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I love a good Christian Historical novel, and was excited to get a chance to preview A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson.
About the Book
From the book description:
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?
I love the Christian Historical genre. So I really wanted to like this book. And, at times I did. I loved the character of Florence. She comes across as being a bit whiny sometimes, but she has reason to be. She is living on the frontier, with chronic health problems and is pregnant and alone. I was impressed with her faith, and the gumption she had to keep her faith in both her husband and God, even in the midst of trying circumstances. I loved the idea of the quilt and all that it represented throughout the story.
I was bothered by the fact that Will left his pregnant new wife alone for such a long period and with only a note. Although he had redeeming aspects, it was difficult for me to get past that.
Overall, this is a lovely story of true love, and faith that has been tested by circumstances. I think we could all learn a little bit from Florence, which is one of the reasons I love this genre so much.
I would recommend this book to those who love quilting and those who enjoy Christian Historical fiction.