Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Wedding Quilt for Ella

A Wedding Quilt for Ella by Jerry S. Eicher tells the tale of Ella Yoder, a young woman whose life in the Amish community seems well established. She is ready to leave childhood behind and marry the man she loves. They are getting ready to build the home where they will live together. Their families are excited too. Before any of that can happen, tragedy strikes and her beloved is taken from her. There's her heartache of crushed dreams and reminders of him around every corner. There are questions of "what next" for a young Amish woman. At the same time, her community is turned upside down by seems to be a series of traumatic events. The quilt Ella was making for her new husband and home still rests on the frame, partially done. As Ella decides to finish it, she gets inspiration and courage to face her new life.

Overall, this book is a pleasant read. The characters are well developed. There are enough issues raised to maintain the reader's interest. Ella and the community must face the question of God's love, something many people can relate to. Parts of the book are very thought provoking, but not preachy. As this is book one of the Little Valley series, so there is much more of Ella to come, but this book can also stand alone without the others of the series.

A Wedding Quilt for Ella is written by Jerry S. Eicher and published by Harvest House. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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