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A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series by Emily T Wierenga

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.

About the Author:

Personal Bio:

I come from a home-schooling heritage; my mum has overcome brain cancer. She is my song. My dad is her hero. He cares for her daily, and pastors a church. I am the eldest of four.

I love to travel. In June of 2009, an excerpt from one of my books secured a trip to a writing workshop in Lake Como, Italy; I’ve also been to the Dominican Republic, Australia, Korea–where Trent and I taught English for a year–Lebanon, Jordan, Japan, China, Mexico, Holland, England and Germany. When I was young, I lived in Africa along with my parents who were missionaries.

My husband, Trenton, is a math and science teacher. We’ve been married nine and a half years, have two beautiful boys named Aiden Grey (born Nov. 12, 2009) and Kasher Jude (July 25, 2011) and are foster parents to Joey and Jin. We have two other babies in heaven. We live in rural Alberta, where we snowboard, make wine and go geocaching.

When I’m not writing or speaking, I play guitar, and paint. See my art page here.

Mine is a broken story, shared regularly at my blog.

Thank you, for standing with me in this literary and artistic chaos.

Live in Love,
e.

 

Reviewers
Amy Smith Mary Arndt
Jasmine Augustine Diana Montgomery
Jeanie Dannheim Heather Bireley
sharon miller Sharee Stover
Anita Cook Conny Crisalli
Frances Bott Ann Cuddy
Virginia Winfield Sarah Stewart
Lindsey Grace Zimple Marilyn Johnson
Nancee Marchinowski Marianne Barkman
Lori Weller Paula Osborne

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Thanks, Emily & Fred, for the book ~ here is my review:

“I’m not sure how, but over the next few years, we can visit families who’ve been hurt by the war and share Gareth’s story with them and stitch their sons’ and grandsons’ names into the quilt. We’ll fill every inch of space and remember them all,” Clara explains in Emily T. Wierenga’s novel, A Promise in Pieces.

Complete review: http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/a-promise-in-pieces/

This review will be posted on The Book Club Network, Inc., DeeperShopping, Bookpleasures, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

     I give “A Promise in Pieces” by Emily Wierenga five out of five stars! What a beautiful story! I totally enjoyed it. This book is about a contemporary family taking a road trip to deliver a World War II artifact to a museum. During their travels Grandma begins to share her story of being a nurse in France during the war. Her story takes us from her childhood through the current day. She explains how she felt growing up, leaving home, working as a nurse and trying to save as many lives as possible, to how she becomes the owner of a precious quilt and how she uses the quilt to help people heal and feel loved.

     Emily Wierenga has themes of love and loss, forgiveness and faithfulness, and the importance of family in her book. The book is easy to read and contains lots of information about World War II and how hard times were for everyone. I highly recommend “A Promise in Pieces.”

     I received this book from “The Book Club Network” in exchange for my honest opinion. This review is posted on Goodreads, DeeperShopping, Facebook and Christian Book Distributors.

We follow the life of Clara, As she reflects with her children and grandchildren about her life as a nurse in the war and her being a midwife after. We also follow as she has to deal with forgiveness (which is sometimes the hardest to do when its yourself), love, Trust and believing in God.

It is a great story following the stitches of a truly amazing quilt. It is also a picture of how our lives can intermix with others and create such a wonderful pattern.

If you like modern mixed with history you will love this book.

I was given this book from bookfun.org (the Book club network) for my honest opinion.

I have published my reviews at Christian books, Barnes and Noble, good reads, deeper shopping, books a million and Novel Crossing. It will be put on Amazon once it will allow me to I think after the 15th.

About this 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.”


 Series: Quilts of Love” book #17 (does not have to be read in order)



Spiritual Content- Young Clara feels like she tired of the Bible but she does know scriptures (she’s a Pastor’s daughter); Older Clara has a strong Faith; Scriptures are quotes.


Negative Content- Minor cussing: 3 ‘darn’s; Champagne, & Gin drinking

 

 

Sexual Content- While telling her & Oliver’s story, on their wedding night, Clara says “we loved each other that night” and “that it’s not like the movies says it is”; no-detail kisses.

 

-Clara Flanagan

        P.O.V. switches between Young Clara & Grandma Clara
      Set in 200 (but switches back between 1943-1957 as well)
                                  193 pages

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Pre & New Teens-
Two stars

High School Teens-
Three Stars

My Personal Rating-
Two Stars (and a half)

I have mixed feelings about this book… I had an incredibly hard time getting into this story because it goes back-n-forth with First person & Third person. This was my first “Quilts of Love” book I’ve read (while reading I was snuggled under my quilt. :) )





*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this review.

 

 “It’s been more than fifty years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corps.  Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish.  And fifty years since that soldier’s young widow gave her the baby quilt – a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come.”

 

A Promise in Pieces is just such a sweet and gentle story.  I truly enjoyed the way the author easily, and without disruption to the story line, moved us back and forth from the present day events to Clara’s memories of the war and the years following the war.  You can almost see her as the strong, capable and defiant Clara on the front lines of the European battlefields and then again fifty years later as the time-worn grandmothers sharing her story with her children and her grand-children while on their way to New Orleans to complete the final journey of the tread bear quilt that served as the centerpiece in her life. 

 

This story is wonderfully written, you will not be disappointed with this book.  Though perhaps sensitive readers should be aware that there is some description of war injured soldiers and a mother stricken at childbirth.  In my opinion this was done with dignity and should not be seen as anything but what it is, part of the entire story.

 

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. 

 

*Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Deeper Shopping, Goodreads, and on my blog at http://titus3.wordpress.com

This was a very nice story. I really enjoyed it. It was well written in going from the current time to the past. I love the quilts and the love it represented. I received this from the bookclub network for a fair and honest opinion. I reviewed this on amazon, christianbook.com, goodreads, Facebook, barnes and noble, bigreadersite.wordpress.com.

A review for this has been posted on BN.com and Goodread, and submitted for posting on DeeperShopping, Amazon, and CBD.com.  Thank you Fred, Emily, and publisher for this terrific novel!

A Promise in Pieces by is a fantastic addition to the Quilts of Love series, the first published book by Emily Wierenga.  Her beautiful, descriptive prose is amazing; the feelings and actions of Clara, the main character, are reflected with a unique and gifted voice.  The people that she meets as a young woman are not by chance; they are ordained by a loving God – each piece designed by His gracious hand in a quilt-life all of her own.

The book opens with Clara, now a grandmother, travelling to New Orleans with her husband, children, and grandchildren to deliver a quilt that is tucked into the back of the van she rides in.  Her grandson, Noah, is eager to hear more about her life and she reminisces with startling clarity about her childhood, what led her to her calling and how it changed the direction and quality not only of her life, but the lives of countless others.

Clara became a nurse as her namesake, Clara Barton, had been, and she served with the Women’s Army Corp in Europe during WWII.  Gareth, one of the young men she cared for during his final hours only need was for her to write a letter to his wife back home, and to deliver that letter one day to her when she returned to the States.

Clara did go to meet Mattie, his widow, after the war ended and she returned from.  Clara gave Mattie the gift of Gareth’s final words of love and received something that would change the course of her life – a lovingly designed quilt.  The quilt would have been for the child that Mattie and Gareth had planned to have when the war was over.  How will Clara, who didn’t plan to ever marry, use this quilt over the next fifty years to help countless others?  How did this bring Clara and Mattie together?

Clara’s struggles are no different than ours – what to do when one’s faith is gone?  How to recover from deep wounds that brought self-doubt and self-condemnation?  What to do with the rest of one’s life?  How to trade in guilt and the insatiable need to earn grace for the free gift of God’s love and salvation?  Keep tissues on hand as you experience Clara’s life and see through her eyes the value of faith, family, and ministry.  This novel can be entertaining as well as share deeper spiritual values that can resonate in one’s heart long after discovering A Promise in Pieces. 

Favorite Quotes:  

“And funny how just as you begin to settle, you’re made aware of someone’s needs. And you’re kept always alive, serving each other.”

“… so well, in fact that we were lacking nothing, and this, I felt indicated a problem.  Because we had no reason to need God anymore.”

“I hope you can know how it feels to be free, you know, of everything except happiness. To know while nothing makes sense and everything is in upheaval, you are exactly in the center of God’s will.”

“She kept walking as though praying with her feet…”

This outstanding book can be enjoyed by young adults as well as adults of any age who enjoy the Quilts of Love series, quilting, or quality Christian fiction. 

I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

A Promise in Pieces is one of the Quilts of Love stories and a book that will keep you entertained and engaged.

 

When Clara’s best friend Eva, convinces her that the war effort is where they need to be, Clara and Eva join the Women’s Army Corps. Clara’s father, a pastor, emphatically disagrees with the war efforts and although it may cause her to be disowned, Clara boards the train and heads off to do her part for WWII.

 

Through the reality of war, Clara is forced not only to grow up, but to put love into action on behalf of the wounded soldiers she is to care for. In a crisis of faith, she is faced with reconciling the two versions of God she’s known until a man named Gareth becomes her patient. And in his song, he shows her what God is really about.

 

When Eva and Clara’s friendship is tested, Clara must decide whether her passion to help people goes beyond her own personal suffering. While on a mission to complete a promise, Clara meets Mattie and they become friends who have a bonded purpose in life. Through heartache each provides healing to others with their quilt.

 

After the war, Clara returns to the United States and tries to live a normal life. In an effort to hide behind work and her own inability to forgive, she ignores the romantic initiations of a young man in town. Through persistence, love finds her and through tragedy, Clara finds the family she has always wanted.

 

A Promise in Pieces gives the reader the chance to walk through Clara’s life. It is a wonderful story about family, friendship and forgiveness. Definitely a must read!

 

I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

I posted reviews on: Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Deepershopping, Christianbook, BarnesandNoble.

Outstanding!

My skills as a reviewer cannot begin to summarize this book and do it justice. This book needs to be absorbed piece by piece like the blocks and stitches in the quilt that holds this story together. The fact that this is Emily T.Wierenga's debut novel is astonishing! It is impressive that a young woman created the life story of an elderly woman with such incredible depth of feeling and insight. The author displays wisdom beyond her years in portraying the yearnings, passion, emotions and realities in the life of the main character in "A Promise in Pieces."
The layers in this story are like the layers of a quilt, bits and pieces of cloth that comprise the top, batting which adds thickness and warmth, a backing to encase the batting, and the stitches which strengthen and bind the quilt together. As Clara's life unfolds and her faith is many times questioned assurance is realized through the light of something tangible in her life, and the scheme of God's plans are revealed, strengthening her resolve. 
This is one woman's story, her journey of faith, her fears and dreams, the journey she travels throughout her life, and the people who become the focus in her life. This is an amazing piece of art that may be lost on young readers who lack the experiences of older readers, but I believe that the lessons learned throughout this beautiful story can be applied to anyone's life. I highly recommend "A Promise in Pieces" as a remarkable and brilliant narrative! I look forward to future books by this author!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Abingdon Press through the Book Fun program, a program sponsored by The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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I didn't read the back of this book before I started it so I was pleasantly surprised by the story line.  I was transported to the very places that Emily was writing about that Clara visited, I could feel her despair at having been abandoned by Eva, and the tragedy of the war and the men all around her.  I think her desire to honor Gareth and all the others who fought was so commendable and something that 90% of us don't even think about.  This book held my attention until the very end and I couldn't put it down.  There were definitely sad parts in the this book.  It is so nice to read books that are a mirror to real life as real life definitely has its ups and downs.  I really appreciate the chance to read this book and I have passed it on to my mother who is a quilter.  I will be posting my review on Amazon.com, Goodreads, B & N, CBD, and Deeper Shopping

This was a very touching story.  Clara is now an elderly woman on a road trip with her family, and she is telling the story of the quilt to her grandson. Her story is full of love, heartbreak, forgiveness, faith.  The author made me really care for Clara and her life.  I would love to sit down and listen to her stories myself. I would definitely recommend this book as one to be read!

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My Review

A wonderful story about life...

This story was by no means what I was expecting. I thought this would be a cutesy romantic WWII story. A Promise In Pieces was so much more than that!

The story is in two sections and is from the perspective of an elderly woman on a road trip with her family, while traveling she tells her story to her grandson. Interspersed with her memories are events that happen on the road trip.

There was a lot packed into this little book with less than 200 pages. One woman's lifetime of heartache and joy, the good memories and the bad. I loved how realistic the story is, Emily T. Weirenga has done and amazing job portraying that life isn't always easy and sometimes it can get pretty hard, but through it all the heroine learns the power of hope, forgiveness, love, and faith in a God that orchestrates it all. A Promise In Pieces is a real tearjerker but it is still full of hope and faith.

A Promise In Pieces is a good story to be read by people of all ages, young women like myself to great-grandmothers who have lived it themselves.

(I received a copy of this book from Abingdon Press through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own)

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