Eva J Gibson
1426772521 (ISBN13: 9781426772528)
Quilts of Love #18
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 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? I received this book from The Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
My views: Frankly, I found this book quite hard to read through. This is probably because it is part of a series and I missed the ones earlier. Having said that, although I do read and enjoy historical fiction, I found it hard to identify the period this book was set in and the characters portrayed. However, I did like the premise of the book – a young girl suffering with aches and pains, waiting for the birth of her child and facing the uncertainty of a husband who leaves home suddenly, decides to focus her attention on creating a quilt, thus channelizing her her hopes and dreams into something real and lasting.