Three women all lose someone they love in a church fire, and must cope with their loss. Jessica inherits her late aunt's knitting and quilting shop, and has no idea how to run the store. She befriends Liz, one of her aunt's friends, and a young Amish widow, Lydia, who help her. I thought this book was very good. I am looking forward to more books by the author.
"Kindness, when given away, keeps coming back." - Amish Proverb
The Sisters of Sugarcreek by Cathy Liggett is a different Amish fiction as I had thought it would be. Granted, that's probably because I didn't read the back of the cover, but then again, now that I read it, it wouldn't really give much away. You see, the typical Amish stories I've read, they're generally and majority involve the Amish community predominantly. In Sisters, it's a mixture of the two, Amish and the Englisch, and I like it very much. It gives readers a sense of how the two cultures, and to many, the two worlds can seamlessly coexist and work together. Sure, there are some conflicts, but when it comes to kindness, just like God's love, there are no difference.
"Sometimes we forget the big things when we're focusing on all the little ones." - (262)
Don't we? And the big picture and fundamentally the theme and message of The Sisters of Sugarcreek is kindness. I love it. It's so naturally woven into the story line of three different women of three different walks of life and age, that it's surprising and inspiring all at the same time. The kindness they've shown to each other, as well as to those they don't even know on a personal level. Isn't that what God had want us to do? To be kind to our neighbors, to walk in Jesus' image? Are we so focused on ourselves that we miss it? Kindness isn't just for us to reciprocate, but for us to initiate.
A tragedy that joined our main characters together, but what ensued is a friendship that reaches beyond their own lives to those around them. The idea of "pay it forward" drives this story, so why don't we join the spirit of this story in "stitching hope through random acts of kindness"? Don't know how and where to start? And don't despair if you don't see your "kindness" being "forwarded", because it's not about us.
"We're generally not as patient with Him as He is with us." - (193)
Patience may not be what we need here, but the heart of knowing that our acts are not for show or for judgement, but to be kind, and it need not be reciprocated. What a beautiful story and theme! Don't worry, there's more to it than the message, because the story in itself relates and makes an enjoyable read, but life's issues from pain to loss to financial troubles, and not to mention romance for all ages. The Sisters of Sugarcreek is for all kinds of fans, because all can relate, and all will enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Lydia Gruber, a recent young Amish widow, feels alone in her community. When two women leave a gift for her along with an invitation, Lydia finds she cannot refuse though she may have tried. Learning to knit with the women of Roses Knit One, Quilt Too Cottage, Lydia and the other women continue the tradition of the Secret Stitches Society, sharing compassion, hope, love and friendship through their mission. With romance, goodness, and faith, The Sisters Of Sugarcreek, by author Cathy Liggett, shares sisterhood in a delightful way.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
A sweet light read, I enjoyed this Amish genre book by a new author to me. Liking the writing style which was fun, snappy and fluid, I breezed through this novel quite quickly. Though not too deep, the storylines kept the book moving while the characters were endearing. Charming mixed with a bit of faith and compassion, The Sisters Of Sugarcreek definitely has the makings of a series which hopefully is being considered. Definitely an author I will read again, I plan on searching for her previous novel, Beaded Hope.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of The Sisters Of Sugarcreek from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*
The Sisters of Sugarcreek, by Cathy Liggett, is a very sweet novel. Set in Sugarcreek, Ohio, the story brings together three women who become friends in the wake of a tragedy.
Lydia Gruber has just lost her husband, who died helping fight the fire that burned down a local church. Not sure how long she will survive on the money from the sale of her husbands possessions, she heads to town to find a job. Jessica Holtz has lost her aunt Rose in the same fire. Trying desperately to keep open her aunts knitting and quilting shop but knowing very little about either one, she hires Lydia to help. Liz Cannon, Roses best friend, recruits both women to assist her with the Secret Stitches Society, which she and Rose began to deliver anonymous gifts to suffering people. The three begin to form a friendship that helps them through the suffering and uncertainty ahead.
I enjoyed this book. The three womens friendship is a relationship that most women would love to have. I thought it unrealistic that the Amish and English in the story would mingle so readily, as the Amish tend to keep mainly to themselves. However, the story was easy to follow and very charming.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
A lot of friendships begin over tragedy, and the premise of this story is just what happens. I enjoyed the way Leah got her job at Roses Knit One Quilt Too Cottage, and that job fell in her lap, along with the new friends, and again with a lot in common, sad in the fact they have lost loved ones.
We also get to enjoy two different cultures that pull together, Amish and the local residents coming together to help one of their own. There is also a bit of romance here, and it comes in different forms to all three of them. Although you dont know if any of these couple will end up together, or should, we get to enjoy the immersion into their everyday lives.
I got to walk in each of these amazing womans shoes, and watch what happened in their daily lives, and cringed at some of the happening. You are going to be chuckling, although I guess it isnt funny, when we have a meal at Lizs and her scrumptious meal is ruined, but that in it self is a blessing in disguise.
I would love to be able to continue with theses sisters of choice, and be in Sugarcreek with the people there, except for the banker.
I received this book through Edelweiss and Tyndale House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.