Review of A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson (part of the Quilts of Love Series)

Leah Courtney
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Although I've loved some of the Quilts of Love Books that I've had the opportunity to read, A Stitch and a Prayer was not one of my favorite.

The setting was an an interesting one- Oregon in the days of the pioneers. The story line had the potential to be pretty interesting also- a new bride whose husband mysteriously leaves with the promise he will return but no details about where he has gone. The author lives in Oregon, and the story is roughly an account her ancestors experience as pioneers in the West.

However the story was very difficult to figure out. I kept thinking I must have missed some other book or something at the beginning, but as far as I know this isn't a sequel. It's a stand alone book. The action was very confusing.

The conversations were very stilted and didn't seem to flow well. There wasn't too much of the characters' thoughts and feelings either. So I think this contributed to the choppy flow of conversations. When the characters acted and conversed, we didn't really know what to expect because we hadn't been privy to what they were thinking. So conversations seemed abrupt.

Although the setting and story had potential, I just couldn't like this one. I give it three stars and a G rating for content.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch and A Prayer
Abingdon Press (May 20, 2014)
Eva Gibson


(No image available) Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including A Stitch and a Prayer, the latest release in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Fiction. She currently teaches Writing Your Life Story classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for her novel.


After her fianc√© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life. But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch and A Prayer, go HERE.

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