Wednesday, May 21, 2014

book review: A Stitch and A Prayer

A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva J. GibsonA Stitch and A Prayer by Eva Gibson
The eighth book in the ''Quilts of Love'' series, A Stitch and a Prayer is about newly-wed couple beginning their life together in the woods of the Northwest. The bride, Florence is just recovering from her recent struggle with a bone-weakening sickness. Throughout the book, she must learn to trust and rely on God's strength, not her own. All women will be able to relate to the fears and struggles of the young wife in this book.

Personally, I was not impressed with this literary work of fiction. I was confused about the time period in which it takes place. It sounded more to me like present-day Amish than regular pioneers of 1897. Being a history buff,  I found several mistakes in the book- references to one character's denim dress, recently-coined words such as ''okay'', etc.
Secondly, I thought the romance between the husband and wife over-wrought. Almost as if the author was trying to prove to the reader that they did indeed love each other! It was just too repetitive. Thirdly, I wasn't able to really understand the main character, Florence. I realize it is difficult to make a character come to life in a book. But I have read many, many books. Some accomplish this feat, some do not. Unfortunately, this author had a difficult time creating a realistic woman in this new book.
I conclude, I do not think this book was well-written or featured a great plot.

More about the book....
After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.


But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?

I received this book free through the Litfuse blogger program and was encouraged to give my full and honest opinion.