I love to immerse myself in reading.


What do you fear most?

Is it acceptable to

admit I genuinely don't fear? Sure, I'd rather not find myself a (relatively)

young widow. I'd rather not experience another allergic reaction to bees. But

in the big perspective, my faith in God is the antidote of fear.


What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

I had to think

about this one for a good long while. For so many years, seeing my books in

print and enjoyed by people outside my immediate circle of family and friends

would have been my largest unfulfilled dream. Now that I've achieved that

benchmark, (and the pleasure of the USA

Bestseller list) I guess, as of today, my largest unfulfilled dream

is to make the NYT Bestseller list.

In order to reach it, I simply need to keep writing, keep learning the craft of

fiction, continue working hard, and refuse to settle for anything but my

personal best.


What is the hardest thing you've ever done?

I've conquered

a  personal "Mount

Everest"...or three: I lost 70 pounds and kept it off for many years, I

survived the deliveries of my four children (including one C-section), and many

highly personal and emotional catastrophes. More important than the difficulty

quotient or what, precisely, I did, are the lessons learned: I am more

resilient than I believed possible, and my faith in God is never misplaced.


Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or

short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between.

Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?

Once upon a time, a

woman lived in the Rocky Mountains of the West. She was neither old nor young,

fat nor thin, stylish nor plain. She loved to sew, to make everything from

dresses to suits to men's shirts to tote bags for books.

One day this lady

went to the local fabric store to buy more fabric. She'd heard that She Who Dies With The Most Fabric Wins.

Though she had no idea what prize the champion would win, she determined to

attempt to take her cloth-buying hobby to

infinity and beyond.

In her desire to

save a few dollars, thus increasing her capacity to purchase more cloth and

notions, the woman brought her adult daughter along on the shopping trip. This

daughter, a high school math teacher, was the proud owner of a perpetual 15%

off discount at the fabric and craft store. This magical discount was available

to all in the teacher's household, as long as the teacher was present.

At the check-out,

the lady's adult daughter presented her teacher's discount card to obtain the

much-desired discount.

The clerk--a girl

who was definitely more young than old--took one look at the lady who must have

appeared more old than young with her hair of silver and white and gray and

with a great deal of confusion announced, "But she gets 20% off today."

The silver-haired

lady (in constant pursuit of more fabric, zippers, thread, and buttons) had no

idea what the young clerk meant. The lady shared a surprised moment with her

daughter the math teacher, hoping the math somehow made sense to one who

thought in numbers rather than English. 15%? 20%?

The mysterious 5%

made no sense to the lady until in the heat of the parking lot where it

suddenly made a great deal of sense. The silver-haired lady laughed. "The

clerk thinks I qualify for the Senior Discount!"

That shopping day

happened to be a Wednesday, the one day when Senior Citizens received a 20%

discount, just for being old. "She didn't bother to check my I.D. or she'd

see I'm only forty-nine. Six years too young to qualify--if and only if (a math term) Seniors, in her world, are 55 and not


That day, the

silver-and-gray haired lady decided she could be cranky that the young clerk

misjudged her age or she could laugh about the extra 5% savings. Neither young

nor old, the lady with the gray hair decided to laugh and smile and share her


Just like fabric, a

lady can never have too much laughter. So the lady decided, too, that the

ageless advice should go like this, instead: She Who Dies With The Most Laughter Wins.

And the

silver-haired lady lived, happily ever



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