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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Quilts Of Love - A Promise in Pieces and Giveaway

SewCalGal has enjoyed reading various books in the The Quilts of Love series.  They are all what I classify as "sweet reads", with stories of love, loss, hope, faith, tradition and new beginnings.

The women in these books all have a life thread to quilting in their family histories.  A new book is released every month and features contemporary and historical romance, as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery.  SewCalGal has been drawn to the endearing characters in this series, touched by their stories, and delighted with each read. Thus, I was delighted when given the opportunity to read and write a review on a new book in this series, "A Promise in Pieces", by Emily T. Wierega.


About the book: 
A baby quilt touches many hearts as it travels from family-to-family and through generations.

After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women's Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier's last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.

Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she's not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier's baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.

Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child's name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie---and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt---years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the author: 

Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for The Christian Courier, and the author of Save My Children (Castle Quay Books, 2008), Chasing Silhouettes (Ampelon Publishing, 2012) and Mom in the Mirror (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Emily resides in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel. 

Emily has a youtube video where she shares insights with you on this story, that I hope you enjoy watching as I did.

If you have problems viewing this embedded video you can watch it directly in Youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RayXAR105Os

My Review:

Emily T. Wierenga has done an exceptional job telling a story that spans well over 50 years.  Clara, the main character in this book, is a strong woman, that leads an interesting life being a nurse in WWII caring for injured soldiers.  But while strong, she is better at loving others than letting others love her. And while she deals with grief and healing over her lifetime, major steps that help her grow and learn to accept love are through a special signature quilt and her journey with this quilt.

This book was an inspirational read, which I found difficult to put down. And when I finished, I was left eager to read more books by this new author, as well as books published through the Quilts of Love imprint, by Abingdon Press.  It is a good, clean read with a well constructed story that was simply fun to read.  

Clara has found a spot in my heart, along with the special memory quilt she created and story that travels with it.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

There are actually three giveaways.

1) Quilts of Love has agreed to give a copy of "A Promise In Pieces" to one lucky follower of SewCalGal that lives in the US, as they will be shipping the book directly to the winner.  Simply complete the rafflecopter form below to enter.

Join the Quilts of Love Facebook Parties

Quilts of Love is hosting two parties on Facebook that you may want to join the fun.  And you can win prizes too!

2)  Quilts of Love is hosting a special giveaway on Facebook where one lucky winner will receive:

  • $200 to spend at Emily's favorite shops, Noonday Collection &Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to create change in the world!)

  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga

  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

  •  Click here to enter: 


    This giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog.

    3) Quilts of Love is also hosting a "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with Emily and other Quilts of Love authors on May 29th.  You  could win a $200 "Women Helping Women" shopping spree by participating in the Quilts of Love Quilting Bee Facebook Party:

    RSVP on Facebook for an evening of book chat, quilting tips & tricks, prizes, and more!

    You can find this book in the online store for Quilts of LoveAmazon, or other online book stores.

    http://www.quiltsoflovebooks.com/ https://www.facebook.com/quiltsoflovebooks

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    Mara said...

    This book sounds really beautiful, I love a good book that is hard to put down.

    Thim3 said...

    What a great giveaway...I have never heard of these books but would love to read one soon.

    Sarah said...

    Thank you for the giveaway. I haven't read any of her books, so now I have a new series to read! I follow you via. bloglovin, and enjoy what you write. :) sarah@forrussia.org

    Lisa Marie said...

    I follow and enjoy your blog.

    Lee Ann L. said...

    Sounds like a great book!

    Barb said...

    What a wonderful review and great story line, thanks for the chance!!

    Sallie said...

    I'm a blog follower and I love to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

    barbara woods said...

    sounds like a good read , thanks

    Pat said...

    Your blog really makes me eager to read the book.

    Joyce Carter said...

    This book sounds like one I could really get into. Thank you for the giveaway. I follow via GFC/Bloglovin.

    Joan H. said...

    This sounds like just the type of book I like to read and recommend to others. Thanks for an opportunity to win it.

    BillieBee (billiemick) said...

    I'm a follower.

    Needled Mom said...

    Being a L&D nurse myself, this sounds like a great book.

    Barb Morgan said...

    I would love to find a new quilting series!

    Grandma Helen said...

    Thank you for the giveaway. A new quilting book would make good evening reading and inspiration.

    Judy1522 said...

    This sounds like a great book I would love to win a copy.

    Becky said...

    I've not read this series. Thanks for mentioning it. Will put it on my To Read List. Happy Mother's Day!

    Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

    Sounds like a great book. I'll be checking out the link you posted, too. Thanks for both the chance, and the link.

    Jeanne Gwin said...

    What a great sounding book. Would love to add it to my collection for one of those "I've read it 5 times but will read it again and again.". thanks for a chance to win.

    Missy Shay said...

    Sounds like a great book, I can't wait to check it out!

    Josie McRazie said...

    What a beautiful premise! I will put it on my must reads!

    Shar said...

    This sounds like a book that I need to read.

    DebraKay Neiman said...

    This sounds interesting, I may cry about a story of a traveling baby quilt though. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    June D said...

    A quilting related book would get read! Sounds interesting. Thanks for putting my name in the hat.

    Vicki H said...

    I would love the book. I follow with bloglovin.