Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Quilt for Jenna

Author: Patrick E. Craig
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
February 2013
ISBN: 978-0736951050
Genre: Amish

About the book: 

Jerusha Springer’s Heart is broken . . . can it be healed? What if it takes a tragedy to mend it?

Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope.

Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life--away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she gets caught in the Storm of The Century and Jerusha's driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl. By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than money and blue ribbons.

A beautiful story of loss....and redemption… 

My thoughts: 

A QUILT FOR JENNA is the first book in Mr. Craig’s Apple Creek Dreams series. I thought it sounded really good, so I couldn’t wait to read it. But it started out rather depressing, so I put it down for a long while… and finally picked it up again.

It is still a very depressing story. It ends well, but there is a lot of storms (including the weather) to get through. The loss of a child… the abandonment of a spouse… other family deaths that were never fully resolved…

The story is written in an engaging way. There is some attempt made to follow point of view, but it does slip out into the narrative’s point of view often. The part of the snow plow seemed to drone on and on…

But it does cover an Amish man going off to war – which has become a somewhat popular topic in Amish these days, and it’s not your typical run of the mill Amish story. It is unique. Fans of Amish fiction might enjoy A QUILT FOR JENNA. It does have a happy ending. Discussion questions are included at the end. $13.99. 304 pages. 3 stars.  

1 comment:

Judy said...

Laura, thanks for your review of this book. I have it in my TBR pile. I will eventually get to it but so many books ahead of it.

Judy B