A Promise in Pieces

A Promise in Pieces
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Series: Quilts of Love, Book 17
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Year: 2014
ISBN: 1426758855
It’s been more than 50 years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corp. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish. And 50 years since that soldier’s young widow gave her the baby quilt—a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come. On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it’s time to share her story. But when the trip doesn’t go as planned, Clara wonders if anyone will learn the great significance of the quilt—and the promise stitched inside it.
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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 baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.

Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.

“Itching for adventure as the war reaches into her provincial world, twenty-year-old Clara Wilson runs away to enlist as an Army nurse. After arriving in battle-torn France, patching up soldier after soldier, she soon regrets her impulsive decision. But as Clara tends a dying preacher- turned-soldier, she makes a promise that will change her life far more dramatically than war. Emily T. Wierenga’s A Promise in Pieces is not to be missed—a poignant, beautifully crafted story that will leave you wanting more from this talented debut novelist.”
—Suzanne Woods Fisher, award-winning, best-selling author of the
Stoney Ridge Seasons series

“Wierenga is a stunning new writer. I became so engrossed in this riveting story, I grieved to see it end.”
—Serena B. Miller, award-winning author of The Measure of Katie Calloway
and A Promise to Love

“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 Wierenga’s debut novel is one to be cherished. Tender and heartfelt from the first page to the last and a worthy addition to the Quilts of Love series.”
—Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Sweet Dreams

“Emily T Wierenga’s debut novel, A Promise in Pieces, grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go until I read the end, and even then, the charac- ters 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.”
—Ane Mulligan, president of NovelRocket, author of Chapel Springs Revival

“Let your heart be inspired by this beautiful new voice in Christian fiction!”
—Anita Higman, author of A Marriage in Middlebury

“A Promise in Pieces is an endearing story of love and sacrifice, mas- terfully told by Emily Wierenga. This lovely book, part of the Quilts of Love series, is itself like a quilt. It is stitched together with lyrical prose and likable characters, and readers will find themselves wanting to wrap themselves in the warmth of the story.”
—Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for
Approval—and Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes

“Drawing readers into a beautifully woven tale, Wierenga seamlessly stitches together the stories of rich characters in this inspiring tale of fam- ily and faith, love and war. You won’t want to put it down at night!”
—Margot Starbuck, author of The Girl in the Orange Dress

“Both heart wrenching and heartwarming, A Promise in Pieces is a won- derful read that reveals just how lives torn apart can be stitched back together again—beautifully and with a fair portion of grace. Compellingly told in a voice that is both direct and lyrical, seamlessly woven so that the world of today reverberates with the reality of the past, this book will leave you ref lecting on the importance of family, believing that chance encoun- ters can yield friendships to last a lifetime, and yearning for another novel from Emily Wierenga.”
—Karen Schreck, author of Sing for Me and While He Was Away

“A Promise in Pieces is stunningly written. I couldn’t put this captivating book down!”
—Kate Lloyd, author of CBA best-selling novels Leaving Lancaster and
Pennsylvania Patchwork

“This sweet story reminds us of the power of a promise and, more importantly, the unfailing love of our God . . . who keeps every promise ever made to us. Emily’s voice is a lovely match for this beautiful novel.”
—Deidra Riggs, founder of JumpingTandem, managing editor of The High
Calling

“Like a beautifully embroidered patchwork quilt, A Promise in Pieces expertly weaves the universal themes of love, loyalty, grief, family, and friendship into a richly compelling and moving story. Penned with the gentle lyricism and breathtaking poignancy typical of Wierenga’s writing, this page-turning story will breathe hope and light into your heart from the first page to the last.”
—Michelle DeRusha, author of Spiritual Misfit









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