Title of Book: A Quilt for Jenna
Author: Patrick E. Craig
ISBN 978-0-7369-5105-0 pbk
Publisher: Harvest House Publisher, Eugene, OR
Publication Date: April, 2013
Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein
ABOUT THE BOOK
Jerusha is the best quilter in Apple Creek, Ohio. In fact, she might be the best quilter in the entire state. And now she has made her most beautiful quilt yet. Surely it will win first place at the Quilt Fair in Dalton.
On the way to the fair, Jerusha gets caught in the storm of the Century. An accident leaves her trapped in her driver’s car—and trapped by the memories of her marriage to Reuben and the birth and loss of little Jenna.
And then another little girl enters the story and takes Jerusha’s heart captive in a way she hadn’t expected. Can this child also be the one to heal Reuben’s pain as well?
A beautiful story of loss…and redemption.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick E. Craig, author of A Quilt for Jenna, has in the past served as a worship leader, seminar speaker and pastor. Today, he focuses on writing both fiction and non-fiction books. A Quilt for Jenna is the first in the Apple Creek Dreams series. It will be followed by The Road Home, and The Amish Heiress. Craig and his wife live in northern California. They have two adult children and five grandchildren.
A Quilt for Jenna by Patrick E. Craig brought an ache to my heart. A Quilt for Jenna certainly wasn’t the typical sweet Amish romance I expected when I picked up the book.
Set in the 1950s, the story unfolds as scenes shift from gentle Amish living to scenes from World War II of hand-to-hand combat to a woman alone in a deserted car, and then to a child on a frozen lake. The scenes kept me a bit off balance as I read.
Of course it was important for us to understand Jerusha’s husband Reuben who had left his Amish faith behind. The shifting scenes also help us to understand Reuben’s friend, Bobby, and his determination to find Jerusha before it is too late. And they helped us understand Jerusha’s heartache, and the child’s fear.
Craig’s book is not for the faint of heart, but I’m glad I persevered. The back cover uses these words: “A beautiful story of loss…and redemption.” It is that, but it is also a book that will stay with you. Thank you, Patrick E. Craig for the vivid images of the war, the Amish, love, determination and redemption. I recommend A Quilt for Jenna.