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Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review - The Tattered Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter

About The Book:

Join Emma Yoder Miller, the Amish widow-turned-newlywed, as she leads another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students, all with tattered pieces of their lives that need mending. Members of the patchwork group find friendship, faith, healing, and restoration while gathered around their quilts, under the Father’s guiding hands—for only He can take what’s ragged and shabby from the lives of His children and turn it into beauty for His glory.

My Thoughts:

The subtitle to this book is "The Return To The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club" and it is a sequel to Wanda Brunstetter's bestselling novel, "The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club."  Featuring Emma Yoder Miller, and her new husband, Lamar, this story follows the lives of six new students in Emma's popular quilting classes and these folks are a wildly varied group, and their reasons for joining the quilting class are as varied as they are.

There is Selma, an annoying, know-it-all older woman who is at the class because it was paid for by someone else, and who hides her underlying lonliness with her smug attitude. Terry is a working guy, a roofer who came to the class only because he wanted to meet the cute little blonde woman who is in the class. Salesman Blaine, who is unbearably shy and nursing a heartache, is there because he lost a bet and has to take the class as a result.

Teenaged Anna’s mother had signed her up in a last-ditch effort to keep Anna from leaving the Amish faith. Suave and sophisticated news reporter Carmen has some ulterior motives as to why she is at the class, but finds that it is also a great chance to reconnect with her widowed brother-in-law and little niece who live in the area. And, last but not least, Cheryl is nursing a broken heart that needs as much mending as her grandmother's tattered quilt that she brings to Emma to repair.

As the story progressed, each chapter takes a turn at highlighting the individual student's life and how they slowly but surely come to learn life-lessons from the patient and loving Millers. It's fun to see the changes these folks undergo and how they become much better people as a result of the classes.

If you love Amish-themed stories, you will love Wanda's "Quilting Club" series. I look forward to the next installment of students who visit Emma's quilting classes.

About The Author:

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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 many Amish friends.

Check out her website at www.wandaebrunstetter.com for more information on her books and her upcoming projects.

My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for providing the review copies of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Atrium Windows Reviews said...

I enjoyed this book, The Tattered Quilt very much. The character development was interesting. I would like to see more books for this series.