A Quilt for Jenna

A Quilt for Jenna

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by Patrick E. Craig

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Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig’s Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer’s journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope.

Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it’s going to take first


Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig’s Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer’s journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope.

Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it’s going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life—away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she gets caught in the Storm of The Century and Jerusha’s driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl.  By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than money and blue ribbons.

A beautiful story of loss….and redemption.

Editorial Reviews

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"What a delight to curl up with Patrick Craig's first novel, A Quilt for Jenna. He is a good storyteller! And although I'm not usually a fan of Amish-themed stories, the way he pulled in the story thread from the war and the outside world to contrast with and add interest to the Amish theme gave the plot an unexpected edge I really enjoyed."
Jeanette Morris, freelance editor, firstimpressionswriting.com

"Patrick E. Craig has masterfully woven historical events such as the WWII Battle at Guadalcanal and The Storm of the Century into peaceful Amish life in Apple Creek, Ohio. A Quilt for Jenna is a powerful story that offers hope in the midst of heartache and tragic loss through an eternal weave of intercessory prayer, answered by God in unexpected ways."
Kathy Boyd Fellure, children's author

"A Quilt for Jenna is much more than a story about the Amish culture. It is a multifaceted presentation of very strong characters. 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."
Nancee Marchinowski, perspectivesbynancee.blogspot.com

"I was totally enthralled with this story of loss and redemption. From the time I picked up the book, until I finished it, my feelings and emotions were in turmoil. This is definitely a five star book! Patrick Craig is an author to watch for!"
Karla Hanns, karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.com

"I thoroughly enjoyed A Quilt for Jenna. A love story featuring an Amish quilt, thrilling World War II scenes and the storm of the century in 1950s Ohio, it's impossible to put it down. Extensive research made every scene real for me. Thank you, Patrick E. Craig, for a wonderful read!"
Heidi Gaul, writer

"This is the first book I have read by Patrick Craig and I enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to the second and third installments of this series also."
Rhonda Nash-Hall

"This was a truly wonderful book! The story of Jerusha and Rueben was such a heartfelt story for me?
I didn't want to put this book down! Looking forward to reading many more books by Patrick Craig!
Cheryl Baranski

Library Journal
Last year, Jerusha Springer's husband disappeared after they lost their daughter, Jenna. Feeling abandoned by God, Jerusha has poured all of her energy into creating a silk quilt that she hopes will win first prize at the fair and allow her to leave the small Amish community. She employs Henry, an Englisher, to drive her to the fair. Along the way, a terrible snowstorm hits, and the car lands in a ditch. Stranded after Henry goes for help, she battles with herself over her loss of faith. Soon, she discovers that she is not the only one stranded. VERDICT This debut novel about people who lose—and find—their way is sure to please inspirational fiction fans. Look for The Road Home, the second book in the series, in June, 2013.

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Apple Creek Dreams Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next 26 years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in northern California and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren.

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A Quilt for Jenna 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A very different Amish story where one of the main characters went off to fight in WWII. Very against the Amish Faith! The other main Character is Jerusha, and she is at a point in her life where she feels God has let her down, and she will do nothing to praise him. She has just finished the best quilt she has ever made, and she made it perfect, not the usual with at least one flaw, so one does not show pride. She is taking this quilt to the fair, then selling it, and taking the money and leaving the Amish! Reuben Springer is Jerusha's husband, but has left, and very despondent. He has survived going to war, made things right with the Amish, and married. Now he feels all is lost. What will happen to ever bring these poor souls back together, if it is even possible. Both are dealing with there loss of God in their lives. What is unknown to all is an abrupt climate change. Possible storm of the Century?? Will they even survive, and will they turn to God in their fears? I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
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.*
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
4½ stars Jerusha Springer is known for her excellent quilting skills in her Amish community. Her grandmother teached her how to quilt and often reminded her not to be proud of her work.  About a year ago Jerusha has lost her little girl, Jenna. Shortly after that her husband, Reuben, disappeared and nobody knows where he went. She became bitter and is drowned in hate towards God. She decides to make a beautiful silk quilt, with which she hopes to win the first prize at a fair – and that would be her way out of the Amish community. A local Englisher, Henry, is going to drive her to the fair, but they end up in a horrible blizzard. The car hits a stray cow, gets into a ditch, and can’t get out. Henry leaves Jerusha in the car and goes out for help, but something happens to Henry and help doesn’t come…  While Jerusha is waiting in the car she’s thinking back to conversations she had with her grandmother when she was growing up – how she promised to never leave the Amish faith. This is the beginning of a spiritual battle.  When help doesn’t come and Jerusha is ready to give up, she finds someone who gives her determination to carry on. They must get out of the terrible weather, before hypothermia sets in. Will she find a warm shelter in time? This book also tells the story of Jerusha’s husband Reuben – from his best friend Bobby’s point of view. Reuben left Jerusha after their daughter died. Now that Jerusha is missing, Bobby feels that he must find her. While searching for her, he has also a lot of time to think. He remembers how he became friends with Reuben – how Reuben wasn’t sure about the Amish faith – how they served as Marines and fought against the Japanese in 1942 – how much Reuben was changed after the war – and what made him decide to leave Jerusha.  The author really surprised me with this book! It was so different from what I had expected it to be – and that is meant as a compliment! After reading the blurb I had no idea the story would go into this direction and I was pleasantly surprised! This is an emotional story of loss and redemption. Be sure to have the tissues ready! Nicely done, Patrick! *Thanks to the publisher who provided me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A heartrending story with a positive ending. I have been wanting to read one of Patrick's books for quite some time and finally got it accomplished. I think the book started out rather slow and confusing for me but I did get pulled in and enjoyed the last three fourths of the book. The part that kept me 'confused' did have to be told but I guess it was done in a way I don't enjoy reading. Like I said, I did enjoy the book and I am definitely going on to read "The Road Home" and "Jenny's Choice".
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
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. 
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
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. 
TheReadingMom More than 1 year ago
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.
RhondaGayleNashHall More than 1 year ago
 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.  
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
This is a different kind of Amish story and it's wonderful! First off, Reuben and Jerusha lose their daughter and the grief and anger toward God is overwhelming. One day Reuben leaves. Not knowing where he is Jerusha decides to leave the Amish as well and begins working on a quilt to sell. She makes it perfect even though Amish folks are not to show pride, she usually leaves a flaw in her quilts. On her way to sell the quilt she is stranded by a freak snowstorm and is left alone while her driver goes for help. She has plenty of time to think. What a heartwarming well written book! Lots of wonderful characters and a pleasantly surprising ending. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
CLPadgett More than 1 year ago
I'm a little tired of Amish fiction so I opened A Quilt for Jenna with just a bit of trepidation.  I was immediately captivated by Jerusha's pain and her need to quilt and flee her life and her grief. I loved the book! Another reviewer said, “Amish + Quilts = reader’s delight!” I concur.  Jerusha and Reuben fell in love but Reuben wasn’t an Amish man in good standing with the community. Then he went off to fight in World War II. He came home a changed man, determined to live by the Ordung, and return to his Amish roots. He and Jerusha marry and are happy.  A few years later, Jerush and Reuben lose their only child, Jenna. Neither Reuben nor Jerusha can find their way back to the other. Reuben blames himself forJenna’s death. So does Jerusha. Reuben has left their Amish community. Jerusha has stitched a wonderful quilt that is to be her ticket out of Apple Creek. On Thanksgiving weekend 1950, a horrific storm blew through Ohio, capturing Jerusha and her quilt in its fury. A little girl in the back seat of another car is abandoned and left to die. The two find each other and take refuge from the storm.  Patrick Craig is equally as skilled at both the male and female points of view. The battle scenes at Guadalcanal are as painstakingly crafted as Jerusha's quilting scenes. I liked how the backstory of what happened during World War II was interwoven with the 1950's events. Mr. Craig accomplished what I thought was impossible: weaving a compelling Amish/quilting story into a wonderful tale of love, loss, and redemption. I'll definitely read the next one in the Apple Creek Dreams series! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!