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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    I was most pleasantly surprised by this book! I had received it

    I was most pleasantly surprised by this book! I had received it at least a week before I read it, but put it off…”just another Amish book. And why did I request it for review again?” But then, I finally picked it up – talk about happy amazement! This book is so much more than the cover promises. The writing is hands down brilliant, the story is heart-moving, the excitement almost paralyzing, and it is all around a wonderful story of, as a reviewer before me said, “sacrifice… and forgiveness.” I encourage you to try it even if Amish fiction isn’t usually your thing! Trust me, you’ll probably forget it even an Amish book – well, maybe not quite, but it isn’t blaringly obvious like in some books. The cover may not excite or interest you, but the story…oh so good.

    **Harvest House Publishers supplied me with this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to post a positive review, nor was I paid in any way other than the book.*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    A Thrilling Read! A Quilt for Jenna is one of the best books i

    A Thrilling Read!


    A Quilt for Jenna is one of the best books in the Amish genre that I have read.  I think why I found it so intriguing was
    because the author went back and forth from the past to the present in this story.  Why is this different from what a lot
    of author’s do?  The description of the events were so thorough and vivid that you were never lost to what was
    going on.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    This story has the Amish people and English people very involved in the lives of each other.  
    I truly enjoyed turning the pages to find out what was going on with Jerusha, Reuben and Bobby.

    War is never pretty and we find this to be the case in this book.  Will Reuben be able to put the horror behind him?  
    Will Jerusha forgive him for his part that he played in the war?  After all, Amish people do not participate in violence
    and war.  How about Bobby?  How did the war affect him?

    We find the characters in this book have a love/hate relationship with God.  Why would someone hate God with every
    fiber of their being?  What possible reasons would they have for rejecting God?

    Will Jerusha, Reuben, and Bobby be able to come to terms with their pasts?  Can they survive their hurts, their
    unforgiveness, and put their trust in God?  Will the miracles of God melt their hearts?

    I gave this book 5 stars and wish I could give it more.  Author Patrick E. Craig has made a fan out of me.  I can not wait
    to read The Road Home, book two in this series. 

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    Much More Than Amish Fiction! Reuben and Jerusha are deeply in

    Much More Than Amish Fiction!

    Reuben and Jerusha are deeply in love but Reuben questions the Amish faith. He leaves the fold to enlist in the marines in the throes of World War II. Jerusha discovers upon Reuben's return that he is not the same man she knew before he left. His scars run deep, and Jerusha is concerned about his change in character and his sudden conviction to follow the Amish ordnung to the letter. Jerusha and Reuben marry, but the tragic loss of their only child tears them apart. Jerusha's way of handling her grief is to propel herself into her quilting. Her drive for perfection results in haughty pride over her masterpiece quilt. It becomes her escape route from the overwhelming grief she carries and anger toward God at the core of her being. Reuben bolts from his fears and guilt, and travels cross country to Colorado where he seeks a reprieve and an end to his anxieties. Both Reuben and Jerusha are battling their emotions in an unorthodox manner in an attempt to find relief from their captivity.  




    A Quilt for Jenna is much more than a story about the Amish culture. It is a multifaceted presentation of very strong characters in this novel. Insights into overpowering emotional burdens and beliefs, or lack thereof, are challenged and examined. Jerusha and Reuben Springer are portrayed in depth as their stories unfold and through the insurmountable challenges they encounter. Patrick Craig is gifted with the art of creating vivid pictorial settings, creating reality in this story of tragedy and triumph.




    Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers with the express purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received. 

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    A Quilt for Jenna by Patrick E. Craig is book 1 in the Apple Cre

    A Quilt for Jenna by Patrick E. Craig is book 1 in the Apple Creek Dreams Series. Jerusha Springer is the best quilter in Apple Creek, Ohio. On the outside, she appears to be the perfect Amish woman, but on the inside, Jerusha knows why she wants to win first place at the Quilt Fair in Dalton.

    Jerusha was a woman who had it all. She was content in her faith, married to a good man and blessed with a special daughter. But when her daughter gets sick and her husband refused to take her to the hospital until it’s too late, Jenna doesn’t survive meningitis and a blood infection.

    Through a series of unexpected events, another little girl comes into Jerusha’s life. Both have been in a car accident and with the winter storm conditions getting worse, Jerusha must do everything she can to keep the little girl alive.

    This is a lovely story of healing and second chances and I loved it!

    I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

     This is the first book I have read by Patrick Craig and I e





     This is the first book I have read by Patrick Craig and I enjoyed it very much.  He adds military service of one of the Amish youth to the story and this is the first Amish fiction I have read with this angle.    There is great sadness for Jerusha and Reuben when they lose their young daughter, Jenna.  God has a plan for their lives though, that even they can never anticipate.  A great and terrible snowstorm comes and Jenna is stranded.  She is not the only one who is stranded and in need of being found though.   I highly recommend you read this book to discover what happens to change life for Jerusha and Reuben.   I am looking forward to the second and third installments of this series also.  

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

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    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite It is November o

    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

    It is November of 1950 in Apple Creek, Ohio, and Amish-born Jerusha Springer has finished a perfect Rose of Sharon quilt to take to the Dalton Fair. Jerusha plans on selling the quilt and using the sale money to run away from her Amish religion and her belief in God. Jerusha had married her true love, Reuben Springer, who had come back into the Amish faith in order to marry Jerusha. Jerusha and Reuben become the parents of a lovely little girl, Jenna, but Jenna dies of meningitis in the hospital, leaving Jerusha and Reuben heartbroken. Reuben has not been himself since he and good friend Bobby Halverson served in the Pacific in World War II, and after Jenna's tragic death, Reuben runs away, leaving money behind for Jerusha. Jerusha, now alone, gets "Englisch"(not Amish) neighbor Henry Lowenstein to drive her to the fair, but a blizzard stops them after Henry's car skids off the road. Jerusha is alone with her perfectly-made quilt and her thoughts of what her grandmother had told her long ago, "You have been given a way to give back to the Lord as He has given to you. It is a special gift not everyone is given. But to whom much is given, much is required." (p.113) But Jerusha has lost her beloved daughter Jenna to death and her husband Reuben has run away. How will she ever go on?

    "A Quilt for Jenna" by Patrick Craig is a delightful story of healing and renewal that will please Christian readers everywhere. Jerusha and Reuben Springer are well developed characters and even the secondary characters are realistic and believable and add to the story line. "A Quilt for Jenna" is the first story in the 'Apple Creek Dreams series' and readers everywhere will enjoy and be inspired by this book and its sequels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed A Quilt for Jenna! Well written and engagi

    I thoroughly enjoyed A Quilt for Jenna! Well written and engaging. It was an "I-can't-put-it-down" stay-up all-night read! I can't wait for the next books in the series. Five stars!

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