About the book: A gifted young quilter… a successful artist… the life-changing revelation that threatens to tear them apart…
Linda Mueller lives an orderly, uneventful existence, content to divide her time between creating the beautiful quilts for which she is known and working at an Englisch fabric shop.
Idealistic to a fault, Linda has never found a man worth marrying—until she meets Isaac Mast, a newcomer to Lancaster County and a talented painter. As they bond over their respective crafts, Linda is drawn to Isaac’s kind ways, humble spirit, and intriguing personality, and soon the seams of her carefully-constructed world begin to loosen.
With Isaac’s help, she explores the story of her late grandmother, also a gifted artist. But when an astonishing truth comes to light, Linda faces a grave decision, one that could destroy any hope of a future with Isaac. Will their dreams of a life together completely unravel? Or can she find some way to stitch them back together again?
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Genre: Amish fiction
My thoughts: First off I have to say that Chip MacGregor should be given an award or medal or maybe even have a statue put up in his honor. Why? He’s the mastermind behind the awesome writing duo of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. I can’t imagine (nor do I want to) a world without stories by these two. So a big THANK YOU from this reader to Mr. MacGregor for bringing together two great authors and giving us readers fantastic stories such as The Amish Quilter.
I enjoyed this story. I thought it started off a bit on the slow side and there is a slew of characters to remember and keep track of. All in good time though I easily knew who was who and their part in the family. Linda, the main character, is extremely idealistic and this gets her some lectures from her family. She doesn’t back down though and has a good idea of what she wants in life and what the “perfect man” is. I thought it was great that she wasn’t meek and mild and willing to bend under the pressure from family and friends. She may have come across as a bit naive at times but that’s ok because she is young. It gave her character so much room for growth and I’m glad the authors let her grow throughout the story. Isaac was a great balance to Linda’s character and I liked that she got to know him as a person before she found out about his past. It set their story wonderfully and made it easy to relate to them.
I love the writing style of these two authors. It almost seems as if the two become one person while writing because it’s impossible to tell who wrote what. Sometimes the flow is a bit off in co-authored books but not with these two. This story has a great flow to it and a perfect balance of past and present. The story changes back and forth enough to keep readers engaged. The subject of being Amish and artistic was interesting. Sometimes Amish fiction can have a bit too much fluff to it but this story goes beyond the perfect life that so many seem to think the Amish lead. I’m glad the authors chose to go below the surface and show the imperfect lives of the Amish. It really creates a depth to the story and makes it more authentic.
Simply put this is a must-read book. (But then again, so is any book by these two authors.) Grab a copy of the book, get a refreshing drink, and find a nice cozy spot to spend a few hours reading. Once you start this book you won’t want to put it down. It’s definitely on my keeper shelf, and I can see it on my top ten list afor 2018. Happy reading!!!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to post a review. All opinions are mine.
About the authors: Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.