A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott | Quilts of Love #25

 

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott. Thea’s first quilt show begins to fall apart at the seams. Will she be able to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before another attack happens . . . with far worse results.

ASIC Elliott

There seem to be mixed feelings about this book.

Half the reviews I’ve read say they were disappointed in the book or it was just not their taste.

The other half can’t say enough good about it – comparing it to Miss Marple or Nancy Drew mysteries.

Are you beginning to see the problem? It’s really no mystery. The ones who love it are the ones who love a clean (and sometimes quirky) sort of mystery – the kind where there’s no strong violence or general ugliness.

As a Quilts of Love story, I’m surprised more readers didn’t expect that sort of story but then, some of the other Quilts of Love books I’ve read have much harsher content… and they weren’t even mysteries.

All in all, another great addition to the Quilts of Love series… in my humble opinion!

© JCMorrows 2015

4 Stars

A Stitch in Crime is a wonderful addition to the Quilts of Love series!CLICK TO TWEET!

 

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Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co‑chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.

Mary‑Alice Wentworth, a much‑loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick‑off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?

When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary‑Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love Books website.

You can also find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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  • A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott
  • Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn
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Enter today by clicking the button below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog February 9th.

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Cathy Elliott

 

Author and speaker Cathy Elliot nourishes her night‑owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California.

Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.

Find out more about Cathy athttps://cathyelliottbooks.wordpress.com/

 

GOD BLESS!

AND

HAPPY READING!

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Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Wellborn | Quilts of Love #24

OK, here’s irony for you – I had no idea… none… that this was a historical novel when I picked it up to start reading.

But it quickly became apparent.

In reading the story that unfolded, I realized I was also reading about the period in time when – what is known today as women’s lib – came about.

I won’t go into all of my own ideas about women’s lib here because it really has nothing to do with the book but suffice to day I’m not a huge fan.

I am however a fan of what the main character in this book feels, about women and our ability to do more than some people think we can – and since that is very much what is at the heart of this novel – I will say I am a fan of her!

Gina Welborn expertly captures the essence of this conflict and she accurately shows how it affected individuals during this time period.

I also commend her for how well she shows the emotions of a young British woman and how she would have reacted to the differing temperaments of American women of the age.

I won’t say much more because I don’t want to give away the outcome of this wonderful story except to say that it is well written and well-worth reading!

 

Gina Welborn expertly captures the emotions and the conflicts of the age!CLICK TO TWEET!

 

Don’t miss this fantastic NEW Quilts of Love novel by Gina Welborn – Masterpiece Marriage!CLICK TO TWEET!

4 Stars

More about Masterpiece Marriage from Abingdon Press:

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles.

Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

 

 

You can also find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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NEW FROM QUILTS OF LOVE, MASTERPIECE MARRIAGE | KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY | Review to follow next week.

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn. December’s QOL release celebrates the ebb and flow of marriage.

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  • Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

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He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.

Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

Gina Welborn

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Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including “The Heiress’s Courtship.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.

Find out more about Gina at http://ginawelborn.com.

Quilted By Christmas by Jodie Bailey | Quilts of Love #22 | Stop #1 of my Salute to Christmas Reads!

 

Quilted By Christmas is one of those books I just LOVE to read at this time of year.

It always makes – those of us who have struggled with a difficult past – feel better to know that we are NOT alone.

It holds a particularly strong attraction for me since I have been right where Taryn was… OH SO MANY TIMES…

There are very few people in this world who had a “perfect” childhood and even less who don’t at leasy know someone who had a rough time as some point in their life – so I believe almost everyone who reads this book will be able to identify with Taryn in one way or another.

 

I have also had some experience with the main conflict in this story – when your past comes back and tries to drag you back down.

Jodie handles this extremely well, giving you a look at the emotions and turmoil that go along with the experience.

And if Jodie is not drawing from personal experience in this very same matter, I certainly can’t tell!

One way or another, she is a FANTASTIC author and she has written a stellar book – not one I would have thought of as a Christmas story – but it really fits! 

And I believe it will give readers an unexpected lift this Holiday season!

 

 

Here’s what GoodReads has to say about… 

“Quilted by Christmas”: Quilts of Love Series (Quilts of Love #22) by Jodie Bailey

A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.

Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches.

When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

 

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NEW FROM QUILTS OF LOVE, QUILTED BY CHRISTMAS | KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY AND “MERRY QUILTED” FACEBOOK PARTY!

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey. October’s QOL release is a warm Christmas tale of God’s steadfast love.

Enter to win a Kindle HDX and RSVP for the “Merry Quilted” Quilts of Love Facebook party on December 9th.

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And make sure to check back here on my blog in November for my review.

 

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A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.

Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle‑schoolers she teaches.

When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

Purchase a copy and learn more at the Quilts of Love website.

Jodie Bailey

{MORE ABOUT JODIE BAILEY}

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel “Freefall” and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, “Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home.” While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle‑schoolers to love writing as much as she does.

Find out more about Jodie athttp://JodieBailey.com.

Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll | Quilts of Love #21

Hidden in the StarsRobin Caroll is an incredibly talented author.

Unfortunately… for me and my tender heart…

I have to admit, the thing that drew me to this book was the cover. I’ve always loved ballet – never had the balance to even try it but I love watching it and my daughter has immense talent but she has decided it is not something she wants to pursue so we just watch.

But the cover will fool you. This is not a sweet little romance.

At least one other reviewer has touted this book as an “easy read” and my reaction to that is “Are you kidding me!”

“Hidden in the Stars” is an intense, terrifying, emotional journey through humanity’s best… and worst.

If you have anywhere near the tender heart that I do, along with being absolutely riveted, the vivid details will have your stomach in knots and your emotions in a blender… on the first page!

Just when you think things can’t possibly get any worse… they do. And then they do again.

And then they do again.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying the book is not worth reading. I’m just warning anyone who has a tender heart – to be prepared.

The fact is, as much as the story churned me up, I could not stop reading! I just kept going and going and going!

This certainly speaks to Robin Caroll’s skill and talent as a writer because usually when a book affects me this way, I DON’T keep reading.

So, read it but be prepared for the emotional turmoil and vivid descriptions of Sophia’s memories of the brutal attack that stole her mother and her career from her.

This is certainly not a book I could write. The dedication and hard work that went into her research… And the skill it took to write something with such depth and realism! WOW!

 

Here is what Abingdon Press has to say about the book:

A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be.

Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21‑year‑old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

 

 

You can find more information and/or pre-order the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   QUILTS OF LOVE   ABINGDON PRESS   ROBIN’S WEBSITE

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I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
from the Litfuse blogger program .

 

GOD BLESS

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HAPPY READING!

 

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My review of ” A Grand Design” by Amber Stockton | Quilts of Love #20

A Grand Design

I LOVE this book! LOVE IT!

What a wonderful idea! What a beautiful story. What wonderful interactions between characters and environment and memories of the past!

And Amber’s descriptions of Mackinac Island make me want to hop on a plane today!

This is a wonderful addition to the Quilts of Love line of books and a story that anyone who enjoys a good romance with a few bumps along the way – is sure to enjoy!

 

I really enjoyed how well Amber wrote about Alyssa’s views on life and love. Too often we read about a jaded character who is completely hopeless and it doesn’t quite ring true when they finally are presented with love but Alyssa is simply someone who has had a rough time of it and she’s not sure what she even wants romance-wise.

I also love how well Amber blends God into the story. She makes Him approachable in a way that people today will find much easier to connect with than the harsh, angry God that so many people want to paint Him as.

Amber’s writing never gets “preachy” – she just shows the reader that God is very much a part of the lives of our characters.

Wonderfully done!

And I, for one, will be seeking out more of Amber Stockton’s books!

 

4 Stars

 

A brief synopsis from the Quilts of Love website about A Grand Design:

A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

 

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
from the Litfuse Publicity review program.

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

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NEW FROM QUILTS OF LOVE: A GRAND DESIGN BY AMBER STOCKTON | KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, FACEBOOK PARTY, AND BLOG TOUR

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn’t struggled to let painful memories go and move into God’s healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced at the “Fall into Fall” Facebook party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

 

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A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

Find our more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

Amber Stockton

{MORE ABOUT AMBER STOCKTON}

Amber Stockton is an award‑winning author, a national speaker, and a direct‑sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards. Find out why readers love her by visiting her website AmberStockton.com.

Find out more about Amber athttp://amberstockton.com.

 

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An advance look at “Swept Away” – a new Quilts of Love story | A collaboration between Laura V. Hilton and newcomer Cindy Loven

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I admit, I have only read a couple of Laura V. hilton’s books and I did not know what to expect from this collaboration.

I was not disappointed!

This is a wonderful story and a terrific meeting of two clearly talented authors!

You can see little touches from each author all throughout.

In a recent interview HERE, Laura made a point of saying that Cindy took the lead with all of the quilting descriptions but they blend together so seamlessly you would never know the book wasn’t written by one author.

I’d say that counts as a triumph for this duo!

Dare we hope for a possibility of more books in the future…

I would read them!

And I am excited to see what Cindy comes up with in the near future!

 

4 Stars

 

Here is what Abingdon has to say about “Swept Away”:

Sara doesn’t think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer’s granddaughter.

Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

 

You can find more information about the book from these popular sites:

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Sparks fly in “Rival Hearts” by Tara Randel | A Quilts of Love Story

Rival Hearts

With the first sentence, Tara Randel grabs your attention – and she doesn’t let go.

One of the things I love about the Quilts of Love series is how many different genres, timelines and lifestyles they cover. We have everything from a pioneering couple to a detective on the streets of a small town to rival magazine editors.

I’ve not read anything else by Tara Randel but it’s clear she has a talent for story telling. In Rival Hearts, she pulls us right in to the story and it’s clear from the first chapter that these two characters are in for an adventure they never could have seen coming.

Ben is clearly over-confident and Molly is timid but determined and we can see the sparks flying between our two main characters in their very first conversation.

Tara Randel makes the story so real to us – encompassing not just the competition and what it entails but also drawing the characters’ lives into the mix. And not just the sparks either, but what makes them tick and even some things that lurk beneath the surface.

Tara uses secondary characters brilliantly, involving friends and family as well as co-workers in this mad dash to the finish. And you may be surprised by how everything turns out. I won’t ruin it for you – it’s just too delicious!

Now I’m going to have to go find some of her other books and see if they’re just as entertaining and enjoyable!

4 Stars

 

From the Quilts of Love Website:

They both want the promotion.
But will they find out that it is worth the cost?

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot.

Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly‑girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he‑said, she‑said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

For more from the Quilts of Love website, click HERE

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And HERE for Tara Randel’s website.

 

Happy Reading

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GOD BLESS!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher
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Actually I never got the book – due to address issues but I was supposed to so I got it for my kindle.
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NEW FROM QUILTS OF LOVE: A Stich and a Prayer | Kindle HDX Giveaway and “Quilting Bee” Facebook Party

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson. A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

Celebrate May’s release by entering to win a Kindle HDX and RSVP for the Quilts of Love “Quilting Bee” Facebook party with the Quilts of Love authors.

 

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

Enter today. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 17th.

Winner will be announced at the “Quilting Bee” Facebook party with Emily Wierenga, Loree Lough, and Tara Randel. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

 

A Stitch and a Prayer

 

{More about A Stitch and a Prayer}

New from Quilts of Love | A Stitch and a Prayer

A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

After her fiancé returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love-and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?

Learn more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

Eva Gibson

{More About Eva Gibson}

Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including “The Gift of Forgiveness” and “The Three Marys.” She currently teaches “writing your life story” classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for “A Stitch and a Prayer.”

Find out more about Eva at http://www.abingdonpress.com/eva_gibson.

“A Stitch and a Prayer” by Eva Gibson | Quilts of Love # 19

A Stitch and a PrayerI have read other reviews that said they had difficulty connecting with the main character.

I did not have that problem.

I connected with Florence right away. And I was pulled right into her world. Eva Gibson is a very skilled author. She paints a beautiful picture around our characters and I truly felt like I was right there with Florence as she struggled and worried and tried to pass the time until her beloved would return.

And I find myself wondering if perhaps the difficulty with some people connecting with Eva’s main character is perhaps the health issues she is struggling with…

Many people who have never dealt with health concerns themselves or even watched as a loved one navigated the difficulties involved are incapable of understanding what goes through the person’s mind as they attempt to go about their day and be as “normal” as possible.

I am blessed to have good health (aside from some seasonal allergies and a semi-bad knee) but I have watched my mother combat fibromyalgia and diabetes for years and I speak from experience when I say there are many people who enjoy good health that are unable to comprehend the daily hardships she has to face.

So I can understand quite easily how some people might have difficulty connecting with Florence and understanding the things she does. However, I would like to say that I feel Eva Gibson did an excellent job of writing the story. I could feel Florence’s irritation and worry. That alone may have helped a number of readers who would not normally identify with those issues – be able to.

A wonderful story that anyone can enjoy!

4 Stars

More from Abingdon about the book:

A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

After her fiancé returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?

Click HERE for more from Abingdon Press.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity book review program in exchange for an honest review. Actually I never got the book – due to address issues but I was supposed to so I got the kindle version. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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“A Promise in Pieces” by Emily Wierenga

If you are an emotional person… at all, read “A Promise in Pieces” with tissues close!A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga

I’m not sure whether it’s Emily’s experience as a ghost writer or simply her gift that enables her to pull you into the story so deeply.

You WILL feel the deep emotions in this story.

… Especially if you are a deeply emotional person.

I am noticing a bit of a trend as far as the Quilts of Love books go lately and it is an interesting turn.

I have never really been a huge fan of novels written about/around WWII but I am finding myself reading them more and more lately and I have to say this – “A Promise in Pieces” is not typical.

It is written about that time period but it focuses so much more on the family dynamics and the very personal experiences that Clara goes through.

The idea behind the story is not a new one but Emily Wierenga has most definitely found a new way to tell it.

Whether you’re a fan of WWII novels or not, this is a book worth reading!

5star

 

A Bit more about the story from the Quilts of Love website:

A small gift, a simple promise, a life forever changed

It’s been more than 50 years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corp. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish. And 50 years since that soldier’s young widow gave her the baby quilt—a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come.

On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it’s time to share her story. But when the trip doesn’t go as planned, Clara wonders if anyone will learn the great significance of the quilt—and the promise stitched inside it.

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And to visit Emily Wierenga’s website, click HERE

A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga | “Women Helping Women” Giveaway and Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour campaign for the latest offering from the Quilts of Love series, A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga. The endorsements are glowing for Emily’s debut fiction release:

“. . . a poignant, beautifully crafted story that will leave you wanting more.”  —Suzanne Woods Fisher, award-winning, bestselling author

“. . . grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go . . . the characters have lingered in my mind.” —Ane Mulligan, President, Novel Rocket and author 

 

Emily is celebrating the release of her debut novel with a “Women Helping Women” shopping spree giveaway.

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One winner will receive:

  • $200 to spend at Emily’s favorite shops, Noonday Collection & Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to make a difference in the lives of women!)
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

 

 

A Promise in Pieces

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

A Promise in Pieces | A Quilts of Love Book

It’s been more than 50 years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corp. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish. And 50 years since that soldier’s young widow gave her the baby quilt—a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come. On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it’s time to share her story. But when the trip doesn’t go as planned, Clara wonders if anyone will learn the great significance of the quilt—and the promise stitched inside it.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

 

 

Emily Wierenga

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for “The Christian Courier,” and the author of “Save My Children,” “Chasing Silhouettes,” and “Mom in the Mirror.” Emily and her family reside in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.

Find out more about Emily at http://www.emilywierenga.com.

 

 

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“Maybelle in Stitches” by Joyce Magnin | Another really good Quilts of Love story!

Another really good Quilts of Love story!

13613160 Funny story: My mother actually reviewed a Christmas novel by Joyce Magnin. She wasn’t even expecting to… It was a complete surprise to her when the box arrived in the mail – 7 books to review and only a few days to do it.

Needless to say, it was a rough couple of weeks.

In a way this has been a similar situation for me. Because this book was not precisely what I was expecting.

With Maybelle in Stitches, I knew I was getting a book about a woman who’s husband is off at war but I didn’t realize which war.

It’s very interesting, how Joyce brings the period to life – writing about the everyday little things you might not ordinarily glean from a history book, or even doing deep research of the period.

The story line of this book is filled with sadness but that’s not really surprising.

What is surprising is that it’s not depressing. It’s sad but it’s interesting and it pulls you in. You find yourself laughing with Maybelle and you find yourself wanting to reach over and give her a big hug.

 If you enjoy books about the WWII era, this is definitely a book you would enjoy!

Give it a try.

And, if you enjoy her writing, you may want to check out some of Joyce Magnin’s other books as well.

Here are a few words about Maybelle in Stitches from the Quilts of Love website!

Maybelle Kazinzki can’t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it—somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother’s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother’s childhood, her grandmother’s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden’s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

For more about this title, click HERE to visit the Quilts of Love website.

Click HERE for the book page at Abingdon Press

HERE for ChristianBook.com HERE for GoodReads

And click HERE to visit Joyce Magnin‘s website.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity book review program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Another Chance to Win!

 

Come help us celebrate the release of another fantastic
Quilts of Love release!

 

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin. Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it.

Joyce is celebrating the release with a $200 Modcloth giveaway. Enter today for a chance to spruce up your spring wardrobe!

Just click the picture below.

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One winner will receive:

  • A $200 Modcloth gift card
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

 

And while you’re waiting, a bit more about the book:

Maybelle in Stitches

Maybelle In Stitches | A Quilts of Love book.

Maybelle Kazinzki can’t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it—somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother’s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother’s childhood, her grandmother’s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden’s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

 

And a bit more about the author:

Joyce Magnin
Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright’s Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Find out more about Joyce at http://www.quiltsoflovebooks.com/products/31/Maybelle-in-Stitches.

 

 

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“A Sky Without Stars” by Linda S. Clare | Quilts of Love #15

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I think I should have read the synopsis a bit better before I started reading this book. LOL!

I was not expecting the story that I found between the pages.

It took me about three chapters to really get into it but confusion was a big part of that. I will tell you I was intrigued by the time I read through the second paragraph.

Not having been alive during that time myself, I can’t say with absolute certainty that the writing is accurate but it certainly rings true.

It was a bit of a difficult read for me actually – I am part Cherokee but that was never a problem for me. My problem was being poor.

My mother was determined to live in the best part of town that we could possibly afford and so we went to school with children who were firmly seated in upper middle class or lower upper class at the very most. And you can guess there were plenty of young girls who were happy to torment a big-boned girl who cared nothing for makeup or fashion and would rather bury her nose in a book while sitting high in a tree – than just about anything else.

And that is why I can say that the parts of this book that talk about bullying are very true to life. I sincerely hope that Linda S. Clare does not write from experience but you wouldn’t be able to tell if she didn’t. It’s very realistic.

4 Stars

The only complaint I have is about the change of POV (Point Of View). It changes a lot and it changes sometimes without any warning so it was a bit difficult to keep up with in places.

But all in all, well written and good handling of something that was a very difficult and dangerous time in our history.

A bit more about A Sky Without Stars from Abingdon Press:

Will the Lakota Star Quilt she is making help Frankie sew a new future of happiness?

Frankie Chasing Bear is caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she also thinks he will need to learn the white man’s ways to succeed. After the untimely death of her husband, Frankie joins the U.S. Government’s Relocation Program and moves to Arizona. There she begins sewing a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn, and prayed into it.

A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars, but neither the quilt—nor her new life—comes easily to Frankie. Nick Vandergriff, for instance, is the last man Frankie wants to trust. He’s half-Lakota but Christian, and Frankie can see no good coming from that faith after her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian school. Can Nick convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren’t all bad? And will Frankie learn that love is the most important ingredient—for her son’s quilt and life itself?

For more info you can click HERE to visit the book page at Abingdon Press.

For more reviews on ChristianBooks.com, click HERE For GoodReads, click HERE

For the book page on the Quilts of Live website, click HERE

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity book review program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Enter to WIN! And a Facebook chat party! Don’t miss it!

New from Quilts of Love: A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare | Kindle HDX Giveaway and “Spring Fling” Facebook Party

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Star Without Stars, by Linda S. Clare. “Authentic characters with realistic challenges pull us right into the Native American world of the 1950s. A memorable story with substance and hope.” —Melody Carlson

Linda is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway and joining her fellow Quilts of Love authors, Barbara Cameron and Joyce Magnin, for a Facebook “Spring Fling” party on April 1st.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

More about A Sky Without Stars

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A Sky Without Stars | A Quilts of Love Book

In 1951, Frankie Chasing Bear is a Lakota caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she knows he will need to become as a white man to succeed. After his father’s killed in a barroom brawl, Harold and Frankie move to Arizona, where she begins a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn and prayed into it.

She distrusts Christians, as her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian School, until she meets BIA agent Nick Vandergriff, a half-Lakota who’s also caught between cultures. Nick must convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren’t all bad as he tries to win her heart in order to put the stars back into her sky.

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“Scraps of Evidence” by Barbara Cameron

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All I can say is this: I really hope Barbara never lets anyone talk her into making this a movie because they’ll ruin it.

WHAT a GREAT story!

I have to say it was a bit of a shock for my system going from Amish to Crime – and by the same author but I’m so glad I went ahead and read them in order. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here writing this a full two days ahead of schedule. It was THAT GOOD! I seriously could NOT put the book down and I usually detest mystery novels. I used to read a series by another author who shall remain nameless and it effectively killed any taste for mysteries that I may have had.

But this book is nowhere near the same league as those. Or any other… And when I say that, I mean that this book is far far above the rest.

I could happily read a dozen more by Barbara because I already know that she is capable of writing a great story with believable characters and a plot-line that even a seasoned mystery writer would envy.

Barbara Cameron doesn’t drag things out, she doesn’t throw in a ridiculous amount of obvious clues and… the coup-de-grâce – she does not have her characters do stupid things. No walking right into the path of the killer over and over again, no figuring out the whole thing right before the killer sticks a gun to your temple and no running around screaming like an idiot. I LOVE IT!

THANK YOU Barbara Cameron!

And PLEASE write more of these kind of stories!

You might, if you’re an old-hand at mysteries, pick out a clue or two but nothing that stands there screaming “RIGHT HERE! THEY DID IT! DON’T MISS THIS!” And some of you might think the romance moves a little too quickly (I don’t think I’m giving anything away there – you knew there had to be romance) but please remember this is a short book. It’s supposed to move fast. However, I have to say that I don’t think the book itself moved too fast – it had a perfect pace and, at the end, I found myself wondering how I’d gotten there already.

The only complaint I have is the synopsis. I don’t know if the book underwent a lot of changes since it was written or if whoever wrote it just hadn’t read the book but there are several goofs in it. Logan is a new partner and he never really “ribs” Tess about her quilting. And Tess’s aunt isn’t in a nursing home. She’s in the hospital. But oh well…

It’s a GREAT story! Read it! You won’t be sorry!

5star

Here is a bit more information about the book from the Quilts of Love website.

Tess has taken some ribbing from her fellow officer, Logan, for her quilting hobby. He finds it hard to align the brisk professional officer he patrols with during the day with the one who quilts in her off-time. Besides, he’s been trying to get to know her better and he’d like to be seeing her during those couple nights a week she spends with her quilting guild.

Then one afternoon Tess and Logan visit her aunt in the nursing home and she acts agitated when Tess covers her with the story quilt. Aunt Susan seems to be communicating a message to them about Tess’s uncle. There’s a story behind this quilt, they realize, one that may lead them to a serial killer. Will they have a chance to have a future together or will the killer choose Tess for his next victim before they find him?

Click HERE to get more info from the Quilts of Love website

Click HERE to go to the Litfuse page for info about the blog tour

Click HERE to go to the page on GoodReads

Click HERE to go to Barbara Cameron’s website.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity book review program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Reading List for 2014… so far.

Lots of fantastic books COMING SOON!

I can’t wait to get my hands on them all!

Here are just a few of the novels I’m excited about that are in the works already!

"Hopeful" by Shelley Shepard Gray
“Hopeful” by Shelley Shepard Gray

I am chomping at the bit for this one and I have to wait until April…AHHHH!

"Seasons of Tomorrow" by Cindy Woodsmall
“Seasons of Tomorrow”
by Cindy Woodsmall
"Princess Ever After" by Rachel Hauck
“Princess Ever After”
by Rachel Hauck
"A Road Unknown" by Barbara Cameron
“A Road Unknown”
by Barbara Cameron
"Where Courage Calls"  by Janette Oke
“Where Courage Calls”
by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan
"The Last Bride" by Beverly Lewis
“The Last Bride”
by Beverly Lewis
"Murder Simply Brewed"  by Vannetta Chapman
“Murder Simply Brewed”
by Vannetta Chapman
"An Amish Garden"  Beth Wiseman, Tricia Goyer, Kathleen Fuller & Vannetta Chapman
“An Amish Garden”
Beth Wiseman, Tricia Goyer,
Kathleen Fuller & Vannetta Chapman

I’m currently reading:

"The Letters"  by Suzanne Woods Fisher
“The Letters”
by Suzanne Woods Fisher

And this is next on my list:

"The Calling"  by Suzanne Woods Fisher
“The Calling”
by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Of course there are always NEW books coming out in The Quilts of Love series so I’m watching for those!

And I plan to get caught up on the other Amish Anthologies: An Amish Blessing, An Amish Love, An Amish Kitchen and An Amish Miracle.

I’m also hoping to see news of a book being published SOON by a very dear friend…YOU know who you are!

FUN!

Anyway, that’s me… up until April anyway. There will be dozens of other announced between now and then and I’ll be chomping at the bit to get those too.

I LOVE that Amish fiction is so hot right now! It means there are so many new titles and stories available on a regular basis!

If you’re looking for more GREAT books to read, Christianbook.com is a GREAT place to look for what’s NEW and what’s COMING SOON!

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“Aloha Rose” by Lisa Carter

I just love the Hawaiian people, Don’t you!

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As a matter of fact, there is a LOT about these wonderful islands I LOVE! The people, the language, the culture, the beaches and the climate! Talk about…

FUN in the SUN!

I grew up reading the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn and a lot of that series takes place in the Hawaiian Islands.

Well this book is not a whole lot like that series. In fact probably the only things this book shares with that series is that it’s Christian and Romance. But it’s a GREAT READ and I highly recommend it! In fact, I loved the two books I’ve received (free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review) in the Quilts of Love series, that I went in search of more! I now have “For Love of Eli”, A Wild Goose Chase Christmas” and “Pieces of the Heart” (My review for “The Christmas Quilt” is a little further down the page) on my bookshelf.

I love when authors come together for a wonderful theme like this. It ties all the different books together so well. It reminds us that we come from so many different walks of life and different backgrounds but that God ties us all together. And if we want to, we can find other things that tie us together too.

What Litfuse has to say about the book:

Aloha Rose” by Lisa Carter:
When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God’s love.

Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He’s spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness. Laney’s painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.

What I have to say about the book: 1 word – Chills!

Do not miss this book! Aside from being about the amazing island of Hawaii, it is about Romance, Love and Faith in God! A true story of the heart!

Lisa writes well enough about the Hawaiian experience that I almost expect to hear drums in the background and see Hula girls dancing when I look up. She paints the story with vivid details and colorful descriptions. The story moves along at a great pace and the characters are very well developed!

A lot of authors write “native” or “Amish” like they’re writing about their every day life. Lisa doesn’t do this. If I didn’t know any better, I would think she grew up in Hawaii. She uses their phrases and expressions flawlessly and the story flows right around them.

Read it, you won’t be sorry! And read as many of the other books in the “Quilts of Love” series that you can as well. I can’t wait to read the next one!

Got to have lots of links for you!
You can find more information about the Blog Tour on Litfuse HERE!
Check out other titles in the Quilts of Love Series HERE!
Read more about the book HERE on the GoodReads Book Page.
And check out the author’s website HERE!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity book review program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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“The Christmas Quilt” by Vannetta Chapman

This book is very exciting for me because it’s about the characters I fell in love with in the very first Amish fiction novel I ever read.

5660435I was thrilled to see it advertised and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Of course, as fate would have it, the book arrived just as November got off to a start and I became a crazy
person – between NaNoWriMo and reviewing the stack of other books that had piled up on my desk.

However, when I picked up the book, I could not put it down. It was an amazing read and I enjoyed every
second of it.

The only complaint I might have is that it took so long for two young couples so much in love to conceive. (In case you can’t tell… I’m teasing) This book is an excellent continuation of the story that started in “A Simple Amish Christmas” and it shows just how wonderful a writer Vannetta Chapman is. Three years passed between the writing of one and the other but it feels like she wrote them back to back. The characters have the same voices, mannerisms and behaviors.

The characters are all just as wonderful as I remember them.

The story itself is wonderful too. It isn’t just another “we’re trying to stretch the series out”
kind of sequel either. It’s really a good next step and, I think, a story anyone would enjoy.

Also, and I don’t want to give too much away here but, there are a few really interesting surprises tucked in the pages.

I really love the extra little touches Vannetta puts in, all those extra little things that give us a real glimpse into Amish life. It helps pull you right into the story. I also really enjoy how Vannetta blends
the Amish lives with the “Englisch” around them. The Amish strive to remain separate but a big part of their faith is about being open and loving to all of God’s (Gotte’s) children. Vannetta writes that aspect perfectly in my opinion. She has a talent for capturing their “voice” and their feelings and emotions – a tremendous accomplishment for an “Englisch” writer. You would never know she did not grow up Amish.

A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys this genre!

And, while I recommend that you read “A Simple Amish Christmas” first, this book could easily be read first or even alone. And now I’m off to work on my NaNoNovel and read up the rest of the books in my TBR pile.

Until next time… From Litfuse:

About the book:
Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season
approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the
community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda,
the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the
buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to
deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is
determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With
six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have
a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the
infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may
hold a far greater significance than she ever
imagined.

I give it 5 stars! A GREAT READ!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity book review program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

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