May 2015 – PATCHWORK FAMILY, a novel by Wichita native Bonnie Tharp won first place in the Kansas Professional Communicators annual competition in the Novels for Adult Readers category.
It’s been a year since Annabelle’s daughter died and she gained custody of her three grandchildren. The stress and demands of her life begin to take their toll. To make matters worse, Annabelle receives a call from the children’s dad, who disappeared a decade ago. A heart attack leaves Cousin Regina the reluctant caregiver. Struggling to let go of the past and take a chance on the future, no matter how uncertain it may be, they discover that the heart of a family is not always about genetics. It’s about people being there for each other, appreciating what you have, charting your own course, and believing you are worthy of love.
“PATCHWORK FAMILY by Bonnie Tharp is an absolutely wonderful story about family, strength, and the power of love. I savored every single word!” ~Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times Best-Selling author of THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE
“Finalist 2010 USA News Best Books in Women’s Fiction”
When Annabelle Hubbard appears on her cousin Regina’s doorstep covered in bruises, the chaos begins. Within an idyllic neighborhood of stolid, family values and century-old houses, the cousins come to grips with family secrets, the ghosts of painful memories, unruly grandchildren, a life-threatening illness, and sexual temptation. Riding through the storm in their lives, the two cousins find that faith, family, and friends are all that really matters.
“Every woman should get a copy of FEISTY FAMILY VALUES, cuddle up on her favorite chair, and enjoy the ride.” — Feathered Quill Book Review