Friday, November 11, 2016
The Cherished Quilt
The Cherished Quilt is the third book in Amy Clipston's Amish Heirloom series. I've had the priviledge of reading all three books, but each one could stand alone. I know I always say this but I think this one may be my favorite of the series.
Emily Fisher is nothing but kind and considerate. She can't stand to see someone hurting or in need. She loves to help and it brings her great joy. Lately, however, she's been struggling with jealousy and she hates herself for it. She's happy Veronica and Rachel have found the loves of their lives, but when will it be her turn? Does she even deserve love? Maybe it's just her lot in life to be alone and help her parents as they get older, not that she would mind. She just would love to have what her sisters have.
Christopher Hochstetler is battling deamons. He's wracked with guilt over his brothers death. He didn't kill Gabriel with his hands, but he might as well have. His dad hates him and blames him, almost daily, for Gabriel's death. He's always been a disappointment, but now, life at home is just too much to bear. He decides to go to Bird-In-Hand Pennsylvania to stay with his Uncle Hank and Aunt Tillie.
Christopher thinks going to Bird-In-Hand will solve his problems. Little does he know they just multiply. The last thing he expects is to meet the girl of his dreams only to be forbidden to date her. It's as simple as joining the church, but Chris feels unworthy of God's love. He's nothing but a disappointment and a failure, his dad has spent his whole life driving that point home.
Emily knows Chris needs a friend and she vows to be that friend. Somewhere along the way though, she loses her heart to him. How can she help him see past the pain and hurt to know that he is valuable and loved.
I fell completely in love with this book and its message. We are all sinners unworthy of God's love yet he loves us anyway. Chris has had a rough upbringing, with a stern and stirict father that is quick with criticism and slow with compliments. It's no wonder Chris finds it hard to believe a soverign God could love him when his own earthly father seems to hate him so.
I hope you will give The Cherished Quilt a chance. If you do I believe you will love it as much as I do.
You can grab a copy here: The Cherished Quilt
*I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.