Clara and Mattie, two women changed by WW II and a baby quilt. Would time heal their war and personal wounds?
Clara was in the Woman's Army Corp during WW II and saw/heard many things she wanted to forget. But one young soldier's story and dying wish grabbed her heart and he made her promise to tell his wife how much he loved her. As difficult as it was, Clara kept that promise. Mattie knew of his love but also knew she wouldn't have his children, so she gave Clara the baby quilt she had. Clara also told Mattie something that hurt their relationship and they parted. As the years went by, many babies were wrapped in that quilt and the love it represented. Then one day, Clara and Mattie met again. Would there still be a connection between Clara and Mattie? Could they move past the hurt and pain of their last meeting? Would Mattie finally be able to wrap her own baby in that quilt? Had time offered each of them some healing?
This book is a wonderful addition to the "Quilts of Love" series. Each book ties to the others with the threads of quilting, then they take on a life of their own. This touching story with its wonderful characters set in WW II that will grab your heart. It is a story filled with topics like love, loss, hurt, betrayal, and friendship; and I think that reading groups will enjoy the discussions that will occur. I recommend this book to readers everywhere. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for participation in the blog tour.
About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.
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.
Learn more about Emily at: http://www.emilywierenga.
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