The Healing Quilt by Wanda E Brunsetter

I have always enjoyed reading Amish stories.  I like their beliefs and I understand their way of life and respect them very much.  The Healing Quilt is a story based on a premise that the two main characters are Amish.  Beyond the fact that they are quilters and some mentions of their clothing, there is nearly nothing to make them known as Amish.  These characters could have been any other religion and we wouldn't have known.  So I may have set myself up for disappointment by expecting it to be a more traditionally Amish book, if there is such a thing.  That aside, the story does stand on it's own.
The beginning of the story is very difficult to follow.  We meet each character and delve into their lives and problems.  The story goes through six different story lines, and it can be confusing to know which one it's talking about.  I would have preferred if the characters could have been introduced in a more traditional way, but they are all very compartmentalized.
The Amish characters help six of their students learn to quilt and along the way we learn more and more about how they will resolve their personal troubles.  Some of the story line is predictable but it still is very sweet.  I only give it a 3 out of 5 stars because of the choppy introduction to the characters.

Thank you to Handlebar & Plough Publishing.


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