Ok, before we start this book review, I just have to tell you, this is the newest book on my "all time favorite books" list! I didn't want to put it down. Upon starting the book, I was immediately drawn into the story and felt like I was on a road trip with my own Grandmother listening to her tell me a story about her life.
A Promise in Pieces.
A Promise in Pieces is just one book in a series called Quilts of Love. Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. (description from the Litfuse website).
About the book: Clara Kirkpatrick is the only daughter of a small town pastor and his wife. When WWII starts, Clara feels called to put her nursing education to work in the Women's Army Corp and against the wishes of her parents, joins the Corp and is deployed to France where she witnesses the full grueling devastation of war. After the war, Clara returns to the United States with a promised task to complete - deliver a dying soldier's last message to his young widow. What Clara did not know was that the widow would have something for her in return. A gift that would shape Clara's life for may years to come. A baby blanket that the widow had made for a baby she would now never have.
Clara vows to honor the sacrifices the solider and widow (Mattie) made. First, as a post war labor and delivery nurse back in her hometown, and later by leading a ministry for people who lost love ones in war, Clara uses the baby blanket gifted to her to bring hope and joy to countless others in a very unique way.
Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.
I love historical fiction. But this book felt more like I was listening to a beloved woman tell her life's story. I was able to connect with Clara - her hopes, her fears, her disappointments, her frustrations, her joy. Wierenga crafted a character who was easy to love, easy to root for, and very believable. I have had many friends and family members serve in the US military. Thankfully, none of them have been killed in duty. Clara's idea to use a quilt as a ministry to the people who have lost loved ones in war is such a touching idea, that it brought me to tears (one of several points in which I had tears rolling down my cheeks as I was reading this beautifully written book). I can not wait to read more of the Quilts of Love series!
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