Review of A Quilt for Jenna
by Patrick Craig
Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope.
Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life--away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she gets caught in the Storm of The Century and Jerusha's driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl. By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than money and blue ribbons.
A beautiful story of loss....and redemption.
This is the first book I have read by Patrick Craig and I enjoyed it very much. He adds military service of one of the Amish youth to the story and this is the first Amish fiction I have read with this angle. There is great sadness for Jerusha and Reuben when they lose their young daughter, Jenna. God has a plan for their lives though, that even they can never anticipate. A great and terrible snowstorm comes and Jenna is stranded. She is not the only one who is stranded and in need of being found though. I highly recommend you read this book to discover what happens to change life for Jerusha and Reuben. I am looking forward to the second and third installments of this series also.
Patrick Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful career in the music industry after two albums on Warner Brothers Records and years of live performances in one of San Francisco's most popular music groups to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next twenty-six years as a worship leader, seminar speaker and pastor in churches, retreats, seminars and conferences in the Western United States. After ministering in music and worship the last few years with his wife Judy to a circuit of small churches in Northern California, Patrick is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction titles. You can visit Patrick's website at: http://www.patrickecraig.com.