“A Promise in Pieces” by Emily T. Wiernega, book review, Quilts of Love seriew
Clara served as a nurse during WWII over 50 years ago, but the memories are still in her mind. And her promise to a dying soldier to deliver one last letter changed her life. After Garath died, Clara held on to the letter with the intent to deliver to his wife, Mattie. Little did she know that meeting Mattie would change and shape her life.
The novel contains many recollections of Clara’s days of nursing in Europe during WWII and current events with her children and grandchildren. The family is taking a road trip to deliver a quilt to the National WWII museum in New Orleans, LA. But the trip is derailed when Oliver, Clara’s husband, has a stroke and must stay in the hospital a few days.
This story is a wonderful collection of memories and how we can all shape each other’s live. I recently had the opportunity to visit the WWII museum in New Orleans and was amazed at the sacrifice of Americans, at home and abroad. This is a story for anyone interested in history and family dynamics..
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Abingdon Press (April 15, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from the Author:
I’m Emily, and I’m honored and humbled to meet you, friend.
We’re all stumbling along on this journey and you can approach me about anything okay? I’m an open book, with dog-eared pages and a worn cover.
I’m mama to two boys, ages two and four, and married to a farm-boy-turned-math-teacher. We live in a small Dutch hamlet with three churches, one Co-Op and no stop lights. There are a lot of fields out here, there’s a lot of space and sky for breathing and running and writing.
We foster two boys in addition to our own two, and before I had kids, I took care of my Mum who had brain cancer. She fought back and has recovered, all glory to God, and my pastor-father still holds her hand while they go for daily walks.
I battled anorexia nervosa as a child, and then again as a newly married woman, and I write a lot about body image now and have a passion for women to learn to love themselves.
My husband and I have battled infertility and are currently trying to adopt our third child through the local Alberta government.
I hurt for the church, and believe in it, and pray for it, as I’ve grown up inside its walls and have heard its groanings.
I have a heart for Africa, particularly Uganda, and went there in January on a bloggers’ trip with World Help.
My favorite things to do are read literary novels, play guitar, snowboard, paint with oil and acrylics and hug my babies.
I am the author of two books on eating disorders, a novel releasing this spring, and a memoir coming out this summer.
I hope you’ll connect with me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/emilytwierenga, or if you prefer, Twitter: @emily_wierenga. I’d love to have a virtual glass of wine, or cup of coffee, with you.
Peace to you friends,
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.