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?
My take on this book:
I am always a sucker for a pretty cover, and A Stitch and a Prayer had me excited to read what was inside, unfortunately though the story was just a middle of the road read for me. While I enjoyed the historical aspects of the story I found it difficult to connect with the characters and never really became invested in their story. A bit repetitive at times the plot sort of felt a bit stagnant for me. I did enjoy that the author included Vaughn the dog, it was great that Will rescued him! There are several inspirational messages woven into the story, and it was nice to see Florence's faith, which allowed her to grow and change as the story progressed. Overall, an okay read just not one of my favorites, but anyone who enjoys a faith based read with a historical setting, and the theme of quilting woven into the story might really enjoy this one.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
About the author:
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."
Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson. A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.
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