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.
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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!
I loved being back and visiting with old friends, but you can just begin here, and you won't want to leave.
Annie and Samuel are now expecting their first baby. Her sister-in-law Leah is also expecting, but having twins. Annie is a bit of procrastinator, and is just now starting a quilt for the twins. As she picks up the fabric, and sets to cutting out. She is making the Sun Bonnet Sue/Billy quilt.
We end up with Leah hospitalized and Annie at her side, along with working on the precious quilt. We end up with several stories within the story, while completing each block.
Such a sweet, and yet different type of story. Will each of these woman end up ok. Will marriages survive? Will new love blossom between unexpected people? Through it all you feel Gods hand on each of his children. I loved this book, and wish it would have lasted longer!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
I just spent a very enjoyable Saturday morning reading a touching, uplifting Amish Christmas story -- Vannetta Chapman's The Christmas Quilt. The book is a quick, easy read, but has elements that stick with you after you turn the last page.
In her usual fashion, Vannetta has written a heartwarming Amish story, with a little extra "spark." The characters are loveable, their story progresses at a satisfying pace, and there is just the right amount of difficulty to keep the story interesting. Using the backdrop of the quilt squares and the tender stories that accompany them, Vannetta shares significant lessons from God's Word in a very pleasing way.
From the acknowledgments in the front of the book, I learned that some of the characters from The Christmas Quilt first appeared in Vannetta's A Simple Amish Christmas. I haven't read that one yet, but it's definitely going onto my "to-be-read" list.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of The Christmas Quilt in exchange for my honest review.