My Review of The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston

Being a member of Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch allows me to get her books early in order to read and review them.  It’s a great perk for being a member of the bunch, but it is also so hard to wait for the next book in the series to come out, especially when the series is as great as her “Amish Heirloom” one.

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Now before you grab your own copy of “The Cherished Quilt” when it goes on sale tomorrow, I want to warn you to have a box of tissues by your side as you read this book – especially for the last third or so.  Oh my heavens!  So glad my hubby was gone while I blubbered my way through the end of this.  But each blubbering episode was worth it to get to the end of Amy Clipston’s third book in this series and see what happens between Emily Fisher and Christopher Hochstetler in one of my favorite Amish places to visit, eat, and shop – Bird-in-Hand, PA.

Here is the blurb off the back of the book:

Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?”

Doesn’t that entice you to get your copy and find out what happens?  Especially if you have read the first two books in the series?

I LOVED, and I mean LOVED this book even if I cried a lot!  Each book in this series has tugged at my heart in one way or another. I love how this series brings back the characters in each book.  With this book, you learn more about Veronica, Jason, Rachel, Mike, and Emily’s parents as well as find out about the cherished quilt and its background.  You’ll see how bullying can even happen amongst adults instead of just children in school and how it can impact a relationship.  You’ll see how by taking the time to talk things out that things can and will get better for the most part.  You’ll see a love between Chris and Emily develop and how honestly and faith prevail.  You’ll learn consequences that occur when one is not baptized in the Amish faith, but that’s an easy fix in this story.  You’ll see how forgiving yourself can make you feel so much better.  Amy Clipston just knows how to intertwine all the characters and storylines to make you feel like you are there in Bird-in-Hand.  I felt like I wasn’t reading a story – I felt like I was part of the story.

I don’t know how Amy does it.  She transforms each character to life.  You feel what they are feeling.

You can read this book as a stand alone book, but I recommend reading “The Forgotten Recipe” and “The Courtship Basket” first, so you can feel more at home with the characters and fall in love with them more after each book.

The fourth book in the series, “The Beloved Hope Chest” comes out on May 9, 2017 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon now.  I’m looking forward to this book to see what the meaning of the hope chest mentioned in each previous book is.

So, if you are free tomorrow and want a good book to ready, grab yourself a copy of “The Cherished Quilt“.  You won’t be disappointed.  Just remember that box of tissues…

Blessings…

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