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A Stitch and a Prayer (Quilts of Love #18)

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A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

After her fiancé 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 arou
Paperback, 219 pages
Published May 2014 by Abingdon Press
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fairly good
Barbara Shelton
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
When the email from Litfuse arrived featuring A Stitch and a Prayer, my eagerness to read it was highly elevated. My familiarity with the locale of Oregon as the geographical setting invited me. Willamette is indeed a place I know, being close to Portland where I have resided in and visited often.

I realize this story took place during 1889 in raw territory of Oregon and based on the history of the author’s family. That is to be respected; however my connection with the story did not fuse as I ha
A young married couple faces their first year together, their first challenges, expecting their first child. Their faith in God and their belief in one another were severely tested. Yet this sweet love story set in the Oregon woods in the post Westward Movement era is a tale of dreams, prayer, community, and family that is timeless.

Married in February, Florence and Will Nickerson set up housekeeping in their newly built log cabin. Florence suffered from the muscle and joint stiffness of a rheum
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I find that in order for a novel to be a great one, you have to find a way to connect with the main character in order to have compassion for what they are involved with. With A Stitch and A Prayer, the latest novel to join the Quilts of Love Series, from author Eva Gibson, I was missing that connection point. I don't know where along the line I might have missed it, but it seemed as if the story was simply too broad for me to gain that connection to either of the characters in the novel.

It is
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.
After her fiancé 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
Jun 11, 2014 rated it did not like it

Suggested Age: 14+
Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction

You know, I just couldn't get into this book. I tried, I really did.

The main character, Florence—oi, that woman came off so needy and whiny.

I literally read all of her dialogue in a pouty, baby voice. I understand that she was pregnant, alone, and dealing with a medical condition but she came off more like a young child.

The constant stuttering to denote moments of weakness happened far too often for my liking as well.

I honestly thought th
Kathleen E.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Monday, June 2, 2014
A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva J. Gibson, © 2014 ~ Quilts of Love Series

A young couple marry and begin their lives together on a small acreage near the Willamette River in Wilsonville, Oregon, the beginning of 1899. Within their home in a clearing carved out near a mighty forest, the story follows the thoughts and cares of this young wife.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on thing
Lisa Johnson
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Stitch and a Prayer
Author: Eva Gibson
Pages: 240
Year: 2014
Publisher: Abingdon
When I began reading the tale, I simply couldn’t put it down until the very end as there is a mystery woven within the learning to wait on God. The main female character, Florence, has a physical ailment that not only brings pain but emotional hardship as she cannot imagine being able to handle the duties of being a wife. Will continues to assure her of his love and his choosing her to be his wife and the mother
Tania Godwin-evans
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
The author is from Oregon, the setting of this historic novel which unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired. Although a historical book there is no sound timeline that the novel follows – things seem to jump about and often happen without explanation. It often seems that this is part of a larger novel with the first part missing. Much of the language used by the character in the book is alien to the historical setting and this makes the book a difficult jarring read.

The moral of the novel is “
Victor Gentile
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eva Gibson in her new book, “A Stitch And A Prayers” Book Eighteen in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Florence Harms.

From the back cover: The frontier life isn’t easy–especially when you’re alone and with child.

After her fiance 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,
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Florence and Will are newlyweds and have had a long distance relationship before they were married. There is always a period of adjustment, learning about that person and really getting to know each other. At times, Florence seems immature and so does Will, but who has not had to grow up when they are married at a very young age and spent more time apart than they did together before getting married. Also, how she has really started growing in her faith by prayer and reading God's Word. She used ...more
J.C. Morrows
I have read other reviews that said they had difficulty connecting with the main character.

I did not have that problem.

I connected with Florence right away. And I was pulled right into her world. Eva Gibson is a very skilled author. She paints a beautiful picture around our characters and I truly felt like I was right there with Florence as she struggled and worried and tried to pass the time until her beloved would return.

And I find myself wondering if perhaps the difficulty with some people co
Mazzou B
May 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
A Stitch and A Prayer by Eva Gibson
The eighth book in the ''Quilts of Love'' series, A Stitch and a Prayer is about newly-wed couple beginning their life together in the woods of the Northwest. The bride, Florence is just recovering from her recent struggle with a bone-weakening sickness. Throughout the book, she must learn to trust and rely on God's strength, not her own. All women will be able to relate to the fears and struggles of the young wife in this book.

Personally, I was not impressed w
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Florence Harms eagerly awaits the return of her fiance. Her health is unbearable at times but she wanted so to be well enough to marry Will when he returned to her from the Klondike. Will had hoped to surprise her with a cabin as her wedding gift. They loved each other dearly and looked forward to a long life together.

Just as she seems to be healing a stranger enters their life causing Will to leave her yet once again. She thought she was over her illness when she has a relapse. Family and frien
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have read several book from the Quilt of Love series and again this book exceeded my expectations the others books have set precedent for this series. Florence, has a physical disability that brings emotional turmoil, especially when it comes to being a wife. Will a man pursuing her heart, continues to tell Florence that he loves her and that he is choosing her despite her physical impairment. He promises her future, children and cannot wait to build a life with her. After the two become marri ...more
Karen Korb
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
My Thoughts On The Book: I have read several of the Quilts of Love series and have loved them all so far. This one was not one of my favorites. The setting was interesting - I love days of old settings and this one was Oregon in the days of the pioneers. The story line had potential to be interesting as well- a new bride whose husband mysteriously leaves with the promise he will return but no details about where he has gone. The author is from Oregon, and the story feels like the a historical te ...more
Jalynn Patterson
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Review:

Life as newlyweds is hard enough, but Florence didn't realize she would have to face it alone. Alone that is until her beloved returned. He said he would return before their baby was to be born. Why is he gone and where did he go? Florence would have to wait on any answers to those questions. Her body was also forcing her to wait, growing their unborn child inside of her was going to take all the strength she could muster. While she waits on Will and their baby to arrive she begins a
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I have loved some of the Quilts of Love books, but A STITCH AND A PRAYER, despite a compelling back cover read did not live up to it's promise.

I did enjoy the setting. Oregon during pioneer days. I kept waiting for the note to appear annd the husband to vanish, but it took a long time to get there. In the mean time, I found the conversation between the two "lovers" stilted and the heroine very whiny and needy at times yet ministering to others with her extensive Bible memorization at others. I
Sharon Heaverly Machuga French
I received this ARC for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I was really looking forward to reading this book. The story line sounded so good. But truthfully, only the story ended up being a good one.

There is just so much "missing" from this book. I actually started it over twice thinking I must have missed something. The book begins with a young girl, Florence, ill but recovering. You don't learn what she is ill from until page 92. There are a handful of characters in the book somehow related bu
Amanda Stephan
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I love quilts and the fact that each truly does tell a story intrigues me. Always has. This short novel, was a quick read. There were times I thought Florence seemed a little childish, but who isn't in their first year of marriage, right? I did like how her faith in God grew and how she started learning to trust Him to take care of her rather than focus solely on her husband for comfort. I was more than a little irritated that Will left her - pregnant and living alone - with just a note and no e ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
First Reads winner!
6/13/14 -- received my copy in the mail!

The good: 1. Lovely Oregon, historical setting. 2. Inspired by, if not completely based on, the author's grandparents. 3. Plot has potential to be quite interesting. 4. Uplifting, clean book -- though the main character has struggles, this book is not depressing. Florence, the main character, has hope, and she has help from others who care about her.

The not-so-good: 1. This book feels like a sequel. I felt like I should know about the ch
"Whenever the wind blew hard and the rain came down sideways, lashing the windowpane, Florence Harms heard her dancing song."

It has taken me a long time to finish reading this book. Every time I would pick it up, something would frustrate me about the storyline or the characters. When I opened the book and saw the above quote, I winced and said, "This does not bode well." I hate to see metaphors in a story opener. It is just hard to pull it off without seeming--for lack of a better word--cheesy.
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson is a pleasant read. This faith filled romance set in the late 1800s in Oregon really makes me appreciate modern amenities. Florence and her new husband Will use their faith in God and their love for each other to help support themselves through Florence's illness and pregnancy. Throw in the loving support of friends and family who help out when the unexpected takes Will away with no set time to return. The entire story is wrapped in a quilt full of prayer and ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I LOVE the Quilts of Love Series and of course, A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson is another great book in the series. I did have a hard time reading it. It just seemed that the book was more stand-offish to me. Meaning, the author used many adjectives to describe even just the everyday tasks. It made the book kind of boring to me. I liked it, but it took forever to get through each of the chapters. I give the book 3 stars.

I received A Stitch and a Prayer from Litfuse in hopes of an honest an
Margaret Tidwell
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
A Stitch and A Prayer is another book in the Quilts Of Love series. I had high hopes for this book because I have loved all the others that I have read in this series but this one didn't work for me and to be honest I am not sure why. I liked the characters and did like the basis of the story but all I can think is that it was the authors writing that for some reason didn't work for me. To be honest this one of the hardest times I have had to finish the book. I love this series of books and I ho ...more
Laura Stevens
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was a bit disappointing. Although it is a Quilts of Love book, the quilt theme was minimal and mostly occurred in the last one-third of the book. The historical perspective was interesting and i loved the Christian emphasis, but it really should be called A Lot of Prayer and a Few Stitches. Although i had hoped for better things, the storyline was not bad and I would read another book in the Quilts of Love series. Let's hope there is more quilting mentioned in the future books.
Carol Stanley-Snow
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

This was a feel good, inspirational read. At first i thought, 'historical, oh no'! But, i was wrong. It delves into the lives, hearts and beliefs of the characters, and it is very well written.

I could have done without the referance to the same bible passage, over and over. But, it does have its' purpose.

It's a short read and well worth your time.
Shannah Mauney
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the story, even though the time line was a little hard to follow. It was interesting to see how Florence learned to cope with her husband leaving and how she kept her Faith intact while he was gone. If you want a sweet story about trials and testing your faith, this is it!
Janice Sisemore
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
A stitch and a prayer

Right after Florence and Will gets married he goes off on a mission to clear his name. Right before he leaves she finds out she is with child, he promises he will be back before the baby is born. They live out in the woods but she has relatives staying with her. I did not really get into the book too much until close to the end, but ended up being a good book.
Gabby-Lily Raines
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads
Have had mixed results reading Christian fiction. Having said that, A Stitch and a Prayer was a nice surprise and a good read if, to my eyes, just a shade preachy.

That can, however, be ignored (at least, I am able to do so) in the greater flow of the story and characters.

Would recommend this to others.

(Received via Goodreads giveaways.)
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Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including The Gift of Forgiveness and The Three Marys. 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 A Stitch and a Prayer.
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