Thursday, December 29, 2016

"The Cherished Quilt"

Book Description from the publisher:

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.

My Review:
"The Cherished Quilt" is the 3rd book in Amy Clipston's Amish Heirloom series and it is another sweet story that is easy to become lost in.  Chris leaves home carrying a huge burden on his shoulders as tragedy has hit his family and he has guilt and pain.  Chris carries this along with him to his new life in Bird-in-Hand and he cannot hide this from Emily, whom is curious about this new man working in her father's shop.  Emily shows friendship and kindness and she and Chris ease into a friendship and Chris begins to share his story with her.  Emily has an idea of how she can help him, but she also finds herself falling in love with Chris.  However, Chris is still now sharing everything and when he must return home suddenly, Emily wonders if she will ever see him again. 
This is a quick, easy read that will draw you into the readers' lives.  Emily is such a sweet girl and she is easy to like. Chris is hurting so deeply and it was so easy to like him and to empathize with him as he is on this journey of healing and starting a new life.   While this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone, but it is would be nice to read the first two if you have the chance as some of the characters are mentioned from the previous ones. 

*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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