Wednesday, July 27, 2011
THE WOUNDED HEART (ADINA SENFT)
A widow with two small children, Amelia is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband's business, but it's not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she's only too relieved to consider it-especially when it looks like Eli's interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it's difficult not to question God's will. Because how fair would it be to allow a man to marry her when she may not be able to be a wife to him for long?
Amelia Beiler was married to her beloved husband, Enoch, for 10 wonderful years before he passed away eleven months ago in a buggy accident. The had two boys together: Matthew, 8 and Elam, 6. Amelia is still wearing her black mourning clothes and Kapp to respect her husband’s death. She is busy trying to run her husband’s business, keep up with duties at home, take care of her children, attend her regular quilting bee with her best friends since childhood, Carrie and Emma. Amelia isn’t cut out for business but when she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis her world turns upside down. Offers for the business pour in and she doesn’t want to offend anyone by choosing one person’s offer over another.
Amelia struggles with thinking on her own inside a community that is strict about its rules and frowns on independence but praises obedience. When the Bishop and Deacon tell Amelia that she cannot do something she put in a request for, her independent thinking just might get her into trouble.
The story was beautifully written and I loved the closeness of Amelia, Carrie and Emma. I felt like I was with them on the days they got together to work on their quilt. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone.
A great feature of the book is that each novel in the series has instructions in the back on how to make the same quilt they are making in the story. You are provided with step-by-step instructions and drawings so you can’t go wrong. Pick up a copy, read the story and start making the quilt with Amelia, Carrie and Emma!
***Thank you to netGalley for the review copy***