The Christmas Quilt: A Litfuse Review

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Christmas QuiltThe Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to read this book, largely because my mom is a quilter and I thought it would be a neat story for us to share.

The stories and tradition that surround quilting is quickly becoming a lost art with so many people not learning to sew or rely on quilting machines to do the work for them.

I enjoyed this story and will pass this along to my mom to read now that I’ve finished.

Now, one thing I will say about this book is that I became a little confused about the family dynamics. I believe that I must have missed a previous story involving these characters. I eventually worked things out but I will admit that I was a tiny bit confused.

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Leah is pregnant with twins and her sister in law is watching out for her. Annie had been a nurse but returned to the Amish faith when she fell in love with her husband, Samuel.

Leah is at odds with Adam for reasons that I never truly added up to me but I know that many times pregnancy is a difficult time for couples so I overlooked this but I really would have liked just a little more character building. Perhaps this is lack of refining is due to the fact that it seems this is an extension of an existing story and therefore I wasn’t already connected to the characters.

When Leah ends up in preterm labor with her twins she finds herself settling in for a long hospital stay. Annie stays by her side and the two of them begin to work on a quilt for the twins.

It is during her hospital stay that Leah has a change of heart about her attitude towards her husband and she begins to draw closer to the Lord as she and Annie quilt each square to represent the fruits of the spirit.

I thought the book was good. I was able to read it at a fast and steady pace because I was interested in how things would wrap up and I was really hoping for a feel good happy ending. I chose to give this book a solid 4 star rating simply because I felt that it lacked a bit of character depth. Otherwise, I really enjoyed!
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Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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