I'm not a big fan of Amish novels, but that mindset is quickly changing as I have read books like The Christmas Quilt! When I originally saw this novel I wanted to read it because I LOVE the cover! I thought it was adorable and just had to find a way to discover this story!
The Christmas Quilt was nothing short of a beautiful love story between two married couples and the joy of having children as well as the support of true family! I absolutely loved the overall story of the making of the quilt concerning the fruits of the Spirit! I'm currently teaching a group of girls at church about the fruits of the Spirit and reading about these fruits as the quilt was being made took on a whole new concept for me! There is something always to be joyful or thankful for in every situation as Leah and Adam learn!
Beside the awesome quilt making with godly lessons, I really enjoyed this Amish story as a whole! I felt it was different and unique in the birthing process that Leah experiences as an Amish woman. Plus I sometimes perceive that in stories about the Amish and their ways of life that they are so perfect and peaceful, making it hard for me to relate too. However in this story that is not true and I appreciated that. It really brought the Amish culture to life for me since some of the main characters had struggles like I do which helped me to understand and relate to them.
Annie might have not completed the quilt for Leah in the timing she expected, but as the reader journeys with her in the completion of it, perfect love blossoms at it's fullest and a new, kindled relationship with the Lord grows for each character!
I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars!
*I received this book for free from Litfuse and Abingdon Press in exchange for a honest review! All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!*
Oh my word, as my grandmother used to say. While I wouldn't personally categorized this as a romance novel, it is certainly full of learning to love. And even though I've never made a quilt, I could envision each step as the stories were shared. Sometimes we can only live life one day at a time, and The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman reminds us to enjoy each day as it comes.
***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
The Christmas Quilt is a complex story that centers on the birth of twins to a young married couple. There are also many interesting side stories woven into the novel.
At the beginning of the book, there seems to be strife and discord in the relationship of Leah and Adamâ€”possibly brought on by her pregnancy. Leah and Adam, both young and immature, are just beginning to know each other as husband and wife, when their relationship is complicated by Leah's pregnancy.
Perhaps God arranged for additional complications in their young lives to give both Adam and Leah an opportunity to grow spiritually and also to grow in their love for one another before their family expands. Whatever the reason, we soon find the couple attempting to deal with a crisis they don't expect and aren't prepared for. Through it all we see how their friends, family members, and community rally to support them.
I enjoyed seeing the growth and change of several of the characters, especially Leah and Adam. I love the way that the making of the quilt is tied in to their spiritual growth.
If you like books about the Amish, quilting, or Christmas, I think you will enjoy The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman. It is a very satisfying read.
Vannetta Chapman in her new book, "The Christmas Quilt" Book Eleven in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Annie Yoder.
From the back cover: Babies have their own schedule. But so does God.
Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife. And most days, she finds herself taking the buggy to her brother Adam's home.
When Annie s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver her first child before Christmas, Annie becomes determined to finish a crib quilt before the "boppli" arrives. But God's plans are different from Annie's and she may not finish the quilt in time. As each piece of the quilt comes together, Annie discovers the quilt holds far greater significance than she ever imagined.
This is a neat little Christmas story. It is all about pregnancy and delivering babies just in time for Christmas. This is all about the women who have to endure for the nine months before they can hold their child and what they have to go through. This is about the men who have to endure for the same nine months and what they have to go through. This is all about family and marriages and Ms. Chapman has done an outstanding job. Annie, Leah Samuel and Adam are really great characters that we fall in love with and feel as though they are friends that we do not want to leave when the boo is finished. I would like to see another story that continues the adventures for these two young families. It is really that good.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I could really relate to Leah's story in "The Christmas Quilt" because she's due to deliver twins, something I was also about to do ten years ago! Leah is hoping for a home birth, like many Amish women have, but her complicated twin pregnancy (a common occurrence) makes a hospital delivery necessary. Leah's sister-in-law, Annie, is also expecting a child, and so the two women are both learning to find their way as young married women and expectant mothers. I found Leah and Adam's fears about being good parents and being able to sustain their love for each other to be very realistic. Both women discover that love isn't always enough; communication and faith are also necessary ingredients for strong and successful marriages. I really loved "The Christmas Quilt," a must-read for fans of Amish fiction and great stories!