The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston (review by Kristi)

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About the bookTragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?

Paperback, 336 pages                                    Published November 29, 2016, by Zondervan

 

My review:  What is there to say about this book but WOW!!!! This book may just be my all-time favorite by Amy Clipston. She has created characters you care about and a story that is so engrossing you can’t pull yourself away from it. This book was a quick and easy read for me.

I just love Emily Fisher. She is my favorite of the three Fisher girls and I instantly felt a connection to her. She was easy to like and comes off the page as genuine and real. Chris (Christopher) was easy to feel a connection with as well. It was easy to sympathize with him and have empathy for him, too. I thought his dad was a real jerk and immediately disliked him. When Emily and Chris met and started to form an awkward relationship I felt their chemistry and wanted only happiness for these two. These are my two favorite characters Amy has created since Ellie and Lloyd from her novella Love Birds, part of An Amish Market collection. I enjoyed reading about Emily and Chris and liked how their friendship started off rocky but progressed naturally and seemed authentic. Amy has a way of creating characters that you connect with and care about. The Fisher family along with Onkel Hank and Aentie Tillie are a group I want to be a part of.

Amy has done a wonderful job of describing the setting of the book. With her descriptions it was easy to imagine being in the kitchen at the Fisher house, sitting out on the porch, playing a game of baseball, or working in the harness shop. This all adds to the story and makes it seem that much more genuine. Oh, and at the end of this book, I discovered that Amy can leave readers with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. I’m now anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

Amy is my favorite Amish fiction author and that’s because her books reflect the Amish lifestyle in a way that readers want to see. Amy’s books aren’t full of flashy storylines or awkwardly unreal situations but are full of down-to-earth, everyday situations of life in the Amish community. Her characters are complex and the stories are believable and from the heart. Amy’s books are works of art and treasures that should be proudly displayed on every reader’s keeper shelf.

This book is a must-read for fans of the genre or a great way to introduce someone to Amish fiction and Amy Clipston. Set aside time to read this wonderful story. Once you get started you won’t want to put the book down until the end.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review and all opinions are mine.

For my reviews of the previous books in the series click on the covers below.

the forgotten recipe             the courtship basket

 

About the author: Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and three spoiled rotten cats.

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