A Quilt for Jenna, Apple Creek Dreams Series #1
A Thrilling Read!
A Quilt for Jenna is one of the best books in the Amish genre that I have read. I think why I found it so intriguing was because the author went back and forth from the past to the present in this story. Why is this different from what a lot of authorÃ¢ÂÂs do? The description of the events were so thorough and vivid that you were never lost to what was going on. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This story has the Amish people and English people very involved in the lives of each other.
I truly enjoyed turning the pages to find out what was going on with Jerusha, Reuben and Bobby.
War is never pretty and we find this to be the case in this book. Will Reuben be able to put the horror behind him? Will Jerusha forgive him for his part that he played in the war? After all, Amish people do not participate in violence and war. How about Bobby? How did the war affect him?
We find the characters in this book have a love/hate relationship with God. Why would someone hate God with every fiber of their being? What possible reasons would they have for rejecting God?
Will Jerusha, Reuben, and Bobby be able to come to terms with their pasts? Can they survive their hurts, their unforgiveness, and put their trust in God? Will the miracles of God melt their hearts?
I gave this book 5 stars and wish I could give it more. Author Patrick E. Craig has made a fan out of me. I can not wait to read The Road Home, book two in this series.
January 3, 2014
I recommend this book
I want to first say that I enjoyed the authors note at the beginning of the book. In it he explains why the location and time period were chosen for the story and how they helped him create his characters. I believe that explanation really aided in setting up the story itself to be more credible and enjoyable.
I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the plot flowed well from one scene to the next. The characters had intriguing personalities and helped the story be more interesting. I liked the setting and time period, as they became a real part of the story. Overall it was a quick moving and enjoyable story. I would recommend this book to all who like Amish fiction and those looking for an enjoyable Christian fiction book to read.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
June 10, 2013
Much More Than Amish Fiction!
Reuben and Jerusha are deeply in love but Reuben questions the Amish faith. He leaves the fold to enlist in the marines in the throes of World War II. Jerusha discovers upon Reuben's return that he is not the same man she knew before he left. His scars run deep, and Jerusha is concerned about his change in character and his sudden conviction to follow the Amish ordnung to the letter. Jerusha and Reuben marry, but the tragic loss of their only child tears them apart. Jerusha's way of handling her grief is to propel herself into her quilting. Her drive for perfection results in haughty pride over her masterpiece quilt. It becomes her escape route from the overwhelming grief she carries and anger toward God at the core of her being. Reuben bolts from his fears and guilt, and travels cross country to Colorado where he seeks a reprieve and an end to his anxieties. Both Reuben and Jerusha are battling their emotions in an unorthodox manner in an attempt to find relief from their captivity.
A Quilt for Jenna is much more than a story about the Amish culture. It is a multifaceted presentation of very strong characters in this novel. Insights into overpowering emotional burdens and beliefs, or lack thereof, are challenged and examined. Jerusha and Reuben Springer are portrayed in depth as their stories unfold and through the insurmountable challenges they encounter. Patrick Craig is gifted with the art of creating vivid pictorial settings, creating reality in this story of tragedy and triumph.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers with the express purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.
April 25, 2013
A story of hope
Just when I was ready to take a break from the Amish genre, I couldn't help but pick up a copy of "A Quilt for Jenna". I was utterly intrigued by the premise for the story, so I dove right in, and discovered a wonderful novel indeed! The author has cleverly interwoven a story told from multiple perspectives, of Jerusha struggling with the loss of her child and now caught in a life threatening snow storm, to scenes from World War II and her husband Reuben's struggle to forgive himself. The result is a story that moves along at a fine pace, offering a fascinating backdrop to explore themes of loss and bitterness, grace and forgiveness. The book is well-written and filled with some beautiful moments between the characters. I also enjoyed the glimpse the author offers into the Amish community, showing the beauty of a group of people who draw together to serve the Lord, while also cautioning about the risk that the Amish face to become all about rules and legalism instead of freedom in Christ. Ultimately, A Quilt for Jenna is a story of hope, that God can take tragedy and loss, and by his grace turn it into something good. That is a message that we can all learn from!
I was quite thankful to learn that this novel is but the first in a 3-novel series, and that I will be able to return to the world of these characters in Apple Creek. I strongly recommend this novel, and award it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Harvest House, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
April 4, 2013