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Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club
Barbour Publishing / 2012 / Paperback
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Amish widow Emma Yoder's first quilt class brings the most unlikely people together. there's Star, a young woman yearning for stability; Pan and Stuart Johnston, a struggling couple at odds in their marriage; Paul Ramirez, a young widower hoping to find solace in finishing a quilt; Jan Sweet, a rough and tough biker doing some creative community service; and Ruby Lee Williams, a preacher's wife looking for relaxation when parish problems mount. But as these beginning quilters learn to transform scraps of material into beauty; their fragmented lives begin to take new shape with the helping hands of each other and the healing hand of God. Note: Deckled Edging is intentional.
Now a New York Times Bestseller! Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments?
New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have many Amish friends.
Popular Amish specialist Brunstetter (Kentucky Brothers series) offers a twist on Amish: a group of English (i.e., non-Amish) people take a quilting class from Amish widow Emma Yoder. The students all have problems in their lives that they inevitably bring to the class, which quickly functions as a support group as theysometimes reluctantlyhear one another out. They are unsubtly diverse: a black preachers wife, a Hispanic widower who is a single dad, a biker working off a DUI, a goth young adult, a bickering suburban couple. Brunstetters fans will likely ignore the shortcomings of the novel (clunky dialogue like Do you see that colorful Amish quilt hanging on the line in the yard across the road?) and have some fun as their favorite character resolves his or her crisis with a stitch in time. (Apr.)2012 Reed Business Information
I have always loved Wanda's Amish fiction but this one was the most thought provoking that she has written for a long while, in my opinion. Wanda has used her knowledge of the Amish to its greatest advantage, while bringing in Englishers to enhance her storyline.
Wanda has a complete surprise at the conclusion of her book, which totally shocked me. Her talent is outstanding in keeping you engrossed in the many changes in her plot and her character development.
A feel-good novel with memorable characters that come together in the most unlikely place and discover things about themselves they would never have known if not for the others. Brunstetter has outdone herself with this novel. Reading it is pure fun. Even though the characters have problems, they learn to overcome them and become the people God wants them to be.
This is an endearing tale about turning around the troubles in our lives and making good come from them. It is a story about letting past hurts shape who we are today and seeking forgiveness from those we truly love. This group of “half-stitched” quilters will truly touch your heart and give you plenty to think about. Don’t miss this one!
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