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The Cherished Quilt (Amish Heirloom Series #3)

The Cherished Quilt (Amish Heirloom Series #3)

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by Amy Clipston

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Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a


Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?

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In Clipston's third outing about the Fisher sisters (after The Forgotten Recipe and The Courtship Basket), Emily wonders when it will be her turn to be married. Meeting new employee Christopher Hochstetler in her father's harness shop, she attempts to befriend him, but the young man, blinded by grief over his brother's death, remains distant. Emily's tenacity and determination slowly cracks open his shuttered heart. However, family trouble calls Christopher back home to Ohio. Undeterred although heartbroken, Emily sends him a quilt in the hopes that he will return to Bird-in-Hand, PA, and to her. VERDICT Clipston's heartfelt writing and engaging characters make her a fan favorite. Her latest Amish tale combines a spiritual message of accepting God's blessings as they are given with a sweet romance.

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Amish Heirloom Series , #3
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8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

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The Cherished Quilt (Amish Heirloom Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
amybooksy 14 days ago
The Cherished Quilt is the third installment from the Amish Heirloom series. I enjoyed the sweet and clean story. I have not read anything by Amy Clipston before and I definitely need to change that in the near future . Recommended 4 stars
ChasRay0 14 days ago
The Cherished Quilt is the third book in Amy Clipston's Amish Heirloom series. I've had the priviledge of reading all three books, but each one could stand alone. I know I always say this but I think this one may be my favorite of the series. Emily Fisher is nothing but kind and considerate. She can't stand to see someone hurting or in need. She loves to help and it brings her great joy. Lately, however, she's been struggling with jealousy and she hates herself for it. She's happy Veronica and Rachel have found the loves of their lives, but when will it be her turn? Does she even deserve love? Maybe it's just her lot in life to be alone and help her parents as they get older, not that she would mind. She just would love to have what her sisters have. Christopher Hochstetler is battling deamons. He's wracked with guilt over his brothers death. He didn't kill Gabriel with his hands, but he might as well have. His dad hates him and blames him, almost daily, for Gabriel's death. He's always been a disappointment, but now, life at home is just too much to bear. He decides to go to Bird-In-Hand Pennsylvania to stay with his Uncle Hank and Aunt Tillie. Christopher thinks going to Bird-In-Hand will solve his problems. Little does he know they just multiply. The last thing he expects is to meet the girl of his dreams only to be forbidden to date her. It's as simple as joining the church, but Chris feels unworthy of God's love. He's nothing but a disappointment and a failure, his dad has spent his whole life driving that point home. Emily knows Chris needs a friend and she vows to be that friend. Somewhere along the way though, she loses her heart to him. How can she help him see past the pain and hurt to know that he is valuable and loved. I fell completely in love with this book and its message. We are all sinners unworthy of God's love yet he loves us anyway. Chris has had a rough upbringing, with a stern and stirict father that is quick with criticism and slow with compliments. It's no wonder Chris finds it hard to believe a soverign God could love him when his own earthly father seems to hate him so. I hope you will give The Cherished Quilt a chance. If you do I believe you will love it as much as I do. * I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
Britney_Adams 27 days ago
The Cherished Quilt is a lovely, heartfelt story! With imagery and emotion, Amy Clipston skillfully brings her characters and their community to life, and I loved spending time in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Themes of guilt and grief are finely woven through Emily and Christopher’s story, but their journey is also filled with hope and healing. It was such a pleasure to watch their relationship grow and blossom! I thoroughly enjoyed The Cherished Quilt and look forward to continuing the Amish Heirloom series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
LucyMR1 27 days ago
The Cherished Quilt is the third book in the Amish Heirloom series and I feel the best so far. I loved reading about Veronica and Rachel, but Emily's story is just so touching. Christopher is a wonderful, believable character that has so much depth. I love the way he grows and changes. Emily helps him heal by being a friend in the turbulent times of his life. This book teaches us life lessons in forgiveness, being there for hurting people, and holding on to God in the bad times. It is a beautiful book. Amy's books just get better, if that is possible. I recommend reading the books in order, as the characters carry over and you won't want to miss anything. I look forward to the next one when we find out the secret in Mamm's Hope Chest. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Cynthia181 3 months ago
I received this book for an honest review from the Fiction Guild. What a wonderful continuation of the story. This story brings all of the characters from Bird in Hand's 2 wonderful families and their youngest daughter trying to find her beau. She has such a giving heart and looks out for everyone else before she considers what she need. Her father's business partner's nephew Chris is coming to work with them in the Harness Shop and his first day he seems so lost. Emily decides that Christ needs a friend and tries very hard to do that. He finds that she is what he needs to heal himself and she finds the friend that she knows will one day become her future husband. There are just a few hiccups along the one being Chris needs to mend fences with his father and he lives in OH. I love this story and can't wait to read the 3 book in this series.
Ellen-oceanside 3 months ago
THE CHERISHED QUILT by Amy Clipston. Is a definite winner again for Amy and her books on the Amish, and how to deal with a trouble soul. Emily's father is part owner of a harness shop, and they have a new employe, He is not of there church and very cold with his attitude, having lost someone he loved. Emily as a gesture of friendship makes him a quilt. Will Christopher accept, and start to heal. Another delightful book, of helping others.Given book by Thomas Nelson, for my voluntary review and my honest opinion I have given.
KMorgan73 3 months ago
What is there to say about this book but WOW!!!! This book may just be my all-time favorite by Amy Clipston. She has created characters you care about and a story that is so engrossing you can't pull yourself away from it. This book was a quick and easy read for me. I just love Emily Fisher. She is my favorite of the three Fisher girls and I instantly felt a connection to her. She was easy to like and comes off the page as genuine and real. Chris (Christopher) was easy to feel a connection with as well. It was easy to sympathize with him and have empathy for him, too. I thought his dad was a real jerk and immediately disliked him. When Emily and Chris met and started to form an awkward relationship I felt their chemistry and wanted only happiness for these two. These are my two favorite characters Amy has created since Ellie and Lloyd from her novella Love Birds, part of An Amish Market collection. I enjoyed reading about Emily and Chris and liked how their friendship started off rocky but progressed naturally and seemed authentic. Amy has a way of creating characters that you connect with and care about. The Fisher family along with Onkel Hank and Aentie Tillie are a group I want to be a part of. Amy has done a wonderful job of describing the setting of the book. With her descriptions it was easy to imagine being in the kitchen at the Fisher house, sitting out on the porch, playing a game of baseball, or working in the harness shop. This all adds to the story and makes it seem that much more genuine. Oh, and at the end of this book, I discovered that Amy can leave readers with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. I'm now anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. Amy is my favorite Amish fiction author and that's because her books reflect the Amish lifestyle in a way that readers want to see. Amy's books aren't full of flashy storylines or awkwardly unreal situations but are full of down-to-earth, everyday situations of life in the Amish community. Her characters are complex and the stories are believable and from the heart. Amy's books are works of art and treasures that should be proudly displayed on every reader's keeper shelf. This book is a must-read for fans of the genre or a great way to introduce someone to Amish fiction and Amy Clipston. Set aside time to read this wonderful story. Once you get started you won't want to put the book down until the end. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review and all opinions are mine.
SunnieReviews 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this book by Amy Clipston. It was a clean, sweet Amish romance with lots of emotion. When Emily first meets Chris, he is anything but friendly. He is filled with memories of the life he left behind in Ohio. As they become friends, Emily learns some of the hurt in Chris' heart and begins to make him a quilt. As things happen in Chris' family, he suddenly leaves without even a good bye. Emily is crushed and wonders what she has done wrong. I think this book was really a good one and well written.And at the end there is yet another cliff hanger! For sure I will be reading the next book in the series.
BookReviewerTG 3 months ago
Amy Clipston is a favorite author of mine. Emily is a kind and generous young woman who feels that life is like a quilt and can be stitched together. And it seems that quilting and Amish women go together like peanut butter and jelly. Emily is anxious to meet her father's new employee, Christopher. But when they first meet...it seems that an Christopher has an iceberg for a heart. Poor Emily. However, Emily is not deterred. She feels that Christopher needs friendship and so she decides to make him a quilt. And then Christopher must leave and return to Ohio for some emergency....just when he and Emily might be having "feelings" for one another. I like the easy way this story reads. And, yes, it is somewhat predicable, but I like it. It makes for a great holiday read to warm one's heart and a reminder that everyone is going through something. So, be nice to everyone you meet. A great story and a would make a great gift for that reader on your list! *This book was provided for review by Fiction Guild*
wfnren 3 months ago
Another great book, anxiously waiting for the next book in the series. Yes! I really enjoyed this book and Amy did not fail to bring a few tears to my eyes. This is yet another wonderful story and I don't know how I'm going to wait till May for the next book in this series. I can easily recommend this book, this series, and very good reads for the Amish booklover.
Heart2Heart 3 months ago
Forgiveness is perhaps the hardest thing for any of us to do. It might even be easier to forgive others rather than ourselves but Christopher Hostettler can't seem to let go of the fact he feels he had a hand in the death of his younger brother Gabriel. That fact only seems to be driven home by his father who made it perfectly clear at the graveside that Christopher was responsible. Now it seems besides never being able to measure up to the demands of his father to take part in the family horse training business, he leaves home to work for his uncle in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania in his leather shop. Perhaps he can find a way to start a new future for himself and find forgiveness for his role in his brother's death. Emily Fisher always looks out for others over her own needs and when she meets Christopher for the first time at her father and uncle's harness shop, she wonders what could she offer to help him break down the wall he clearly wants to keep around himself. While trying not to take it personally when he refuses to acknowledge anything she does, she vows to at least ensure the Chris feels valued and wanted by their community while trying to be a friend to him. However when Chris and Emily grow too close to one another in their personal feelings, Chris' past comes back to haunt him and steal away the only hope for a future not only for himself, but for Emily as well. It seems that Chris' chance at happiness will forever elude him unless he finds a way to go back and resolve the issues in his family and perhaps figure out a way to find God in the process. But since he has run from everything else in his life, will he run from Emily as well? I received The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston compliments of Zondervan Publishers and Thomas Nelson. I am so glad I picked this novel and now will go back and read the previous two in the Amish Heirloom series, The Forgotten Recipe and the The Courtship Basket before The Beloved Hope Chest comes out soon. I really love how the relationship build between Emily and Chris and have found that forgiveness in our own lives is often times the hardest thing for us to accept, believing we are meant to be punished somehow and no longer deserve happiness in our own life. The whole concept behind the Log Cabin that Emily makes for Chris is something to inspire me to pick back up quilting again and renew my passion for creativity in doing so. This novel was well worth all 5 out of 5 stars! There are even Discussion Questions included that are great for book clubs!
sgreene01 5 months ago
Tragedy, friendship, love, forgiveness, and restoration are all very important topics covered in this third book in Amy Clipston’s Amish Heirloom series. We once again find the Fisher family, including sisters, Veronica, Rachel and Emily in this book. Now that Emily’s sisters have found the “love of their lives”, she, too, longs to find the kind of happiness they have found. Christopher Hochstetler comes to Bird-in-Hand, PA from his home in Sugarcreek, OH to work for his Uncle and Emily’s father in their leatherworking shop after tragedy has struck his family. He feels he is to blame for his brother’s death and that his dad also blames him and can’t continue to be around his family. When he an Emily meet, he is very distant to her. She senses he needs a friend and does her best to be friendly to him. She decides to make him a quilt to show her friendship. Will Christopher be able to forgive himself, renew a relationship with his father, and accept Emily’s friendship? Will Christopher accept God’s love and forgiveness? This is a great book showing the reader all the wonderful aspects of God and how they can be applied to everyone’s life, if only they allow it to happen. I would recommend this book to everyone and received a copy of it from Zondervan, for my honest opinion.
Baranski1987 5 months ago
The Cherished Quilt is book three in An Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston. This book is absolutely marvelous! You will be riveted to your seat the whole time. Characters and story line that is so well written that you feel as though you are part of the story. You are going to love Emily Fisher and Christopher Hochstetler’s story. Get yourself a glass of sweet tea while you enjoy this story. Be sure to order your copy of The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston today. 5 stars!
Christa4 5 months ago
The Cherished Quilt is the third book in the Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston. Christopher Hochstetler arrives in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, hoping to leave memories and a tragic family accident behind. He enjoys working in his Uncle Hank’s harness shop. While there, he also meets Emily Fisher, and they form a friendship. When an accident at his home occurs, Christopher rushes home, back to Ohio. Emily is devastated that Christopher did not say goodbye. She is left with a broken heart. Will Christopher stay in Ohio with this family or will he return to Bird-in-Hand and to the friendship formed with Emily Fisher? I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book! The author really brings the characters to life and does a great job relating the characters to circumstances that every one can relate to, including guilt, loneliness, anger, frustration, faith, hope and love. This book would make the perfect Christmas gift! I have enjoyed the Amish Heirloom Series immensely and cannot wait until the next book in the series is released! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
Splashesintobooks1 5 months ago
Since reading this, I’ve discovered that this is the third book in a four book series, but I have to say I don’t think it mattered that I hadn’t read anything from this author before - I still loved it! What a delightful change this proved to be, a very emotively written story that had me in tears and staying up late to finish it, I didn’t want to put it down till I’d discovered how it ends! I’ve never read anything relating to an Amish community before, either, and this story brought the families concerned vividly to life as I read the story. After a family tragedy, Christopher Hostettler moves to Bird-in-Hand to stay with his Aunt and Uncle and to work in the leather shop owned by his Uncle and a neighbour. The neighbour’s daughter is Emily Fisher. She’s twenty and a hard working devout young lady, friendly to everyone and very compassionate and caring. She’s astonished when Chris is quite standoffish and rude to her but realises there must be a reason for his attitude and behaviour. Her loving nature shines through. She’s resilient and perseveres, eventually Chris opens up and tells her his reasons for leaving home. As the two grow closer, however, there are other secrets and family trauma to be sorted out before they can have any chance at achieving a HEA together. The author takes the reader on the emotional journey of both Emily and Chris with some poignant moments en route - especially the conversation between Chris and his Dat (that was just so moving, wow!!) This is a story filled with love, one where feelings of guilt are overcome, forgiveness given and second chances aren’t just the romantic kind. All the characters are brilliantly portrayed and so easy to relate to that I was figuratively cheering them on from the sidelines. What a superb change to have two people getting to know each other without leaping into a physical relationship immediately! This author demonstrates that you really don’t need to give graphic descriptions or step by step guides to sexual relations to create a book readers can thoroughly enjoy escaping into. She is a gifted story teller and I’ll certainly be looking out for more by her in future. Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
LizD1 5 months ago
The Cherished Quilt ( Amish Heirloom Book #3 ) By: Amy Clipston I loved it. This book , The Cherished Quilt is just as wonderful as the other two in this series. Amy Clipston writes of love, forgiveness, healing, romance , and Blessings from God. The author will draw you in right at the start and not let go till the end. Christopher blames himself for the death of his brother,and his father blames him too. Chris picks up and moves to Bird in Hand , Pennsylvania after the death of his brother hoping to start a new life. He will go to work for his uncle at his leather shop.He is going through a lot of guilt. Emily is the youngest Fisher daughter and still not married. She would love to have what her sisters have. She meets Chris at the shop and she thinks she will go over and become friends with him. Well Chris is not to friendly. She cannot understand him. Friendship is a big thing with Emily and she want give up on Chris. There is a beautiful quilt that has been quilted in this story and since I am a quilter myself I, would have love to see it. Someone will be very lucky. Will she ever get Chris to be her friend? Will he ever get over with his quilt for his brother’s death? Can Emily help Chris get his life back together? Will she ever find the right person for herself ? I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All options are my own.
MaureenST 5 months ago
The Cherished Quilt is the third book in this series featuring the Fisher sisters, and their loving family, and this is Emily’s story. Christopher Hochstetler has had a devastating year and barely holding it together when he moves from Ohio to Pennsylvania and begins working for his uncle in his leather business. Thus the meeting of Em and Chris is about to happen, and with easy going Em and Chris fighting his demons, things do not run smoothly. When Em finds out why he has left his home and family, she is filled with compassion and is determined to help Chris. One of the things she decides to do is make him a quilt, and not an ordinary one, this one is stitched with love, and the fabric once belonged to Em’s grandmother. She decided to make a log cabin design to help connect to Chris, and in the end she has to mail the quilt to him By putting her heart in the care of Chris is Em heading towards having it broken? Will Chris ever heal and mend the rift with his Dad, even with his father blaming him for his brother? From beginning to end, I was so into this book that the pages flew and at the end, I wanted more! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review
KrisAnderson_TAR 5 months ago
The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston is the third book in the Amish Heirloom series. Christopher “Chris” Hochstetler is reeling from the loss of his brother, Gabriel. His father, Wilmer blames Chris for Gabriel’s death. Chris needs to get away. He decides to visit his Uncle Hank in Bird-in-the-Hand, Pennsylvania (in Lancaster County). Chris will be working in his Uncle Hank’s and his partner, Leroy Fisher’s leatherworking shop. Emily Fisher, Leroy’s youngest daughter, can tell that something is bothering Chris and that he needs a friend. Emily goes out of her way to be friendly to Chris and get him to come out of his shell. Chris lacks confidence after years of criticism from his father. Emily slowly works with Chris and helps him gain confidence and overcome his grief (and guilt). As Chris’ birthday approaches, Emily wants to make him something special. After hearing the story of the quilt, he left behind at home, Emily wants to make him a replacement. Emily’s mother lets her have fabric from her Mammi’s (grandmothers) trunk. As Emily and Chris spend more time together, Emily starts to fall in love with him. Chris cares for Emily, but there is something that he has not told her. Will they be able to overcome Chris’ secret (an obstacle in their path) to have a happy ending or will Emily be left with a broken heart? Open The Cherished Quilt and step into the world of Emily, Chris, and their families in Lancaster County. The Cherished Quilt is a well-written (as are all of Amy Clipston’s novels) and easy to read. It is the third book in An Amish Heirloom Novel series, but you can read it alone. I do, though, recommend reading The Forgotten Recipe and The Courtship Basket. We do get updates on the characters from the previous novels. It was nice to see how they are faring in their new lives. I found the characters are likeable as well as relatable. They are the type of people you want to have as neighbors. I give The Cherished Quilt 4.5 out of 5 stars (I liked it). It was good to see how Chris changed over the course of the novel thanks to friendship, love, and rediscovering his beliefs. The Cherished Quilt deals with grief, forgiveness, friendship, love, and so much more. The ending is expected, but it will leave you with a smile on your face. We are left with a question unanswered at the end of The Cherished Quilt, and we must wait until the next novel to get the answer.
BrittanyMc 5 months ago
I have enjoyed all of the books in the Amish Heirloom series, however The Cherished Quilt is definitely my favorite of the novels. The author was able to wrench so many emotions out of me with this book! When Emily felt hurt or heartbroken, I could feel it, too. When Chris was dealing with overwhelming guilt, I could absolutely feel his struggle. When romance began to grow, I could feel it. And when the story ended I couldn’t believe it was over! I can not wait until book four comes out! The Cherished Quilt had so many good characters in it and such intense emotion. If you haven’t read the earlier books in the series, you can probably still enjoy this novel. If you have read books one and two, you will enjoy seeing what is going on in the lives of Emily’s sisters, who were the main characters in the other books. I enjoyed this novel so much and this series has been a really great one. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
hplady 5 months ago
The Cherished Quilt By Amy Clipston If you are a fan of Amy Clipston, then you will not be disappointed by her newest release. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, where we meet Emily, the youngest of the Fisher sisters. We have already met Rachel and Veronica and heard their stories in the previous books of the series. In The Cherished Quilt, we get to see where they are now and how they are doing, while also discovering how Emily thinks and feels. Emily is someone who is always thinking of others. When she meets Chris, who is working in her father’s shop with his uncle, he is very unhappy with himself and life. He had a horrible tragedy strike before he left home. He lost his brother in an awful accident and blames himself. Emily befriends him and tries to help him see the good in himself and slowly the two bond and start to fall in love. However, there are obstacles that they must get past in order to be truly happy together. Will they overcome the troubles before them or will they lose out on a chance for happiness? I absolutely loved this book and am so excited for the final book in the series! I would recommend it, along with Amy’s other books, to anyone who is a fan of Amish fiction. You will not only be entertained, but you will pause to look at yourself, the world around you, and our awesome Creator. Each of us has a purpose and a path. May God bless you on yours! I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review!
jensenh98 5 months ago
5 out of 5 star rating. Amy Clipston is the award winning bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series. Amish Heirloom series book # 3. Chris Hochstetler's brother Gabriel just passed away in a horse accident. Three months later he is still haunted by his death. Chris moved to live with his uncle Hank in Pennyslvania. Emily works in a harness shop there. Her sister Rachele is planning a wedding to Mike her fiance. Their older sister Veronica is expecting. Chris makes a friend of a young boy John. Chris deeply misses the quilt his gramma made that was on his bed at home. Emily decides to make him a log cabins style lap quilt for when he travels. Emily and Chris become close friends. Emily plans a big surprise birthday party for him. They have a disagreement about church policy. Will they both trust God so they can be together? Included in the book are some touching Bible verses. thanks to net galley for letting me read and review this novel. #book #review #amyclipston
Lane_Hill_House 6 months ago
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston, © 2016 Amish Heirloom, Book 3 My Review: We bring with us who we are. As Christopher Hostettler enters the Bird-in-Hand Harness Shop, his recent encounters come with him. Emily Fisher greets him and he is sullen. Certain it is her, she strives to bring him in as welcome and is met with unawareness. Recouping his long travel from Ohio to Pennsylvania, she suspects, he has arrived to work with his uncle Hank and Emily's father in the shop they co-own. Used to people responding to her, she is perplexed. How often do we take it on ourself when we don't know what the other person is going through? First impressions, first reactions? Relationship building takes time, thought, and mentally going back over what has been spoken before to keep it close in memory and heart. Wilmer Hochstetler experiences a beautiful freeing reversal in his life. From guilt and grief to love and acceptance. A healing only God can open a heart to receive. John Lantz. A heart of a child; carefree, open, unhampered. You will love John, continuing from the previous story! He is a stress-breaker, for sure. Basket lunches. You will want to take a peek and a whiff to see what today's special is. Such a freind-building experience! At the last page, you will be wanting to open up the fourth and final book in this series, The Beloved Hope Chest, and continue the journey of these families. So rich in experience and love guided by the One who loves us most. ***Thank you author Amy Clipston for sending me an Advance Reader's Copy for review, as part of her street team. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***