Tales From The TBR Pile — The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club

9 Apr

This month I am featuring a novel that I purchased at the local used bookstore — The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter. The cover first attracted my attention and then the blurb on the back cover hooked me. Brunstetter is a new author for me, though I know she is widely read and loved. Have you read this book or any others by Wanda Brunstetter? What did you think? Should this book be moved to the top of the pile?

608115Amish widow Emma Yoder’s first quilting class seems a mismatched group. There’s a troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower seeking solace, a rough and tough biker doing community service, and a preacher’s wife looking for relaxation. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps in a quilt, each learns to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind — to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments?





wanda_aboutWanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of nearly 70 books with more than 8 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.

Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.

2 Responses to “Tales From The TBR Pile — The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club”

  1. susanlulu2013 April 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    GREAT book!!!! I love all Amish Christian fiction books. I have already read 3 this week.

    • rbclibrary April 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

      Wow! That’s quite a lot of reading! Who are your favorite authors in the Amish genre? Mine are Suzanne Woods Fisher and Cindy Woodsmall.

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