Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Healing Quilt Book Review

I was excited to get to the last book in the Half Stitched Quilting Club and meet the new quilting students and see Emma and Lamar's next chapter in The Healing Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  I really enjoyed getting to know the new characters and visiting with the old ones!!  I hope that you check out this book and others in the series.

Retired Amish newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller have decided to buy a winter place in Sarasota, Florida. But it wouldn’t feel like home if Emma didn’t take her quilting materials and offer classes. Wounded and hurting people have a knack for finding their way to her classes for some quilting therapy: 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. And when Jan, visits from Indiana, romance is also added to the class discussions.

I enjoyed this book and getting to know the new Florida setting for the quilting classes.  Every time there is a quilting class offered, Emma and Lamar meet more people who are hurting or need help.  Through their support and friendship, the people of the class grow and heal.  This time was no different with needing jobs, stronger marriages, health issues and more.  The characters in the book spend 6 weeks learning to quilt and end up with so much more then just quilting but their lives are changed.  If you don't know how that could possibly happen, pick up this book and check it out for yourself!!  I hope that you enjoy this book and the others in the series as much as I did!!  I hope that you add this book to your reading list.

I almost forgot to share the great recipe at the end of the book!!

Emma's Raisin Molasses Cookies

2 c raisins
1 c shortening
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c molasses
4 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Rinse and drain raisins.  In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and beat well.  Blend in molasses.  Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.  Blend into creamed mixture.  Stir in raisins.  Drop by teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes.  Yields 6 dozen cookies.

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