“A Stitch and a Prayer” by Eve Gibson, book review
Florence feels so hopeless. Her illness has left her without mobility or strength to take care of herself or her household. But her loving husband Will keeps coming up with ideas to make life in the frontier easier and safer for her. But then he has to leave. And while he cannot share the details of the trip he promises to return before the birth of their baby, close to Christmas time. Florence learns to trust God for His care and provision during these difficult months.
This story is well told, but I had a difficult time really getting to know the characters. I felt like there was a previous story that I had missed. And the theme of Quilts in this series by Abingdon Press, was not introduced until late in the book.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and was warmed by the faith and courage of Florence during the very difficult time in her life. I was also reminded that friends and family play a vital role in all our lives, sometimes doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
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A Stitch and A Prayer
Abingdon Press (May 20, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
(No image available) Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including A Stitch and a Prayer, the latest release in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Fiction. She currently teaches Writing Your Life Story classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for her novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK
After her fiancé returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.
But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch and A Prayer, go HERE.