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A Promise in Pieces (Quilts of Love #17)

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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 thin
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 2014 by Abingdon Press
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Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-ten-for-2014
, A Promise in Pieces, grabbed hold of my heart and didn't let go until I read "The End," and even then, the characters have lingered in my mind. Well-written, this touching story will leave you wanting more from this talented new author. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It's a 5-star must read.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I have greatly enjoyed the books I've read so far in the Quilts of Love series. Each of these standalone stories tell of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings, and focus on the women who quilted these things into their family histories.

But when it comes to A Promise in Pieces by debut author Emily T. Wierenga, I'd have to say this story is in a class of its own. I'm not sure what I expected when I first picked this
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Holy moly. This book threw me for a loop. The reminiscent style of writing drew me right in and fascinated me with Clara's story and thoughts. I thought the first part was emotional, as Clara shares her experiences as a WWII nurse with her grandson and family. But it was when she returned from war and struggled with returning to normal life that the book really resonated with me. I was reading it during my daughter's swim lessons and had to wipe away tears from beneath my sunglasses- that's a hu ...more
Carla Stewart
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully rendered with depth and compassion, A Promise in Pieces is a celebration of joy in a special quilt that commemorates the miracle of new life and offers healing to the brokenhearted. With a bright new voice in Christian fiction, Emily T. Weirenga’s debut novel is one to be cherished. Tender and heartfelt from the first page to the last and a worth addition to the Quilts of Love series.
Jeanne Damoff
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When we made the decision to move to Dallas and buy a house across the street from the one where I grew up — the house where my dad was slowly losing my mom to dementia memory by memory, and where our son and his wife and their baby were also living, helping Dad navigate this heart-breaking journey — I wanted a visual representation of the season we were about to enter. Four generations living in close community, the old fading away even as the new blossomed, all inextricably connected by blood ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emily Wierenga's debut novel is one of those stories that feels real when you're reading it.
In beautiful prose, she weaves together the memories and present experiences of one woman, Clara.
And I felt like I was "listening in," or reading a private journal, as Clara told the story from her heart.

It is the year 2000, and Clara's family is joining her on a road trip to New Orleans. Everyone knows this trip means a lot to her, and the destination involves a special event, but there are disparate p
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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My skills as a reviewer cannot begin to summarize this book and do it justice. This book needs to be absorbed piece by piece like the blocks and stitches in the quilt that holds this story together. The fact that this is Emily T.Wierenga's debut novel is astonishing! It is impressive that a young woman created the life story of an elderly woman with such incredible depth of feeling and insight. The author displays wisdom beyond her years in portraying the yearnings, passion, emotions and realiti ...more
Rachelle Cobb
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved

Honestly? I wasn't sure I was going to like Clara. Before I opened the book.

Oh, but I did. See, I was uncertain of whether this would be a WWII novel or whirlwind romance or the quilt's journey or about Clara's friendship with Mattie. Why I didn't really believe it could be both and all I don't know.

Then it was.

And I really, really liked Clara. And her adventure and gut-wrenching WWII sorrow. And her romance with the man who saved her and whom she feared losing. And the quilt's journ
Gretchen Louise
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the first person voice of A Promise in Pieces. I could do more than just empathize with Clara, the main character--I was living her story through her words. I felt her chagrin over being restricted to ridiculous rules as the daughter of a conservative, nonresistant pastor. I smelled the aromas that filled her with discuss in the nurse's boot camp. I cried with her at the bedside of a dying soldier. I agonized with her at the birth of the first child she delivered on her own as a midwife.

Jennifer Smith
Grab the tissues! When I picked up A Promise in Pieces, I wasn't expecting such an emotionally charged story. This was a beautiful, sweet book--well written and uplifting, for all the tear-inducing moments within its pages. I loved the historical aspects of this tale. It brought World War II-era America to life.

A Promise in Pieces reminded me to be thankful for my friends and family. On several occasions I wanted to hug my husband and baby and never let go, and I put the book down with an apprec
Catherine Richmond
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 m
JoJo Sutis
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This Quilts of Love Series is so good and so much fun!
I was so delighted to get the chance to read this new installment from a brand new author! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but WOW!
A Promise In Pieces is definitely one of my favorites in the QOL collection!
This story will really pull at your heartstrings.
I love how history came to life in these pages in a very unique way.
I think readers will love the main character Clara and enjoy getting to know her as her story unfolds.
Another great addition
Kd Sullivan
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are few books that I can say have spoken as directly to my heart as A Promise in Pieces did. Emily beautifully weaves a tale about Clara, a woman in the twilight of her years, who is retelling her life's story to her grandchildren as their family travels to complete a promise. As the story moves on, the eminent future foreshadows Clara's narrative and drives the reader to continue. Intergenerational, interdenominational, and intercultural, this book is sure to speak to the hearts and lives ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is more told than shown, breaking every rule I've ever been taught about how you should show the story, not tell it. But it works for Ms. Wierenga. Obviously a talented journalist, she can report the facts, Jack.

I wasn't exactly pulled into the story the way I would've liked, and it was more of a reporting of facts than an actual story, but it was an interesting read, recounting one woman's experiences as an Army nurse during WWII. And how she was able to reconcile with her family an
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this AVR ebook through NetGalley from Litfuse Publication for an honest review. I am not being compensated for a good or bad review of this book. I loved the story in this book. It was exciting how the author took a story from the past and wove it to the present day. It was not only a war story, but a love story too. It was a true chick-lit book and was really excellent. I loved it and can't wait to read more books in this series and read more from this author!
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book greatly. This new author has made a wonderful debut with this story. The story was heart-rending in places and hilarious in others. The author easily transitioned those scenes. I felt like I was in the car with Clara as she tells her story to her family. Great storytelling! A great debut, a great book. Loved it! 5 stars
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have come to love every book in the Quilts Of Love series so much and this one is no exception! They each have something to learn about different eras and it always includes a quilt. I love it!
Laurie Carlson
This happens to be my first time reading A Quilts of Love novel, and won't be my last! Now I want to read them all! This book happens to be one of over twenty in this series of stand alone novels, and this is also author Emily T Wierenga's debut novel! Congratulations to her! I definitely plan on reading many more of her books in addition to the other authors in this series, too. I really enjoyed this author's writing style and her story telling because it felt 'real', as if I was right there in ...more
Amy Haas
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
So this is a book that is definitely not something I would normally read, however it was a good read. I wouldn't say it was excellent but definitely inspiring. Its labeled a Christian Fiction book which I have read one other of this genre before and loved it. I love the religious aspect brought into a book and how God leads you to your next major life evemt, even if it's something bad, the reasoning behind it will be that there will be light on the other side and you realize that you went throug ...more
Chelsea Sawyers
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet fun read. Great for anyone in nursing or healthcare field in general.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
as with all of the books in this series ... i continue to enjoy them ... i also either learn some thing new or it reminds me of solid Christ-like values that get forgotten in the busy-ness of life.
Kathleen E.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Quilts of Love series ~ A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga, © 2014

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history. Featuring contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery, you will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

A baby qui
Nora St Laurent
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m thankful for the review copy I received from the book club Network . I’m grateful for the opportunity to read a powerful and moving novel giving me a glimpse into how war affects every aspect of life. It changes people who fight in battle and those left behind who are praying and waiting for their loved ones to return. I liked how the author wrote this novel in first person thru the eyes of Clara Wilson.

This novel kicks off on December 7th, right after Japan bombed Pearl Harb
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Two women's lives cross when one is a nurse to a dying man and promises him to deliver a letter to his young wife.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Promise in Pieces by is a fantastic addition to the Quilts of Love series, the first published book by Emily Wierenga. Her beautiful, descriptive prose is amazing; the feelings and actions of Clara, the main character, are reflected with a unique and gifted voice. The people that she meets as a young woman are not by chance; they are ordained by a loving God – each piece designed by His gracious hand in a quilt-life all of her own.
The book opens with Clara, now a grandmother, travelling to New
Kate Motaung
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the great privilege of receiving a preview copy of Emily Wierenga’s debut novel, A Promise in Pieces, and let me tell you — it was an absolute delight to read.

The pages trace the tale of a woman named Clara, who reflects at the turn of the century on her life-changing experience as a young nurse during World War II. Clara reveals the details of her memoir in a Caravan of relatives — an audience which includes her grandson, Noah, whose attention is locked on his grandmother’s life story. Th
Barbara Shelton
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How many ways can one relate to such a story….let me count the ways. It is poignant, sensitive, exquisite, very personal, full of beauty, tear-jerking, and a joy to read. That is only a few of the adjectives I could have chosen to describe this touching composition. If compassion were an animate object, then the quilt in this story would be a solid warm quilt of compassion.

Each character was real and delightful, so thoughtfully created. A family I would enjoy having as next door neighbors. The f
Joanne Viola
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will admit I do not read fiction very often. But every once in a while, I find myself wanting to get lost in a story, engrossed in the lives and events of others. I have been enjoying the blog of Emily T. Wierenga for some time. So when I heard she had written a novel, I did not hesitate to pre-order it.

“A Promise in Pieces” was a wonderful and heartwarming story covering a span of fifty years in the life of Clara, a nurse during WWII. It is a story of family dynamics, heartbreak and love, lon
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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
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Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, blogger, commissioned artist and columnist, as well as the author of five books including "Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look" (Baker Books). She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two sons. For more info, please visit Find her on Twitter or Facebook.
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