Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The Cherished Quilt
Forgiveness is perhaps the hardest thing for any of us to do. It might even be easier to forgive others rather than ourselves but Christopher Hostettler can't seem to let go of the fact he feels he had a hand in the death of his younger brother Gabriel. That fact only seems to be driven home by his father who made it perfectly clear at the graveside that Christopher was responsible. Now it seems besides never being able to measure up to the demands of his father to take part in the family horse training business, he leaves home to work for his uncle in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania in his leather shop. Perhaps he can find a way to start a new future for himself and find forgiveness for his role in his brother's death.
Emily Fisher always looks out for others over her own needs and when she meets Christopher for the first time at her father and uncle's harness shop, she wonders what could she offer to help him break down the wall he clearly wants to keep around himself. While trying not to take it personally when he refuses to acknowledge anything she does, she vows to at least ensure the Chris feels valued and wanted by their community while trying to be a friend to him.
However when Chris and Emily grow too close to one another in their personal feelings, Chris' past comes back to haunt him and steal away the only hope for a future not only for himself, but for Emily as well. It seems that Chris' chance at happiness will forever elude him unless he finds a way to go back and resolve the issues in his family and perhaps figure out a way to find God in the process. But since he has run from everything else in his life, will he run from Emily as well?
I received The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston compliments of Zondervan Publishers and Thomas Nelson. I am so glad I picked this novel and now will go back and read the previous two in the Amish Heirloom series, The Forgotten Recipe and the The Courtship Basket before The Beloved Hope Chest comes out soon. I really love how the relationship build between Emily and Chris and have found that forgiveness in our own lives is often times the hardest thing for us to accept, believing we are meant to be punished somehow and no longer deserve happiness in our own life. The whole concept behind the Log Cabin that Emily makes for Chris is something to inspire me to pick back up quilting again and renew my passion for creativity in doing so. This novel was well worth all 5 out of 5 stars! There are even Discussion Questions included that are great for book clubs!
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