I recently got the opportunity to read Wanda Brunstetter's latest book in the Half-Stitch Amish Quilt Club series, The Healing Quilt. I enjoy this series and have even seen book one in a musical form at Bird-In-Hand. Mrs. Brunstetter writes a lot of Amish fiction.
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilt Club books are also slightly different because the Amish woman featured in the books as the quilt teacher is really a secondary character to the class members who attend her quilting class. The "english" class-members are where the story lies. You follow them in between classes. As their relationship unfolds, you learn more about each class member's life and problems. While the class continues, the plot thickens, the characters intermingle and you get attached to these people.
I enjoy these books very much. They are not super-heavy reading, but they are full of spiritual truths. I want to be Emma, the quilt teacher. She has endless amounts of patience and just wants to do God's will. She is charming and sweet. The characters in the book are interesting and their problems are challenging. As with the first two books, there is an interesting plot twist when you learn how some of the class-mates connect to each other. There are also visitors from past classes, but you really don't have to read the first two books to follow the plot of the third.
Give The Healing Quilt a try. It's well-written and enjoyable to read. As I do with most Christian fiction, this book prompted me to think about different character traits I want to see developed in myself. You can find the book at most bookstores and online. If you give it a read, come back and tell me what you think.
The Healing Quilt is the third installment of Wanda Brunstetter's The Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club. I had the privilege to read Book 1 and now to read Book 2. I have not very many books by this author but I thoroughly enjoyed this series.
Emma and Lamar Miller have purchased a summer place in Pinecrest, Florida in order to help with Lamar's health. But while Lamar seems to enjoy his time there, Emma has gotten somewhat bored so she decides to open her home to another quilting class. Not only do the students learn how to quilt, they also often find solutions and healing in their troubled life. This class is no different. Our students include: Jennifer, a pregnant new mom; Mike, a charter boat owner; Erika, a wheelchair-bound teen; Kim, a waitress; Noreen, a newly-retired widow; and BJ, an artist facing illness.
Each of these students bring their own wounds and secrets to this class. Will Emma and Lamar be able to help these students as they have done before? Will these students be able to find the answers they seek? The characters come alive as each of them are followed not only during class but as they face their everyday challenges. And when an old student comes to visit, will romance be in the air? Or will another obstacle get in the way?
Very well written so that as the reader you come to know Jennifer, Mike, Erika, Kim, Noreen and BJ. The reader is also updated on the lives of former students. A very well written series!
I was given a copy of this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
Third installment of Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club is soaked with Florida Sunshine and Amish wholesomeness
August 25, 2014
Wanda Brunstetter is a New York Times bestselling author known for her Amish fiction and her latest addition to the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club series, The Healing Quilt, will not disappoint her fans. I believe readers of Amish fiction like quiet, wholesome stories and The Healing Quilt, set in the Pinecraft area of Sarasota, FL., is just that. Lamar and Emma Yoder Miller love their newly purchased winter retreat, but both are looking for something more to do besides their wonderful beach walks. Lamar convinces Emma to offer a quilting class in their little home, just like she did back in Indiana. The small group who gather each week to learn the history of quilts and to sew their own small wall hangings are a mixture of God's wounded: BJ, an artist with terminal cancer; Jennifer, a to-be mom whose husband has just lost his job; Erika, a despondent paraplegic teenager; Kim, a waitress desperately trying to make it on her own; Noreen, a lonely retired teacher; and Mike, a charter fisherman fulfilling his wife's simple request to attend this class. Six Saturday mornings will change their lives, each experience a form of personal healing, some simple, some more drastic. With a different setting than most Amish stories, The Healing Quilt will have you wanting to dig your toes in the sand or look for shark teeth along with Kim and Lamar, at the same time you're savoring Emma's simple wisdom and charity. I received a copy of this book from Handlebar Direction for Publishing.
Wanda Brunstetter is a very talented author, and I've read many of her books. She mostly writes about the Amish which is true of The Healing Quilt. Emma and her husband move to Florida for the winter because of his arthritis. Emma gets bored quickly and decides to offer one of her quilting classes for the area residents. Six sign up: Kim, a waitress, Mike, a fishing boat captain, filling in for his wife, who leaves to care for her sister, Erika, a 15 year old angry teenager in a wheelchair because of a diving accident, Jennifer who's pregnant and has an out of work husband, B.G. A retired art teacher with terminal cancer and Noreen, a 65 year old widow with some issues of her own. The group meets once a week on Saturdays for six weeks to make a quilted wall hanging. Drama of one sort or another happens each week, from class members realizing a past connection, to labor pains, and a foiled hair coloring episode. There's even a past student that shows up and a love connection happens. Emma and her husband Lamar pray for their students and try to help in whatever they can. All this in a beautiful beach setting complete with an alligator. Where does the term the healing quilt come from? It will be revealed as you read this wonderful story of God's love and healing.
I received this book free through Bookfun.org from the publisher for my honest review.
I love this series. These books are easy to read and have such a great story line. I love how God brings people together to help each other. Once I start one of these books, I have a hard time putting them down.