Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman

Annie is living a full and happy life as Christmas nears. Trained as a nurse, she helps her husband tend to the community's minor medical needs. She sometimes helps the midwife as well. Most days she takes the buggy to her brother's home as her sister-in-law, Leah, was due to deliver their first child just before Christmas. Annie is busy making a crib quilt for the expected newborn.

But Annie may not get the quilt finished in time as Leah experiences some trouble with her pregnancy and must go to a Philadelphia hospital.

This story is very character oriented. Leah and her husband have been having a bit of a rough time and we see how the birth draws them together. We also get to know Annie better as she prepares for her own motherhood.

This is a fine Amish Christmas story. It was interesting to read about what happens in the community when there is a medical emergency that is beyond the ability of the herbalist or midwife. It was heartening to see how the community came alongside the couple to help with the medical expenses. The whole story is wrapped around the making of quilts so readers who like Amish tales or the making of quilts will like this novel.

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines and has written five books about the Amish. She has received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She and her husband live in the hill country of Texas. You can find out more about her at www.vannettachapman.com.

Abingdon Press, 235 pages. You can buy a copy here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

No comments: