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Friday, August 19, 2016

The Cherished Quilt

Heirloom Amish Novel series seems to be coming to a close. The Cherished Quilt is the final Fisher daughter to be married. Amy Clipston has written a beautiful novel about love and forgiveness and accepting blessings as God gives them to us.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a lap quilt to keep you warm in your buggy.

Christopher has moved from Ohio to Bird In Hand, Pennsylvania, after the death of his brother. In his anger and grief, Christopher's father has blamed Gabriel's death on Chris. Chris is living with his Uncle Hank and Aunt Tillie and working in Uncle Hank's leather shop. Chris's father wanted Chris to love horse training and feels betrayed when Chris leaves home. In the leather shop, Chris finds his true talent and true vocation. When customers keep asking for horse and buggy key rings, wallets, and coin purses, Chris designs one to emboss into the leather. After setting them out, they sell like hotcakes.

Emily Fisher is the youngest daughter of Leroy and Mattie and the only one without a beau or husband. Her sister, Veronica, found her grandmother's recipe box; her sister, Rachel, got her grandmother's courtship basket; and now Emily wants to make a quilt and her mother gives her her grandmother's fabric scraps.

When Emily first meets Chris, he is so deep into his grief, he can't really connect to Emily. Emily keeps trying to be his friend, to allow him a safe haven. She believes that her gestures are being successful and she's making headway. Then Chris finds out that there's been a fire in his brother's house and suddenly goes back to Ohio to help out and finally confront his father.

The Cherished Quilt is an incredible novel with many lessons for the reader to consume. I have to be careful how much I add to the review, because I don't want to give it away. I am not the kind of person who is distressed by spoilers. I will deliberately look them up myself, I will flip to the back of a book to see how it ends, I will try to find out who wins the race, or the gold medal in some Olympic event. Then I sit and relax knowing the outcome of whatever I am involved in.

Many thanks to Zondervan for allowing me to read and review this book.

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