"The Christmas Quilt"
By Vannetta Chapman
My attention is immediately taken by any book that has the word"quilt" in the title. As a quilter, this is a great subject. Combine it with an Amish fiction novel, and you HAVE to have a good book in your hands!! Well, at least, I believe so. Then, you couple that with a favorite author's name and you definitely have a winner!!! This book is no exception!! It exceeded my expectations!! A great novel!!
Annie, the main character, has a marvelous life, and is full of excitement as she prepares for the Christmas season. She is kept busy helping her husband, Samuel, attend to the Amish community's medical needs. He is not a doctor, but sure knows how to deal with common illnesses. Annie also is of help to the local midwife, Belinda. Family and friends are so important to her.
Her friend Leah is due to deliver her first child just before Christmas. She is bound and determined to finish a baby quilt before the boppli arrives. However, there are events occurring that interrupt her plans. God has his own schedule. Annie may not be able to stick to her plan! Each piece of the quilt, has a story. Annie discovers that even if God has different intentions, the consequences far outweigh her own designs. This quilt holds far greater significance than she ever imagined.
The characters are so lovable and realistic that they immediately become your best friends. When I am reading a book, I must be able to identify with at least one to enjoy the story. I was not disappointed!! I felt Annie's every emotion, frustrations , as well as joys. She began to live in my mind. Going to sleep at night, I would think about her problems and try to come up with solutions. Of course, I didn't need to, but , I seemed to forget that Annie was not a "real" person.
The plot had just enough twists and turns to keep my eyes glued to the page. God's plans for the characters were rarely what I expected. It just showed me, that you never know what He is planning for each of us. We need to stop, wait and listen, to hear His quiet voice. This is a lesson for me to take to heart! I am often impatient, as Annie was , and forget that God will show us the way. We just have to let go!!!
I would highly recommend this to all Amish fiction fans, as well as others. It is a GREAT read!
Waiting to read the next book, that Vannetta has in store for us!! I am sure it will be another good one!!
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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Book was provided by the author and Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter are gearing up to ring in the Christmas season with a “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th with fellow Quilts of Love author Lynette Sowell!