A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Netgalley, Wanda's Clippity Clop Club. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter & Richelle Brunstetter
Published by Barbour Publishing, Incorporated on September 1st 2017
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Fiction, Romance
Source: Netgalley, Wanda's Clippity Clop Club
One Quilt Binds Three Generations of Amish Women Enjoy the gift of a brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, along with stories by her daughter-in-law, Jean and granddaughter, Richelle.
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3 The scripture embroidered on the back of a beloved quilt brings hope to three generations of Pennsylvania Amish women at Christmastime. Luella's Promise By Wanda E. Brunstetter Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. But Luella isn't sure she will ever marry if she can't find someone with maturity and faith like Dena's husband Atlee Zook. Karen's Gift By Jean Brunstetter Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges of managing three girls with one on the way. When life's pressures rise, will Karen cave to her fears? Roseanna's Groom By Richelle Lynn Brunstetter When the unexpected happens on the day of her wedding, Roseanna Allgyer can't help blaming herself, despite not understanding why. Then an old friend returns to town, and she battles feeling for him--afraid of being hurt again.
This book was so sweet! My mom is a quilter so I love the idea of a quilt being passed down to three generations.
The Beloved Christmas Quilt is co-authored by Wanda Brunstetter, her daughter in law and her granddaughter. I’ve read several books with Wanda and Jean but this is the first time I’ve read anything by Richelle Brunstetter. I have to say that Richelle seems to write a lot like her grandmother! The similarities in their writing was evident to me and I found that fact to be endearing.
Three generations of women find strength in comfort in a beloved Christmas quilt.
Luella’s Promise is authored by Wanda Brunstetter. It is the first story in the collection. While this story is a bit predictable, I still enjoyed it. Sometimes you just need a feel-good story, especially around the holidays.
Karen’s gift is authored by Jean Brunstetter. Karen is Luella’s daughter and the current owner of the beloved quilt. I loved Karen’s story because I could relate to her fears for her child. I think out of all three women in this book, I related to Karen the most. I appreciated the flow of this story and how seamlessly Jean delivered a new generation.
Roseanna’s Groom was very reminicent of Wanda’s writing. Richelle seems inclined to rely heavily on spiritual and scriptural content to help deliver her story and I appreciate that. I felt this story was slightly rushed but I often feel that way with novellas.
Overall, this book is a 5-star (coffee cup!) rating for me. While some may knock off for predicitablity, the stories were just such a feel-good, quick read for me that I have to go with a five. I can see myself picking this one back up again next Christmas for a reread.
The book reads at a nice, steady pace and I quickly worked through the book in a single sitting. I look forward to future novella collections written by this trio.