"A Wonderful Sequel Filled With Faith and Healing"
Reviewed by Susan Dyer
Posted September 29, 2013
You don't have to read the first book Half Stitched Amish
Quilting Club to
enjoy this sequel, THE TATTERED QUILT.
Emma is about to give a new quilting class. Her students
are quite a mixed
bag of characters. Her husband, Lamar, will be helping her
as he did in the
first book. They are very kind simple folks and they both
have hearts of
gold and patients of a saint. They have a very strong
marriage and both
know it is about give as well as take. Before they agree to
class, Lamar suggests they go down to Florida for a well
vacation. Emma agrees but only if no one signs up for the
Many of the characters in this quilting class have a
connection to the
people from the first book, but that doesn't mean you have
to read the first
book. I didn't read it, and I wasn't lost at all. Wanda
gives you enough of
their backgrounds as you read to make you feel as if you
what is going on in their lives.
Cheryl takes the class after bringing her grandmother's
quilt to Emma for
repairs. Cheryl wants to have the quilt repaired and give
it to grandmother
hoping it gives her some comfort as she is doing poorly.
Terry and Blaine
both are attracted to Cheryl and both couldn't be more
different. Terry is
rough around the edges has very long hair and smokes.
Cheryl is allergic
to cigarette smoke. Blaine is very nice and attractive as
Anna, an Amish girl, is taking the class as well but doesn't
want to be there.
Her mother signed her up for them in hopes of teaching Anna
how to sew.
Anna could care less. She is eighteen and just wants to go
out and do the
things her English friends get to do.
Carmen is a journalist who has traveled to Indiana to see
and niece while trying to write an article on the Amish.
She doesn't tell
anyone what she is really doing there and starts to feel
guilty because of it.
She is also torn about her life in Los Angeles and how the
new people in
her life are making her really think about where her life is
Then there is Selma. She is a bitter, cranky older lady who
is also a widow.
She is known as the neighborhood busybody and has no Problem
others what is on her mind. She gets on everyone's nerves
in the sewing
class with her snide remarks, but really, she is just
lonely, missing her
THE TATTERED QUILT really pulls at your heart strings. I
caught up in the characters lives and business. It was
as if I were
sitting at the table with them and we were all friends.
always leave me thinking abut the choices I have made in my
own life and
how I can be a better person. I look forward to reading
more of this
Amish widow–turned–newlywed Emma Yoder Miller
begins another quilting class with a new group of unlikely
students, all with tattered pieces of their lives that need
mending. Selma is a belittling busybody. Terry is a rugged
roofer who just wants a casual date with a pretty classmate.
Blaine loses a bet and has to join the class, where he soon
finds himself in a friendly competition with Terry. Anna's
mother signs her up in a desperate attempt to keep Anna from
leaving the Amish faith. Carmen holds tightly to bitterness
while hiding her secret motives for taking the class. And
Cheryl has a broken, mistrusting heart that needs just as
much mending as the tattered quilt she brings. Members of
this patchwork group find friendship, faith, healing, and
restoration while gathered around their quilts.
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