Wanda E. Brunstetter, The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting ClubJoin the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments?

This is a story about seven completely different people.

The main character is Emma Yoder, an Amish widow who doesn’t want to depend on her children to give her money, so she starts a quilting class.

The other six characters are her pupils. The couple, Stuart and Pam, is struggling with their marriage and doesn’t seem to be able to say a nice word to each other. The lady, Ruby Lee, is a pastors wife. Her husband is not very well appreciated by his congregation, and Ruby Lee feels like her faith is slipping through her fingers. The handsome widower, Paul, just lost his wife in a car accident. She started making a quilt for their daughter Sophia, and he wants to finish it. The biker dude, Jan, lost his drivers license and just got out of jail, on probation. He’s got some trouble keeping his dog in the pen and he has a ‘secret’ about a love from long ago, a woman called Bunny. The rebel girl, Star, doesn’t feel loved by anyone, including her mother. She never knew her dad, her mom told her he left them. She loves to sing and write songs, but hasn’t had a break through yet.

Six saturdays in a row these seven people meet each other. Every time between those Saturdays the reader gets some insight in all of their lives.

I love the concept of this story: seven threads come together to make a unique stitched pattern. But what a pity that all of the quilters seem to be so whiny! I partly understand, because there’s seven of them, the author couldn’t write a whole book about each one of them. But maybe she should have. Make it a series. All I read about these characters was dissatisfaction, complaining, worry and trouble.

I miss the fun!

Buy this book here.

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What I like: my husband, my family, Montana, christian fiction, cooking, baking, eating, gardening.
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