• Between Heaven and Texas

  • A Cobble Court Quilts Book
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (543 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick takes listeners into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there.…

Welcome to Too Much - where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister, Lydia Dale, were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common - superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.

While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted - a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable.…

©2013 Marie Bostwick (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Ranching, Quilting and Strong Women

A story taking place in Too Much, Texas, with a quirky tale as to the historical name of the little town, is the prequel to the Cobbled Court Quilt Series. A big fan of the series, I was anxious to listen to this one. Filled with talented and strong women, dating back to Flagadine Tudmore, who settled in Texas before it became a state, along with her husband, George, the F-Bar-T Ranch had been passed down to the WOMEN in the family. Due to the “fatal flaw” . . . women who sometimes . . . well, many times . . . let their hearts get ahead of their good sense, and married undependable scoundrels. Another oddity is that the women (a long line of quilters) were all named after fabric. . . Velvet, Taffeta (Taffy), etc. But when Taffy gave birth to twin girls . . . her husband refused to continue the tradition . . . and Mary Dell and Lydia Dale Templeton joined the citizens of Too Much. As luck would have it the two twin girls fell in love with two brothers, but the “fatal flaw” struck, when one brother shipped off to the Vietnam war. And Mary Dell finds herself pregnant with his brother, Donny’s baby and they marry in haste. The twists and turns of ranching, quilting and raising children . . . and the consequences of the “fatal flaw” are covered with laughter and tears in Between Heaven and Texas. And although things may not have turned out exactly as I had hoped, it was a very good listen.

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Best of the Series

I loved getting to know Mary Dell better and finding out about her roots and how she got started with quilting. Natalie Ross was such a great narrator, sometimes I thought there was really a man doing some of those voices. I didn't want the book to end and I really hope we can have more books about MD and her sweet, sweet Howard.

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Great book in a great series!

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book because it meant leaving New Bern and going to Texas, but I am glad I did. It was a very enjoyable story and it was heartwarming to learn Mary Del's story. It "sewed" up the story of her and Howard and how they came to be alone in the quilting business.

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Loved it!

Really enjoyed this ! Strong women, a ranch, sewing, quilts, etc. Interesting characters and a well developed story line.

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Great story .

Great story line. I loved listening to the whole series. You should enjoy it too.

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Makes Me Want To Quilt!!

Really really enjoyed this book and the Cobled Court Series.
I am not a quilter and can barely sew, but listening to these books makes me want to learn to do both.
I am sorry to have them end!

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Loved this book! This was the best one yet. 🙂

loved the characters and plot lines. very rich and colorful characters. This was a series.

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Cute, entertaining story

I accidentally stumbled upon this book, and I'm glad I did. It is apparently part of a series, and I will definitely be picking up the next book (though, I think this is actually the sequel to the series).

My only real issue with this book is that it really type-casts Texas and Texans, and the person reading the book made a big deal of the Texas "accent", and I kept thinking I was reading something that took place in the 1940s and 1950s, rather than 1970s and 1980s (particularly the part about Dallas- everyone and everything seemed to come straight out of the TV show, Dallas, which is not really "Dallas"). Aside from that, I did enjoy the story!

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convincing characters

She's bigger than life, but Mary Dell fit this warm, beautifully crafted story wrinkle free.

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Doesn’t disappoint

As always Marie Bostwick doesn’t disappoint. I can always depend on a book full of normal people who have trials and tribulations and a story that keeps me listening even when I should be doing something else! I can also count on a clean book without cussing and explicit sex. I truly get tired of searching for books I wouldn’t be embarrassed if my g-granddaughter happened to listen.
Natalie Ross is, as usual, wonderful. There’s never a doubt which character is speaking with Natalie. She adds warmth, annoyance, excitement....whatever the character is feeling is never in doubt.
If you’re looking for a feel good book, this is it!

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