Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Healing Quilt
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Published by Shiloh Run Press, August 1st, 2014
I was a little worried that this, the third title about the quilting lessons run by Emma and Lamar Miller, would run the risk of falling into a bit of a rut, but I need not have worried.
Emma and Lamar are overwintering in Sarasota, Florida, and although Lamar's health is improving in the warmth, Emma is finding time hang a little heavily on her hands. With Lamar's encouragement, she advertises her quilting classes once more, and an equally disparate group of attendees turn up.
We meet a heavily pregnant young marred woman, an older single woman who feels her chances of love, marriage and children are rapidly disappearing, a woman whose husband is a workaholic, a newly-retired widowed woman, an artist who is terminally ill but who has not told his family that his cancer has returned and a wheelchair bound young teenager who is struggling to come to terms with how her life has changed so dramatically. As with any mixed group, some people bond together quickly and others find it hard to make friends. When several people from Emma's original group turn up to add to the mix, things become complicated indeed.....
This book is more action-packed than its predecessors in some ways, and there is a lot of gentle humour to add to the keynotes of Christian love and faith which always occur in Wanda Brunstetter's books. Eventually, secrets and back stories from the group's past come to light and all of them end up having to make decisions and confront things they would prefer to gloss over or avoid.
This was a super read, and one that brightened my week considerably :-)