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The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club (The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club #1)

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Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping han ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Loretta
I avoid Amish fiction, and yet I let myself get sucked into checking this one out because the cover intrigued me. An Amish fiction book that does not feature a young, pretty Amish girl gazing plaintively across rolling fields? Do tell.

Well, Half-stitched is certainly an appropriate description for the book and it reminded me of one of the biggest reasons I avoid Amish fiction...the writers often coast on the popularity of the genre rather than actually doing the crazy task of writing a good book
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A Well Read Woman (April)
Six loose threads and an Amish widow come together when a woman loses her husband and decides to teach a quilting class to make a little extra money as to not feel like a burden to her family. The group of people couldn't possibly be anymore opposite... but does God have a greater purpose for this group other than to learn how to quilt?

There is Star, birth name Beatrice, she hides behind a black hoodie and dreams of one day being a star. Star's life at home is rough, and she is mistrustful of me
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Melissa
The only reason I finished this book is because we will be discussing it for book club and I wanted to give it a full chance to redeem itself.
There was zero character depth. They all bled together into the author's voice rather than having their own language and personality. (Honestly, what dark and very angry teenage girl calls her father a "mangy cur" and is extremely polite to others?) It was unbelievably ridiculous.
And the extent of the Amish perspective of the book was limited to things lik
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Leslie
I wanted to like this book - I really did. I love the premise, and thought that it would be like my beloved Yada Yada Prayer Group series. Alas, it wasn't. The writing was stilted, and the author seemed out of touch with how young people speak. I finally set it aside without finishing it after reading about Pam bemoaning her "spoiled blouse". No thirty-something housewife I know talks like that. I couldn't suspend disbelief any longer & couldn't justify the time spent reading it.

I will confe
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Melissa
I checked this out because it looked like it might be a good book with a humorous twist. It wasn't really very humorous but it was an ok book.

There are several characters and you get to read parts of each chapter from each of the characters veiwpoint. Even with knowing there viewpoints, none of the characters really struck home with me, they just all came off as complainers.

Emma is the Amish widow who starts a weekly quilting class to raise money so she won't be a burdon on her family. She is a
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Calisto
The first "Christian Fiction" book I read was by mistake. Once I realized what I had, my expectations (unfairly) lowered. Now, even though that book didn't work for me in terms of editing (unnecessarily choppy), I was blown away by the intensity and overall storytelling. Which led me to request another Barbour book. This time, I knew exactly what I was getting into and my expectations were very high.

The cover won me over. I'm not a fan of Amish books or quilting, but I love the idea of misfits t
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Florence Millo
I just couldn't finish this book. The characters were stereotypes and the plot was contrived and unbelievable.
Melinda
It was so nice to finally read a book that doesn't talk about sex and every other word is cussing. I really enjoyed reading this book. The cover is what caught my eye. The story of an Amish woman Emma decides to make some extra money so she doesn't feel like a burden on her family since her husband Ivan passed away. She decides to give quilting classes. By doing so she comes across a diverse group of characters who are taking the class for various reasons. Star a young girl who was given classes ...more
LORI CASWELL
After the death of her husband Amish widow, Emma Yoder has become quite dependent on her family to help make ends meet financially. To ease some of that burden she decides to start teaching a quilting class. She posts notices and puts an ad in the local newspaper. She is very surprised as the students show up for their first class.

A young widower with his infant daughter is hoping to find someone to finish a quilt his wife started for their daughter before she died.

A couple in marriage counselin
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Jodie
Emma comes up with a plan to host a six week quilting class in order to help supplement her income. When her students show up to the first class, she begins to wonder what she got herself in to. A unhappily married couple, an out of jail biker, a widowed father, a pastor's wife, and a very troubled young lady make for a very unusual quilting class.

I just love reading Wanda E. Brunstetter books. Whenever I begin one of her books, I just know it's going to be a sweet, easy read. And this one certa
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Julie Barrett
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Emma hopes to share her love of quilting as she teaches strangers how to quilt.
Since her husband had passed away over a year ago, her daughter and all the
children had sent money back home to help with the finances. Emma hoped to supplement
the income by selling her quilting items. She placed an ad around town and got
one that wanted to learn. She outlined what she'd need to teach them.
The way the author introduces the people who will be
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Kathy
Honestly, I wouldn't have rated this one all that highly; the writing could have been a little better, etc., but the characters and their stories have stuck in my mind more completely than some better written works have done. When Emma Yoder decided to earn a little extra money by giving a quilting class, she never expected the motly crew that signed up for it. From the couple on the verge of divorce, to the rebellious teenager, to the tattooed biker, to the black preacher's wife, to the single ...more
Skari
Well, this was a Godawful book. I was looking for an easy, cozy read, but not one whose plots made me want to throw the book into the nearest bonfire. The big reveal three-fourths into the book? Come on now, that's just lazy. Now, don't get me wrong, I like the occasional Hallmark movie that I know the plot of before I even turn the movie on, but the characters here were just insultingly stupid and Star and Jan, the most 'hardened' of the characters, rang so false it made my teeth hurt. There we ...more
Arlene
I needed a soothing book after reading Lords of Discipline and this book fit the bill. There are three books in this series and I checked them all out from the library. A sweet story of an Amish widow who teaches a quilting class to an unlikely group of students.
Nancy Replogle
Inspiring

Loved it
A feel good story about how God can change our lives and how he works in mysterious ways.
Kari Sommers
This is way, way outside my normal reading interests. However, my husband now works for a hospitality company that is staging a musical adaptation of the book, and we are going to see it Monday. And book-before-movie also translates to book-before-staged-musical-adaptation.
The story is interesting enough to lend itself to the stage. A widowed Amish woman starts a quilting class to make some money, and an assortment of misfits signs up. She teaches them to quilt and to deal with the problems life
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Christy
I read this book after my Mom continuously told me how much she enjoyed. We're both avid book readers, so.... I decided I'd give in and try this book. I'm glad I did. It's a short, quick, very uplifting read. Widow Emma Yoder decides to teach a six-week quilting class. Tell me..... what do these six people have in common (an Amish widow, a troubled young woman, a tough biker, a ministers wife, and a troubled married couple have in common?) Issues. I know, I know, we all have issues and problems. ...more
Trudy E
I am not a huge fan of alot of dialogue in the books I read, and this had more than I'd have liked to see. I found it interesting that the story took place in an area I became familiar with as my daughter attended college in Mishawaka. I wondered about some things that I found may not have been likely for Emma's character to know.... like how much light might be needed to take the "class photo". This is my first book for this author.
Sarah
The half stitched Amish quilting club
I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was one that I never wanted to put down and if it wasn't for the need to sleep I never would have.
The story Is centred around an Amish lady named Emma and her love of quilting, she places an ad in the local newspaper to teach quilting classes to make some much needed extra money, as her husband recently passed away.
The ad brings an array of characters to her class, all with their own problems that need Emma's help.
This boo
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Victoria Brown
I actually read the second book in this series first...so was looking forward to going back to the first. Now I enjoyed these books as what I call, my light reading. Just fun quick books I can read and enjoy between my serious books. I agree with many of the reviews about the characters being slightly under developed and simple...the marriage troubles the one couple face seem tiny and un realistic as does the meeting of two related characters....but like I said its an enjoyable book to read. A c ...more
Pamela
I thought this book and series by Wanda E. Brunstetter was much better than her other books.
The primary reason for me was less "god/religion in your face".

Brunstetter has written Amish fiction books before, but sometimes they just made me roll my eyes with too much scripture. This offering tied the faith into the story in a much more humanistic manner. For me, this created a stronger meaning and less blatant (and offensive, repetitive) "witness". I admire those with a strong Christian based fai
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Linda Dudgeon
Although a bit "sugary", this book still dealt with real problems. The characters were interesting to follow. The book was a nice break from heavier reading.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments?”


Series: Book #1 in
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Elaine
OK. Predictable. Unbelievable. My eyes hurt from rolling back in my head. Maybe I live too close to Shipshewana where real people live. Sorry.
Kathy
OK. I had trouble with the quilting class and all the needy people. Seemed unrealtistic. A little to sappy for me.
Mary Lou
Somewhat dreadful, but I couldn't stop reading it. Morbid curiosity. This book is trying too hard to be relevant.
Marilyn
Didn't like the style of writing, but enjoyed the book. On to the second one in the series!
Diane
Okay, but predictable simplistic plot, characters somewhat trite.
Kelley
Apr 23, 2012 Kelley rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This was extremely predictable. Not one of the author's best efforts.
Katherine
A very good story!
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A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
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