Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman *Review

 About the book: Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie's sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

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 My Thoughts:
I love as Annie sites with Leah in the hospital, as Leah is on bed rest, that they work together on the quilt. They take each of the fruits of the spirit as they sew and tell a story from their lives of a person or event displaying that fruit. The stories helped pass the time for both of them, and encouraged them to rely on God during this difficult time. The Sunbonnet Sue/ Overall Sam quilt was great for a Baby's first blanket and the stories told on each block were like a story within a story in the book.
I prefer Christmas books to be light reading, nothing overly sad, and thankfully Vannetta Chapman delivers with this story. (Spoiler).. There is nothing heartbreaking which I was thankful for. I loved the cast of characters. I enjoyed getting to know Annie who went to school to be a nurse and returned to her Amish community to help there.
Great addition to the Quilts of Love series!

Meet the author: Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Melanie! So glad you enjoyed Annie and Leah's story!