Tuesday, November 3, 2020

THE BLENDED QUILT by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

“I have learned that whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11”
Wanda Brunstetter is one of my favorite Amish fiction writers, I always look forward to reading her books. For me, The Blended Quilt was a delightful read and blended two beautiful and differing Amish communities into one quilt. The end result of Sadie's work was exquisite just from the authors description!
What I really loved was how the above scripture set the tone for this story. Both Sadie and Wyman struggled to find contentment in the ordinary and every day stuff—ie: jobs, money, material things. They were both looking for outside things to satisfy them, when in reality, God was calling them to find joy in what He had already given them. I think when we try to find our satisfaction in every day things, we often miss what's right in front of us....the importance of family, friends, community, love and real joy that's deeper than anything we can gain. They learned this lesson as the story played out. I really enjoyed watching their character growth in how they changed and matured.
I liked getting to know the other characters in this story as well; each one struggled with their own problems and came to grips with what really matters in the end. They often reminded each other of the importance of praying for God's direction in their decisions and supporting each other in hard times. That's one thing I especially love in the Amish families, how they pull together when a need arises and help each other through it. Wyman and Sadie certainly stepped up to be there for their families when the time came, I rejoiced in watching it!
If you like Amish fiction, I recommend this timeless story of family, community, seeking God's direction, and the importance of true contentment. You can count on Brunstetter to write a faith-filled story and bring this genre to life!
*I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and was not required to leave a review. All opinions are mine. *

BackCover Blurb:
Will pursuing Sadie’s dreams mean leaving a romance behind?

Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courtship. He can’t seem to commit to a profession that would secure a future, and he is jealous of the time Sadie gives to her own pursuits. Is there really any reason to drag this courtship out? Only time will tell in this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.

Barbour Publishing, November 2020
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