The Christmas Quilt
As the holiday season approaches, sisters-in-law and best friends Annie and Leah are eagerly awaiting the arrivals of their babies. Leah is due to have her twins near Christmas and Annie has great plans to craft a quilt before their arrival. Since Annie attended nursing school during her rumshpringa, she often finds herself quite busy helping her husband, Samuel, attend to the medical needs of the community as well as assisting the local midwife with deliveries. Already behind on the quilting because of her schedule, her time gets cut even shorter when Leah is suddenly rushed to the hospital at only 32 weeks along. While Annie sits by Leah’s bedside, the two of them work together to craft the quilt, telling stories as they do. What results is a quilt that holds more significance than Annie could have ever imagined; it becomes a reminder of God’s great gifts and his redeeming, transforming power.
I’m a fan of Amish holiday stories, they have an air of simplicity and true appreciation for the significance of the holidays. This book took all that and added so much more to be thankful for and to remember. This is the first time I’ve read one of Vannetta Chapman’s books and she holds her own in the world of Amish fiction. In The Christmas Quilt she tells a beautiful story on unconditional love, acceptance, forgiveness and transformation. The characters were lovable and relatable, the story flowed well and it was easy to read. It kept my attention well, something that not all works in this genre can do. I loved meeting the characters and after checking out Vannetta’s website, it appears that these characters are in her other novels as well. I look forward to checking out some more of her books and taking a closer look at the stories of Leah and Annie and their families.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.
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