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Series: Amish Heirloom Series #3
Title: The Cherished Quilt
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan Fiction, Zondervan
Published: November 29th, 2016
Since reading this, I’ve discovered that this is the third book in a four book series, but I have to say I don’t think it mattered that I hadn’t read anything from this author before – I still loved it! What a delightful change this proved to be, a very emotively written story that had me in tears and staying up late to finish it, I didn’t want to put it down till I’d discovered how it ends! I’ve never read anything relating to an Amish community before, either, and this story brought the families concerned vividly to life as I read the story.
After a family tragedy, Christopher Hostettler moves to Bird-in-Hand to stay with his Aunt and Uncle and to work in the leather shop owned by his Uncle and a neighbour. The neighbour’s daughter is Emily Fisher. She’s twenty and a hard working devout young lady, friendly to everyone and very compassionate and caring. She’s astonished when Chris is quite standoffish and rude to her but realises there must be a reason for his attitude and behaviour. Her loving nature shines through. She’s resilient and perseveres, eventually Chris opens up and tells her his reasons for leaving home. As the two grow closer, however, there are other secrets and family trauma to be sorted out before they can have any chance at achieving a HEA together.
The author takes the reader on the emotional journey of both Emily and Chris with some poignant moments en route – especially the conversation between Chris and his Dat (that was just so moving, wow!!) This is a story filled with love, one where feelings of guilt are overcome, forgiveness given and second chances aren’t just the romantic kind. All the characters are brilliantly portrayed and so easy to relate to that I was figuratively cheering them on from the sidelines. What a superb change to have two people getting to know each other without leaping into a physical relationship immediately! This author demonstrates that you really don’t need to give graphic descriptions or step by step guides to sexual relations to create a book readers can thoroughly enjoy escaping into. She is a gifted story teller and I’ll certainly be looking out for more by her in future.
Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Tragedy 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?