Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club Book Club

I saw another book in the series on the shelf at the library and had to pick up the whole series!!  The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter was the last book that I got in the series and the first one that I read.  I was interested to see what all this quilting group was about.

Lives are stitch at a time. As Amish widow Emma Yoder contemplates the task ahead, her thoughts center on one: What if she fails? Longing to remove a burden from her family by becoming self-sufficient, Emma has offered to hold quilting classes in her home. But when she sees the patchwork of faces assembled for the first lesson, her confidence dwindles as doubt threatens to take hold. There's Star Stephens, a young woman yearning for stability; Pam and Stuart Johnston, a struggling couple at odds in their marriage; Paul Ramirez, a widowed father hoping to find solace in finishing a quilt; Jan Sweet, a rough and tough biker looking for something creative to do; and Ruby Lee Williams, a preacher's wife seeking relaxation amid mounting parish problems. While Emma grows to realize her ability to share her passion for quilting and her faith, the beginning quilters learn to transform scraps of fabric into beauty. And slowly, their fragmented lives begin to take new shape - some in unexpected ways - with the helping hands of each other and the healing hand of God.

It took me a little longer to get through this book although it was really good.  I think that the change in schedule from summer to fall was a hard transition and this book was in the middle of it.  There were a bunch of "misfits" that showed up on the doorstep of Emma Yoder's Amish homestead to learn to quilt.  All came for different reasons but it was easy to see that they all had problems and wanted to try to quilt in order to avoid problems in their lives.  It is amazing to see what happens and I think that you will be totally caught off guard just like I was with all the twists in this unexpected book.  I hope that you check out this book and all the others in the series to find out what happened to this interested group of characters.  I can't wait to get to the next one but I have at least three or four books that I need to read first because they are due back to the library and I need to review them.  Here is hoping that I get back to the series soon.

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