4/24/2014

A Promise in Pieces Review

My thoughts:
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

The Blog Tour

The latest Quilts of Love release, A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga is receiving glowing reviews.



Emily is celebrating the release of her debut novel with a "Women Helping Women" shopping spree giveaway.


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One winner will receive:


  • $200 to spend at Emily's favorite shops, Noonday Collection & Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to make a difference in the lives of women!)

  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga

  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog on May 12th. Then be sure to stop by the Quilts of Love Facebook page on May 29th for the "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with Emily and other Quilts of Love authors. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips & tricks, prizes, and more!




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