Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: The Beloved Christmas Quilt by:Wanda Brunstetter

 The Beloved Christmas Quilt: Three Stories of Family, Romance, and Amish Faith
About the Book:
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.


My Review:
 Poor Luella, she is what in her day would of been called, an old maid. She is unmarried and has no children. But in spite of any issues she feels she has she is still a top notch caregiver to Dena. Luella respects Dena and her husband Atlee so much. She even wishes in the back of her mind that she could find a husband for herself that is as honorable as Atlee. The treasures that await this young lady are huge and she doesn't see it coming. A very heartfelt story that involves a Christmas quilt that she is to pass down to her future daughter one day.

 Again continuing the tradition the quilt shows up in Karen's story, as well. This time in a much different setting than the first story but sweetness evolves, nonetheless. Karen's birth story and those out there like it are sort of not related to the Amish or none I've seen or heard of. But poor Karen handles it with such grace--my heart broke for her. A story full of raw emotion that will grip your heart.

 The quilt will show up a third time in the final story of this novella. Now, we meet Roseanna, daughter of Karen and granddaughter of Luella. Roseanna is getting prepared for her wedding day when the unimaginable happens. Roseanna is heartbroken but when she runs into an old friend in town, it seems that her sadness can take the back burner for awhile.

 You always know when the Brunstetter family gets together to write a novella some magic is going to happen. And magic transpired with this beloved story. A story that is heartwarming as well as timeless. Just like the quilt can be passed down generations so can this phenomenal story.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.