Sunday, August 31, 2014

A New Wanda Brunstetter...

I recently got the opportunity to read Wanda Brunstetter's latest book in the Half-Stitch Amish Quilt Club series, The Healing Quilt.  I enjoy this series and have even seen book one in a musical form at Bird-In-Hand.  Mrs. Brunstetter writes a lot of Amish fiction.  A couple weeks ago I told you about another book I read which was very different from many of her Amish fiction.

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilt Club books are also slightly different because the Amish woman featured in the books as the quilt teacher is really a secondary character to the class members who attend her quilting class.  The "english" class-members are where the story lies.  You follow them in between classes.  As their relationship unfolds, you learn more about each class member's life and problems.  While the class continues, the plot thickens, the characters intermingle and you get attached to these people.

I enjoy these books very much.  They are not super-heavy reading, but they are full of spiritual truths. I want to be Emma, the quilt teacher.  She has endless amounts of patience and just wants to do God's will.  She is charming and sweet.  The characters in the book are interesting and their problems are challenging.  As with the first two books, there is an interesting plot twist when you learn how some of the class-mates connect to each other.  There are also visitors from past classes, but you really don't have to read the first two books to follow the plot of the third.


Give The Healing Quilt a try.  It's well-written and enjoyable to read.  As I do with most Christian fiction, this book prompted me to think about different character traits I want to see developed in myself.  You can find the book at most bookstores and online.  If you give it a read, come back and tell me what you think.


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