About Quilts of Love:
Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts 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 baby quilt touches many hearts as it travels from family-to-family and through generations.
After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women’s Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier’s last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.
Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she’s not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.
Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie—and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt—years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.
Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.
About the Author:
Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for The Christian Courier, and the author of Save My Children (Castle Quay Books, 2008), Chasing Silhouettes (Ampelon Publishing, 2012) and Mom in the Mirror (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Emily resides in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.
Learn more about Emily at her website.
Grab the tissue box and be prepared to be taken on a ride of soaring emotions – I so wanted to hug Noah, Clara’s grandson, who listens attentively to her story of being a nurse in WW2 and her life after she comes home. My Grandpa was a nurse in WW2 and both he and my Grandma passed away several years ago and I never took the time to listen – I wish I would have now and that is probably why the book hit me so hard. Even though this is a work of fiction, I’m sure that Emily took much from historical facts and wove them into the story and I feel like I got to see a bit of what my Grandpa experienced – many don’t want to talk about their war experiences, especially the men. As Clara tells the story of meeting a soldier who was dying, she acknowledges that she felt a bit like it was an adulterous affair as she felt it should have been his wife but alas it was her duty to care for him as he lay dying. After the war she delivers the letter he wrote on a page from the Bible to his widow and his widow then gives Clara a quilt – one she uses to honor others who have been touched by war.
I probably would have cried through the whole book – the love that Clara has for her husband is clear as she watches him drive and lead the caravan to the National WW2 Museum – even as a devastating event leads to a detour in their plans for Clara to donate the quilt to the museum – Clara’s love for her family and her memories come clearly through. I would have liked to read more about Clara’s family after the return from their trip and deal with the effects of the event that turns their trip upside down but at the same time the conclusion seemed a fitting way to do it in regards to the character that was Clara. I have to say at this point, while I’ve enjoyed the other Quilts of Love series, this one has been my favorite and as I said if you read this one have your tissues or for a bit of flair – your embroidered handkerchief.
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Emily is celebrating the release of her debut novel with a “Women Helping Women” shopping spree giveaway.
One winner will receive:
- $200 to spend at Emily’s favorite shops, Noonday Collection & Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to make a difference in the lives of women!)
- A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
- A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
- Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog on May 12th. Then be sure to stop by the Quilts of Love Facebook page on May 29th for the “Quilting Bee” Facebook party with Emily and other Quilts of Love authors. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips & tricks, prizes, and more!