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The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love Series

The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love Series

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by Vannetta Chapman

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Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning,


Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

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The Christmas Quilt

Quilts of Love Series

By Vannetta Chapman

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2013 Vannetta Chapman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-7803-2


Two years later Mid-November

Annie and Leah strolled along the sidewalk, peeking in the windows of the shops, enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

"When was the last time we had a day that didn't include freezing temperatures and snow dusting the doorstep?" Leah stopped suddenly as two young boys playing a game of tag ran around her.

"Maybe Saturday was the wrong day to come to town though. A weekday might have been better." Annie stepped closer and scowled after the boys. "Less traffic. Less kinner."

"It's not their fault I'm as big as Adam's workhorse."

"You are not."

"I am! Look at me ..." Leah rested her hands on her stomach, which was quite large. She'd recently begun her seventh month of pregnancy, but a stranger might think she was in her final week.

"Belinda told you—"

"Twins take up more room. Ya, I know. But, Annie, I can't even put on my own shoes. Adam has to do it for me." Leah stuck out her bottom lip and lines formed across her forehead.

Annie knew that look—pure misery.

"I should have stayed home."

"You should have done no such thing. Let's go on to the general store, then stop by mamm's shop for some tea. Being out is gut for you and the babies."

"Says Nurse Annie—"

"Yes, she does."

"Who is four months pregnant and still not showing?"

The smile spread across Annie's face until she was giggling. Then they were both laughing, behaving like schoolgirls. Two pregnant women, standing in the middle of the sidewalk and causing traffic to stream around them.

"Four and a half months," Annie corrected Leah. "And she moved last night. Samuel and I both felt her."

"She? Of all people, you should know better than to predict whether your baby is a girl or boy."

"You're right, but Samuel seems so certain. After listening to him for four months, I've fallen into the habit of saying she." Annie hooked her arm through Leah's and pulled her along the sidewalk. "I need to purchase the lavender fabric for the nine-patch crib quilt I'm making you, and I happen to know Rachel received a shipment earlier this week."

"Oh, do we have to? I'm not sure what I need today is an encounter with Samuel's sister-in-law."

"I think she's mellowing." Annie whispered as they pushed their way into the general store, causing the small bell above the door to announce their arrival.

Instead of answering, Leah gave her the look. It was enough. After nearly three years back at home, back in Mifflin County, Annie had learned to read most of the unspoken cues from her sister-in-law. Packed with all of their previous conversations about Rachel, it said you know she hasn't changed at all and we'll do our best to love her anyway at the same time.

Annie didn't talk to many people about Rachel—her mother, Leah, and, of course, Samuel. No one had the answer, but they all knew prayer was the one thing capable of healing the wounded places in Rachel's heart. Until those places mended, chances were she would remain difficult and even occasionally somewhat nasty.

When they entered the store, a thousand memories surrounded Annie. Her family had shopped at the general store for as long as she could remember, but her recollection and what her eyes saw told two different stories.

The store she had visited as a child was crowded with delightful items in every available spot. Like most Plain folk, Annie had learned not to covet and to appreciate what she had rather than focus on what she didn't. Growing up, the general store had been owned by Efram Bontrager. She remembered it clearly—it didn't prick her desires as much as it sparked her imagination. When she walked over the doorstep, she'd always imagined herself stepping into an Englisch fairy tale. He carried supplies for Amish and Englisch alike, so all manner of things were on his shelves. Annie's favorite spot for years had been Efram's book nook in the front corner near the window. Her brother Adam had loved the old-fashioned candy counter with its jars of delicious penny candy.

Most of those items had vanished.

Two years ago Rachel Zook, Samuel's sister-in-law, had moved from Ohio—after her husband died. Annie knew from comments Samuel made it had not been a happy marriage. Rachel never talked about her life before moving—so Annie had no way of knowing if she was still mourning her husband or regretting that her two boys were being raised without the help of a father. There was a third possibility. Perhaps Rachel had fallen into a habit of discontent. She had simply shown up in Mifflin County one day. Efram had decided to put the general store up for sale so he could move closer to his family. Families in the community were hardly aware of Efram's plans, when Rachel bought the store and settled into the upstairs apartment with her boys.

The store had changed.

Rachel's store was clean and orderly and was stocked with items she was certain would appeal to the maximum number of customers. In other words, there were no surprises. The charm was gone.

Annie had to admit the place was cleaner.

"Leah, I'm surprised to see you out today." Rachel sniffed from her place behind the counter. Tall, thin, with a beautiful complexion only the scowl on her face could ruin, Rachel was dressed in her usual gray dress and black apron.

Why the sniff? Did she have a perpetual cold? Or was she suggesting they smelled bad? Annie knew they didn't, but she was tempted to check. Her mind went back to a psychology class she'd taken while pursuing her nursing certification, during the time she'd lived with her aenti, among the Englisch. The psychology instructor would have had a good time with some of Rachel's mannerisms.

"And Annie. I thought you were helping Belinda deliver the infant to the family on the south end of our district, though why Samuel would allow you to go scurrying around the county in your condition—"

"Gudemariye, Rachel." Annie aimed to keep her voice low and calm, as if she were speaking to a child. An image of Kiptyn immediately jumped to her mind, but she pushed it away. Although she'd had letters from her former patient for three years, she hadn't seen him since she'd left Philadelphia. She still missed the children she once worked with, and today wasn't a good time to focus on that loss. Today she needed to concentrate on making Leah's outing a pleasant one.

"I'd hardly call it morning." Rachel stared at the clock above the register, its hands ticking toward noon. She tapped the counter with her pen, as if to suggest they were late, or perhaps they were keeping her from something.

Annie glanced at Leah, who rolled her eyes. The immature gesture reminded Annie of her youngest sister, Reba. She nearly started giggling again, because Reba had not learned to abide Rachel's sternness. Reba insisted Rachel reminded her of the old bull out in the pasture—bad-tempered and mean.

The bell over the door rang out again. This time three young boys entered the store, but Rachel was having none of it. "Back out you go."


"Not without your parents. Go and find them and then you may come back. I don't have time to keep my eye on you. I have work to do. Now out."

The boys—good boys who belonged to their church—tugged down on their hats and hurried back out the door. As they left, one murmured to the other two, "I told you she wouldn't let us come inside."

Annie plastered on her brightest smile. "I was hoping to pick up the lavender fabric for the quilt I'm working on for Leah's boppli."

"You haven't finished it yet?" Rachel tsk-tsked as she maneuvered behind the cutting table and pulled out the bolt of lavender cotton. It reminded Annie of the purple flowers which grew on the south side of her vegetable garden. "Are you sure you wouldn't rather use the off-white I carry?"

"Nein. This will be gut."

"I think I'll check and see what infant things you have. Maybe there's something I've forgotten." Leah waddled off down the aisle, her hand on top of her stomach as she went.

"You shouldn't have brought her to town." Rachel made no attempt to lower her voice as she unrolled the fabric with a thump, thump, thump that seemed to echo her disapproval.

"Do you honestly believe she'd be better off sitting at home? She has two months yet before the babies are due—"

"She won't make it two more months and both of us know it." Something resembling concern crossed Rachel's face, but when she glanced up at Annie, she blinked her eyes and whatever had been there, whatever she'd been feeling, had disappeared.

Possibly Annie had imagined it, or maybe for a moment Rachel had remembered what it was like to carry a child within her. Rachel's boys were older. Matthew had turned ten this year and Zeke was eight. The boys had adjusted to living in Mifflin County. They seemed to have adapted to life without a father—Rachel had moved to their town a year after her husband died. If there was a soft spot in Rachel's heart, it was for her boys, but she didn't show it often. Perhaps she was afraid of spoiling them. Where were Matthew and Zeke today? Samuel had reminded her to ask about them.

Certainly, a part of Rachel did remember the miracle of carrying a child inside for nine months and the hope life would turn out to be all you dreamed it could be.

"How much do you need?"

"Half a yard will be more than enough. I can use any extra on a patchwork quilt I plan to start after Christmas." Annie watched her measure and cut the fabric. "Probably you are right about Leah making it to term, but the bopplin will come when they're ready. It's gut for Leah to be out of the house and it helps her mood to—"

"Do not come in this store." Rachel paused in the middle of folding the fabric she had cut. For a moment, Annie wondered who she could be talking to—the bell over the door hadn't rung. In fact, the store was surprisingly empty for midday on a Saturday.

Annie angled her head to the right. When she did, she caught sight of her two nephews. The younger, Zeke, was halfway through the back door. Matthew stood behind him and had his hand on the door.

At the sound of their mother's voice, they both had frozen.


Leah had chosen a hanging bag for disposable diapers, decorated with farm animals and trimmed in lavender, blue, and green. She was walking back up the aisle when she heard Rachel's voice. It was a hard thing to miss, rather like the voice of a schoolteacher Leah had had in fifth grade. She'd been terrified of Sally Detweiler—a Mennonite woman who smelled like rubbing ointment and rarely smiled.

But she wasn't afraid of Rachel Zook.

Why were her two boys standing half-in and half-out of the back door?

They didn't seem frightened, exactly. Maybe disappointed.

"I know you are not done with your chores." Rachel didn't bother turning around, instead she directed her attention to the bolt of fabric she was finished with, a lovely lavender Annie would use on the crib quilt she was sewing. "Back outside until you're done."

"Yes, mamm." Both boys reversed direction, back toward the area behind the store.

Leah noticed that the older one, Matthew, was careful to catch the screen door so it wouldn't slam. What could their chores possibly be? What was there to do in the alley behind the store?

She rubbed her stomach, more to feel the connection with her bopplin than because they were causing her any discomfort at the moment.

What was it like for the boys to live in the apartment above the store? Did they miss having a yard to run and play in?

How did Rachel manage, raising them alone?

"I don't think you'll be needing the diaper holder, since you'll be using cloth. I've had Plain women try to use it for cloth diapers and they don't fit in it well, no matter how you fold them." Rachel moved to the register to ring up Annie's fabric purchase. "Though I do not enjoy discouraging you from purchasing something. I can use every sale I scrape together in this town."

Annie stopped at Leah's side as she studied the diaper holder. "Perfect colors. Matches the quilt I'm sewing."

"And the other your mamm is doing." Leah smiled and released the worries being around Rachel always brought to mind. "I still have some money left over from my vegetable booth."

"Ya. Your garden did much better than mine. I had that rabbit problem."

They started laughing again, but stopped when they realized Rachel was staring at them.

"Oh. I'm sorry. We're keeping you." Annie quickly counted out the amount showing on the register display. "Samuel wanted me to remind you about the luncheon at our house tomorrow."

"I couldn't possibly drive out—"

"Onkel Eli will be coming. He has to drive through town on his way to our place. He'll be happy to give you and the boys a ride."

Rachel's face scrunched up and she began shaking her head. "Oh, I don't know."

"My parents would so love a chance to see the boys. I believe dat has been working with Matthew on his checker skills."

Leah watched the interplay with interest. She understood all too well the stress that existed between Annie, who was now her sister-in-law, and Rachel, who was Samuel's sister-in-law. The fact that Rachel had tried to persuade Samuel to move to Ohio and marry her should have caused an insurmountable wall of jealousy between the two, but Annie had assured her it didn't.

Annie had said she and Samuel talked about everything—including the situation with Rachel.

It seemed to Leah that she hardly talked to Adam at all these days. He tumbled into bed exhausted, when he came to bed at all, and rose before daylight.

Glancing down at her stomach, which blocked the view of her feet, Leah couldn't help wondering if it was because of her size. She knew her husband loved her, but perhaps he didn't like her very much right now. Maybe things would be better between them in a few months.

"I suppose we could come if I didn't have to drive. I'd rather not use the mare and buggy more than necessary."

"Wunderbaar. It's settled then."

Leah made her purchase, without anymore commentary from Rachel, and was happy to see two more families enter the store as they were leaving. The last thing Annie needed was for Samuel to bear the financial responsibility of Rachel Zook and her two sons. The emotional baggage the woman had brought to town was enough of a burden.

Stepping outside into the November sunshine reminded Leah of being released from a long day at school. She stopped on the sidewalk, held her stomach in both her hands and pulled in a long, deep breath.

"Was iss letz ?" Annie moved in front of her, reached forward and placed her palm against Leah's forehead. Then she moved her fingertips to Leah's wrist.

Leah knew Annie was counting her pulse.

Always the nurse, always checking on her.

Leah opened her eyes and smiled. "Rachel's store is a little oppressive."

"That's it?"

"Ya. Outside feels gut."

"It does, but you scared me."

"You frighten easily, maybe because you are worried my babies will come early."

"Early, yes, but not today, Leah. Now let's go and have a cup of tea."

* * *

Five minutes later, they sat down in the shop where Annie's mother worked. Leah had always been close to her own parents. Six months after she married Adam they made the decision to move to Wisconsin. She'd been completely shocked. It was something they had talked about for several years—because the cost of land was less there, but she hadn't thought they were serious.

Since then Leah's feelings toward Rebekah and Jacob had changed. Perhaps it was because her family had moved.

Maybe it was the fact that Annie was expecting her own first child, or because hers were twins.

Whatever the reason, in the last two years, she'd grown incredibly close to Annie and Adam's parents.


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Meet the Author

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin. Visit her on the web at VannettaChapman.com.

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The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love Series 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Quilt, Quilts of Love Series by Vannetta Chapman Wanted to read this book because I've read most of the other books in the series and they are so varied-kept my interest. Love the holiday and have made one quilt for Christmas that I only bring out at that time. Pregnant Amish woman with some modern technology that helps with the medical problems that arise. The book really concentrates on the concerns the Leah, the mother has, fears that her husband doesn't love her, etc. very hormonal. Leah goes on about her life and does the laundry and hangs it outside where it's cold. Her friend has had a baby earlier and is attempting to find time to actually make her friends new babies a quilt with Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam on blocks as she's having twins. The very detailed layout, picking of right pattern, colors of the quilt are described. And the washing due to bleeding of the colors. While at the hospital she gets some yarn and starts crocheting a blanket, yellow for either a boy or a girl baby. Modern technology also we take for granted today=sonogram. Sad they don't believe in pictures of infants. Love that Annie is able to tell her a story for each of the Dutch children on the quilt. Some are about her early days at the hospital, some are passages from God. There are quite a few scriptures quoted that go along with the story line. Love the nine patch and the color sequences and I can just picture them in my mind. Thanksgiving day and the doctor pays a visit and tells them why and he has a story to share to help with the quilt making. The stories have themes of the nine fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, etc stories of the fruits of God's spirit. The community comes together to help pay the hospital bill and it's amazing what people can do with their hands! Comes with a glossary of foreign words so you can follow the story, discussion questions and an excerpt from the next Quilts of Love book=Aloha Rose. I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
Savurbks More than 1 year ago
A sequel to “A Simple Amish Christmas”, Annie and Samuel are revisited in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. Life is busy for them as the Christmas season approaches. Added to the hustle now is Annie’s friend, Leah, who is expecting her first child. Not having an easy pregnancy, troubles in her marriage and a few surprises, Leah needs Annie more than ever. Hoping to finish the crib quilt before Leah delivers, Annie discovers the quilt may mean more than originally expected… A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed the visit once again to Samuel and Annie. Weaving the story around a quilt actually worked very well, interspersed with different scripture lessons. Though I liked the prequel to this story, I adored this book even more. Once again learning a few of the Amish words and customs, I turned the pages quite quickly while being immersed in this truly delightful Christmas story. There are several books included in the Quilts of Love series which work just fine as stand-alone-reads. RATING: 4 (out of 5) pennies *I received a complimentary copy of The Christmas Quilt from Abingdon Press for my honest review*
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Annie is a good quilter. She's sure she'll have time to stitch the ninepatch quilt with Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam for her sister-in-law Leah's twins. Despite keeping up with her own chores, assisting midwife Belinda, and helping her husband Samuel tend to the community's medical needs, Annie figures she has plenty of time to sew before Leah's post-Christms due date. No pregnancy is totally predictable, least of all twin pregnancies. Complications arise which pair Annie and Leah together with long days away from their husbands and homes and lonely hours to fill. They turn to the quilt and each stitch sections while telling stories to illustrate the "fruits of the Spirit." As the quilt nears completion, Annie and Leah not only learn more about themselves, but they also learn God always has a plan for us. You will be drawn into the lives of the characters right from the beginning of the story. You may be surprised to find that you learn more about yourself and God's plan for your life as well. In The Christmas Quilt, Vanetta Chapman has stitched together a wonderful story of faith, hope, and love. What a perfect gift for Christmas or any time! Thank you, Vanetta, for another terific story with a message.
CollieRescueMom More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman is a story that not only touches  your heart, but holds it.  We are reunited with characters whom we already love, having met them in A Simple Amish Christmas. The quilt becomes so much more than material being stitched together; it is a story in itself that evolves into 9 stories told within the framework of their lives. These two ‘sisters’ who take this journey with the giving and receiving of love and strength are held together by the end as strongly as those stitches.  Reading this heartwarming tale will be a Christmas gift to yourself!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Annie has a bit of a procrastination problem. Whenever she sets out to complete a project, she generally believes she will have more than enough time to complete it, yet each time, she finds herself rushing in an effort to complete it and often times has to ask for the help of others to get her projects complete. However in order to complete the quilt she has promised to make for her best friend, Leah who is expecting twins at the end of December, she honestly believes this time she will have more than enough time to complete it. If she can only find time between working with her husband Samuel, as one of the only certified Amish nurses as he makes his rounds as the town's herbalist and healer. She also lends a hand with the Amish mid-wife Belinda whenever she has need of her skills, along with herself being pregnant and expecting their first baby. When an unexpected call in the early morning hours to Annie and Samuel warrant their medical assistance with Leah, who has gone into premature labor, she knows that without proper medical help at an English hospital, Leah may lose both of the babies. She learns that if Leah wants any chance at all at bringing her babies into this world healthy, she must remain for as long as she can in a hospital in Philadelphia that specializes in the very medical issue that Leah is facing. But how can Leah remain in the hospital while her marriage seems to be eroding between her and Adam? It was one thing before when it seemed that they might find a way to work through the issue of the growing separation between Leah and Adam, but now with miles separating them, is there hope they can work to make things right between them, even though they can't be together? In the novel The Christmas Quilt by best selling author Vannetta Chapman, the true test of what love truly means is placed before not only Leah and Adam but for their families as well. With Leah's own health and that of her unborn babies being at the forefront of everyone living in the town of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, it teaches each of them just how precious life really is and that none of us are guaranteed any amount of time here on earth. Those that believe they will have time to work things out another day are placed before the fire to take hold of the present and realize what a gift time truly is. This is the 11th novel in the Quilts of Love series and each can be read as a stand alone novel. I received The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman compliments of Abingdon Press and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are my own. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and for those that love a Christmas theme to their standard Amish romance stories, than this is truly one you won't want to miss. Each of the pieces of the quilt that Annie begins to piece together tell the meaning and stories behind each of the nine fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self control, and gentleness as a reminder of what our lives should look like to others as believers in Christ.This novel picks up the story of Annie and Samuel that readers were introduced to in A Simple Amish Christmas. A discussion guide is included as well as a sneak peek into Aloha Rose, the 12th book in the Quilts of Love series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. This book takes place three years after Annie left the community on her rumspringa to become a nurse. She later returned and married Samuel Yoder and together they meet the medical needs of their amish community. Annie's good friend and sister-in-law is pregnant with twins. They are very close and Annie goes with Leah to the hospital when Leah goes into premature labor. Annie is int he process of making Leah a baby quilt that is not quite ready. Leah has to stay in the hospital until the babies are born. Together Leah and Annie work on the quilt and mix stories of each block with family, patience, faith and love. This is a beautifully written story and Vannetta Chapman has done an excellent job. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annie's friend Leah is pregnant with twins.Leah is also married to Annie's brother Adam.Adam and Leah has been having some problems and has not been as close as they once were.As Annie starts the quilt,a medical emergency sends Leah to the hospital.She is admitted and must stay until the birth of her babies.Annie volunteers to stay with Leah at the hospital.She takes along the quilt to work on while she sits with Leah,hoping to finish it before the babies arrive.With every block comes a story,an a meaning.As the quilt is worked on,it brings changes to Leah.Leah faces another medical crisis. Leah's and the babies lives are at risk,and the doctors has no choice but to deliver the babies.Christmas brings miracles and the Christmas Quilt brings so much love in every stitch.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a fan of Christmas stories but I know and love Vannetta Chapman's writing so knew there was a really good chance I would like The Christmas Quilt. I was close but not quite there. This book is my absolute favorite Christmas novel I have read yet! This is the story of two Amish women that are not only best friends but sisters-in-law as well. Annie left the Amish to get her nursing degree but returned to her childhood faith and is now happily married. Leah is expecting twins and things seem to be a little distant between her and her husband. When Leah has to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time Annie stays with her and the two women start working on the crib quilt together. Leah can't do much in that hospital bed so Annie starts telling a story for each block on the quilt. With 9 blocks they decide to tie the stories in with the Fruits Of The Spirit; some of these wonderful stories come from some rather unexpected sources. No spine-tingling danger or romance, nonetheless this book kept me reading and I hated to put it down. Each of the characters, especially Annie and Leah, became a friend. I hated to finish the book and say goodbye and since I haven't read the previous story featuring these characters it will be fun to visit with them again, or I should say visit with them before. Don't forget a box of tissues for you tender-hearted ladies. The Christmas Quilt is heartwarming and yet a little bit of a tear-jerker. Sweet with gentle lessons for everyone. Readers will not be disappointed in this lovely Christmas tale. A gentle and moving story this is a Christmas must-read for any lover of Amish fiction or wonderful stories in general. (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of this review. I did not receive any financial compensation for this review. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If The Christmas Quilt is your first Vannetta Chapman book, be warned, it will not be your last. This book follows A Simple Amish Christmas but is a stand-alone book. Vannetta has a unique way of weaving you into the lives of the characters in her books. The Christmas Quilt easily continues the lives of Leah & Adam and Annie & Samuel. Two things that impressed me the most is the reminder that ‘the Lord is our (my) strength and that it’s important to listen not only with our ears but our hearts as well. Leah & Annie share a common goal in their love of family. This is a great book to give as gifts during the Christmas season that can be read & re-read throughout the year. A definite must-read for Amish fiction lovers!
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Fruits of Labor Annie took advantage of her rumspringa to become a nurse. After returning to her Amish roots Annie married Samuel Yoder who is an herbalist tending to the medical needs of the community. Together Annie and Samuel have assisted in numerous medical situations. The local midwife had asked for their assistance in monitoring Annie's dearest friend and sister-in-law, Leah, who is pregnant with twins and due to deliver in less than two months. Annie and Leah are as close as sisters, and with Annie also pregnant the two are excited about raising their children together. Annie has been planning to make a quilt for Leah's bopplin, but is slow in starting it. She finally has all of the fabrics and is ready to begin when Leah goes into early labor and is taken to a Philadelphia hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit in case the babies are born too soon. Leah's husband, Adam has daily farm necessities to tend to, and with Annie's nursing experience he agrees for his sister to stay with Leah at the hospital where she had worked as a nurse. With much time on their hands Leah and Annie work on the quilt while they share their deepest feelings, and pray for God's presence in their lives. Each square has a special significance. In this Quilts of Love story numerous issues are broached. Leah and Adam's relationship had become stressful and communication had broken down. The stress of Leah's early labor brought numerous emotions and possible complications to the surface. As Leah and Annie spend a great deal of time in prayer and discussion their faith is increased. Vannetta Chapman has written a beautiful Amish romance interlaced with stressful circumstances and questioned faith while blending the lives of an Amish family and strengthening their ties. Issues of marital stress, complications of pregnancy, family, patience, faith and love are important factors brought to the surface in this beautiful story in combination with the significance of a very special quilt finished just in time for Christmas. This author is very creative and insightful, and her research into the subject matter is commendable! I highly recommend this book and would love to see a sequel! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Quilt is a long-awaited return to the family we visited in A Simple Amish Christmas; Annie and Samuel, Leah and Adam, Rebekah and Jacob. Annie and Leah are anticipating the births of their first children. Annie decides to make a quilt for Leah's twins, and her decision to finish it before the babies are born becomes a mission for her and Leah. There are many nuggets of wisdom in this story for newlyweds, for new parents, for seasoned parents....as we travel this journey with them. Once again Vannetta Chapman has women God's gifts to us into the fabric of her book, gently guiding the readers into a sweetly simple faith grounded in trust that He knows what He is doing in our lives, and everything we go through will become some sort of blessing.
ethel96 More than 1 year ago
very good
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this Amish Christmas novel! Though this book is part of a series, each novel in it is a stand-alone story so they can be read in any order. The characters are well developed and easy to relate with. There are two main couples that are the focal point of the story. At the beginning of the book they get married in a double wedding. We have Annie and her husband Samuel, who are part of the community’s “medical” care team. The second couple is Annie’s brother Adam and his new wife, Leah. The story focuses on growth and maturing during a time of hardship. I truly enjoyed reading about how the whole community came around and helped the young family to deal with what they were going through. It was wonderful seeing how each person turned to God and sought Him and His help. He became their source of peace and strength. One aspect of the story that I got so much pleasure out of was the series of stories that Annie and Leah were telling. They did have some help from others as they were going through the process of relating stories about the nine different gifts of the Holy Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23. The way that Vannetta brought this into the story and then tied everything together with this was fantastic.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I wanted to find out what happened with Annie and Samuel from A Simple Amish Christmas. Well, here is the book!! YAY!! I enjoyed this book a bit more than A Simple Amish Christmas. I really liked the way Annie and Leah used the quilt to tell the stories of faith, joy, goodness, etc. — all different virtues discussed in the scriptures. I could see the quilt as it took shape. I felt bad for Leah for most of the book. She and Adam drifted apart after she found out she was pregnant. It was interesting to see how that situation resolved itself throughout the book. I wish we had learned more about Annie and Samuel, but this was Leah and Adam’s story. And that’s okay. It was a good story to tell. The story kept me reading, and it was a good, uplifting Christmas tale. Would I recommend it: Sure, especially if you read A Simple Amish Christmas.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love by, Vannetta Chapman The Christmas Quilt is a sequel to Simple Amish Christmas. It is also a book in Quilts of Love and they can be read along. I did not have any problems following the story or the characters. They was some things that drew me to The Christmas Quilt , I am a quilter and I love Chapman’s books. I have not read any of her books that I did not love. While I was reading this story I laughed and cried with them. I could not read fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. There are two Amish Ladies who are both expecting their first child. There is a quilt being made in this story and I love that each quilt square is connected to Scripture and a story. I love that Chapman has weaved God’s work throughout the story, and a lesson learning to trust and rely on God. I really enjoyed this story and I know you will too. Thanks Vannetta Chapman for another good one.  I was given this book by the author for my honest review which I have given.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
Because I'm a huge fan of Vannetta Chapman's novels I decided to read this one, even though I don't typically read Christmas books. I'm thankful that I did. As Leah finds herself in the hospital due to complications from her pregnancy, she learns so much about accepting that all things work to the Glory of God. As Leah and her sister, Annie, spend time in the hospital room waiting for Leah's twins to be born, Annie stitches a quilt. They decide to tell stories that relate to Galatians, chapter five. This is such a sweet story of friendship between sisters and the love between husband and wife. Even though this family has it's trials they find that turning to God and trusting Him is the way to go. The community pulls together to help out, too. I suggest that you pick up a copy of The Christmas Quilt and enjoy the holidays while savoring this lovely novel.
DJMynatt More than 1 year ago
A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt have been two of my more enjoyable selections to read… not to say that nothing bad happens and all is happy and well, but my faith was restored when Annie, without question or hesitation, returned home when she received word that she was needed. And once home, she knew she was there to stay! It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel again… The Christmas Quilt is the sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas (where the story of Samuel and Annie first begins) and this novel picks it up at the perfect time… In A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the end… and The Christmas Quilt begins with their wedding… Annie and Samuel marry on the same day as Adam and Leah… then they share a few other surprises! I laughed and cried with them as they struggled through the joys and sorrows of life. And that is the secret of Vanetta Chapman’s writing… it’s easy to get to know the characters; you soon think of them as people, friends, family. And the everyday happenings are so “real” it’s a joy to read… when you reach the end of the book, you’re not ready to let them go! Vanetta, is there any chance at all we’ll get to see Annie and Samuel again… say perhaps with a houseful of kinner? The Christmas Quilt is part of the Quilts of Love series and is definitely one of the books on my “keeper” shelf. If you get the chance, buy both of the books and read A Simple Amish Christmas first, then jump right into The Christmas Quilt! I am certain you will enjoy every minute!
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Quilt is a complex story that centers on the birth of twins to a young married couple. There are also many interesting side stories woven into the novel. At the beginning of the book, there seems to be strife and discord in the relationship of Leah and Adam—possibly brought on by her pregnancy. Leah and Adam, both young and immature, are just beginning to know each other as husband and wife, when their relationship is complicated by Leah’s pregnancy. Perhaps God arranged for additional complications in their young lives to give both Adam and Leah an opportunity to grow spiritually and also to grow in their love for one another before their family expands. Whatever the reason, we soon find the couple attempting to deal with a crisis they don’t expect and aren’t prepared for. Through it all we see how their friends, family members, and community rally to support them. I enjoyed seeing the growth and change of several of the characters, especially Leah and Adam. I love the way that the making of the quilt is tied in to their spiritual growth. If you like books about the Amish, quilting, or Christmas, I think you will enjoy The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman. It is a very satisfying read.
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PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Each stand-alone novel in the Quilts of Love series features a quilt with a meaningful story behind it. This delightful series has a cozy, down-home feel to it, but with a surprising amount of emotion and depth. While I have enjoyed several Quilts of Love stories, The Christmas Quilt is one of my favorites. This novel captures a lot of what I look for in a Christian fiction novel: a well-written story with characters who are real and that I care about, who face struggles and doubts honestly, and who grow spiritually as they live out a faith that is genuine. Vannetta takes us on a return visit to Annie and Samuel from 2010's A Simple Amish Christmas, but this story easily stands alone. I loved how this story involves two married couples who are both expecting their first child. At first, Leah and Adam struggle with foolish misconceptions as Leah feels unloved, while Adam fears that he won't measure up as a father. But Annie and Samuel's deep love is beautifully expressed by Samuel in a conversation about the bond of a long marriage: "I think each year that passes, two hearts become more entwined, like two vines growing side by side. Eventually it must become difficult to know where the beat of one stops and the beat of the other begins." I am unashamedly a fan of Amish fiction for three simple reasons: faith, family and community - and Vannetta has done a masterful job focusing on these elements in The Christmas Quilt. The nine-patch crib quilt that Annie is making for Leah - featuring Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam - becomes a major character. Readers will be moved by the touching way that Annie and Leah, inspired by the fruit of the Spirit qualities from Galatians 5, tell stories as they quilt of people in their lives who reflect each of these nine qualities. I also applaud the way prayer was shown to be of such primary importance in the characters' lives, as easy and natural as God intended it to be. The Amish believe in taking care of their own when needs arise, and they are amazingly successful at it. To support Leah and Adam when they are faced with high medical costs, the community puts together a benefit auction, for "It is biblical for all of the community to minister to our children - and to us - in our time of need" (Adam). And the essential role of family is beautifully summed up in Jacob's words: "Each of you are responsible for praying for these precious kinner, and also for helping raise them, for children need an entire family, not merely a mamm and dat." The Christmas Quilt is a feel-good read that both entertains and inspires, perfect for Christmas or any time. Highly recommended to those who enjoy inspirational fiction. This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
A story of love for ANY time of the year! I was SO happy to find this book in the "Quilts of Love" series carries on with the love story of Samuel and Annie Yoder. I first met them in "A Simple Amish Christmas," and you should read that book first to fully enjoy this volume. Confession: I reread my copy before opening this book when it arrived in the mail. Yes, it's THAT good!) Annie and Samuel once again put their medical talents and compassion together to serve her brother and sister-in-law, Adam and Leah. All is not perfect in the outwardly placid Amish community, as the marital struggles of this young couple show us. Faced with a difficult pregnancy and a growing emotional chasm, The Yoders help the Weavers to make the best of an enforced physical separation when Leah is hospitalized. Both couples mature and, though the ending is happy, it is not without its surprises. I found this a heart-warming story, well worth reading over again ANY time of year. I love these families, and can only hope there will be a third (and fourth?) book in this series. Like a good quilt, Chapman brings together many different "pieces" and sews together a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The Christmas Quilt and really enjoyed this. I would gladly say that the author wove together a beautiful story of peace, forgiveness and family ties. The story begins as two young Amish women are preparing for their marriages on the same day. Annie and Leah share their feelings of joy and happiness at the coming of this happy event. The story progresses as both women, now married, are both expecting a child, or in the case of Leah, twins. Leah is married to Annie's brother and as her pregnancy advances she is no longer feeling the closeness to her husband and their marriage does not appear to be as happy as she had hoped or expected it to be at the time of their wedding. Leah's pregnancy starts to have complications and some serious problems associated with it. As time progresses, her husband, Adam, finds her curled up on the floor in the middle of the night. Realizing that she needs more help than he himself can provide for her, he contacts Annie and her husband, Samuel, for help. Samuel having some medical knowledge, himself, realizes that he too must call for help and an ambulance is summoned. Leah is brought to the hospital and after a time, it is realized she must go to yet another hospital for the care her two unborn children are so in need of. This will take her farther from her family but it seems there is no option. Annie realizing that Adam needs to care for their home and continue to work to help pay for the hospital expenses, finds a place near the hospital where she can stay and take care of Leah's needs. Each day she works on a quilt for Leah. The quilt takes on significant meaning as the two share scripture time together and special stories together. The two become close as the time progresses and Leah realizes how much Adam still means to her and Adam finds he too, greatly misses his wife. As the two await their child, their Amish community comes together to find ways to help them with their expenses due to the extended hospital stay. The stories and scriptural references begin to bind the two women together and help to calm Leah's fears and apprehension of the expected earlier birth of their children. With each day the tender feelings between Adam and Leah seem to be returning. This story gives wonderful hope that we can all find ways to heal wounds that have torn us apart from those that are the most important to us in our lives. It is a sweet book that helps us mend our souls.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
In The Christmas Quilt, Vannetta Chapman takes readers back to Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, and to the characters from her book, A Simple Amish Christmas. It was so wonderful to step back into this community and see how everyone was doing! A Simple Amish Christmas was the first book I read that was written by this author and it is one of my all time favorite books. You can read The Christmas Quilt as a stand alone book, as Mrs. Chapman has done a good job of explaining the back story. However, your reading of The Christmas Quilt will be enhanced if you will read A Simple Amish Christmas first. There are two sets of main characters in this book. Annie and Samuel are happily married and expecting their first child (boppli). Their love has grown over the two years of their marriage and this is a very exciting time for them. Leah and Adam are the other set of main characters and really the primary focus of this story. They both love each other, but their two year marriage is struggling. The struggles began during Leah’s pregnancy with twins that she is currently going through. What should be a joyous time for the couple has turned into arguments and much misunderstanding. The author has woven into The Christmas Quilt a beautiful story of healing. Through a scary and dangerous end of her pregnancy, Leah and Annie bond even closer than before. Through stories exemplifying different fruits of the spirit, a crib quilt and a marriage are stitched back together. These well-written characters truly felt like family. I so enjoyed the stories that were told as the quilt came together. And I loved seeing the story from the different points of view of the characters. Being able to see how Leah perceived a situation versus how Adam saw it, I was able to feel compassion for both characters. This was a wonderful book that I highly recommend to fans of Amish fiction and romance.
WriterRani More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Quilt, by Vannetta Chapman, was a heartwarming Amish story. I have always enjoyed reading about the Amish. Chapman’s book was unique, because it included a lot about our own world. Leah needed to be in the hospital to postpone the birth of her babies, so Annie stayed with her. I thought the best part of the book was the different stories that Leah and Annie told while they worked on a quilt for one of the bopplin (babies). The quilt would have nine Dutch children. God showed nine fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Leah decided that they should tell one story per Dutch child square about a specific fruit of the spirit. She thought that while she was in the hospital she would work on improving herself. That is something I need to do in my daily life, so this was an inspiration to me. I highly recommend this book! Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Christmas Quilt, by Vannetta Chapman, for free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
12/10/2013 REVIEWED THE CHRISTMAS QUILT By: Vannetta Chapman As the story unfolds you'll learn Annie and Leah are going to get married on same day (we call it a double wedding). Leah will be Annie's sister-in-law. She is marrying Annie's brother Adam. Leah and Annie get along great. Nice to be able to love and get along great with your sister-in-law. Two years later: you find out Leah is pregnant almost 7 months with twins and you got it Annie is pregnant too but only a few months along. Annie is only having one baby. Even as big as Leah is her and Annie head for town to shop, it is going to be Christmas soon . Annie is making a quilt for the baby for her sister-in-law her mother-in-law is making a quilt for the other twin, so Annie is there to buy material of purple and it just came in. After they shop they want to go visit Annie's Mom at the restaurant where she works. Leah is happy about the twins and becoming a Mother but she feels trouble brewing-Adam not the same toward her. Leah watches her sister-in-law and Samuel holding hands, laughing and looking so much in love, as she feels love is slipping away from her. Leah feels Adam is drawing further away from her. Leah loves her Mother-in-law and Father-in-law and Annie and Samuel very much and is happy to be in their family and they love Leah very much too. As Annie is trying to get the quilt made for Leah's baby things get in the way. God's plans are different then Annie's. Annie finds the quilt holds a far greater significance then she ever thought possible. I recommend this book highly if you love Christmas the Amish and love stories then this is the book for you. I received this beautiful book free from Abingdon Press for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are totally my own and no one else's. HAPPY READING!!!!!!!!! 5 Star ISBN 13: 978-1-4267-5277-3