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When an Amish girl visits Hawaii, she discovers her calling. . .
Mandy Frey has always longed to see Hawaii, so before joining the Amish church and considering marriage with her boyfriend Gideon, she convinces three friends to join her on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands.
But when Mandy and one of her friends miss the cruise ship after a port of call on Kauai, how will they adjust and get back home? Captured by the enchanting scenery and culture in Hawaii, their vacation turns into an extended stay. Special friendships are soon made, but home, family, and Gideon await Mandy back in Indiana.
Will time away from the Amish community change Mandy's view of the world, her faith, and true love? Does a Hawaiian quilt have the power to bring two hearts together?
Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
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.
Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states. In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach. Visit Jean's website at www.jeanbrunstetter.com.
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The Hawaiian Quilt
By Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing, Inc.Copyright © 2016 Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter
All rights reserved.
Los Angeles, California November 1
As Mandy sat with her friends, waiting to board the cruise ship that would take them to Hawaii, her thoughts went to Gideon. It had been difficult saying goodbye to him before their driver took them to the train station in Elkhart. She felt bad about his negative reaction when she'd told him she planned to make this trip with her friends. She should have said something sooner, so he would have been more prepared for her departure.
Diverting her thoughts, Mandy watched the young boy sitting across from her, bouncing in his chair while drinking a can of orange soda. He spilled it down the front of his shirt and started howling and kicking his feet.
Patiently, the child's mother got up and took him by the hand to the restroom.
Mandy leaned close to Barbara and whispered, "That little guy is sure a handful."
"Jah. I don't envy his mother. He'll probably keep her plenty busy on this trip."
Mandy listened to the steady hum of voices around her. The terminal was filled with an air of excitement, but her thoughts returned to Gideon, remembering his hurt expression as he held her hand. "I don't want you to go, Mandy, but if this is what you want, then you have my blessing and ought to follow your heart. I'll be here when you get back, and then we can talk about our future."
Mandy didn't know if her future was with Gideon. They'd been courting over a year, and she'd suspected for some time he wanted to propose marriage. He'd no doubt held back because she hadn't committed to joining the church. Since every couple planning to get married in an Amish community must first join the church, there was no point in him proposing until they both had been baptized and become church members.
I may feel ready when we return from this trip, she mused. If I do, then I'll take classes to prepare for church membership.
Ellen snapped her fingers, causing Mandy to jump. "Our number's been called. It's time to board the ship."
* * *
On the Cruise Ship
"Ach, this room is much smaller than I thought it would be, even if it is nicely decorated. It's not much bigger than the two tiny rooms we had on the train that brought us to California." Barbara's eyebrows rose as she made a sweeping gesture of the room they'd been assigned. "And how are the four of us supposed to sleep when there are only two beds?"
Mandy shrugged. "Maybe someone made a mistake and gave us the wrong room." She couldn't imagine how these arrangements would work. Their travel agent had told them the room they'd booked would sleep four, and it included two bunk beds. They'd either been misinformed or someone made an error. Perhaps two other people on the ship had been shown a room with four beds. They needed to get to the bottom of this before they unpacked their suitcases.
"Look, there's one of the Pullman beds! The other one is up there, too." Sadie pointed to the ceiling above one of the small beds on the floor, and then to the other. "Remember, our agent said it would be similar to a top bunk bed, except instead of being held up by posts extending from a bottom bunk, it's supported by brackets attached to a wall. It can be folded up into the ceiling when not in use to create more space in the room."
"It's certainly folded up right now." Ellen raised her head, squinting her blue eyes. "How are we supposed to get the beds down from the ceiling?"
"We won't have to worry about putting them up or down, because one of the ship's attendants will pull the beds down for us at night and raise them again each morning when our room is serviced." Sadie's tone was typical — so matter of fact.
Mandy couldn't help grinning. Leave it to Sadie to know all the details. Even at home, whenever the four young women planned to do something together, Sadie made sure of the details. She was usually responsible for making all the arrangements, too. Last month when the girls got together to do some sewing at Sadie's house, she'd made certain everything was laid out before they arrived. She had even provided them with needles, thread, and scissors. All Mandy, Ellen, and Barbara had to bring was the material they planned to cut and sew. Sadie prepared a casserole for their lunch that day. The smell of it warming in the oven had greeted them as soon as they'd entered the house.
Barbara cleared her throat, bringing Mandy's thoughts to a halt. "I hope I don't have to sleep in one of those upper bunks. I'd feel claustrophobic being so close to the ceiling."
"Me, too," Ellen agreed. "And I'd be worried about falling out."
Mandy folded her arms. She didn't want to sleep on a top bunk, either, but this problem would be resolved sooner if she volunteered. "I'll give it a try. How about you, Sadie?"
Heaving a sigh, Sadie gave a nod. "Since we've settled the sleeping arrangements now, why don't we unpack?"
"It can wait awhile. Right now, I want to take a tour of the ship." Smiling, Barbara pointed to the door.
"I'm all for that!" Ellen pushed a strand of golden-blond hair back under her white head covering and moved toward the door, no doubt as eager as Barbara to check things out.
"Let's go for a walk and look at what's available for us on a few of the outside decks. I'd like to see if there are any good books in the library, too," Sadie suggested. "Afterward, we can head up to the room where lunch will be served buffet style."
Feeling a gurgle in her midsection, Mandy placed both hands on her stomach. "Thinking about all the food that'll be available to us on this cruise makes me hungerich."
"I hope we don't run into bad weather or rough waters during our trip." Barbara placed both hands on her stomach. "It wouldn't be fun if any of us got seasick."
Mandy wrinkled her nose. "I don't even want to think about getting grank."
"How about this." Sadie lifted her hands above her head, yawning nosily. "The first person who gets sick has to buy the rest of us lunch when we get to Maui."
All heads turned to look at her with furrowed brows.
"Okay, guess it's a bad idea. Let's just relax and have fun."
* * *
It took awhile to find their way up to the room where they would be served dinner each evening, but with the help of one of the ship's attendants, they finally made it. Mandy was glad when she and her friends were seated at their table a few minutes before 6:00 p.m., which was when the meal was supposed to be served. They would sit at this same table for all their evening meals during the cruise. They'd also have the same waiters.
"I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not used to having a four-course meal for supper." Ellen placed a linen napkin across her lap.
"Me neither." Mandy glanced at the fancy dishes, noticing the blue vine pattern on the rim, and several pieces of silverware beside each plate. She hoped she wouldn't mess up and eat with the wrong utensil or accidentally drink from her neighbor's glass. That would be so embarrassing.
"I'm still full from all the food we had for lunch." Barbara groaned. "Not sure I'll be able to eat all my dinner."
Sadie tapped Barbara's arm in a motherly fashion. "Eat what you can."
"I don't like to waste food. Sis en sin un e schand."
Ellen rolled her eyes. "Wasting food is a shame, but I don't think it's a sin."
"Probably not." Barbara raised her slim shoulders in a brief shrug. "I can only imagine what my mamm might say if she were here right now and I didn't eat everything on my plate."
"Well, none of our mothers are here, so we should relax and enjoy ourselves." Sadie reached for the salt and pepper and sprinkled some on her salad.
After they prayed silently and began to eat, introductions were made among those sitting closest to them. Since the same people would be seated at their table every evening, Mandy thought it was a good idea to get acquainted.
"Are the four of you nuns?" the young Asian woman sitting on one side of Mandy asked.
"No, we are not." Sadie spoke up. "We're Amish."
Blinking rapidly, the woman tilted her head to one side. "Amish? But I thought by the way you prayed and the plain clothes you wear ..."
Mandy stifled a giggle as Sadie shared a brief history of the Amish and their way of dress. "Nuns dress different than we do," she added.
As the meal progressed, Mandy and her friends discussed what an adventure it was being on the ship and how eager they were to get to Hawaii. From what Mandy's cousin told her about the Big Island, which would be the last island they visited, each day would be filled with many things to see and do. Of course, with only one day spent on each of the islands, they'd have to pick and choose what sights to see. They could either sign up to go with one of the tour groups or strike out on their own. It was logical to go with a group. But since they had to be back at the ship by a certain time each day, they'd have to make every minute count and see as much as possible.
If we ventured out on our own and didn't make it back in time, we could become stranded, Mandy thought, while cracking the crab shell on her plate. We'll need to make sure it never happens.
The first three courses of their meal were delicious, but filling. When it came time for the last course — a scrumptious-looking strawberry cheesecake — Mandy was too full to eat it. Their waiter came by the table and offered to box it up so she could take it back to her room. Mandy declined, saying she wouldn't be able to eat anything more tonight. Between breakfast in the morning, a buffet lunch around noon, plus tomorrow's evening meal, she didn't think she'd have room to eat much else. Maybe I won't have a big lunch every day, she thought. Tomorrow, I may try some pizza or a hot dog at one of the snack areas I saw earlier today.
* * *
"For a while I thought we weren't going to find our room," Ellen said as the four of them prepared for bed. "This ship is so big, and with several dining rooms on board, it's easy to get lost."
"I know." Mandy sighed contently as she brushed her long hair. "But it's worth getting lost to be able to say we were on this enormous boat."
"The dining room looked so nice. It's amazing how many details were put into the design of the ship's interior." Barbara sat on one of the twin beds, removed her hairpins, and placed her head covering on the nightstand next to her bed.
"Shall we play a game or sit and talk awhile?" Ellen asked.
Sadie yawned. "I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm mied and more than ready for bed." She glanced at one of the bunks overhead, which had been dropped down from the ceiling while they were out of their room. Two ladders had also been set in place, making it possible to climb up to the beds.
Mandy wasn't eager to sleep in either bunk. She'd had a terrible experience sleeping on one when she was younger and had ended up on the floor with a bruised tailbone. But at least the attached side rails on these bunks should keep her from falling out. "Which bed do you want, Sadie?" she asked.
"It doesn't matter to me. Why don't you choose?"
Mandy picked the bunk above Ellen's bed, and after telling her friends good night, she climbed the ladder and settled in. She didn't get up in the middle of the night most of the time anyway, so other than feeling cramped, she would manage. The mattress wasn't too bad — a littler firmer than she'd like, but it would have to do. As tired as she was, she didn't even care.
Curling up against her pillow, she closed her eyes and prayed for her family back home. She also prayed for Gideon and asked God to give her a sense of direction about whether she should join the Amish church or not. Before drifting off to sleep, Mandy prayed, Heavenly Father, please keep us safe on this journey, and may we return home with many wonderful memories to cherish for the rest of our lives.CHAPTER 2
When Mandy awoke the following morning, she felt strange — almost as though someone had rolled her around while she was sleeping. She could sense the ship swaying and knew the sea must be rough. What a contrast from the calm of last night. She pushed her sheets aside and climbed carefully down from her bunk. Once her feet hit the floor, she rubbed her eyes, trying to clear her vision.
"Sis mer iwwel." Ellen groaned from her lower bunk.
"If you're sick to your stomach, it's probably from the rocking of the ship." Mandy looked at Sadie and Barbara who were already up, but not dressed. "Do either of you feel seasick?"
"So far, I'm okay, but we should probably put some of those motion-sickness drops behind our ears, in case the rest of us do start to feel grank. It's a good thing I brought this along." Sadie took the bottle out of her traveling case and dabbed some behind both ears, then passed it to Ellen, who did the same. When Ellen was done, she gave the bottle to Mandy. After she'd put drops behind her ears, she handed it to Barbara.
"If I'd have known last night this would happen to me, I would have put some of the drops on before going to bed." Ellen sat up, clutching her stomach. "I won't be able to eat anything, feeling like this, but you three should get dressed and enjoy the breakfast buffet." Moaning, she continued holding her stomach.
"I wouldn't feel right about leaving you here alone." Barbara looked out the window and grimaced. "The rain is coming down hard. What a way to begin our day."
"I wouldn't feel right about leaving Ellen, either." Mandy opened the satchel containing her personal items and removed a homeopathic medicine she'd brought along. "This is for nausea and dizziness." She handed it to Ellen with a fresh bottle of water. "If it doesn't help, let me know, and I'll see what's available from the ship's infirmary."
Ellen took the remedy and reclined on her bed. "I'll be fine by myself while you're eating breakfast." She reached for the sheet and blanket, pulling them up to her shoulders. "I need to lie here awhile. I only wish the ship would stop moving so much."
Mandy looked at Sadie and Barbara, and when they both nodded, she hurried to get dressed. By the time they were ready to leave the room, Ellen was sleeping.
"Hopefully, she'll be okay," Sadie whispered. "One of us can check on her as soon as we're done eating."
As they headed out the door, Mandy turned to look at Ellen again. She wanted to stay with her childhood friend, but since Ellen had insisted everyone go to breakfast and couldn't be helped while she was sleeping, Mandy quietly stepped into the corridor and shut the door. She'd make sure to eat quickly and not be gone too long.
* * *
Ellen woke up with her stomach churning. She sat up for a moment, but the feeling didn't go away. All at once, her throat constricted, and she covered her mouth. Jumping out of bed, she dashed to the bathroom, barely making it in time. When the vomiting subsided, her ribs felt sore, and she was exhausted. With her stomach empty, and a feeling of shakiness, all she wanted to do was climb back in bed. Will this ever go away? How long am I going to be seasick? Sure hope I don't feel like this the whole cruise.
Tears welled in Ellen's eyes as she lay staring at the ceiling, still fighting waves of nausea. So much for those anti-nausea drops and homeopathic medicine. Maybe they would have helped if I'd taken them sooner.
Hearing a knock on the door, Ellen pulled herself off the bed. Since she was still in her nightgown and knew she looked a mess, she hoped it wasn't one of the ship's attendants. When she opened the door a crack, she was surprised to see Mandy.
"Sorry if I woke you. I forgot my room key," Mandy apologized.
"It's okay. I was awake."
"I ate a quick breakfast and brought these back for you." When Mandy stepped into the room and closed the door, she placed several packets of saltine crackers and a can of ginger ale on the small table between the beds. "How are you feeling? Did the homeopathic remedy help at all?"
"Not really. I threw up while you were gone, and I still feel a bit woozy and nauseous." Ellen sighed deeply. "Sure hope I don't feel like this the rest of the way. We still have three more days before we get to our first stop on Maui."
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This book is everything I love about Wanda Brunstetter books. Don't get me wrong, I love all of her recent releases but this one captures that depth, spiritual walk with Christ and sweet romance that I've come to love from this author over the years. At first, I was worried by the multiple points of view (POV) but I quickly fell into a steady pace and I practically devoured this book. I was able to follow along and keep all of the characters straight as they were very well developed and had their own personalities. This story is unique in that it doesn't take place in an Amish community. Rather, the story centers on four young women who are vacationing in Hawaii. The authors managed to capture the sights of Hawaii in a way that made me exclaim to my husband that we just HAD to visit. He rolled his eyes and said, "Thanks a lot, Wanda!" So, be sure not to read this book unless you really want to be tempted to visit the beautiful island of Hawaii! This book had a lot of depth and themes of self-discovery. Mandy is a young woman who wonders if she should commit to the Amish faith or perhaps seek God in her own way. Her friend, however, is certain that the Amish faith is the right choice and in doing so, chose to meddle in her friend's affairs. This made me dislike Mandy's friend and prematurely judge her. But, isn't that how life is? How many times have one of us meddled in the affair of our friends and loved ones when we should have let them make their own decisions? *Raises hand* Guilty! This book is not your typical Amish Romance but it was a breath of fresh air and a lovely change of scenery. I would definitely read this book again and would recommend it to friends who enjoy romance. Though, if you're looking for a traditional Amish Romance, this book may not fit the bill for you. Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
How far would you go to help a friend? How about Hawaii? This story of friendship, faith and romance was a blessing to read. How circumstances can change your life overnight! Loved this book... I was gifted a copy, a review was not required. My review is voluntary.
The Hawaiian Quilt is about four Amish girls from Indiana that go on a trip to Hawaii on a cruise ship. They enjoy all the sights and stops along the way. They ignore their families and boyfriends being upset over the trip, because they are expected to get married and join the Amish church. These four girls just want a little adventure first. They end up with plenty of excitement, more than they bargained for. The Hawaiian Quilt was well written, and kept my interest throughout. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Hawaiian Quilt was a delightful story. I enjoyed getting to know four “best friends” who save up for years to take an adventure to Hawaii. Unbeknownst to two of them, their plans are sidetracked which ends up being for the best. This was a great story. I have visited Hawaii and reading this book reminded me of being there, made me want to go back. I loved the personalities that showed through in the storyline and the faith shown throughout. It made me want to read the sequel, The Hawaiian Discovery.
I've mentioned a hundred or so times how I'm an emotional reviewer. I do my best rambling about a book when it's fresh in my mind. The more time I put between the rambling and the book the less panache I have to put into a review. All that to say I'm struggling here people. I finished this book a couple of days about but there's a whole real life and day job thing that too precedence over writing. And here I sit not sure I can pull all those immediate thoughts to the front of my brain and out my fingers. Wanda consistently gives me vibrant, simple characters. She gives me amazing stories that soothe my heart. I mean this in the most glowing way possible. Simple characters with little to no drama just living their life and figuring out the next best thing for them. Wanda lets me slow down and just enjoy life. I love that about her books. With 'The Hawaiian Quilt' Wanda stepped out a bit, all in good ways. First, this story reads like her older books, greater depth of content. We tag along as Mandy and Ellen find themselves in a situation that you don't plan for. We watch as they find a way to make it work for them and their new friends. I mean I spent the last half of the book talking myself out of flipping to the end to see what Mandy chose. For me those decisions were pretty important. It was a need to know situation. Secondly, can we just say Hawaii. I mean you don't really think about the Amish in Hawaii. I didn't even know your could take a cruise from the mainland to Hawaii. To be honest, the only thing that I didn't love in this book was Ellen. Unexpectedly set in a tropical paradise with amazing new friends and she can't embrace any part of it. I feel like Ellen threw away an amazing opportunity to explore her world in a way she may never have again. No one asked her to forget her faith or even her devotion but I feel like she used her legalistic view of her faith as an excuse to not enjoy the paradise she unexpectedly found herself in. Her I was disappointed in. Wanda, along with her daughter-in-law Jean, have created engaging characters while weaving a story that is different than their norm. And I loved it! I'm waiting impatiently for the next book to release in just a couple of weeks. This book though? Came out nearly two years ago. That's a long time to wait impatiently for a sequel.
I loved this book from start to finish! I have read a LOT of Amish fiction, and this story line and setting was so unique, it really drew me in immediately. The characters are well-developed and their stories are relatable. I was really cheering for this book's main character, and the end was a complete surprise. The description of the setting was amazing. I have never been interested in traveling to Hawaii, but after reading this book, I definitely want to go and see it for myself! The sweet story line is engaging and leaves the reader rooting for the best outcome possible for everyone involved. This is an awesome start to what I hope is a complete series!
Mandy Frey and three of her friends save their money so they can take a cruise to Hawaii. Mandy has wanted to see the islands for a long time. They haven't joined the church yet so they are able to go on the cruise.The trip is going great when Mandy and Ellen miss the cruise ship and are left at the port. A nice couple over hear them taking and take them to the B & B where they staying. Mandy and Ellen were only supposed to be there for a few days. They end up staying several months because one of the B & B owners has an accident and is unable to help. The girls stay and help run the B & B. Mandy also meets an English young man that take her and Ellen round the island to see the sites. Does Mandy have feelings for him? Will she go home, join the church and marry her boyfriend there? Another great book by Wanda Brunstetter!
I would read it again
The Hawaiian Quilt is another wonderful book by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter. While many of the Amish inspired books are set in Amish country this one is unique in the fact that it is set in Hawaii. This was a wonderful story with many twists and turns. It is one of those books that keeps you guessing. I highly recommend this book.
Join the fun of a cruise ship journey and visiting the Hawaiian Islands with Mandy, Ellen, Sadie and Barbara by reading the beautiful enchanting story in The Hawaiian Quilt. Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter definitely did their homework with capturing the loveliness of the Islands and all the sites the characters experienced throughout their trip. There were some unexpected events that kept me reading until I finished this lovely story. The characters and secondary characters are well developed with their own thoughts and goals in their lives. How will the beauty of a Hawaiian Quilt be woven into this great read? Readers and admirers of Wanda and Jean Brunstetter’s books will not be disappointed with this one. I would like to see a sequel to see what is happening with the characters, with the unforeseen ending.
The Hawaiian Quilt, by Wanda Brunstetter will have you hooked from the start! I loved this book first because it is Amish and I love all of Wanda's books, but secondly, because of its uniqueness in that it is set on a cruise ship and then in Hawaii! Mandy Frey has always dreamed of one day seeing Hawaii, so she has gotten three of her Amish friends to go with her on a cruise to Hawaii before they join the Amish church to be baptized. The adventure starts almost immediately and continues to keep you turning pages as one thing after another happens on their trip. When it is all said and done, Mandy and Ellen end up losing track of time on one of their port stops at one of the Hawaiian island and gets left by the cruise ship. They end up getting taken to a bed and breakfast in Kauai, that is owned by a very nice Christian couple. Having spent basically all their savings to take the trip in the first place, they have no way to pay for a new trip to take them back home. So, they decide to stay a few days and end up working for the nice couple there at the bed and breakfast to help them out as they are now short handed after one of them had an accident and is now unable to work. Mandy and Ellen both love it there, but Ellen is extremely ready to get back home, back to her Amish life. Mandy, on the other hand, has met an Hawaiian native, Ken, whom after spending much time with has come to care for very much. So after several months, the time has come for the girls to return home, to their family, church, and Mandy's boyfriend Gideon. Mandy struggles to leave after developing such a love for Hawaii and several people there, including Ken. When she arrives home, she realizes that her Amish life is no longer the life she wants and struggles to be happy with it, and with her boyfriend Gideon. Will she be able to forget what she left in Hawaii? Will she ever be truly happy back home in Middleberry, or will she always dream and long for what she had in Hawaii?
This book made me laugh and cry. Mandy and her Amish friends were very brave to decide to take a cruise to Hawaii before they joined the church. Gideon who is Mandy's boyfriend is not happy to be apart from Mandy for the weeks she will be gone. Soon Mandy and her friend, Ellen, go to shore and miss the cruise ship. They are very scared. I would have been terrified. Luckily they are directed to a bed and breakfast run by friendly owners. They learn many lessons while they are marooned on the Hawaiian island. Mandy also meets another boy that she gets a crush on. She must decide if she wishes to remain Amish or to stay in Hawaii. I received this book from the author and have given a review with no obligation.
Mandy Frey and 3 Amish girlfriends take a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands while still in their traditional running around years. Their plan was to return and join the Amish church, with Mandy possibly marrying her boyfriend, Gideon. Armed with nontraditional items such as cell phones and cameras the girls enjoy Hawaii until Mandy and her travel partner miss their cruise ship, and become stranded on the island of Kauai. I found this to be a very different style from Ms. Brunstetter's previous books. The characters were somewhat shallow and the book moved somewhat slowly for me until the last few chapters. I had expected the Hawaiian quilt to be a strong feature in this story, but it was a minor detail compared to the rest of the story line. I enjoyed the book except for the minor details. Wanda Brunstetter still remains a favorite Amish storyteller. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own No monetary compensation was received for this review.
Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers' Favorite This beautiful collaboration, The Hawaiian Quilt, between Wanda and Jean Brunstetter was amazing! I'm a lover of all things Amish. I'm also a lover of all things Wanda Brunstetter when it comes to Amish fiction novels. I will say, however, that while I love all things Brunstetter, I go into each of her books with an open mind so that if something isn't up to par on her works, I won't be let down. I do that with most any author. But, once again, this book hit it out of the park for me. I loved every second of this inspirational romance and the meaning of the quilt. As a granddaughter of a quilter, it was such fun to "see" the quilt come together! I don't want to spoil this story for anyone so I won't go into a lot of detail with the plot, other than to say it's superbly written and highly addictive! But, I will tell you that each and every character within these pages will steal your heart instantly and have you wishing you were right there in Hawaii with them! Mandy and her quirky friends are off on an adventure and land in Hawaii. Each turn of the page is filled with a message that sinks into your heart. It was definitely an interesting experience watching Mandy come to terms with her past and her future. If you are looking for a 5-star, well thought out read, then look no further than this beautifully captivating novel. Another two thumbs up to the queen of Amish fiction in my book! Well done!
The Hawaiian Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is another delightful book by a favorite author. Readers follow Mandy and three friends from their Indiana Amish community to a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands. Mandy and Gideon have an "understanding", but is it "real" love. As Mandy questions her Amish roots and what she really wants for her life, her feelings for him begin to change. Unchanging, though, is her love for God and her search for what He wants in her life. Can Mandy find her way? Can she really leave all she knows to make a life for herself in Hawaii? The Brunstetter authors have put together an interesting and contemporary look at the Amish with this journey to Hawaii and life back home in Indiana. With camera and phone mishaps, hurricanes and exciting surfing scenes, with some conflict and well-meant friendly interference the authors keep interest high. Beautiful descriptions of the Islands, their flowers, waterfalls, and sunsets create a hankering to visit this 50th US state. The main characters have depth and reality and their emotions, strengths, and foibles resonate well with readers. Ah, and not to forget the quilt! The thread of this part of the story is sweet and touches the heartstrings! At the conclusion of the book the authors have included a couple recipes and discussion questions. All in all, The Hawaiian Quilt is not just another ho-hum novel about the Amish...it is one that reminds readers about the importance of family, faith and hope amidst adventures in Hawaii! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.
A dream vacation for me would be to visit Hawaii, but I don't know that I'll ever be able to afford that trip; Mandy Frey and her friends' trip was described so vividly that I felt like I was actually there in the tropical paradise. Mandy lives in an Amish community in Indiana and has never traveled far from home but she has always longed to visit Hawaii. She and her three friends save their money and plan a trip by train to California and then by cruise ship to the Hawaiian islands and a brief stop in Mexico. They have an incredible time but Mandy and Ellen miss their cruise ship and get stranded in Hawaii. They don't know how or when they will get home and how they will afford it as most of their money was invested in this vacation. Their friends Barbara and Sadie will be worried sick when they don't return to the cruise ship with them. What will their parents and Mandy's boyfriend, Gideon, think? Readers will thrill at finding out how Mandy and Ellen solve this dilemma. I rated this book 5 stars as it was truly so descriptive and eloquent that I actually felt like I was there with Mandy and her friends. The authors brought Hawaii to life for me. I also could not help feeling affection and compassion for Mandy and Ellen. Ellen was particularly distressed. It made me wonder how I would react in a similar situation. Read this book to find out how the conflict is resolved and how lives are changed in the mean time. I received a copy of this book from netgalley and the authors in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
The Hawaiian Quilt is the latest novel by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter. Mandy Frey is almost twenty-one years old and lives in Middlebury, Indiana. Mandy has been courting with Gideon Eash, but Mandy is not sure he is the right man for her. Mandy has been wanting to go on a trip to Hawaii for two years since hearing about it from her cousin, Ruth. Mandy and her three friends (Ellen Lambright, Barbara Hilty, and Sadie Kuhns) are going on a cruise to Hawaii (they are not supposed to fly). They take the train to Los Angeles, California to board the ship. Everything goes along swimmingly until the island of Kauai. Ellen and Mandy went off on their own instead of sticking with a group. They easily lose track of time (neither of them are wearing a watch), and Mandy lost her cell phone somewhere while sightseeing. When they arrive back at the dock, the ship has already departed. They are stuck on the island until the next boat comes through (personally, I would find a way to the ship’s next stop, but that was not part of the book). The girls are taken in by Luana and Makaio Palu at The Palm B&B. Mandy is glad for a little extra time on the island. Mandy feels at peace on Kauai. Luana gets the girls some island clothes for them to wear while on Kauai (which Mandy adores). When Makaio in injured leaving Luana without assistance, Mandy and Ellen offer to stay until April. Luana can use their help, and they work out a deal (work in exchange for room and board). Mandy meets Ken, who lives nearby with his parents on their chicken farm. Ken takes Mandy and Ellen around the island to see the various sights (though he only has eyes for one of the girls). Barbara and Sadie head for home and continue on with their lives. Barbara is lucky enough to get a job at Peggy Eash’s quilt store (Gideon’s mother). Slowly, while Mandy is away, Gideon and Barbara spend time together and get to know each other (a friends). Gideon misses Mandy and hopes that she will return home soon. But what happens when Mandy returns home? Can she be content back in her old life? Will Mandy be ready to be baptized and settle down after her time away? You will have to read The Hawaiian Quilt to see what choices Mandy makes. The Hawaiian Quilt is a lovely story. There are beautiful descriptions of Hawaii, the gorgeous quilts at the B&B, the vegetation, the ocean, animals, and etc. I enjoyed reading about Mandy and her friends on their adventure. It might be their only opportunity to ever go on such a trip. The Hawaiian Quilt is an engaging, well-written story. It captured and held my attention throughout the novel. It is an easy novel to read that can be finished in a few hours (a great way to spend an afternoon). I thought The Hawaiian Quilt was such a sweet novel. It was different from other Amish novels and I liked that about it. I give The Hawaiian Quilt 4.5 out of 5 stars (I really liked it). It is a little predictable, but it does not detract from the storyline. Another hit from Wanda and Jean Brunstetter. There are recipes at the end of the book along with discussion questions and the history of Hawaiian quilts. I will definitely be reading the next book by this writing duo. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
I loved reading The Hawaiian Quilt. The story line was captivating throughout the book since I always wondered in which direction Mandy would go. She left her courting boyfriend, Gideon, to travel to beautiful and exotic Hawaii with her three girlfriends, which I thought was unusual for an Amish girl to even venture out like that. He was miserable without her and wondered what was happening to her all the time she was gone especially since her vacation was extended longer than planned. Along came nice guy Ken and then things got complicated! Hawaiian settings are easy to imagine for me since I've been blessed to have been to four different islands some years back. It is a wonderful place to vacation! The Hawaiian Quilt is very much worth reading.
Leaving her family and boyfriend Gideon behind, Mandy Frey and three of her closest friends take a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. Mandy had dreamed of going ever since her Mennonite cousin had made the trip for missionary training. Four Amish girls on a cruise so far from home! Mandy met someone…..will she return home to Gideon? Read about their adventures in this well-written book by Wanda Brunstetter.
I loved it!! It is different than your typical Amish novels. I think this why I enjoyed it so much! In my opinion I thought it was geared more towards young adults in stead of adults. Even so, it was delightful because I very much enjoyed going to Hawaii. Wanda is a fantastic writer and so this is why I wanted to read it. I love all of her books!! I liked the fact that all four friends could go on a boat and I loved the buddy system except when Mandy and Ellen got left behind!! I liked that there are Christians everywhere and there are good people no matter where you go! I think this what the author intended to show us plus the friendships of 4 young women that will last a lifetime!! Oh and did I say that the cover of this book is absolutely beautiful!! Makes me feel like I'm there!!
I absolutely loved reading this book. It was different from most Amish books I have read being that it was set in Hawaii and the characters got there by a cruise ship. A lot of people say they would like to travel to Hawaii but I never wanted to. After reading this book I have changed my mind and would love to take a vacation to Hawaii. In the book the author described different places on the islands of Hawaii that the characters visited and that got me interested. It also made me wonder, do the Amish really travel such a distance and do they take vacations like the English people do if they are allowed. I am a big fan of Wanda E Brunstetter and along with Jean Brunstetter, who is Wanda's daughter-in-law, they both write excellent books together. This was a book I couldn't put down and it will definitely go on my forever bookshelf with the rest of Wanda's books I have. It was beautifully written and I absolutely, highly recommend this book. I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher for my honest review.
Four friends with cameras and cell phones embarking on a cruise to Hawaii. Nothing unusual until you realize that the four friends are Amish and they are making this trip before they officially join the Amish church. 'The Hawaiian Quilt' offers a new perception of the Amish lifestyle as Mandy, Barbara, Ellen and Sadie leave their Indiana homes to travel to the Hawaiian islands for a four and one half day sightseeing trip. When Mandy and Ellen miss their return ship they are stranded and you can only imagine what could happen to these young women. Luckily, they are befriended by a Hawaiian couple and invited to stay in their home until they can return to their own homes. This unexpected stay allows Mandy and Ellen to witness a happily married non- Amish couple and this causes Mandy to question not only her decision to join the church but also her expected marriage to her Amish boyfriend Gideon. Adding to her confusion is her new friendship with a young Christian man who lives there in Hawaii and we readers witness her pain as she reluctantly returns to Indiana. It is the accidental discovery of a Hawaiian quilt that matches the description of the wedding quilt lost by her Hawaiian friends that triggers a life altering decision for Mandy. This is not a typical Amish story from beloved author Wanda Brunstetter and her daughter- in-law Jean Brunstetter but it is an enjoyable read that I think you will enjoy. I was given a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and the author in exchange for my review.
A very different Amish book, that isn't so predictable. It is full of Faith, heartbreak, hope, trust, and how decisions affect destiny, with a twist to where a cherished quilt went to. I loved the character of Mandy and how she was brave enough to pursue her dream of traveling to Hawaii. The mishaps she encountered and how God's plan for her life was fulfilled was an interesting and compelling read. You don't have to be a fan of Amish fiction to enjoy this one, as it is such an enjoyable and inspiring read. I stayed up late to finish, as I needed to find out the outcome. I received a copy of The Hawaiian Quilt from Barbour Publishing for an honest review and I have done that to the best of my ability.
It seemed unusual for four Amish friends to be making a trip to Hawaii in a cruise ship but it made for an interesting story. Seeing things from their perspective on a cruise was eye-opening. They split up in pairs on tours of the islands. Not only because they had different interests but also because they could share pictures and stories with each other since their time off ship was limited. But Mandy and Ellen got in trouble when Mandy lost her cell phone and they spent extra time looking for it. When they rushed back to the ship they discovered that it had already left. What do they do now when all their belongings are aboard ship and their two other friends won't know where they are? Lots of prayer, faith in God's plan and openness to what comes along helps them be strong. Mandy especially struggles with where she truly belongs and who she belongs with. Follow these friends on an adventure of a lifetime as they are carried from Indiana to Hawaii and back. And read to find out how a Hawaiian quilt Mandy finds in a thrift store opens her future to unexpected things. I loved this story and the characters were fun to get to know. I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion, which I have given