Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with yet another awesome book review, and this time A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson.
Historical fiction fans will delight in this pioneer period setting! This book centers on Florence, a pioneer woman, abandoned by her husband, while pregnant, and dealing with a chronic, debilitating chronic illness. Despite her personal struggles, Florence pours her frustrations into the creation of a beautiful quilt. As with all the Quilts of Love books I have read, A Stitch and a Prayer presents solid values in its characters personal identity. For as Florence struggles to live on her own, all the while keeping steadfast in her faith in God and in her husband. The Tree of Life quilt that Florence is creating offers beautiful symbolism to both Florence and her story.
Florence’s story shifts as she meets a new suitor, for whom she agrees to marry, and later when her fiancé returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage, despite her continued side effects of her illness. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest, God-fearing lives. But when a stranger comes knocking at their door, 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? You will have to read this book to find out!
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