Friday, May 9, 2014

A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love seriesfocuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the book: A baby quilt touches many hearts as it travels from family-to-family and through generations.
After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women's Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier's last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.
Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she's not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier's baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.
Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child's name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie---and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt---years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Lovewebsite.

About the Author: Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for The Christian Courier, and the author of Save My Children (Castle Quay Books, 2008), Chasing Silhouettes (Ampelon Publishing, 2012) and Mom in the Mirror(Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Emily resides in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.

Learn more about Emily at: http://www.emilywierenga.com









MY REVIEW:

As 77 year old Clara and her husband make a cross country journey with family, Clara begins to share the couple's story with the grandchildren.  It is a gentle tale of overcoming the fear of loving amidt the aftermath of WWII, finding one's purpose in life, and of realizing the role others have in helping you find your place.  A very special quilt takes center stage in this story, making Emily Wierenga's QUILT OF LOVE novel one of my favorites in the ever growing series. Being a "mature" reader, I love that this is an older couple's story, one which quietly spans the decades, illustrating once again that the greatest loves do not necessarily arrive in a blaze nor do they command the attention of the multitudes.  I received a copy of this title from LITFUSE for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.

To see the reactions of other reviewers check out their entries on the blog tour for A PROMISE IN PIECES on this link

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