I could really relate to Leah's story in "The Christmas Quilt" because she's due to deliver twins, something I was also about to do ten years ago! Leah is hoping for a home birth, like many Amish women have, but her complicated twin pregnancy (a common occurrence) makes a hospital delivery necessary. Leah's sister-in-law, Annie, is also expecting a child, and so the two women are both learning to find their way as young married women and expectant mothers. I found Leah and Adam's fears about being good parents and being able to sustain their love for each other to be very realistic. Both women discover that love isn't always enough; communication and faith are also necessary ingredients for strong and successful marriages. I really loved "The Christmas Quilt," a must-read for fans of Amish fiction and great stories!
I loved being back and visiting with old friends, but you can just begin here, and you won't want to leave.
Annie and Samuel are now expecting their first baby. Her sister-in-law Leah is also expecting, but having twins. Annie is a bit of procrastinator, and is just now starting a quilt for the twins. As she picks up the fabric, and sets to cutting out. She is making the Sun Bonnet Sue/Billy quilt.
We end up with Leah hospitalized and Annie at her side, along with working on the precious quilt. We end up with several stories within the story, while completing each block.
Such a sweet, and yet different type of story. Will each of these woman end up ok. Will marriages survive? Will new love blossom between unexpected people? Through it all you feel Gods hand on each of his children. I loved this book, and wish it would have lasted longer!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
I just spent a very enjoyable Saturday morning reading a touching, uplifting Amish Christmas story -- Vannetta Chapman's The Christmas Quilt. The book is a quick, easy read, but has elements that stick with you after you turn the last page.
In her usual fashion, Vannetta has written a heartwarming Amish story, with a little extra "spark." The characters are loveable, their story progresses at a satisfying pace, and there is just the right amount of difficulty to keep the story interesting. Using the backdrop of the quilt squares and the tender stories that accompany them, Vannetta shares significant lessons from God's Word in a very pleasing way.
From the acknowledgments in the front of the book, I learned that some of the characters from The Christmas Quilt first appeared in Vannetta's A Simple Amish Christmas. I haven't read that one yet, but it's definitely going onto my "to-be-read" list.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of The Christmas Quilt in exchange for my honest review.
This was a beautiful Christmas story! I think it was different than several of the books I've read in this Quilts of Love series. Perhaps I really liked it because it was the Amish fiction that I love to read.
Vannetta Chapman tells a beautiful story of a quilt that resembles growth and discovery. It represents hard times, good times, and trying times. It represents both family and friendships. When this quilt is looked upon, you know that it has a story. The book didn't have a lot of drama, except it did as far as a much anticipated birth. I liked the close friendship between Leah and Annie and how they walked this road together.
Both Annie and Leah are expecting babies. Leah is expecting twins after Christmas and Annie is expecting one later in the year. Things were going well, minus the poor relationship that had developed between Leah and Adam. A trying time involving Adam and Leah and their babies brings the two closer together and helps them to grow closer. Each have things that they need to work on in their relationship and God uses this time to develop some fruits of the Spirit in them. It's not easy, but they have a relationship to be desired by the end of the book. The quilt represents this time in their life as it was a product of all that they had went through. Meant as a gift from Annie, it becomes something that Leah and Annie look forward to working on and brings many discussions and lots of growth from the two.
I received this book free from Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Oh I enjoyed this book thoroughly, I had read the first book where Annie was a nurse and so this follow-up book was very good. Vannetta Chapman really impressed me with her story telling ability. I enjoyed the stories with in the story and it really made the book over the top for me. A great book, you will not want to miss.
I loved the character of Leah and was often wanting to come to her defense as her husband stumbled his way through growing up. And of course Annie is as lovable as before and it is interesting to see where her life has gone from the last book.
Another great story in this Quilts of Love Series!
This book was provided by the author for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.