Sunday, July 27, 2014
Review of "The Healing Quilt"
Join retired Amish newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller in Florida for the winter as they lead another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students: Jennifer, a pregnant new mom; Mike, a charter boat owner; Erika, a wheelchair bound teen; Kim, a waitress; Noreen, a newly-retired widow, and BJ, an artist facing illness. When old friends visit from Indiana, will romance also become a subject of class discussions?
MY REVIEW: "Perhaps I should speak to her father when he comes to pick Erika up after class, thought Emma. If I'm unable to find a way to make Erika enjoy the class, maybe she shouldn't be here. But it's not my decision to make. Her father paid for the class, and he obviously thinks this is something his daughter needs, so I'll do my best to teach her."
Erika isn't the only slightly reluctant student but most of the others are very enthusiastic and looking forward to learning to quilt from Emma and Lamar. This is the third book in the series and I have learned many life lessons as well as quilting tips from reading the series. The characters came to life and felt like old friends by the time I was half-way through reading. What a delightful and strange group to mix together....secrets and illnesses and financial troubles, relationship problems, all come together and end up with smiles and tears both before the final page. Grab your tissues when you read if you are a softie at heart like I am. Another 5 star winner! I love the name of this book and feel that it is extremely appropriate to the story. The cover is also exquisite and inviting to readers.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and the publisher as a gift and I was invited to post a review.
About the Author:
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.
Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com