Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Bonus Feature: THE GIFT QUILT

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Here’s a letter from Ashley, the heroine of “The Christmas Quilt” by debut author Kathy Wall.

cover Gift QuiltDear Santa,


Bring me some peace. It’s only six months until I finish medical school, and then … for five years I’ll do my penitence in the bush country of Africa. I’m already counting the days until I return. If this self-imposed exile doesn’t straighten things out with the big guy upstairs, I’m lost.

Although I’m a pretty friendly person, I haven’t dated for three years. Leaving is painful, and I thought it best not to build any relationships. No one questioned my excuses of studying, exams, and rotations. I think that was a mistake. I’ll be going off to Africa with no friends to write or visit. My only relative is Mom, and she recently got married. Don’t fit in real well there either. Sometimes, I feel so alone.

To make things worse, when I go, I’ll be working with children and women. Not the older folks I want to care for, like Miss Polly. She’s the gal who recently had hip surgery. Her determination to recover is an inspiration. However, with the conditions in Africa, I won’t see many patients of that generation. They rarely live so long.

Santa, if you can come up with another way to make things right with God, let me know.

Is it possible to make friends in the few remaining months before my departure? If you could help out, it certainly would be nice.

Please don’t bring anything electronic as there will be limited electricity where I’m going. None of those fancy soaps either. They attract insects. I’ll still be able to do applique, but not patchwork, so a five year supply of silk threads, needles and a plastic tub to store them in would be appreciated.

To sum it up, I’d like friends, career advice, peace of mind, and maybe an attitude adjustment.

Needing a miracle or two in Texas,

Kathy WallAshley McDonald

About the Author:

Kathy Wall is the author of The Gift Quilt. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a semi-finalist in the organization’s Genesis competition. The former newspaper reporter, travel writer, foster mother, and schoolteacher lives in Texas with her husband. When not quilting or writing, she enjoys traveling, especially to visit her two children and eleven grandchildren.

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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