I had never read any of this author's books and really looked forward to it. In fact, since this was the 3rd book in a series, I decided to get the other two and read those before reading this one. However, I found that, even though it "tidied" up the story and helped keep the characters straight, this book could very well be read as a Stand Alone book. I have always enjoyed stories of the Amish, and since this was a series book about a stitching group, and I love to stitch, I thought this would be the perfect book for me. However, even though I enjoyed the book and the colorful characters and their individual lives, which had high drama in each, I did not find the story as compelling as I thought it might be. I don't know what I expected, but, It did not hold me riveted to wanting to read it every day, as some books do. It was a sweet story, and it followed the lives of the characters in a fashion that wrapped up their problems neatly, but, for me, it was lacking.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
The Healing Quilt is the third installment of The Hand Stitched Amish Quilting Club series. I cannot say enough how much I love this series. I love the new group of unlikely quilting students. I was so excited when I read Jan from book one make a comeback in this book. Jan is my favorite character and love how he became an important character in this book as well.
Emma and Lamar are such a good couple and they are so helpful with their students' lives. They are just so cute.
I highly recommend this book, as well as, the first two books of the series.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion which was given.
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.