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Life lessons of trust, forgiveness, and giving second chances mixed with budding romance make this an enjoyable read for fans of good storytelling.
Posted July 27, 2014
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.
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Posted July 24, 2014
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
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.
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Posted September 19, 2014
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.
Posted September 16, 2014
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.
Posted September 14, 2014
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.
Posted September 7, 2014
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.
Posted September 4, 2014
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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.
Posted August 29, 2014
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.
Posted August 21, 2014
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.
Posted August 18, 2014
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.
Posted August 15, 2014
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.
Posted August 11, 2014
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.
Posted August 9, 2014
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
Posted August 5, 2014
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~~
Posted August 4, 2014
About the Book:
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?
About the Author:
A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
Emma and Lamar want to escape to Florida for some much needed down time and if it helps Lamar arthritis than that is just icing on the cake. Emma starts to feel very homesick without her loved ones around her. So Lamar suggests that she offer quilting classes to the locals. Emma takes him up on the offer, and suddenly the story starts to come alive.
In typical Wanda Brunstetter fashion many lives come together and unfold into a very touching story that is colorful yet intricate.Emma has been known to change lives through her classes and this time is no different. We are able to sit by and watch the magic unfold as each person is touched by this very special lady.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.
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