Though this book is part of a series, each novel in it is a stand-alone story so they can be read in any order.
The characters are well developed and easy to relate with. There are two main couples that are the focal point of the story. At the beginning of the book they get married in a double wedding. We have Annie and her husband Samuel, who are part of the communitys medical care team. The second couple is Annies brother Adam and his new wife, Leah.
The story focuses on growth and maturing during a time of hardship. I truly enjoyed reading about how the whole community came around and helped the young family to deal with what they were going through. It was wonderful seeing how each person turned to God and sought Him and His help. He became their source of peace and strength.
One aspect of the story that I got so much pleasure out of was the series of stories that Annie and Leah were telling. They did have some help from others as they were going through the process of relating stories about the nine different gifts of the Holy Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23. The way that Vannetta brought this into the story and then tied everything together with this was fantastic.
The Christmas Quilt is a sequel to Simple Amish Christmas. It is also a book in Quilts of Love and they can be read along. I did not have any problems following the story or the characters.
They was some things that drew me to The Christmas Quilt , I am a quilter and I love Chapmans books. I have not read any of her books that I did not love. While I was reading this story I laughed and cried with them. I could not read fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. There are two Amish Ladies who are both expecting their first child. There is a quilt being made in this story and I love that each quilt square is connected to Scripture and a story. I love that Chapman has weaved Gods work throughout the story, and a lesson learning to trust and rely on God. I really enjoyed this story and I know you will too. Thanks Vannetta Chapman for another good one.
I was given this book by the author for my honest review which I have given.
Because I'm a huge fan of Vannetta Chapman's novels I decided to read this one, even though I don't typically read Christmas books. I'm thankful that I did.
As Leah finds herself in the hospital due to complications from her pregnancy, she learns so much about accepting that all things work to the Glory of God. As Leah and her sister, Annie, spend time in the hospital room waiting for Leah's twins to be born, Annie stitches a quilt. They decide to tell stories that relate to Galatians, chapter five.
This is such a sweet story of friendship between sisters and the love between husband and wife. Even though this family has it's trials they find that turning to God and trusting Him is the way to go. The community pulls together to help out, too.
I suggest that you pick up a copy of The Christmas Quilt and enjoy the holidays while savoring this lovely novel.
Each stand-alone novel in the Quilts of Love series features a quilt with a meaningful story behind it. This delightful series has a cozy, down-home feel to it, but with a surprising amount of emotion and depth. While I have enjoyed several Quilts of Love stories, The Christmas Quilt is one of my favorites.
This novel captures a lot of what I look for in a Christian fiction novel: a well-written story with characters who are real and that I care about, who face struggles and doubts honestly, and who grow spiritually as they live out a faith that is genuine. Vannetta takes us on a return visit to Annie and Samuel from 2010's A Simple Amish Christmas, but this story easily stands alone.
I loved how this story involves two married couples who are both expecting their first child. At first, Leah and Adam struggle with foolish misconceptions as Leah feels unloved, while Adam fears that he won't measure up as a father. But Annie and Samuel's deep love is beautifully expressed by Samuel in a conversation about the bond of a long marriage: "I think each year that passes, two hearts become more entwined, like two vines growing side by side. Eventually it must become difficult to know where the beat of one stops and the beat of the other begins."
I am unashamedly a fan of Amish fiction for three simple reasons: faith, family and community - and Vannetta has done a masterful job focusing on these elements in The Christmas Quilt.
The nine-patch crib quilt that Annie is making for Leah - featuring Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam - becomes a major character. Readers will be moved by the touching way that Annie and Leah, inspired by the fruit of the Spirit qualities from Galatians 5, tell stories as they quilt of people in their lives who reflect each of these nine qualities. I also applaud the way prayer was shown to be of such primary importance in the characters' lives, as easy and natural as God intended it to be.
The Amish believe in taking care of their own when needs arise, and they are amazingly successful at it. To support Leah and Adam when they are faced with high medical costs, the community puts together a benefit auction, for "It is biblical for all of the community to minister to our children - and to us - in our time of need" (Adam). And the essential role of family is beautifully summed up in Jacob's words: "Each of you are responsible for praying for these precious kinner, and also for helping raise them, for children need an entire family, not merely a mamm and dat."
The Christmas Quilt is a feel-good read that both entertains and inspires, perfect for Christmas or any time. Highly recommended to those who enjoy inspirational fiction.
This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.