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.
What a great read about how an Amish couple touches so many lives, and how the rebound of this love is passed on. Emma and Lamar have taught quilt classes before in their hometown of Shipshewana Indiana, and decide to do the same while in Pinecraft Florida.
You can see Gods hand in this idea, and dont know if Emma and Lamar realized how much they were going to change a number of lives. Your heart will break for some of them, and rejoice for others. In the end, all of the class participates lives do change, not always how we are hoping, but in the way God planned.
We get to enjoy the beautiful setting of this book, through the eyes of each of the characters. Dangle your feet in surf, enjoy hunting for shark teeth, and just enjoy watching the surf. You never see how interconnected with others we are, and marvel how you are at the right place at the right time to do what God wants, in his perfect timing.
I would love to take a quilt class from this delightful couple, how fun it would be, and not only learn how to quilt, but enjoy the scrumptious treats that are offered. Also, loved the fact that we are updated on all at the end of the book, and can put some closure in their lives, and wish we could join with them more.
I received this book from the Publisher Barbour Publishing Inc., and was not required to give a positive review.