Book Review: A Promise in Pieces

Book Review: A Promise in Pieces from Starts At EightAbout A Promise in Pieces:

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.

Emily T. WierengaAbout Emily T. Wierenga:

Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for “The Christian Courier,” and the author of “Save My Children,” “Chasing Silhouettes,” and “Mom in the Mirror.” Emily and her family reside in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.

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What I Thought:

I loved how Clara’s story was woven together.  The way sh told her stories from her past came together seamlessly with her present day life.  It made A Promise in Pieces easy to read and follow.

Unfortunately, despite the author’s intentions of portraying hope and trust in God, the overriding feeling for me was struggle and sadness.  Clara’s entire life from the stories she told to her present day situation was ridden with her struggle, guilt, sadness and a never ending feeling of emotional drowning.

While I found the book easy to read and follow, I just never saw the light at the end of the tunnel to make it all worth the journey in the end.

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Disclaimer: I want to thank Emily T. Wierenga and Litfuse Publicity for supplying me with a copy of this book for me to review. While I received this free of charge in exchange for my review, my opinions are my own, and have not been influenced in any way.

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