I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman

I love Christmas novels--and I'm not alone. Some of us start reading them when they start being released each September! If you're in the market for a little holiday reading, be sure to check out the Abingdon Press blog tour: until Christmas, they're spreading the word about some of their Christmas-themed titles!
I love the quilt on the cover!

The Christmas Quilt is an Amish romance by Vannetta Chapman, one of the books in the highly successful Quilts of Love Series. (After the excerpt, be sure to read my review!)

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.

To read an excerpt, click here.

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I love Abingdon's Quilts of Love series. Every novel features a quilt of special significance, which introduces themes of family, celebration, gift-giving, treasure, and beauty.

This is certainly true as Annie labors over a baby quilt for her brother's wife, Leah. But when Leah must go into the hospital and her husband stays behind at the farm, Annie wants to be there for Leah. Too bad she won't be able to finish the quilt before the boppli arrives...unless she and Leah work together. Something precious happens when they sew--and Christmas is a miraculous day indeed.

This work of fiction is a continuation of Annie's story in A Simple Amish Christmas, but it is not necessary to have read that book in order to enjoy this one. Chapman is a skilled writer and she sprinkles just the right amount of Amish detail in to make the reader feel the spirit of their way of life. In this story, marriages are strengthened, families are celebrated, and Jesus is the center of Christmas.

Thanks to Abingdon for providing a copy for my review as part of their December blog tour!

2 comments:

Vannetta Chapman said...

Thanks for your review, Susanne!

Susanne Dietze said...

You're welcome, Vannetta! Thanks so much for coming by. I appreciate it!