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Friday, May 11, 2012

Book Review - The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter / Mother's Day Recommendation

Here is another great book recommendation for Mother's Day!

About The Book:

Amish widow Emma Yoder’s first quilt class brings the most unlikely people together.

There’s Star, a young woman yearning for stability; Pam and Stuart Johnston, a struggling couple at odds in their marriage; Paul Ramirez, a young widower hoping to find solace in finishing a quilt; Jan Sweet, a rough and tough biker doing some creative community service; and Ruby Lee Williams, a preacher’s wife looking for relaxation when parish problems mount.

But as these beginning quilters learn to transform scraps of material into beauty; their fragmented lives begin to take new shape with the helping hands of each other and the healing hand of God.

There is just something wonderful and peaceful about reading about the Amish way of life, and undoubtedly Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the most revered and prolific writers about the Amish today. 

Her latest book, "The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club," is a little bit of a depature from her usual Amish-themed stories in that quite a bit of the story centers around the six "English" or non-Amish characters who are students of Emma Yoder's first quilting class.  It is just a delight to read about how each of these unusual folks come to take Emma's class in the first place and how they evolve during the course of the six-week class, and how Emma herself learns a bit from each of them herself.  I really enjoyed this story and hope that Wanda has plans for perhaps more stories about Emma and her quilting classes in the future!

I also thought it was interesting that "The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club" is being adapted as a play that will be performed at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana beginning in August.  (For more information on this, check out Wanda's website at www.wandabrunstetter.com)

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Amish stories, quilting stories, or just plain ol' good writing!

About The Author:

New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have several Amish friends.

Check out this charming video about the book!

I received a review copy of this book from Nancy Berland Public Relations. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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