Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Tattered Quilt Book Review

I was excited to figure out what book was the second in the series and be able to start it when I got through some of my other books that needed to returned at the library.  I seem to constantly set myself up for having too many books at the same time with all my "shopping" for the books at the library.  The Tattered Quilt: The Return of the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter was finally at the top of the stack and I was excited to get back to these great characters.

More lives need some mending.... Amish widow-turned-newlywed Emma Yoder Miller begins another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students, all with tattered pieces of their lives that need mending. Selma is a belittling busybody. Terry is a rugged roofer who just wants a casual date with a pretty classmate. Blaine loses a bet and has to join the class, where he soon finds himself in friendly competition with Terry. Anna's mother signs her up in a desperate attempt to keep Anna from leaving the Amish faith.

Carmen holds tightly to bitterness while hiding her secret motives for taking the class. And Cheryl has a broken, mistrusting heart that needs just as much mending as the tattered quilt she brings. Members of this new 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.

I really liked this book and this series with all of it interesting twists and turns.  The book seems to be a book that is all about character development until all of the action happens which seems to keep catching me by surprise.  Emma and Lamar have gotten married since the last installment which was set a few years later then the last book.  All of the quilting students are back in different ways in this book with all new quilting students and all new problems.  I was great to find out if Emma could help all of these new students with their life problems.  This book was another great installment of this series.  I hope that you check out this book and all the other books in the series.  I know that I have enjoyed the first two and can't wait to get to the third book in the series but there are way too many books in my pile so it wasn't the next book that I read but I know that I am going to get to it in October.  I hope that you enjoy this series too!!!

Even better, there is a recipe at the back of the book which I am going to share here.  My husband isn't a big fan of cooked apples so I don't know if I am going to make it but it sounds if you make it, you have to invite me over or send me a slice :)

Emma;s Apple Crumb Bread

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 2 tsp milk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c chopped apples

1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
2 tbsp brown sugar

Preheat 325 degrees. Cream together in a bowl the butter, sugar and eggs.  Add the baking soda dissolved in 2 tbsp milk.  Finally add in the flour, salt, vanilla, and chopped apples. Pour into a 9 x 5 1/2 inch greased bread pan.  Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle top of bread batter.  Bake for 1 hour.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe and the book as well!!!

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