Friday, November 22, 2013

Book Review: The Christmas Quilt, by Vannetta Chapman

Susan Heim on Writing is thrilled to be a stop on the book tour for The Christmas Quilt, by Vannetta Chapman. This book is part of the Quilts of Love series published by Abingdon Press. Read on to find out more about this wonderful book and the author, my thoughts on the book, and a Facebook party where you might win a copy of The Christmas Quilt or even a Kindle Fire HDX!

About the book: 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 taking the buggy to her brother Adam’s home. When her friend Leah (Adam’s wife) is due to deliver her first child before Christmas, Annie becomes determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. But God’s plans are different from Annie’s, and she may not finish the quilt in time. As each piece of the quilt comes together, Annie discovers the quilt holds far greater significance than she ever imagined.

My thoughts: I love Amish fiction, and I was especially excited to have the opportunity to review a book by Vannetta Chapman because I had already read and loved her book, A Simple Amish Christmas. (Read my review here.) This new book, The Christmas Quilt, actually features many of the same characters from A Simple Amish Christmas, but it’s also a stand-alone story, so it’s not necessary to read the “prequel” to understand The Christmas Quilt. I could really relate to Leah’s story in The Christmas Quilt because she’s due to deliver twins, something I was also about to do ten years ago! Leah is hoping for a home birth, like many Amish women have, but her complicated twin pregnancy (a common occurrence) makes a hospital delivery necessary. In The Christmas Quilt, Annie is also expecting a child (just one), and so the two women are both learning to find their way as young married women and expectant mothers. I found Leah and Adam’s fears about being good parents and being able to sustain their love for each other to be very realistic. Both women discover that love isn’t always enough; communication and faith are also necessary ingredients for strong and successful marriages. I really loved The Christmas Quilt, a must-read for fans of Amish fiction and great stories!

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Meet the author: Vannetta Chapman is the author of five books about the Amish and has published more than one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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I posted about this previously, but I wanted to remind you of this fun event again:

In honor of their new Quilts of Love releases, The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose, authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter are gearing up to ring in the Christmas season with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th with fellow Quilts of Love author Lynette Sowell!


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman
  • Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. Winner will be announced at the "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th. Connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Vannetta Chapman, Lisa Carter, and Lynette Sowell, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January's Quilts of Love book!

Disclosure: Susan Heim on Writing received one or more of the products mentioned above for free for evaluation purposes. Regardless, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


  1. I'm a new folloer, I like your blog! I enjoyed reading your review of this book!

    1. Thanks, Melissa, for being a new follower! I'm so glad you liked the review. I'll have more coming up!


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