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About the Book
Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?
With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.
When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society―the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.
When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak―through grief and new chances at love―they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started reading this book. This is the first I’ve read from Cathy Liggett, and the plot was different then the typical Amish fiction books I am used to. Let me say this, I am so glad that I decided to give it a shot because I absolutely loved it! This will not be the last that Ms. Liggett has seen of me!
First I have to comment on the interesting plot. For three woman, one of whom is Amish, to come together as friends was so interesting to me. Their love and commitment to their friendship was evident throughout the book. They were so quick to help one another and overcome any obstacle that came their way. They didn’t even mind meddling a little but when need be. Their story made my laugh, cry, and really enjoy reading about the value of friendship.
Of course, what is a good book without some kind of love story in it? I appreciated that the author did not make these three loves stories the main focus. That being said, they were excellent stories. No rush in any of them at all. My favorite was Lydia and her late husband. I know if you’ve read the story you’ll wonder why. You only saw clues throughout the story to what their marriage was like, and how difficult it must have been. In reading this you get some ideas of what the problems may have been. Then comes the plot twist!! No, I won’t tell you, you’ll have to read, but it makes you look at their marriage in a completely different way. I felt Lydia was such a strong character, and while she may not have felt that way, it was really just her being so humble. She made such progress throughout the story in coming into her own, I do hope there is more to come for her in the future!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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The wonderful publishers at Tyndale have a treat for you!! Check out all of these links. There is some awesome recipes, and a way for us to pay it forward as well. I especially like the random acts of kindness cards. There’s a link to a blog post to give you ideas of what to do. I like the donating the books to local church or library, because not only is it an act of kindness, but it promotes reading!! Please share below what you plan to do. I’d love to hear it and so would my friends at Tyndale 🙂
· Random Acts of Kindness Cards: http://blog.tyndale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/RandomActsKindness_Cards.pdf
· Amish Friendship Bread Recipe: http://blog.tyndale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Amish-Friendship-Bread-Recipe.pdf
· Lemon Bars Recipe: http://blog.tyndale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Lemon-Bars-Recipe.pdf
· Shepherd’s Pie Recipe: http://blog.tyndale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Shepherds-Pie-Recipe.pdf
· White Chocolate Chex Crunch Recipe: http://blog.tyndale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/White-Chocolate-Chex-Crunch-Recipe.pdf
· Blank Recipe Card: http://blog.tyndale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Blank-Recipe-Card.pdf