This story was by no means what I was expecting. I thought this would be a cutesy romantic WWII story. A Promise In Pieces was so much more than that!
The story is in two sections and is from the perspective of an elderly woman on a road trip with her family, while traveling she tells her story to her grandson. Interspersed with her memories are events that happen on the road trip.
There was a lot packed into this little book with less than 200 pages. One woman's lifetime of heartache and joy, the good memories and the bad. I loved how realistic the story is, Emily T. Weirenga has done and amazing job portraying that life isn't always easy and sometimes it can get pretty hard, but through it all the heroine learns the power of hope, forgiveness, love, and faith in a God that orchestrates it all. A Promise In Pieces is a real tearjerker but it is still full of hope and faith.
A Promise In Pieces is a good story to be read by people of all ages, young women like myself to great-grandmothers who have lived it themselves.
(I received a copy of this book from Abingdon Press through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
This book was amazing in how it carried you with Clara on her travel as a nurse from New Jersey to Normandy in WWII. Her loneliness for her parents and then for her best friend who abandons her are heart wrenching. She has a very caring heart and tries to give every soldier that she cares for some measure of peace. She carries her guilt over Gareth for quite some time but the things she does with that guilt are amazing. She takes that quilt and her friendship with Mattie and honors Gareth and other soldiers. The thing that I really enjoyed about this book was that it was not without life's hardships. LIfe is far from easy.
I received a free copy of this book from BookFun.org. I was not given any compensation for my honest review.
My skills as a reviewer cannot begin to summarize this book and do it justice. This book needs to be absorbed piece by piece like the blocks and stitches in the quilt that holds this story together. The fact that this is Emily T.Wierenga's debut novel is astonishing! It is impressive that a young woman created the life story of an elderly woman with such incredible depth of feeling and insight. The author displays wisdom beyond her years in portraying the yearnings, passion, emotions and realities in the life of the main character in "A Promise in Pieces."
The layers in this story are like the layers of a quilt, bits and pieces of cloth that comprise the top, batting which adds thickness and warmth, a backing to encase the batting, and the stitches which strengthen and bind the quilt together. As Clara's life unfolds and her faith is many times questioned assurance is realized through the light of something tangible in her life, and the scheme of God's plans are revealed, strengthening her resolve.
This is one woman's story, her journey of faith, her fears and dreams, the journey she travels throughout her life, and the people who become the focus in her life. This is an amazing piece of art that may be lost on young readers who lack the experiences of older readers, but I believe that the lessons learned throughout this beautiful story can be applied to anyone's life. I highly recommend "A Promise in Pieces" as a remarkable and brilliant narrative! I look forward to future books by this author!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Abingdon Press through the Book Fun program, a program sponsored by The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
A Promise in Pieces is the fifth book I've read in the Quilts of Love series, and I think it's my favorite. The mingling of modern-day events with Clara's gentle telling of the bittersweet story of her life makes for a touching story.
This is the first book I've read by Emily Wierenga. I am impressed with her ability to create characters who come alive and seem to be sitting right across the room talking to you. It was as though Clara was a long-time friend sharing her life's story of loneliness, guilt, love and purpose -- all pieced together by God's "Amazing Grace."
I highly recommend A Promise in Pieces for a quick, sweet read that moves at a relaxing pace.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Emily T. Wierenga in her new book, "A Promise In Pieces" Book Seventeen in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Clara.
From the back cover: A small gift, a simple promise, a life forever changed
It's been more than fifty years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women's Army Corp. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier's last wish. And fifty years since that soldier's young widow gave her the baby quiltâ€”a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come.
On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it's time to share her story. Little does she know she will re-gift the quilt one more timeâ€”to a recipient who, perhaps, is most deserving of all.
History, World War II, Quilting and a labor and delivery nurse. Quite a mix and, on the outside, it seems difficult to write a story combining all these elements. Not only has Ms. Wierenga captured them well she has also provided an excellent story. While it does seem to be Clara's life story as she relates it during the car ride, it also is about the quilt and how if affected everyone's life. This is a story about life in oh so many ways. Clara and the rest of the characters are outstanding and wonderful to be with and learn about. Ms. Wierenga has done an outstanding job of bringing history to the table. There is a lot in this book, much to think about and it just interesting and exciting as well.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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."