Fifty years ago, Clara cared for injured World War II soldiers as a member of the Womens Air Corps. While serving, she promised a dying soldier she would personally take a message to his bride in the US when she returned. That act of service led to a lifelong friendship with the young widow, and also the gift of a quilt the baby quilt the widow knew she would never need, but which Clara used to provide hope to countless newborns over the intervening years.
In the present day, Clara travels with her family to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, where she desires to present them with the quilt. And as they drive, she decides the time has come to finally share with her family the story of her life.
I enjoy stories written around a quilt and the love that seems to be stitched into each one. This story tells of an enduring friendship, and enduring love, and a ministry formed through that love. It went above my expectations, as I learned more about World War II, and rode along hearing Claras story. It not only impacted her grandchildren, it impacted me! Id definitely recommend this book to lovers of a great historical story!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
A Promise in Pieces is part of the Quilts of Love Series. It is the debut book for Emily Wierenga. She is an exceptional author. This book tells the story of Clara, as she reflects on her life story to her grandchildren and children. She tells of her times as a nurse and a midwife. She also includes a story of the quilt they are transporting to a museum for display. It is so realistic. She keeps you entertained the whole way through the book. I can't wait until I can read further works by this author.
I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
A PROMISE IN PIECES is written as conversation a grandmother is having with her grandson while they are on traveling. She tells him about her life growing up, in the army as a nurse and what happened after. There are intervals as they stop to rest, eat, and sleep, then the story resumes. Clara's story is also about Jesus, love, grace and forgiveness; and about forgiving others as well as yourself. Her grandson is a wise boy and gleans from his grandmother's tale.
The book is short and sweet, a weekend read. As you read, you feel like you get to know the characters, like you could even be a part of their family. Its relaxing and yet, you want to keep reading to find out what happened to Clara. This paragraph in the book "Oliver was doing really well at his job, so well, in fact, that we were lacking nothing, and this, I felt indicated a problem. Because we had not reason to need God anymore" really spoke volumes to me. Because although we are not necessarily "rich" in material possessions we are blessed, so blessed in fact that it is easy to become ungrateful and our mundane life is kind of just that mundane and pointless. I think this book is also a challenge to be all you can be for God, use your talents, your resources and whatever else you have to work for Him. That is true fulfillment in life. There are a few unexpected turns to the story and the ending is quite bittersweet, but I would highly recommend this book. The author did a great job, and I left inspired and moved to continue working on becoming all that God wants me to be.
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WWII, a promise to a dying solder and a gift of a quilt - all these things come together for a young lady and bring her an extraordinary life__..
"A Promise in Pieces" by Emily T Wierenga is one of the latest in the "Quilts of Love" Series. Emily's writing will draw you into the life of Clara, a young girl that goes off to war with the Women's Army Corp. Through that job she makes a promise to a dying soldier to carry a message to his wife. Upon delivering that message, Clara is given a gift - a handmade quilt. Little does she know how much this one gift will change her life and fill it with joy and love.
Emily Wierenga has created a story with so much emotion that you will actually feel a part of it. I know, I had to stop reading through the saddest part as I could not see through the tears. Great writers will do it every time.
I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This was a very touching story. Clara is now an elderly woman on a road trip with her family, and she is telling the story of the quilt to her grandson. Her story is full of love, heartbreak, forgiveness, faith. The author made me really care for Clara and her life. I would love to sit down and listen to her stories myself. I would definitely recommend this book as one to be read!
I was given this book by The Book Club Network, Inc. for my honest review.