Amish Fiction Novella Collection Book Review: An Amish Quilting Bee
About the Book
Title: An Amish Quilting Bee: Three Stories
Authors: Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Shelley Shepard Gray
Genre: Amish Fiction
Release Date: December 7, 2021
Publisher's Book Description
“Three charming stories of cozy quilting circles and budding romance
Patchwork Promises by Amy Clipston
When Colin Zook and his beloved grandmother lose everything in a fire, their greatest loss is a beloved family heirloom quilt that helped keep her dementia at bay. When Joanne Lapp hears about the loss, she decides to re-create the quilt. Colin soon feels himself developing feelings for her, but he’s held back by the knowledge that a future with him would involve care of his grandmother and his farm. Will Joanne look past his list of responsibilities and see him for who he truly is?
A Common Thread by Kathleen Fuller
Susie Glick returns from a shopping trip laden with beautiful fabric for her quilting group. On the bus ride, Alex Lehman—her crush from three years ago—sits next to her. Alex left Middlefield to explore the country, and now he’s back and ready to join the church. Susie was just a kid when he left, but now she’s a woman—and she definitely has his interest. The women in her quilting circle aren’t as excited about Alex’s return, assuming that he’ll leave again in search of adventure. Susie is convinced they’re wrong, but just as they start dating, Alex tells Susie he has to leave. He says he’ll return, but Susie must decide whether or not she can trust the man she fears has captured her heart.
Stitched Together by Shelley Shepard Gray
joy is her yearly project for the Pinecraft Mennonite Quilt Sale, and
she dreams of being the top earner. But she’s worried that she’s bitten
off more than she can chew with her latest entry. To make things even
more confusing, after coming to terms with her single state, she’s
recently formed a friendship with Tim Christner. He’s only in town for a
month, but he has Rosie wondering if she’s found love at last. Now all
she has to do is figure out how to get the quilt done so she can
concentrate on him. But with her once very organized life in total
disarray, everything comes to a head just before the sale. Rosie is
forced to reexamine her priorities before she loses not only her place
in the quilt show but everything else she’s ever wanted.”
An Amish Quilting Bee is a touching novella collection featuring stories by Amy Clipston,
Kathleen Fuller, and Shelley Shepard Gray. Set in Amish communities in
different parts of the country, these three stories are delightfully
engaging and enjoyable. Filled with the relevant themes of family,
friendship, service, love, and hope, this book offers stories that are
thoughtfully written and truly endearing.
all three of these novellas, the authors introduce characters who are
talented quilters. These characters endeavor to use their sewing skills
to benefit others. Page after page, these characters are interesting and
relatable. With faithful perseverance, they confront their own
insecurities, misunderstandings, and heartaches. Their authentic
struggles and their efforts to act with grace and kindness are very
meaningful and encouraging. Their stories affirm the importance of
honesty, compassion, generosity, and faith.
Novella collections are always a special treat, and An Amish Quilting Bee is
no exception. It is a genuinely special book with three uplifting
stories that Amish fiction fans will undoubtedly enjoy. Memorable and
moving from beginning to end, I sincerely recommend this book to all
*I was given a copy of this book by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Amy Clipston
has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing
"career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote
and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from
Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American
Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the
author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan,
which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for
organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins
Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney
transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped
kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in
early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and
blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons,
mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.” --Biography from Amy Clipston’s author page on Amazon.com.
About the Author: Kathleen Fuller
Fuller is a best-selling author of Amish fiction. She is also a wife,
mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.”
--Biography from Kathleen Fuller’s author page on Amazon.com.
About the Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
“Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.
Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.
also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull
weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.” --Biography from Shelley
Shepard Gray’s author page on Amazon.com.