Friday, October 25, 2013

The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman

The Christmas Quilt is a story rich in the stuff of life. It fittingly begins with the scripture from Galatians which lists the fruit of the Spirit. The first fruit is love and that is really the heart of this story.

Annie is a nurse who has it all together and is pregnant with her first child. She is married to Samuel who is ten years older and suffered the loss of his first wife and child. He has managed to come through  his heartache stronger and wiser. They are a match made in Heaven.  

Leah, her best friend and sister-in-law is also a young wife, pregnant with twins and struggling with emotions, mood swings, and really swollen feet. She is married to Annie's brother-- a good man overall, but in a bit lacking in the understanding department. Leah's fear and insecurity are the enemies that threaten her ability to trust Adam and his love for her.

The main characters in The Christmas Quilt are Amish, and I loved the glimpse into the Amish life: Vanetta Chapman made even the labor intensive task of doing the laundry seem beautiful and I love how the Amish rally around one another when help is needed. 

The Christmas Quilt is another truly wonderful book in the Quilts of Love series.

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A Word From The Author:

I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.

I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.

I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.

My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.


Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Christmas Quilt, go HERE.


6 comments: said...

Sounds like a special book, and it takes a skilled writer to make laundry seem a beautiful task.

Thank you, Cheryl.

Much success with this book, Vannetta.


Cheryl Klarich said...

Robyn, thank you so much for stopping by.
Yes! This book was a breathe of fresh air!
By the way, your recent post about the very real problem of sex trafficking is really important. Thanks again!!

Bless you!!

Terri Tiffany said...

Well I love quilts and love the Amish so I would love this book I'm sure. ALso neat to read that the author is from the hill country in Texas--just moved back from near there. And she has a relative in PA--where I now live!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Terri! I love all those things too! And--don't forget Christmas!! ;)

God bless you!

Vannetta Chapman said...

Thank you, Robyn. That laundry scene was fun for me to write, and yes it made me appreciate my washing machine!

Terri, I just love the Texas hill country. It's the BEST part of Texas, imo.

Cheryl, thanks for spotlighting my book.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Vanetta!
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. I look forward to reading more of your books!

God bless you!