The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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. AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs 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 know it's probably wrong to find enjoyment from Adam and Leah's marital problems, but it made the story so much more interesting. It wasn't the typical Amish story, and I enjoyed the well-written description of the quilt that was in the making by Annie. The nine squares represent the nine gifts of the spirit, and I thought it was beautifully detailed.
Between all the drama of one couple's relationship issues, the dramatic baby story, and the way nothing seems to go right; the author clearly states that God is a vital part of these stories. This novel is all about learning to love, even though I wouldn't say it is a romance.
This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
December 17, 2013
I laughed and cried with them!
I had no idea when I agreed to review several books for Abingdon Press that I would receive such a blessing from them. These two novels by Vanetta Chapman have been more joyful to read than many othersÃ¢ÂÂ¦ well, maybe I shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt go too far, since I have several favorite authors and I love reading their books, too. But I will say that these two novels will be read and re-read many, many times!
The Christmas Quilt is a sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas where the story of Samuel and Annie first began, and this novel picks it up at the perfect timeÃ¢ÂÂ¦ in A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the endÃ¢ÂÂ¦ and The Christmas Quilt begins with their weddingÃ¢ÂÂ¦
It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel againÃ¢ÂÂ¦ I so enjoyed reading about how their attraction to each other took them both by surprise! In this sequel, after delivering many others, Annie is finally expecting her own baby. But her new sister-in-law Leah is also expecting. I laughed and cried with them as they struggled through the joys and sorrows of life. I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait to read them both again!
The Christmas Quilt is part of the Quilts of Love series and is definitely one of the books on my Ã¢ÂÂkeeperÃ¢ÂÂ shelf.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Abingdon Press, but my daughter had already bought a copy, so she has decided to bless a friend with her copy.
If you get the chance, buy both of the books and read A Simple Amish Christmas first, then jump right into The Christmas Quilt! I am certain you will enjoy every minute!
December 15, 2013
A Beautiful Story!
In The Christmas Quilt, we revisit the characters and community first introduced by Vannetta Chapman in A Simple Amish Christmas. I loved returning to Mifflin County, Pennsylvania and catching up with this special Amish community!
Samuel and Annie Yoder continue to help the community with their medical needs. Expecting their first child, they are eager to share the experience of parenthood with AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs brother and sister-in-law, Adam and Leah Weaver. Leah is pregnant with twins and due to deliver before Christmas.
While Annie pregnancy has been a smooth experience, Leah has experienced some emotional and physical difficulties. When Leah goes into early labor, Annie hurries to her side and convinces her that going to an Englisch hospital is best.
As they wait for the arrival of the twins, Annie and Leah begin working on a nine-patch crib quilt for the babies. As they work on each square, they pray together and share stories inspired by the fruits of the Spirit. What started as way to fill the time begins to hold a far greater significance!
The Christmas Quilt is a wonderful story of faith and beautifully illustrates the fruits of the Spirit. I love The Christmas Quilt and would love to visit the residents of Mifflin County again!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Abingdon Press. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
December 9, 2013
Wonderful heartwarming Christmas story
My Thoughts On The Christmas Quilt
What better way to get in the Holiday Spirit than to read a good, Amish story centered around the Christmas Season. Annie and Leah are very busy and patiently await their new little ones to make their sweet apparence into their family. While Leah and her husband Adam have always been very close, they are now drifting farther and farther apart. It was when Leah started having serious problems with the pregnancy and had to stay in a hospital in Philadelphia that each of them realized how bad they had treated each other. Thankfully Annie was able to stay with Leah the weeks she had to stay in this Englisch hospital.
The Christmas Quilt is part of The QuiltÃ¢ÂÂs of Love Series from Abingdon, and as with each story in this series, this one has a special meaningful quilt. For this quilt in this story, Annie and Leah works on the quilt while they are away from home awaiting the birth of LeahÃ¢ÂÂs baby. As they added new pieces to the quilt, they talked about the fruits of the spirit, in comparison with the Christmas spirit. This helped these two ladies as they had to spend their time away from their families and especially their husbands. I loved this Amish story. Vannetta Chapman has away with Amish stories that make you come back for more. I would suggest reading Ms. ChapmanÃ¢ÂÂs book, A Simple Amish Christmas first because A Christmas Quilt is a Sequel. I just know you will enjoy them both, just as I have.
Let these two wonderful Amish stories centered around the Christmas Season be the books you choose to read this Holiday Season.
I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 55.
December 9, 2013