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Review 1 for A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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God can create beauty from our ashes!

Date:April 19, 2014
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Heart2Heart
Location:Victorville, CA
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Often times we look back on our life by the time we are old and wonder if anything we have done has meant anything. Has our life created a legacy that shows where we have walked and left footprints on the hearts of those around us? Clara Kirkpatrick has always wondered if God was calling her to something more, something greater. She found it on the cusp of World War II when she ran away from home to become a nurse. Her parents didn't want her to go, and she lied to them about signing up. But in her heart, she felt God was pulling her in that direction. To give something more of herself than simply growing up as a preacher's daughter. She never dreamed she would break their hearts.
Yet she found her true calling. Something that would connect her life forever through the threads she would weave in the lives of the people she touched. That was the day she met Gareth, a wounded man she met as a nurse who showed her how you could combine a love for God and still serve in the war. Knowing there was little more she could do for him, than offer to hold his hand, since his injuries were life threatening and being without pain meds, she offered comfort in his final moments. His last request was a letter to his wife, and a promise that Clara would deliver his final declarations of love in person to Mattie. It was a promise she would keep.
It was one of the most difficult times in her life when the war was finally over, giving that letter to Mattie in person. She could understand it if she would refuse to talk to her, but Mattie had a true heart after God. After reading the letter, Mattie gave her a quilt she had made hoping that one day her and Gareth might begin a family. Now that he was dead, she knew in her heart she could never marry and with that the promise of children with Gareth would never be fulfilled. Since Clara was a nurse she asked Mattie if she might stitch the names of the children who had been lost in the war or as a result of childbirth into the quilt to remember them and to also pray for those children who would now grow up without a father.
It would be Clara's legacy and promise that she too, would never marry for fear that death would rob her of love. But God had other plans in store for Clara, one that would take her life farther than she would ever dream and create something that began with a promise and restore all those broken pieces in her life to something of beauty to be passed on to her family. This is Clara's story and one that will impact your life as well as it did hers .
I received A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga compliments of Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions are strictly my own. This was such a beautiful story of a servant's life, Clara's life and how God can use the broken places in our own lives to restore us and create something true beautiful with them. We will be able to look back and see how God took those messes in our life and we make marks by moving forward in those dark times. We might not see it until we turn around and look back, but it's there. For those that love WWII as your backdrop coupled with a beautiful story of love and redemption than this is the perfect book for you. As an addition to the Quilts of Love series, this book doesn't have to be read in order but as a stand alone, but trust me, if you love quilts and the stories they hold, you'll want to pick up all of them.I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. It has found a permanent place in my bookshelf with the rest!
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Review 2 for A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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A Promise in Pieces

Date:April 14, 2014
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About this book:
“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.”
Series: Quilts of Love” book #17 (does not have to be read in order)
Spiritual Content- Young Clara feels like she tired of the Bible but she does know scriptures (she’s a Pastor’s daughter); Older Clara has a strong Faith; Scriptures are quotes.
Negative Content- Minor cussing: 3 ‘darn’s; Champagne, & Gin drinking
Sexual Content- While telling her & Oliver’s story, on their wedding night, Clara says “we loved each other that night” and “that it’s not like the movies says it is”; no-detail kisses.
-Clara Flanagan
P.O.V. switches between Young Clara & Grandma Clara
Set in 200 (but switches back between 1943-1957 as well)
193 pages
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Three Stars
My Personal Rating-
Two Stars (and a half)
I have mixed feelings about this book… I had an incredibly hard time getting into this story because it goes back-n-forth with First person & Third person. This was my first “Quilts of Love” book I’ve read (while reading I was snuggled under my quilt. :) )
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this review.
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Review 3 for A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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God is always there

Date:April 13, 2014
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Marilyn
Location:Coral Springs, FL
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We follow the life of Clara, As she reflects with her children and grandchildren about her life as a nurse in the war and her being a midwife after. We also follow as she has to deal with forgiveness (which is sometimes the hardest to do when its yourself), love, Trust and believing in God.
It is a great story following the stitches of a truly amazing quilt. It is also a picture of how our lives can intermix with others and create such a wonderful pattern.
If you like modern mixed with history you will love this book.
I was given this book from bookfun.org (the Book club network) for my honest opinion.
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Review 4 for A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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World War II love story and so much more...

Date:April 13, 2014
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Mary
Location:Minnesota
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I give “A Promise in Pieces” by Emily Wierenga five out of five stars! What a beautiful story! I totally enjoyed it. This book is about a contemporary family taking a road trip to deliver a World War II artifact to a museum. During their travels Grandma begins to share her story of being a nurse in France during the war. Her story takes us from her childhood through the current day. She explains how she felt growing up, leaving home, working as a nurse and trying to save as many lives as possible, to how she becomes the owner of a precious quilt and how she uses the quilt to help people heal and feel loved.
Emily Wierenga has themes of love and loss, forgiveness and faithfulness, and the importance of family in her book. The book is easy to read and contains lots of information about World War II and how hard times were for everyone. I highly recommend “A Promise in Pieces.”
I received this book from “The Book Club Network” in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Review 5 for A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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An inspiration!

Date:April 8, 2014
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believer
Location:Omaha, NE
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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:9-11
I don't think I've ever read a book that illustrated this verse so well!
Clara and her family travel to the World War II Museum to deliver an important artifact. But more important than any treasure is the story she shares on the way.
A Promise in Pieces amazed me in so many ways, especially weaving together a present-day story with one from the 1940s, and, in the midst of lump-in-the-throat sadness, imparting such hope. We really are God's handiwork, and I pray I'll be able to do His work as well as Clara did!
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Review 6 for A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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A Promise in Pieces

Date:April 4, 2014
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Location:Tennessee
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"A Promise in Pieces" by Emily T. Wiernega, book review, Quilts of Love seriew
Clara served as a nurse during WWII over 50 years ago, but the memories are still in her mind. And her promise to a dying soldier to deliver one last letter changed her life. After Garath died, Clara held on to the letter with the intent to deliver to his wife, Mattie. Little did she know that meeting Mattie would change and shape her life.
The novel contains many recollections of Clara's days of nursing in Europe during WWII and current events with her children and grandchildren. The family is taking a road trip to deliver a quilt to the National WWII museum in New Orleans, LA. But the trip is derailed when Oliver, Clara's husband, has a stroke and must stay in the hospital a few days.
This story is a wonderful collection of memories and how we can all shape each other's live. I recently had the opportunity to visit the WWII museum in New Orleans and was amazed at the sacrifice of Americans, at home and abroad. This is a story for anyone interested in history and family dynamics..
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press. All opinions expressed are my onw.
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Review 7 for A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBook
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Sweet, touching, real feeling story

Date:March 12, 2014
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Katharina
Age:25-34
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I found this book to read for the Book Cover Bingo game (needed a quilt) and if just for this book, I’m so glad I’m participating in the game. Probably wouldn’t have requested this book otherwise. It made me laugh and it made me cry.
Clara’s story is told by Clara herself as she looks back to her experiences before, during and just after WWII. The author gets the tone perfect because it really felt like a 70 something year old woman reminiscing and telling her grandson the story of the quilt.
The quilt doesn’t come into play until midway through her tale but it plays an important role after that in helping her heal and feel useful. It’s what ties the whole story together in a very touching way.
I loved this story because it reminded me that everyone has a story to tell and wisdom to share; especially those who have lived half a dozen decades or more. Which is exactly what Clara wanted her grandson to learn. Among other things.
But Clara isn’t perfect and above reproach either, she’s still learning, still experiencing. Life’s lessons don’t end until life ends. And I’m so glad the book ends on a happy note with something to look forward to.
The characters are interesting, life back in the 1940s and 50s is simply yet vividly described, and it’s a wonderful reminder of what our grandparents or even great-grand parents went through.
Read it if you enjoy simple but sweet lifelong romance, World War II fiction, tales about nurses, or present day stories mixed with the past.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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