Leah feels like she grew a watermelon in her belly, as carrying twins is just no fun. But she is so pleased that God has blessed their family with these babies. However, carrying them for 9 long months is beginning to wear on her. Her sister-in-law Annie is also expecting! It will be so wonderful to have the babies so close in age. If only the time will pass quickly.
Leah has some complications that necessitate bed rest in the hospital to give the babies time to grow. Annie, because of her nurse’s training is able to help Leah understand the medical procedures and help with her care, as she formerly worked at the hospital.
Back home, Leah’s husband is alone and working through his feelings of becoming a father and being a better husband. Although the time away is painful for both of them, it is also a time of healing and growth. The Amish community gathers together to hold an auction to pay the medical bills and otherwise care the this family during their time of need.
All through the book, Annie and Leah work to piece a quilt for the baby, and decide to concentrate on the Bible passage describing the fruits of the spirit. This gives some uplifting stories to the mothers in the hospital as they wait the birth of the babies.
I enjoyed this book, it was a nice story to read at the holidays. It showed the Amish community in a positive way, how they care for their own. And the attention to the quilt that was being pieced through out the story was a nice touch. This would be a great stocking stuffer for your favorite quilter.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press . All opinions expressed are my own.
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Abingdon Press (October 15, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word From The Author:
I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.
I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.
I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.
My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.