The Healing Quilt (Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club Series #3)

The Healing Quilt (Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club Series #3)

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by Wanda E. Brunstetter
     
 

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Join retired Amish newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller in Florida for the winter as they lead another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students: Jennifer, a pregnant new mom; Mike, a charter boat owner; Erika, a wheelchair bound teen; Kim, a waitress; Noreen, a newly-retired widow, and BJ, an artist facing illness. When old friends visit from Indiana,…  See more details below

Overview


Join retired Amish newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller in Florida for the winter as they lead another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students: Jennifer, a pregnant new mom; Mike, a charter boat owner; Erika, a wheelchair bound teen; Kim, a waitress; Noreen, a newly-retired widow, and BJ, an artist facing illness. When old friends visit from Indiana, will romance also become a subject of class discussions?

Editorial Reviews

Momma Wants to Read - Jodie Moore

I really enjoyed watching the stories unfold and was having a hard time putting the book down once all the details came out. A quick, easy read, and a great mixing of the Amish and "English" lifestyles.
CBA Retailers and Resources - Nancy Kanafani

Life lessons of trust, forgiveness, and giving second chances mixed with budding romance make this an enjoyable read for fans of good storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594155147
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
08/06/2014
Series:
Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club Series, #3
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
441
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


New York Times, award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties.
Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com. 

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The Healing Quilt 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
Fans of Wanda Brunstetter will not want to miss out on her new book The Healing Quilt. This is the third book in her Amish Quilting Club series. Emma and Lamar are spending the winter in Sarasota, FL. When Lamar discovers Emma is a little homesick and doesn't know what to do with her time he suggests she give quilting lessons like she did back home in Shipshewana, IN. Emma agrees and the scene is set to meet all of the quilting class members. Each take the classes for different reasons and get more out of the classes than just learning how to quilt. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic book! I received an advanced copy of this book and having not read the first two in the series was a little hesitant to start out with the third. I had nothing to worry about though as this book stands alone. Some of the characters from the previous books are mentioned and updates given but it doesn't distract or spoil anything. I love the way Wanda tells the story of everyday people who join a quilting class for various reasons and how they interact with each other. There are quite a few characters in the book and I was a little concerned at first I wouldn't be able to keep track of who was who. I soon found it was easy to keep everyone straight as Wanda didn't give extra unneeded details about them but just enough to give the character depth. The book flows easily between the characters lives in and out of the quilting classes. This book easily kept my interest and I was soon surprised I was at the end of the 310 pages this book is. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Amish fiction or anyone who has read the Blossom Street books by Debbie Macomber. These books have similarities that make them quite enjoyable. This book isn't overly Amish either which I think could draw a bigger audience.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Your Heart Will Be Touched! Did author Wanda Brunstetter do it again?   The Healing Quilt did not disappoint me in any way.  I have read her two previous books The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club and The Tattered Quilt.  Both were excellent reads.  I couldn’t wait for The Healing Quilt to arrive.  Could this book stand up to the test as an excellent read also?  For me it surely did! Lamar and Emma are two of the characters I have grown extremely fond of.   As the author introduces us to the new quilt class attendees I found myself getting excited about this next journey.   Who are these people?  Where are they from?  What problems are they struggling with? Jennifer is expecting her first child.  She is in the class because of an unexpected kindness shown to her; Mike, well he isn’t really suppose to be in this class but he is.  You will find out the reason why as you get into this story; Erika, is a young teen who is wheelchair bound and mad at the world; Kim, she is new to the area and is a waitress; Noreen, is a widow and is struggling with bitterness; BJ, he is an artist from Chicago trying to come to terms with his future.   Sounds like a pretty mixed bag of folks trying to live the life they were given.  Makes for a great story! So many hurting lives thrown together for a six week quilting class.  Two Godly understanding people leading the class. Is this the place where miracles happen? I loved that we were also given updates on previous class attendees.  It was a joy to see Jan Sweet (Jan, the man!) written into this book too.   As I was reading The Healing Quilt I had to stop and reflect on how easy it is to let bitterness, envy, self pity, and why me, creep into my daily life.  I do believe that the Holy Spirit has a way of speaking to us in books if we are open to His leading. I simply loved this book and I hope you will pick up a copy of it.   My thanks goes out to the publisher and to author Wanda Brunstetter for allowing me to read and review this book.   The opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as are all of Wanda's books
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the quilting series.  Emma and Lamar met after their spouses died.  They found each other in their older age and have enjoyed teaching six week courses in quilting, teaching those who God brings to them.  Because of Lamar's arthritis, they've taken a house in Florida for the cold winter, away from their Indiana Amish community. In this book, the class consists of a sullen 14 year old who is paralyzed in her legs because of a diving accident, a young pregnant woman whose husband has just lost his job, an older artist who wants to paint the ocean before he dies from cancer, a busy charter boat owner, a lonely waitress, and a newly retired widowed teacher.  Their lives are impacted by a visiting motorcyclist who was in the previous quilting class in Indiana. This is a relationship book that shows how listening and trusting God helps people with their life issues.  Very reaffirming and interesting story lines.  I've thoroughly enjoyed all three quilting class books!
JA44JA More than 1 year ago
The other two were very good and I am looking forward to starting the third.
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tcsrm2 More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series. I enjoy the continuing of the characters in each book. Will read another when & if she writes one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt like I really got to know the characters. I was sad to have my book end.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
The Healing Quilt is the third book in the Half Stitched Amish Quilting club. But it is easy to read as a stand alone. Lamar and Emma Yoder are an elderly Amish couple who travel to Florida in the winter due to Lamar's arthritis. Emma decides to hold quilting classes for six weeks to relieve boredom. Lamar helps her with them. They meet and get to know a diverse group of people in those six weeks. As with all Wanda's books, it is inspirational. I received the Book From the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A great story about simply caring about and for others. There is a full cast of wonderful, well developed characters. Emma and Lamar Miller are so calm and peaceful. They share their love of God in the simple things that they do and easy way they open up to each person taking their quilting class. Each student in the newest class arrives for the first class with a problem they are facing. The Miller’s simple way of caring for each one helps them all to open up before the 6 weeks are over. The students all have differing personalities and a variety of problems. I love the depth that Wanda goes to in building up each one of them. The problems are slowly explored and then sorted out.  It is a fantastic book that drew me in and held my attention throughout the story. One of the main attractions for me is the simple lifestyle that Emma and Lamar live and the ease they have caring for so many different types of people. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
The Healing Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. Characters from other books are mentioned but if you haven't read the previous books in the series you won't be lost. As always, Wanda writes warm and loving characters with flaws. She always shows that you can get through anything with faith in God, good friends, your family and the church family. Emma and Lamar Yoda Miller have bought a house on the Gulf of Mexico, in Sarasota, Fl. They bought it for a winter home due to Lamar's arthritis. It doesn't take Emma long to become bored with nothing to do. She used to being busy with her sewing, her quilting classes, doing things with family, friends and the church. They pray about it and start a new quilting class. Six people sign up for the quilting class, each with their own story to be told, their heartaches, health, work and relationships. Each story is brought to the class but most is played out away from the group. Each story has its own conclusion that in some way had to do with what they learned through Emma and Lamar's faith and listening to what was being said. I received this book through the Book Club Network and the publisher to write a review and give my honest opinion. Wanda's books are always an enjoyable read with strong characters and a good storyline. All opinions are my own and I do recommend The Healing Quilt.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
This is a feel good book... The Healing Quilt   Return of the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club   By Wanda E. Brunstetter   Emma is bored, she's not made for a life of leisure, searching the beach for shells. She misses her students and her quilting classes.  When her husband Lamar suggests starting up classes in Florida, Emma agrees. But this may be her most difficult class yet.  One young woman, Erika, is paralyzed, wheelchair bound teen who sees no future for herself.  Kim, a waitress, is determined not to fail yet again.  Mike, who is at loose ends, is filling in for his wife.  Jennifer is a soon-to-be mother whose husband is out of work.  And then there is Noreen a widow at loose ends and BJ who is keeping his declining health a secret. But 6 weeks of caring instruction and fellowship just might be what everyone needs.  And Emma is always willing to offer a listening ear and a word of encouragement and prayer. It is interesting that when each person looks outside of their own concerns that their attitudes  improve and they actually are happier. There are several former students who play important roles throughout, sharing what Emma had given them.  And there is even romance in store for one former student and a current one. This is a feel good book.  There are problems, but they aren't drag you down depressing,  If you want an week-end read this is one you'll want to pick-up and then share with a friend. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Hope in the midst of adversity Emma and Lamar Miller purchased a winter home in Sarasota, Florida to get away from the harsh winters in Northern Indiana. Emma felt something missing in her life, and Lamar suggested she teach a quilting class to some of the local residents as she had done in Indiana. Her class filled rapidly with an assemblage of broken individuals. Each student carried his/her own personal and painful baggage, hoping that the quilting class would bring some diversion and healing. As in the past the Millers held each of their students up in prayer, and offered compassion and hope to each of their students in various ways.  Six new students are introduced in "The Healing Quilt," each with significant and distressing   circumstances. A variety of serious life challenges affect the students and their relationships with one another. As in "The Tattered Quilt" the author brings characters from her past books into the story, creating continuity and blending the past with the present. As in the prequels to this book there is a richness of character in both Emma and Lamar that remains with the reader long after the story has ended. Mercy and Christian love are evident throughout as well as beauty in the descriptive elements surrounding the location. Realism and consequences are evidenced by the resultant events in the lives of these characters, and healing comes in a number of ways.  Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wanda E. Brunstetter through Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Sew Heartwarming  The latest in the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club series, The Healing Quilt, written by Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a delightful return visit with Emma and Lamar Miller only this time they are vacationing in Sarasota, Florida. Emma is not content sitting or walking the beach everyday. So Lamar encourages her to start another quilting class even though Emma is not sure about getting students. But surprises abound in this new quilting class one of which is a visit from Jan Sweet, a former quilting class student. This quilting class does not fail to bring healing and love and hope to those in the class a wheelchair-bound teen, a terminally-ill artist, a pregnant mom to name a few.  It was fun to read about this group of quilters, their trials and tribulations, but it was also nice to be reacquainted with pass characters. I particularly liked the character Jan from Brunstetter's first book so it was nice to have him back in this third book. An easy and enjoyable read.  I received this book free from Handlebar to review.
tweezle More than 1 year ago
This fun series is about an older Amish woman who opens her home to 6 people who want to take quilting lessons. In each book, the quilters are a mixture of people from all walks of life - both male and female - and each brings their own problems with them. Some are obvious, some are not. With that said, The Healing Quilt can be read as a stand alone, however, since some people from past books are either referenced or have a part in this book, I would encourage the series be read from the beginning. In The Healing Quilt, Emma and Lamar Miller are staying at the Pinecroft community in Sarasota, Florida. Emma misses home but knows Lamar needs to be there in the wintertime, so she decides she'd like to teach classes to keep her occupied. She, again, ends up with an interesting group with another set of problems, and this time she's not sure she can help. With her patience and understanding, Emma guides the group through both quilting and life lessons and shares her Biblical understanding and God's love with the group. She is an endearing woman who will win the heart of the reader as well as impart some strong faith and belief that will reflect God's will and love for all. This is an interesting series that is sure to delight lovers of Amish fiction as well as those that enjoy a story with a positive Christian message.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a great read about how an Amish couple touches so many lives, and how the rebound of this love is passed on. Emma and Lamar have taught quilt classes before in their hometown of Shipshewana Indiana, and decide to do the same while in Pinecraft Florida. You can see God’s hand in this idea, and don’t know if Emma and Lamar realized how much they were going to change a number of lives. Your heart will break for some of them, and rejoice for others. In the end, all of the class participates lives do change, not always how we are hoping, but in the way God planned. We get to enjoy the beautiful setting of this book, through the eyes of each of the characters. Dangle your feet in surf, enjoy hunting for shark teeth, and just enjoy watching the surf. You never see how interconnected with others we are, and marvel how you are at the right place at the right time to do what God wants, in his perfect timing. I would love to take a quilt class from this delightful couple, how fun it would be, and not only learn how to quilt, but enjoy the scrumptious treats that are offered. Also, loved the fact that we are updated on all at the end of the book, and can put some closure in their lives, and wish we could join with them more. I received this book from the Publisher Barbour Publishing Inc., and was not required to give a positive review.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The Healing Quilt is a wonderful addition to the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club series. One of the best things about the story is the way Christian love is demonstrated in little ways that end up having a huge impact. A beautiful twist of events takes six strangers and intertwines them in a crazy turn of events. When old friends return to visit Emma and Lamar, there is romance brewing under the disguise of quilting. Lamar and Emma Yoder provide quilting classes and always end up with a mixed group of individuals. This was no exception. Each person in their class comes with emotional baggage and real life struggles. With kindness and love, Emma and Lamar create an environment where healing can begin for each of the quilting students. Without loud, boastful preaching, the couple gives wisdom and loving kindness to their students. The story is a delightful read that will keep the reader engaged all the way to the end. Although it is the last book in the series, it doesn’t require reading the books in order although I would highly recommend all of the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club books. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE HEALING QUILT: RETURN OF THE HALF-STITCHED AMISH QUILTING CLUB by Wanda E. Brunstetter from Shiloh.  I love Amish fiction, as does my mother, so I was thrilled with this book.  I read it and have passed it on to her.  She’s a slow reader and a few Amish books behind, but she was just as thrilled to receive it. We were even more excited because we recently stayed at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn.  They have a restaurant on the property with a stage.  The theater was showing a production of the HALF-STITCHED AMISH QUILTING CLUB!  We haven’t gotten to read that novel, or the other installment in the series (this is the third book), but we were jumping for joy at having this one.  What a coincidence it arrived right after we returned from vacation!  THE HEALING QUILT continues the story of Emma and Lamar, an Amish couple.  The story follows people who take quilting classes.  Their individual tales are heart breaking and humorous.  You don’t need to be familiar with the other books to enjoy this one.  For those who love Amish fiction or quilting, this one is a must.  
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
The Healing Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter I give the awe-inspiring book 5 stars. Within the first few pages I know this book would be out of this world. I had a very hard time putting it down. I loved it and highly recommend it. The Healing Quilt is part of the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I have not read any of the other books in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. This was only the second book I have read by this author now she has a new fan. The characters were well developed, inspiring and you are sure to be drawn in by them. The main characters are retired Amish newlyweds Lamar and Emma. Together they teach a quilting class and pray for their students. Before you know what has happen you are drawn into the lives of these students. I can only hope to read more about them in a future book. The students all had unique hurts. You have BJ the artist, Erika the handicap teen, Phyllis the lonely housewife and her workaholic husband Mike, then Noreen the widow, Jennifer the mom to be and Kim the waitress. Add to the mix visiting friends and it equals a great story. I want to give a high-five to the author Wanda E. Brunstetter and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the author and publishers generosity.
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chrisg21 More than 1 year ago
The Healing Quilt is a neat story of how Lamar and Emma's quilting class actually helps people heal from their hurts You will thoroughly enjoy this book. God bless you
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Healing Quilt: Return to the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club*** by Wanda Brunstetter Emma and Lamar Miller just moved into their new winter home in Sarasota, Florida. After getting settled in for the winter months, Emma decides to offer a quilting class. Six people enroll in the quilting class. Each for different reasons, with different backgrounds and with problems in their lives that have taken a toll on them. 1-B.J, a retired art teacher from Chicago who has terminal cancer 2-Erika, a teenager who had a diving accident which left her legs paralyzed, in a wheelchair and angery 3-Kim, is new to the area and is a waitress in a local restaurant 4-Mike, owns a fishing charter boat who reluctantly fills in his wife's spot in the class when she is called away to care for her injured sister 5-Noreen, a retired school teacher and a widow of 5 years 6-Jennifer, a young pregnant woman who is concerned because her husband is out of work As with all Emma and Lamar's quilting classes, they pray over each one of the students and their problems, asking God to guide them in helping the students anyway they can. For they believe God has plans for each one of them. Things don't always run smoothly in the classes. There is anger, bitterness and unforgiveness that comes out during the classes. Long held secrets are revealed leaving the them stunned. How can they patch the pieces of these lives back together? Will they reach out and accept forgiveness and love? Will they open their hearts to God and let His love and healing in? I had a hard time following the story line in places and keeping up with the many characters. Overall, it is a good story and the characters learn a lot from their life experiences and how much they need God in their lives. ~~I received a copy of this book from Book Fun Network and the publisher for my review~~