I enjoyed this book greatly. This new author has made a wonderful debut with this story. The story was heart-rending in places and hilarious in others. The author easily transitioned those scenes. I felt like I was in the car with Clara as she tells her story to her family. Great storytelling! A great debut, a great book. Loved it! 5 stars
A baby quilt touches many hearts as it travels from family-to-family and through generations.
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.
Advanced Praise for A Promise in Pieces
"Itching for adventure as the war reaches into her provincial world, twenty-year-old Clara Wilson runs away to enlist as an Army nurse. After arriving in battle-torn France, patching up soldier after soldier, she soon regrets her impulsive decision. But as Clara tends a dying preacher-turned-soldier, she makes a promise that will change her life far more dramatically than war. Emily T. Wierenga's A Promise in Pieces is not to be missed---a poignant, beautifully crafted story that will leave you wanting more from this talented debut novelist."
~ Suzanne Woods Fisher, award-winning, bestselling author of the Stoney Ridge Seasons series
"Wierenga is a stunning new writer. I became so engrossed in this riveting story, I grieved to see it end."
~ Serena B. Miller, award-winning author of The Measure of Katie Calloway and A Promise to Love
Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for The Christian Courier, and the author of Save My Children (Castle Quay Books, 2008), Chasing Silhouettes (Ampelon Publishing, 2012) and Mom in the Mirror(Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Emily resides in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.
Learn more about Emily at: http://www.emilywierenga.com
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