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The Blended Quilt–quilt with Amish and Hawaiian themes

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The Blended Quilt

by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

The Plain people, or the Amish, are the focus of The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter. The premise is simple: Amish boy (Wyman) courts Amish girl (Sadie). The story does not roll out quite that simply however. Sadie is inspired to design a quilt that blends her Amish quilting knowledge and skills with her experiences on a cruise to Hawaii. Her success in making this unusual quilt leads her to write a book about her time in Hawaii and her work on the quilt. A frugal girl, she works hard and saves her money. Wyman spends money he doesn’t have and changes jobs frequently whenever he decides he is bored.

There are so many issues to be resolved. When Sadie inherits a sizable sum, it causes jealousy within the family. There is also resentment as her quilt and book projects take time away from chores at home and courting with Wyman. Is the problem that Sadie has changed or that others are not supportive?

Although I enjoyed the story, I didn’t find that the resolutions to the problems were explained thoroughly or realistically enough. It was all too easy; I still had many unanswered questions. It is an interesting story with a dramatic, unexpected event leading to the conclusion. There were yet many relationship issues to be worked through, however, before there could really be a “happily ever after.”

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Barbour Publishing (Shiloh Run Press) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: General Fiction (Adult), Christian

Notes: At the end of the book there are questions for discussion and a recipe for Sadie’s Coconut Carrot Cake.

Publication: November 1, 2020—Barbour Publishing (Shiloh Run Press)

Memorable Lines:

Don’t let yourself become full of hochmut, Sadie told herself as she took one final look at the quilt before leaving her room. It was never a good thing to let pride set in over anything a person said or did.

“God’s ways are not our ways, and accidents can happen when least expected. When the Lord calls us home, Grace, we go to be with Him.”

“Would you like my advice?” “Of course.” “Pray about the matter—ask God what He wants you to do with the rest of your life.”


9 Comments

  1. Thank you Linda, I really appreciate your honest reviews…it doesn’t sound very interesting to me
    Jenna

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  2. Carla says:

    Very interesting thoughts here Linda. I read one of her books set on Hawaii, The Hawaiian Discovery and this was one of my comments, “Yes, there is a tragedy, but there are real issues and it is rather coincidental how things “work out”. I am not sure if it is the series or the books she writes with her daughter. Nice review.

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  3. Thx for sharing. I still haven’t read anything by this author. I should try at some point?

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    • lghiggins says:

      Her books move at a slower pace; I think you’d need to be in the mood for that so that you are not giving her the “move it along” hand signal. Sometimes it is a calming that I choose to insert in my life during these chaotic times.

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  4. I like Amish books. Thanks for sharing.

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