A Wedding Quilt for Ella
  • A Wedding Quilt for Ella
  • A Wedding Quilt for Ella

A Wedding Quilt for Ella

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by Jerry S. Eicher
     
 

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Ella Yoder's wedding with Aden Wengerd and the building of their dream house is set for June. But when Aden is suddenly taken from her, Ella begins to doubt God's love.
When her family pressures her to marry the new young bishop, Ella asks for six months to heal from Aden's death. Meanwhile, Aden's brother, Daniel, helps Ella build her dream house based on a… See more details below

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Ella Yoder's wedding with Aden Wengerd and the building of their dream house is set for June. But when Aden is suddenly taken from her, Ella begins to doubt God's love.
When her family pressures her to marry the new young bishop, Ella asks for six months to heal from Aden's death. Meanwhile, Aden's brother, Daniel, helps Ella build her dream house based on a drawing by Ella's sister, Clara and now incorporated into Ella's wedding quilt.
Can healing come through a house...a quilt....a community?
About this series: Readers of Amish fiction will delight in this first book in a new series about young Ella Yoder as she copes with the loss of her true love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This is a dark novel, a study in grief, rather than the Amish romance that its title implies, in which the first of several tragedies ends Ella's wedding plans. Eicher (Rebecca's Promise), who has lived among the Amish, captures the tranquil pace of their life and their abiding desire to conform to God's will. But many aspects of the community he creates seem contrived. The plot turns partly on a rule that no one can marry before age 21, while most Amish encourage early marriage to discourage earlier sex. Nor is any otherwise sane Amish man likely to refuse an ambulance for his critically injured child because he considers its lights too flashy. A minister seems strangely arrogant for a faith whose signature virtue is humility, and an effort to push Ella into a hasty marriage also rings false. But Ella is a convincingly compassionate woman who will hold readers' interest as she struggles to find God's hand in her loss. The story ends with a chance for a new start and a gentle cliffhanger to be resolved in the next book in Eicher's Little Valley series. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Jody Little
Book One in the "Little Valley" series begins the story of twenty year-old Ella Yoder, a young Amish woman. Ella's wedding day is soon approaching, and her wedding quilt is close to being finished. When Ella's younger sister, Clara, shows her a picture of a house she drew, Ella decides to use the drawing as the centerpiece of her quilt. Soon tragedy strikes: Ella's beloved Aden dies unexpectedly, and Ella's future is uncertain. She questions her faith in God and asks why God would take Aden from her. Not long after Aden's death, another suitor calls on Ella and asks for her hand in marriage. Ella cannot face a life without Aden and she asks the man for time. When Aden's brother, Daniel, tells Ella that Aden saved his money to build a house for himself and Ella, Daniel offers to build the house despite Aden's death. Ella realizes that a house could be the answer to rebuilding her life without Aden. Marketed as Amish fiction, this novel has a small target audience. Readers of Christian fiction may be intrigued by rich details of the simple, faith-driven lifestyle of the Amish people, and they may appreciate that even individuals with the deepest of faith can still question God's intentions. Several subplots involving Ella's family members are left unresolved and will leave interested fans eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series. Reviewer: Jody Little
Library Journal
Ella Yoder is devastated when she loses her fiancé, Aden Wengerd. The last thing on her mind is romance, but her family begins to pressure her to marry the new bishop. At the same time, her would-be brother-in-law, Daniel, agrees to help Ella build the house she and Aden had planned. Soon, she is faced with two suitors, but Ella still needs time to heal. VERDICT Eicher ("Hannah's Heart" series) is well known for his character-driven, homespun stories. This first entry in a new series featuring Ella Yoder will attract fans of Marta Perry and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736928045
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Little Valley Series
Pages:
283
Sales rank:
443,053
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.80(d)

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