About the Quilts of Love series:
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 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?
Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.
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.
I was really looking forward to this book as I’ve so enjoyed the other books in the Quilts of Love series and since this was a Western pioneer story I was excited to begin reading it, however I found it very hard to get into it as the characters just didn’t resonate with me, I just felt that there was no dimension to them and I felt like I had stepped into a story already in progress instead of a stand alone novel. I liked the setting and felt bad for Florence who is recovering from recurring bouts of what appears as rheumatic fever, and soon finds herself with child and then an absent husband. Someone from Will’s past shows up and he is determined to clear his name and so he travels far in order to maintain his good reputation even though his wife is newly pregnant.
The book seemed almost rushed in that there were parts that I was left thinking, did I miss something and other times when I thought there was too much information such as conversations that were stilted and not at all sounding like a real-life conversation. I enjoyed the overall premise of the book and the setting but it seemed to me as if there needed to be more flushing out of the characters to make them more real and more relate-able to the reader. Overall, I don’t think this was one of the better Quilts of Love books but it was a fast read and one that could be easily read in an evening if you’re just wanting something clean, Christian and fast.
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Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson. A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.
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- A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
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- Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
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