Emma and Lamar Miller purchased a winter home in Sarasota, Florida to get away from the harsh winters in Northern Indiana. Emma felt something missing in her life, and Lamar suggested she teach a quilting class to some of the local residents as she had done in Indiana. Her class filled rapidly with an assemblage of broken individuals. Each student carried his/her own personal and painful baggage, hoping that the quilting class would bring some diversion and healing. As in the past the Millers held each of their students up in prayer, and offered compassion and hope to each of their students in various ways.
Six new students are introduced in "The Healing Quilt," each with significant and distressing circumstances. A variety of serious life challenges affect the students and their relationships with one another. As in "The Tattered Quilt" the author brings characters from her past books into the story, creating continuity and blending the past with the present. As in the prequels to this book there is a richness of character in both Emma and Lamar that remains with the reader long after the story has ended. Mercy and Christian love are evident throughout as well as beauty in the descriptive elements surrounding the location. Realism and consequences are evidenced by the resultant events in the lives of these characters, and healing comes in a number of ways.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wanda E. Brunstetter through Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
I had never read any of this author's books and really looked forward to it. In fact, since this was the 3rd book in a series, I decided to get the other two and read those before reading this one. However, I found that, even though it "tidied" up the story and helped keep the characters straight, this book could very well be read as a Stand Alone book. I have always enjoyed stories of the Amish, and since this was a series book about a stitching group, and I love to stitch, I thought this would be the perfect book for me. However, even though I enjoyed the book and the colorful characters and their individual lives, which had high drama in each, I did not find the story as compelling as I thought it might be. I don't know what I expected, but, It did not hold me riveted to wanting to read it every day, as some books do. It was a sweet story, and it followed the lives of the characters in a fashion that wrapped up their problems neatly, but, for me, it was lacking.
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The Healing Quilt is the third installment of The Hand Stitched Amish Quilting Club series. I cannot say enough how much I love this series. I love the new group of unlikely quilting students. I was so excited when I read Jan from book one make a comeback in this book. Jan is my favorite character and love how he became an important character in this book as well.
Emma and Lamar are such a good couple and they are so helpful with their students' lives. They are just so cute.
I highly recommend this book, as well as, the first two books of the series.
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I recently got the opportunity to read Wanda Brunstetter's latest book in the Half-Stitch Amish Quilt Club series, The Healing Quilt. I enjoy this series and have even seen book one in a musical form at Bird-In-Hand. Mrs. Brunstetter writes a lot of Amish fiction.
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilt Club books are also slightly different because the Amish woman featured in the books as the quilt teacher is really a secondary character to the class members who attend her quilting class. The "english" class-members are where the story lies. You follow them in between classes. As their relationship unfolds, you learn more about each class member's life and problems. While the class continues, the plot thickens, the characters intermingle and you get attached to these people.
I enjoy these books very much. They are not super-heavy reading, but they are full of spiritual truths. I want to be Emma, the quilt teacher. She has endless amounts of patience and just wants to do God's will. She is charming and sweet. The characters in the book are interesting and their problems are challenging. As with the first two books, there is an interesting plot twist when you learn how some of the class-mates connect to each other. There are also visitors from past classes, but you really don't have to read the first two books to follow the plot of the third.
Give The Healing Quilt a try. It's well-written and enjoyable to read. As I do with most Christian fiction, this book prompted me to think about different character traits I want to see developed in myself. You can find the book at most bookstores and online. If you give it a read, come back and tell me what you think.