Even when they were girls in Texas, Mary Dell Templeton's tendency to speak her mind set her apart from her twin sister, Lydia Dale. After both young women succumb to the family's "fatal flaw" (falling for "a certain sort of man"), it is sisterhood that gets them through the rough times--everything from Lydia's divorce to the birth of Mary Dell's beloved son, who has Down syndrome, to the subsequent disappearance of Mary Dell's husband. The sisters, inspired by a long line of determined Texas women, set about running a ranch on their own and launching Mary Dell on the path to becoming a quilting legend. VERDICT Fans of Bostwick's five "Cobbled Court Quilt" novels will relish this prequel for the opportunity to see high-spirited Mary Dell Templeton in her younger years. It's a book for fans of novels featuring sassy, independent women, Southern novels with witty dialog, or stories featuring quilting. Readers looking for tales of families dealing with children with special needs may also appreciate Bostwick's realistic handling of the issues involving the birth of a child with Down syndrome.--Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN[Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.