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 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.
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 others_ well, maybe I shouldn't 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 time_ in A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the end_ and The Christmas Quilt begins with their wedding_
It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel again_ 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 can't 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 "keeper" 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!
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 Annie's 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!
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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 Quilt's 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 Leah's 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. Chapman's 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.
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Annie Yoder did something different during her rumspringa, she went into the English world and became a nurse. Upon her return she married herbalist, Samuel Yoder, who took care of the local Amish's basic medical needs. As the story opens they are expecting their first child and her brother, Adam and his wife Leah are expecting for the first time too. Leah is carrying twins. The two women are very close. Annie wants to make Leah a special quilt for the babies. Thinking she has time to spare, (Leah isn't due for two months), Annie gets a late start.
Leah unexpectedly goes into early labor, endangering her life and the babies. She is must be taken to a hospital in Philadelphia where she and the babies can be cared for. Annie agrees to stay with her until the babies are born.
Adam and Leah have been having struggles in their marriage since Leah became pregnant. Neither knows what the problem is and the distance grows between them. The sudden separation they experience while Leah is in the hospital causes both of them to view their marriage through different eyes.
Annie and Leah work on the quilt together and to pass the time share stories that illustrate the nine fruits of the spirit from Galatians chapter 5, one for each quilt square.
The community pulls together to have an auction to help pay for Leah and the babies hospital stay. Adam is overwhelmed by their love and generosity.
While this book would be a great read anytime, it is especially so for the Christmas season. Not because the story takes place around the holiday, but because of the many lessons associated with Christmas that can be learned from it.
Adam and Leah's marital problems stemmed from losing focus on what was important. Adam was worried about finances and being a new father. Leah focused on her pregnancy discomfort and began to be selfish and ill tempered. When faced with the possibility of losing one another their priorities became very clear. I was reminded of how we lose focus of Christ, during the Christmas season. He is the true reason to celebrate, yet people caught up in buying gifts, decorating, preparing special food; everything except the Child that was the greatest gift of all. He should always be our priority and focus.
Annie made a great sacrifice to stay with her sister in law. She spent many days away from her husband whom she missed and loved. She sat long hours caring for Leah and keeping her company. The Amish community made sacrifices of time and possessions to help earn money for the young couple's medical bills. This time of year the greatest sacrifice ever made began with the birth of Jesus. God sent His only Son to begin life on earth only to give it up for us.
I enjoyed the examples the women shared to illustrate Galatians 22 -23. It gave me the idea to do the same thing. I plan to find nine examples of each "fruit" from people and situations from my own life. This would be a great thing to do in a group as a Bible study too!
There are more examples I found, those were just a few. How many can you find?
A wonderful heartwarming book! This is the first of Ms. Chapman's I have read and I look forward to reading more!
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