Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review - A Stitch and a Prayer


After her fiancé returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage---even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will's spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby's birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will's promise to return to her. Will her labor of love-and faith in God---sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?


Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including The Gift of Forgiveness and The Three Marys. She currently teaches "writing your life story" classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for A Stitch and a Prayer.

Quilts of Love A Stitch and a Prayer Eva Gibson

This book is about Florence and Will who are newlyweds and starting their new life in the wilderness. It had the potential of being a good book, but alas, I'm afraid it never reached that potential.

I really wanted to like Florence - after all, I could relate to her joint pain issues and her fears that she wouldn't be able to be the kind of homemaker she wanted to be. I could understand her desire to want to lead a self-sufficient, normal life - up to a point. When you're falling and then waking up in bed and don't know who helped you, it's time to reach out to others! She had family close by, so I wasn't sure why she didn't have someone with her when her husband, Will was gone - which was a lot. Add in a pregnancy and Florence became a whiny unlikeable character to me.

On the plus side, she did turn to her Bible time after time to seek comfort and build her faith. Of course, I also loved the quilt work she did and enjoyed that.

I just never could connect to this story. It started out with potential but quickly went down hill and was so slow! I had a hard time finishing it because I just didn't have that connection to the characters or the story to make me long to find out what happens. It's unfortunate because I have loved the other Quilts of Love books.

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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