Book Info and Review
About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.
About the book:
A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.
After her fiancé returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage---even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.
But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will's spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby's birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will's promise to return to her. Will her labor of love-and faith in God---sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?
I did enjoy the setting. Oregon during pioneer days. I kept waiting for the note to appear and the husband to vanish, but it took a long time to get there. In the mean time, I found the conversation between the two "lovers" stilted and the heroine very whiny and needy at times yet ministering to others with her extensive Bible memorization at others. I thought if she had so much faith why is she so whiny and needy? But she does grow stronger and less whiny as the story progresses. I also have never read any of Ms. Gibson's other books, but this one seems to have started in the middle of a story, leaving me, as a reader confused at times.
However, I am not a huge historical fiction fan. I love some authors books in the historical genre but not others. So this book might appeal to a die-hard historical fiction fan. Fans of the Quilts of Love series might want to give it a try as well.
Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Lovewebsite.
About the Author:
Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including The Gift of Forgiveness and The Three Marys. She currently teaches "writing your life story" classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for A Stitch and a Prayer.
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