December 21, 2016

The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston

The Cherished Quilt is "An Amish Heirloom Novel" by Amy Clipston.  This book easily stood alone, so don't feel like you need to read the others in the series first (or after).

Sweet Emily Fisher is the star of the story, a pretty young Amish woman with a caring heart and a life that's an open book.  Chris quickly become her romantic interests, as he moves in nearby and works for her father and his own uncle.  He is rude and moody at first, and for good reason, one might say, but he is won over by her kindness and gentle friendship.  The ups and downs of this main relationship held no surprises, and the family relationships were supportive, for the most part.  There are parents and sibling relationships to keep the book interesting, too.

The Cherished Quilt is your typical, feel-good Amish romance.  The plot was not dull, but I admit in the beginning I wondered if it would truly draw me in.  It did, but I can't say I felt much suspense or got very emotionally involved with the characters.  The language was simple, making it feel like it was written for young teens, with the Amish vocabulary words thrown in to make it fit the genre, along with the quilt-making.  The character of Chris was the most interesting, as he was the most complete.  Emily was quite perfect, so less relatable for me.
I did not feel like my faith was challenged, but at a different time in life, it might have.  I was entertained, though, and it was an uplifting book overall.  I would recommend this to anyone wanting a super easy, light read with a  positive message.
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