Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Stitch and A Prayer

(Abingdon Press - May 20, 2014)


Eva Gibson


(No image available) Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including A Stitch and a Prayer, the latest release in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Fiction. She currently teaches Writing Your Life Story classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for her novel.


After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?

My thoughts:

An enjoyable book, but definitely not my favorite Quilts of Love offering. I really didn't feel like I connected to Florence and part of that may be that I felt like I was dropped into the middle of the story - without enough backstory to fill in the gaps. I did enjoy some of the secondary characters and I seemed to connect more with them -Tilly, Aunt Amelia and even the dog, Vaughn to some degree. I also felt the ending was a bit abrupt.

Lovers of Christian Historicals set in the Pacific NW would probably enjoy this story and I just may not have been the right reader to really put all the pieces together and connect with the main character in this story.

My sincerest thanks to CFBA and Abingdon Fiction for generously providing a copy for review.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch and A Prayer, go HERE.

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