If you are searching for a well written book that will touch your innermost soul, this is the book for you. We, as humans, don't truly realize how a simple gift and a simple promise can change a life forever. This comes about by a caring nurse and a small quilt. Emily's story is told in the first person, which often is not my favorite. However, upon reading the first chapter, I was hooked!! She used rich language along side fluidity of the plot. The events just flowed into one another with ease, often shocking or surprising me. Intertwining subplots were woven , with meaning and purpose.
I was not prepared to choose Clara as a favorite character, when I began reading, however, once again, I was surprised!! She became an individual with determination, despite hard times, someone who cared very deeply for others and did not just think of what she could do to be helpful, she acted upon it. This not only was valuable to others who were hurting, but to herself as well. I became extremely emotionally involved in this book, the characters, and in their lives. It made me think: Have I ever done anything that is even close to making a difference to others, as Clara did??? I had to take this to heart. Maybe I should dig deeper within myself to discover how I could let God work in me, to be a servant to others.
This is a book from the quilts of love series, second one I have read and can't wait for more.
This story is all about Clara and how one quilt changes her life. She tells her life story from being a child, a nurse during the war, coming home after war, having friendships, finding love, being a midwife, becoming a wife, having children, being a grandmother and above all how GOD becomes the most important thing in life.
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. It captures your heart and makes you want to keep reading to see what is going to happen to Clara. The story has a great morale and keeps this through the whole book. The part of how the quilt becomes the most important part of Clara's life and how it brings families together just tears at your heart. I recommend this to all women and especially those women that quilt. I don't quilt and still loved it, however, I have friends that do quilt and they said they found a great connection and inspiration throughout the whole book.
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This was a good tearjerker book. If you love books that make you want to grab your family and hug them until they struggle to get away, this one is for you.
Clara Kirkpatrick suffers from many things. Like stubbornness. Which she inherited from her father. I enjoyed watching her grow from a rebellious young woman into a mature adult that realizes that everyone is far from perfect - just like her - and that everyone needs forgiveness, compassion, and love. I very much enjoyed how much she loved her mother and how their relationship was so good. That was a blessing, and I liked how she came to grips with her father and why he acted the way he did. They were human - and I loved them for that. I didn't like Clara at the beginning, but she grew on me when she came to grips with herself and her beliefs.
This novel skips from World War 2 to the year 2000, and there were times I found that pulled me from the story and I had to really concentrate on what I was reading to get myself back into it. I connected much better with the flashbacks than I did the year 2000 periods of the book.
My thanks to LitFuse and Abingdon Fiction for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not required they be positive.
A Promise in Pieces is one of the most unusual books (in a good way!) I've read in a long time. Clara is the focus of this story. While her family takes a trip to New Orleans, her grandchildren ask her to tell the story of her life. She takes us back to her time serving as a nurse during WWII and reflects on how that experience affects the rest of her life.
It's an amazing story. Poignant, adventurous, emotional, sweet. I loved that the author gave us a beautiful love storyâ€”without making it a romance. It focuses on the love that Clara has with all of the people in her life. It was just beautiful!
The author does everything an author is "not supposed to do." There's a bit of head-hopping. The time changes between the past and present (sometimes unclearly) throughout the book. There's more telling than showing. The main character's story is primarily told through a first-person narrative that feels a lot like stream of consciousness, with plenty of long sentences. But somehow, it totally worked! The author's style left me feeling like the characters were chatting with me over breakfast. It pulled me into the story in a way that few books do, and I was loathe to put it down. In fact, I read the story in two sittings!
This is a phenomenal book, and I'm happy to recommend it! [4.5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I really enjoyed this beautiful story by Emily T. Wierenga and the way that she brought this quilt to life. This series is fun to read since I like to make quilts. I understand how each quilt has a story and lots of time of the quilter is spent pouring into the quilts. I really enjoyed this story as the quilt tells a beautiful story that doesn't get brought up often, but just the right amount.
I liked Clara's courage but I could only imagine how her parents must have felt when they woke up and realized her choice. I admired that she did what she believed to be right and wanted to truly help people.
I liked how the story shows how God redeems people, like Clara. Clara makes a vow, but God has different plans. He brings Clara to a place where she sees that love has risks, but it is worth it.
I like history, so I really enjoy the time frame that was chosen for this book. It's rich in history, yet not boring. It captures emotions of the time and perspectives from then.
I also liked the style of writing that Emily T. Wierenga uses. I can't place my finger on what is so different. I just know that it's refreshing and different from what I have read lately.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.