Monday, April 21, 2014

A Promise In Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga (Quilts Of Love #17)

A Promise In Pieces is gut wrenching. This story was pulled from the lives of real people, and then mixed with fiction where needed.  This book is serious, traumatic, dramatic, and both sad and sweet at the same time.

Two girls run away from their homes to be war nurses. Claire, and her only friend Eva. Clarie is a Pastor's daughter, and she has been raised with plenty of restrictions. Her bold move to run away and join the war effort is in direct defiance of her Father's stance of  no involvement in the war because it isn't Christ like in his mind. She has been disowned by her family.

After some difficult basic training, Claire and Eva wind up overseas, tending the wounded as they die. That alone would have been life altering enough, but Claire winds up unable to save a true Christ like man, who has her write a letter to her beloved wife, Mattie, and Claire promises to deliver it to her. Once the war was over, and everyone thoroughly traumatized, Claire has to decide where to go next. She could have mailed it, and the bible it was written in, but instead she goes in person. This too becomes another life changing moment for Claire. Finding a modicum of forgiveness upon returning home, Claire becomes a "midwife" and in the process the quilt handed to her by Mattie takes on a whole new life, calling and meaning.

An entire second plot is in progress during this book as well.

Carol :)

This week, the

is introducing

Abingdon Press (April 15, 2014)



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:, 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,


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Promise in Pieces, go HERE.

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