Monday, August 25, 2014
The Healing Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wanda Brunstetter is a New York Times bestselling author known for her Amish fiction and her latest addition to the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club series, The Healing Quilt, will not disappoint her fans. I believe readers of Amish fiction like quiet, wholesome stories and The Healing Quilt, set in the Pinecraft area of Sarasota, FL., is just that. Lamar and Emma Yoder Miller love their newly purchased winter retreat, but both are looking for something more to do besides their wonderful beach walks. Lamar convinces Emma to offer a quilting class in their little home, just like she did back in Indiana. The small group who gather each week to learn the history of quilts and to sew their own small wall hangings are a mixture of God's wounded: BJ, an artist with terminal cancer; Jennifer, a to-be mom whose husband has just lost his job; Erika, a despondent paraplegic teenager; Kim, a waitress desperately trying to make it on her own; Noreen, a lonely retired teacher; and Mike, a charter fisherman fulfilling his wife's simple request to attend this class. Six Saturday mornings will change their lives, each experience a form of personal healing, some simple, some more drastic. With a different setting than most Amish stories, The Healing Quilt will have you wanting to dig your toes in the sand or look for shark teeth along with Kim and Lamar, at the same time you're savoring Emma's simple wisdom and charity. I received a copy of this book from Handlebar Direction for Publishing.