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 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.  Author Jerry Eicher’s sales now top more than 100,000.

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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Harvest House Publishers
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Little Valley Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

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A Wedding Quilt for Ella 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 20 reviews.
Mindy Marik More than 1 year ago
The story is good and keeps your interest, but the way the story is told it reminds me of when I watch the BIO channel on cable. It repeats itself and keeps saying the same thing over and over. The story could be told in fewer pages. I like reading Amish fiction, so I stuck with it. You dont really have to pay close attention though.
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KatZyl More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Easy to place yourself there. Awesome book.
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LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Ella Yoder is on top of the world, she is in love with a wonderful young Amish man, and they are soon to be married, but one tragic day will change all of that. When her intended Aden becomes ill, he really does not think it is serious, he did not find out in time, how serious it was. His appendix had ruptured and the poison leaked into his body, causing his death. His family, his community and his beloved Ella are shocked. How can Aden be gone? He was so full of life and happy, and now there is a bare spot in their hearts for him. Ella is not sure that God loves her, why would he take he beloved Aden from her, right on the brink of their wedding? To add to her doubts, there are several accidents and deaths that follow immediately after Aden's death. There are whispers among the young people that it is bad luck come in threes, and wondering amongst them of who will be the next to die. Ella doesn't buy into all the superstition, but she is puzzled why God would take Aden from her. Two odd offers come that seem to set her path, first Daniel, Aden's brother comes to visit her and offers to build her a house, the house that Aden had been saving money for. She is not sure about this, it is not something that is done in her Amish community. Secondly the young bishop Jacob Miller comes wanting to marry her, even though he knows her intended just died. Both have Ella in question of what she should do. This is the first book I have read by author Jerry S. Eicher and I greatly enjoyed the book, it was different from many of the other Amish books that I have read, and I truly believe that it is because of the different regions and different Amish orders. I enjoyed those differences and thoroughly enjoyed this story. I grieved with Ella and her family as they went through the loss of Aden, and the accident of her brother Eli, I could truly feel the pain she felt through the author's writing. A great book, and I am looking forward to book two in this series, Ella's Wish to be released April 2011. 283 pages US $11.99 4 stars. Discussion guide included. This book was provided for review purposes only by Harvest House Publishers, no payment was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tugs at the heart from the beginning. To lose a love at such an early part of ones life is devastating. . I feel the book was inspiring and the revelation of courage that is within each and everyone .
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mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
I have read another of Jerry's books "Rebecca's Choice" and really enjoyed it. Jerry write about the Amish a little different than the other authors that I have read. He does not use as many German words and it is better to understand. Ella and Aden are planning their wedding but they have to wait until Ella turns twenty-one, they both have been baptised into the Amish church and just have to wait. Meanwhile Aden is working with his own business building houses and has a crew to help alone with his brother Daniel. He get sick with his side hurting but refuses to go to the doctor and when he did go it was too late, his appendix had burst a few days before and the poison had gone all thought his body and even with surgery at Tri-County hospital he could not be saved, This entire book is about Ella and how she handles the healing process of losing his only love and on she did love him so much. Ella was working on her quilt for their home together now does she want to finish it, so just put it up somewhere. As the story progresses the young people all talk about things happened in threes and they wondered who else was going to die. I have always heard this also and it does seen to happen a lot of the time. There are more things that happen and there are others that die or get killed in the area and too the Amish community. Life had to go one and so many chores had to be done that no one really had the time to think too much about "what might happen". Before long Ella had a visitor and her mama took him down to the basement to talk to him, it was a young man that is a Bishop and he wants to ask for Ella's hand in marriage. After Mamm talked with him, Ella went and talked and she did not say she would not marry him but told him to wait for six months and ask again, she needed time to try and heal from losing Aden. So will she marry the Bishop or will there be someone else come into her life. She will only marry for love so in April when Ella's Choice comes out, we will be able to read more about her life. I will be happy to read more as this book left me hanging. This book was sent to me free from the Author Jerry S. Eicher for my honest review.
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