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November 27, 2013

THE CHRISTMAS QUILT by Vannetta Chapman


The Christmas Quilt
Published October 2013 
 by Abingdon Press

Quilts of Love
Book Eleven
Vannetta Chapman


(from Goodreads)
Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the "boppli" arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

This is just the right time of year for THE CHRISTMAS QUILT. The author, once again, did not disappoint. This book takes up from A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS, three years later.  The story is mainly about Leah and about her preparing to have her twins.  She is very near the birth.  Annie is expecting also but not as soon. But the author doesn't just leave it at having a normal delivery.  She adds excitement to the events. Adam and Leah are having marital problems and it makes you feel so bad.  They are just the right couple together and the love that's there needs to be shown. Awaiting a new family member brings about it's own fears and problems, but if your marriage is  not right, that's a problem all in it's self.  That's a problem that needs God's help.
Everything seems to be going well with the babies until six weeks left.  Leah has to go into an Englisch hospital in Pennsylvania.  The babies are in trouble.  With all the prayers and the good doctors, Leah and the babies are stabilized.   Annie had started a baby quilt for Leah hoping to have it done by the time the babies arrive.  As usual, things don't work out as you plan.  So while Leah is in the hospital, they both work on the quilt. With Leah in the hospital,  Adam does some soul searching and with God's help he realizes he's been wrong.  Sometimes it takes something bad to happen before we realize how precious the love you have for that person is.  It can't be replaced.  The author, Ms. Chapman wrote a wonder Christmas story all about love.   Maybe we should stop and reflect a little on people we care and love.  Are we being selfish with that love?   This is a good time of year to pick up a copy of THE CHRISTMAS QUILT by Vannetta Chapman and find a warm, cozy place to sit and read abut love, not only for others but for God.

I would give this book 4 HEARTS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE CHRISTMAS QUILT by Vannetta Chapman by Litfuse Publishing Group for my unbiased view.

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for best mystery. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. She currently writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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