Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman, ©2013 ~*Quilts of Love Series ~ Every Quilt Has a Story*~

Join in this wonderful series by different authors and genres. You will be glad you have! Quilts of warmth for the heart.

And, before we go any further, check this out! Free for you ~ Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman. Now there's an early gift for you! Just in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year dinner plans ~ also includes Amish homestyle recipes for chicken and dumplings, green beans, and fresh bread. Visit this Wisconsin Amish short-story and make it your own. Vannetta previously also offered the beginning still available preceding the Pebble Creek Amish series ~ both short-story eBooks are available at Barnes and Noble and at CBD.

I love this in the Author's Note in the front: "As with any work of fiction, I have taken license where needed in order to create the necessary conditions for my characters." Absolutely love that Vannetta takes good care of them!

~*love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control*~ Galatians 5

How gloriously our Lord comforts us. One thing I have never forgotten is a pastor saying, "The Lord has seen to the end of your life on earth and comes alongside to walk through each day with you." How this has comforted me through the years. Nothing, large or small, is surprising to Him.
   "... I think each year that passes, two hearts become more entwined, like two vines growing side by side. Eventually  it must become difficult to know where the beat of one stops and the beat of the other begins."
   --Samuel, The Christmas Quilt, 46
A gift to Annie, as her husband, Samuel, spoke his feelings openly. Oh, if only her brother, Adam, would be able to encourage his wife, Leah, as well. So much misunderstanding in what is not said.
   "I cannot help it if sometimes things don't go as planned, Leah. The engines, they don't always work once I put them back together, and you know we are barely making it with the money from the crops."
   --Ibid., 55
Both couples were wed on the same day. Soon Adam and Leah's twins would be born. Firstborns. Harbor of the heart. Worry, insecurity, and exhaustion with Leah; uncertainty that he can take care of them, plagues him. How often do we try to carry things ourselves, what we don't know how to explain? Adam and Leah learn in a different way what it means to trust all to the Lord in His divine care.
   I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
   --Jeremiah 33:6b
Daily blessings.

This is a story of strength. Strength in growing and sharing together God's goodness. So many times as inadequacies surface, we are unable to see what we don't know. Then with comfort and longing, as we become transparent, what is revealed heals. Adam and Leah have a beautiful support in family and friends who surround them, leaving room for them to come together and see what they do have. Join them as they realize a love to last a lifetime. Enjoy the story that binds the quilt together in memories.

***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for inviting me on this book tour for Vannetta Chapman's The Christmas Quilt and for sending me a copy to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

The Christmas Quilt follows a previous Christmas story ~ A Simple Amish Christmas ~ in Mifflin County, PA.


  1. Thank you so much for your review! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Leah and Annie's story!

    1. Thank you, Vannetta. A beautiful story of hope. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House