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Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life?away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she gets caught in the Storm of The Century and Jerusha's driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl. By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than money and blue ribbons. A beautiful story of loss?.and redemption.


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Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life?away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she gets caught in the Storm of The Century and Jerusha's driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl. By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than money and blue ribbons. A beautiful story of loss?.and redemption.

30 review for A Quilt for Jenna

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Wow! I'm always amazed at the stories that Patrick E. Craig tells. His stories are grittier, deeper reads than what is normally found in the Amish fiction genre. And he does a wonderful job of pulling readers into the lives of the complex characters he creates. A Quilt for Jenna was a fascinating read and one I won't soon forget. This story is slowly told throughout the days of a snowstorm in Ohio. Jerusha is ready to leave the Amish faith and her community of Apple Creek. When she becomes stuck Wow! I'm always amazed at the stories that Patrick E. Craig tells. His stories are grittier, deeper reads than what is normally found in the Amish fiction genre. And he does a wonderful job of pulling readers into the lives of the complex characters he creates. A Quilt for Jenna was a fascinating read and one I won't soon forget. This story is slowly told throughout the days of a snowstorm in Ohio. Jerusha is ready to leave the Amish faith and her community of Apple Creek. When she becomes stuck in a snowstorm the story turns to not only one of survival but also takes readers back to Jerusha's childhood and how her life has gotten to its current state. Along the way, we meet Reuben, Jerusha's husband, and Bobby, Reuben's Englischer best friend. Bobby is helping search for Jerusha and throughout his search, we get to know more about him and Reuben and their time together in WWI. I loved the switching from the current day to the past. It kept the story moving and interesting. I also enjoyed getting the story from different characters and their points of view. It made the story feel more complete. Patrick E. Craig is a wonderful storyteller and his descriptions made me feel as if I were there. No matter where the story was taking place I felt as if I were experiencing everything along with the characters. It is clear that he does research before writing his stories and it makes the stories so much richer and full of substance. This is not the first book of the author's I've read and it definitely won't be the last. I know when I pick up a book by Patrick E. Craig that I'm going to read a well-written story about complex characters. Patrick E. Craig is on my must-read author list. Read any of his books and he will be on your must-read author list too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robin Velasquez

    A Quilt for Jenna had me near tears. As the first Amish book I have ever read, this was truly a wonderful story, and has me excitedly awaiting the next book in the series. The scene is set during a Thanksgiving blizzard in Ohio as we read a tale full of heartache, love, and forgiveness that takes place over a five day period. During the book the characters often think back to their past where we find out about the lives of Jerusha Springer and her husband Reuben- how they met, what they've gone A Quilt for Jenna had me near tears. As the first Amish book I have ever read, this was truly a wonderful story, and has me excitedly awaiting the next book in the series. The scene is set during a Thanksgiving blizzard in Ohio as we read a tale full of heartache, love, and forgiveness that takes place over a five day period. During the book the characters often think back to their past where we find out about the lives of Jerusha Springer and her husband Reuben- how they met, what they've gone through, and the outcome of their unique story. I loved how author Patrick Craig masterfully wove the past with the present keeping me up to speed with Jerusha and her current predicament along with those in Apple Creek. Very well done! My favorite part of this book was the message. That God never promise life would be a piece of cake and nothing bad would happen, but with our heart trusting in Him when the hard times do come, He will see us through them. I loved the whole book, the whole story, but the last few chapters filled me with a holy awe toward God. He is so good to His children bring the very best out of all the bad. ***Thank you Harvest House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review.***

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Shelton

    The first fact I learned and liked is that Apple Creek is a real place in Wayne County, Ohio; a small village that is home to a large Amish community since the mid-1800s. Although author Patrick Craig had not been a resident there, he knew the history “like the back of his hand.” Deep research of family having been settlers in nearby areas in early days added to his fascination of Apple Creek being known for the creation of quilts by talented quilters competing in the largest quilting fair in ne The first fact I learned and liked is that Apple Creek is a real place in Wayne County, Ohio; a small village that is home to a large Amish community since the mid-1800s. Although author Patrick Craig had not been a resident there, he knew the history “like the back of his hand.” Deep research of family having been settlers in nearby areas in early days added to his fascination of Apple Creek being known for the creation of quilts by talented quilters competing in the largest quilting fair in nearby Dalton, Ohio. Even though the characters are fictitious, each became real to me and alive in my imagination. Patrick Craig’s engaging story begins on Thanksgiving Day 1950. Jerusha Springer is living in heartbreak over the loss of her child Jenny, confusion over her husband Reuben’s disappearance after Jenny’s death, and struggling with her belief that she has fallen from God’s love and grace. The quilt Jerusha has just finished has been sewn with intrigue and emotional memories with each stitch. She wonders if she is sinning before God with excessive pride over her quilt, but she cannot willingly suppress her feeling of deserving the grand prize when it is entered in the Dalton Fair. Young Reuben Springer, a devout Amish man, went against the Ordnung by taking part in WWII by joining the army along with best friend Bobby Halverson. Mr. Craig’s story is written about real events not ordinarily told in Amish fiction. I appreciate this thought process from the male point of view. His style was the hook of interest for me as the story went from different angles moving past and forward with each character. Reuben is a good man, tortured and dismayed over the war, most of all for not receiving forgiveness from Jerusha and the Amish community. Englischer Bobby, best friend to Reuben and Jerusha is one hero in this story that won’t be forgotten by this reader. Henry, another hero adds to the excitement of Jerusha’s journey. The snow storm that immobilized and paralyzed the region was real. Historians have called it the Great Appalachian Storm or even the Blizzard of the Century. Apart from the possible guidance of angels and the perceptible company of the Holy Spirit within each heart – I can only tell you to be prepared for many surprises in Patrick Craig’s intention to touch hearts. I hope I have unveiled enough to sway your interest in reading this excellently written story, but I am not prone to much detailing – that is for the reader to find individually. This story is a masterpiece of writing and the plot is creatively coordinated – where else can Patrick Craig extend above this work of art? It is my intention to find out by reading his newest book “The Road Home” which is already been graciously provided to my TBR list by Mr. Craig’s publisher. Thank you, Patrick Craig, for one of the most beautiful reading experiences I have enjoyed. Your readers will be hearing from me again!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    This is absolutely not your typical Amish novel. Pastor, musician, author Patrick E. Craig is definitely a gifted word-smith and has woven a story that tells the struggles of disillusioned Amish - man and woman. Of their struggles with their faith in God, their adherence to Amish community beliefs and requirements, and in the political landmines of the day. The story is multilevel taking the reader from the quaint community of Amish believers in the 1940s, through the war years of World War II, a This is absolutely not your typical Amish novel. Pastor, musician, author Patrick E. Craig is definitely a gifted word-smith and has woven a story that tells the struggles of disillusioned Amish - man and woman. Of their struggles with their faith in God, their adherence to Amish community beliefs and requirements, and in the political landmines of the day. The story is multilevel taking the reader from the quaint community of Amish believers in the 1940s, through the war years of World War II, and into the 1950s when the winter storm of the century threatens to bury the hopes of many. Reuben is a young Amish man who simply believes that the constraints and requirements of their community are not Biblical and he can not see staying and trying to live up to them or by them. Jerusha is a young woman of faith in God and faith in the leadership of the Amish community. But the two of them are in love and yet can not come to terms with their differences. Reuben enters the war as a soldier which is in absolute revolt to his Amish pacifist beliefs of non-violence. He experiences all the horror and terror that is upfront and close battle, blood shed, and death. Broken, he returns to his roots - the Amish community - and asks for forgiveness for his part in the war and to be reinstated in the community. Eventually Reuben and Jerusha marry and have a child whose death at age four totally breaks both of them. Their journey through all of this is creatively woven in the story by Patrick Craig as we meander back and forth through years giving bits and pieces but ultimately tying it all together beautifully. You will enjoy this read because of the multilevel, multifaceted story which deals with the sweet romance, the internal struggles of individuals with their faith, and the personal battles to do that which is right. The World War II jungle battle scenes of Guadalcanal are not something you would normally find in a novel about the Amish and will truly make this an "Amish book that men will enjoy." I await Patrick Craig's next book in this series with great anticipation. About the author: Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next 26 years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of A Quilt for Jenna by Patrick E. Craig by Harvest House Publishers on behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marian Baay

    4½ stars Jerusha Springer is known for her excellent quilting skills in her Amish community. Her grandmother teached her how to quilt and often reminded her not to be proud of her work. About a year ago Jerusha has lost her little girl, Jenna. Shortly after that her husband, Reuben, disappeared and nobody knows where he went. She became bitter and is drowned in hate towards God. She decides to make a beautiful silk quilt, with which she hopes to win the first prize at a fair – and that would be h 4½ stars Jerusha Springer is known for her excellent quilting skills in her Amish community. Her grandmother teached her how to quilt and often reminded her not to be proud of her work. About a year ago Jerusha has lost her little girl, Jenna. Shortly after that her husband, Reuben, disappeared and nobody knows where he went. She became bitter and is drowned in hate towards God. She decides to make a beautiful silk quilt, with which she hopes to win the first prize at a fair – and that would be her way out of the Amish community. A local Englisher, Henry, is going to drive her to the fair, but they end up in a horrible blizzard. The car hits a stray cow, gets into a ditch, and can’t get out. Henry leaves Jerusha in the car and goes out for help, but something happens to Henry and help doesn’t come… While Jerusha is waiting in the car she’s thinking back to conversations she had with her grandmother when she was growing up – how she promised to never leave the Amish faith. This is the beginning of a spiritual battle. When help doesn’t come and Jerusha is ready to give up, she finds someone who gives her determination to carry on. They must get out of the terrible weather, before hypothermia sets in. Will she find a warm shelter in time? This book also tells the story of Jerusha’s husband Reuben – from his best friend Bobby’s point of view. Reuben left Jerusha after their daughter died. Now that Jerusha is missing, Bobby feels that he must find her. While searching for her, he has also a lot of time to think. He remembers how he became friends with Reuben – how Reuben wasn’t sure about the Amish faith – how they served as Marines and fought against the Japanese in 1942 – how much Reuben was changed after the war – and what made him decide to leave Jerusha. The author really surprised me with this book! It was so different from what I had expected it to be – and that is meant as a compliment! After reading the blurb I had no idea the story would go into this direction and I was pleasantly surprised! This is an emotional story of loss and redemption. Be sure to have the tissues ready! Nicely done, Patrick! *Thanks to the publisher who provided me with a review copy through NetGalley.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancee

    Reuben and Jerusha are deeply in love but Reuben questions the Amish faith. He leaves the fold to enlist in the marines in the throes of World War II. Jerusha discovers upon Reuben's return that he is not the same man she knew before he left. His scars run deep, and Jerusha is concerned about his change in character and his sudden conviction to follow the Amish ordnung to the letter. Jerusha and Reuben marry, but the tragic loss of their only child tears them apart. Jerusha's way of handling her Reuben and Jerusha are deeply in love but Reuben questions the Amish faith. He leaves the fold to enlist in the marines in the throes of World War II. Jerusha discovers upon Reuben's return that he is not the same man she knew before he left. His scars run deep, and Jerusha is concerned about his change in character and his sudden conviction to follow the Amish ordnung to the letter. Jerusha and Reuben marry, but the tragic loss of their only child tears them apart. Jerusha's way of handling her grief is to propel herself into her quilting. Her drive for perfection results in haughty pride over her masterpiece quilt. It becomes her escape route from the overwhelming grief she carries and anger toward God at the core of her being. Reuben bolts from his fears and guilt, and travels cross country to Colorado where he seeks a reprieve and an end to his anxieties. Both Reuben and Jerusha are battling their emotions in an unorthodox manner in an attempt to find relief from their captivity. A Quilt for Jenna is much more than a story about the Amish culture. It is a multifaceted presentation of very strong characters in this novel. Insights into overpowering emotional burdens and beliefs, or lack thereof, are challenged and examined. Jerusha and Reuben Springer are portrayed in depth as their stories unfold and through the insurmountable challenges they encounter. Patrick Craig is gifted with the art of creating vivid pictorial settings, creating reality in this story of tragedy and triumph. Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers with the express purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Jerusha is such a lovely name!! I wished my mama had named me that. I loved Jerusha. I enjoyed watching her change throughout the story and I kind of didn't like the way she blamed God for everything but I'm pretty sure that we've all been there and done that. There are a few characters in the book that I'd like to deal with just because of their nature and mean streak. But he got his karma. I liked how Bobby kept a lookout for other people especially the Amish of Apple Creek. I enjoyed this sto Jerusha is such a lovely name!! I wished my mama had named me that. I loved Jerusha. I enjoyed watching her change throughout the story and I kind of didn't like the way she blamed God for everything but I'm pretty sure that we've all been there and done that. There are a few characters in the book that I'd like to deal with just because of their nature and mean streak. But he got his karma. I liked how Bobby kept a lookout for other people especially the Amish of Apple Creek. I enjoyed this story too because it took me home. I was raised in Ohio and I felt like I was there. Ohio is home and it's my favorite state. Patrick is a great storyteller!! I love his ability to draw you into a story before you knew what hit you!! Which is why I like to read books. ( Sometimes the books are better than the movies themselves but in this case I think this would be a wonderful movie ). Too bad it couldn't be one. I loved the message this book has to offer the readers. That there is hope, faith, trust, and forgiveness. But, I think that the hardest of these is trust. Even I have a very very hard time with this. This is my second time reading this book and I have found that reading it the second time is just as good as the first because there are many things that I missed while reading the first time around. Of course you know that I couldn't put it down. I kept telling myself just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed. Well, that didn't happen. And well, you know that the rest is history!! I received a copy of this book and no compensations were received. All opinions are my own

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    A very different Amish story where one of the main characters went off to fight in WWII. Very against the Amish Faith! The other main Character is Jerusha, and she is at a point in her life where she feels God has let her down, and she will do nothing to praise him. She has just finished the best quilt she has ever made, and she made it perfect, not the usual with at least one flaw, so one does not show pride. She is taking this quilt to the fair, then selling it, and taking the money and leaving A very different Amish story where one of the main characters went off to fight in WWII. Very against the Amish Faith! The other main Character is Jerusha, and she is at a point in her life where she feels God has let her down, and she will do nothing to praise him. She has just finished the best quilt she has ever made, and she made it perfect, not the usual with at least one flaw, so one does not show pride. She is taking this quilt to the fair, then selling it, and taking the money and leaving the Amish! Reuben Springer is Jerusha's husband, but has left, and very despondent. He has survived going to war, made things right with the Amish, and married. Now he feels all is lost. What will happen to ever bring these poor souls back together, if it is even possible. Both are dealing with there loss of God in their lives. What is unknown to all is an abrupt climate change. Possible storm of the Century?? Will they even survive, and will they turn to God in their fears? I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dyck

    When I first started reading this book, it just began to pull me in. I can’t explain it. You have all probably experienced a book like that too if you are an avid book reader. I felt the cold that Jerusha experienced while out in the cold. Felt her anger at losing her daughter at such a young age. It felt like I was right there with her. The author also did a wonderful job of time shifting between the present and the past. This book also shows that love and forgiveness go a long way in helping some When I first started reading this book, it just began to pull me in. I can’t explain it. You have all probably experienced a book like that too if you are an avid book reader. I felt the cold that Jerusha experienced while out in the cold. Felt her anger at losing her daughter at such a young age. It felt like I was right there with her. The author also did a wonderful job of time shifting between the present and the past. This book also shows that love and forgiveness go a long way in helping someone heal and let go of the past. Of how romance and love in a marriage can so quickly fade and then return. I am planning on keeping this book on my shelf and read it many times in the years to come. A story like this can never grow old. It will always bring newness and a reminder in to a person’s life that to forgive and love is to heal you on the inside. I hope that you will choose to read this book and hope that you will come to love it as I do in the short time it took me to read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    IrenesBookReviews

    I want to first say that I enjoyed the authors note at the beginning of the book. In it he explains why the location and time period were chosen for the story and how they helped him create his characters. I believe that explanation really aided in setting up the story itself to be more credible and enjoyable. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the plot flowed well from one scene to the next. The characters had intriguing personalities and helped the story be more interesting. I liked the sett I want to first say that I enjoyed the authors note at the beginning of the book. In it he explains why the location and time period were chosen for the story and how they helped him create his characters. I believe that explanation really aided in setting up the story itself to be more credible and enjoyable. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the plot flowed well from one scene to the next. The characters had intriguing personalities and helped the story be more interesting. I liked the setting and time period, as they became a real part of the story. Overall it was a quick moving and enjoyable story. I would recommend this book to all who like Amish fiction and those looking for an enjoyable Christian fiction book to read. I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Gayle

    This is the first book I have read by Patrick Craig and I enjoyed it very much. He adds military service of one of the Amish youth to the story and this is the first Amish fiction I have read with this angle. There is great sadness for Jerusha and Reuben when they lose their young daughter, Jenna. God has a plan for their lives though, that even they can never anticipate. A great and terrible snowstorm comes and Jenna is stranded. She is not the only one who is stranded and in need of being foun This is the first book I have read by Patrick Craig and I enjoyed it very much. He adds military service of one of the Amish youth to the story and this is the first Amish fiction I have read with this angle. There is great sadness for Jerusha and Reuben when they lose their young daughter, Jenna. God has a plan for their lives though, that even they can never anticipate. A great and terrible snowstorm comes and Jenna is stranded. She is not the only one who is stranded and in need of being found though. I highly recommend you read this book to discover what happens to change life for Jerusha and Reuben. I am looking forward to the second and third installments of this series also.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cafelilybookreviews

    Fans of Amish fiction, have another book to add to their reading list. In this story, Reuben & Jerusha Springer have experienced horrible tragedy - the loss of their daughter. The loss and heartache drive them apart, and Jerusha is left with grief and bitterness. As she makes plans to leave her Amish community, a freak storm delays her plans. There's plenty of suspense in this book to keep readers turning pages, and the addition of some very surprising elements, take this book a little off the b Fans of Amish fiction, have another book to add to their reading list. In this story, Reuben & Jerusha Springer have experienced horrible tragedy - the loss of their daughter. The loss and heartache drive them apart, and Jerusha is left with grief and bitterness. As she makes plans to leave her Amish community, a freak storm delays her plans. There's plenty of suspense in this book to keep readers turning pages, and the addition of some very surprising elements, take this book a little off the beaten track of typical Amish fiction. The twists and turns in this story are a pleasant surprise. If you think you've read it all in Amish fiction, you might want to give this author a try.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    Interesting story I liked this story and the characters. I found this story too long , especially as I trudged through so much about the war and then near the end about fixing cables. I recommend this to readers who like long stories and don't mind a lot of details about war and what of like long drawn stories. It took a long time to read and I felt like I was trudging through high and difficult snow drifts. This is just my opinion. Interesting story I liked this story and the characters. I found this story too long , especially as I trudged through so much about the war and then near the end about fixing cables. I recommend this to readers who like long stories and don't mind a lot of details about war and what of like long drawn stories. It took a long time to read and I felt like I was trudging through high and difficult snow drifts. This is just my opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I loved this work of Amish fiction. It was a mix of romance, historical fiction and a story of forgiveness. There were lots of flashbacks but they were very easy to keep straight in my mind. I will definitely be looking for the upcoming books in the Apple Creek Dreams Series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I enjoyed re-reading the new edition of A Quilt for Jenna by Patrick Craig. I appreciate this magnificent phenomenal story that is set in Apple Creek, Ohio which is an actual place in Wayne County. This story is a masterpiece with the historical research Craig did that was evident throughout the book. Jerusha Springer and her husband Reuben’s past is told in explicit form that I felt like I was in the midst of all they endured during their time together and before their marriage. The uniqueness I enjoyed re-reading the new edition of A Quilt for Jenna by Patrick Craig. I appreciate this magnificent phenomenal story that is set in Apple Creek, Ohio which is an actual place in Wayne County. This story is a masterpiece with the historical research Craig did that was evident throughout the book. Jerusha Springer and her husband Reuben’s past is told in explicit form that I felt like I was in the midst of all they endured during their time together and before their marriage. The uniqueness of Craig’s storytelling brought historical events to life and the vivid descriptive details of the snowstorm known in history as the Great Appalachian Storm. Jerusha love for her beloved daughter, Jenna and the quilt she had created for her. The mysteries of how God used the quilt and Jerusha during the storm brought many tears and other rushing emotions as each page was read. The uniqueness of Craig showing the inner struggles and feelings of Jerusha and Reuben, a loved Amish couple, gave way to more realism in the Amish world and the way God can and does intervene in lives when individuals cry out to Him for help. I look forward to reading the sequels in this series. A Quilt for Jenna is a top-notched beginning for this series that will have readers reveling in the tale when finished. I received a complimentary e-copy from the author. I was under no obligations to write a positive review, but I have expressed my own sincere thoughts.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sunnie

    Heartbroken and alone, Jerusha finishes her quilt and prepares it's sale. As she and her driver head out on a soon to be tragic evening, a story enfolds which shares the hurt and heartache that she has experienced. This is book 1 in the Apple Creek Dreams series. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. There was lots of drama and heartfelt expression in this book. The author set the book in the time period of WWII and thereafter. Jerusha blames her husband for the loss of her child, so Heartbroken and alone, Jerusha finishes her quilt and prepares it's sale. As she and her driver head out on a soon to be tragic evening, a story enfolds which shares the hurt and heartache that she has experienced. This is book 1 in the Apple Creek Dreams series. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. There was lots of drama and heartfelt expression in this book. The author set the book in the time period of WWII and thereafter. Jerusha blames her husband for the loss of her child, something she can't get past. She has lost her faith. The story shows the importance of friendship through different cultures, love of family, and the need for a trust in God to help soften the sting of the hardships that life can bring. If I could give this 10 stars, I would definitely do so. It was that good. I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim Justice

    I will start this review out by saying that for the most of you out there know that I love Amish books! And this book is no exception. Author Patrick E. Craig is an absolutely amazing Amish writer. The story line kept me wanting more. It is a page turner and believe me when I put it out there that this author knows how to not only tell a story but has you wanting to know what the next chapter holds. I was raised by a grandma that not only taught me how to sew put to make squares for quilts, how t I will start this review out by saying that for the most of you out there know that I love Amish books! And this book is no exception. Author Patrick E. Craig is an absolutely amazing Amish writer. The story line kept me wanting more. It is a page turner and believe me when I put it out there that this author knows how to not only tell a story but has you wanting to know what the next chapter holds. I was raised by a grandma that not only taught me how to sew put to make squares for quilts, how to quilt on a wooden frame hanging from the ceiling in one of the bedrooms in our home. So not only do I love to quilt but I love to: To read more of my review: https://breathoflifebookreviews.blogs...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Connie Lynch

    Heartwarming Jershua and Reuben are the best characters! Patrick Craig masterfully helps the reader understand what a soldier goes through after being in combat. Reuben's struggle to know and have a relationship with God is so real and touches your own commitment. This story is amazing on many levels. Heartwarming Jershua and Reuben are the best characters! Patrick Craig masterfully helps the reader understand what a soldier goes through after being in combat. Reuben's struggle to know and have a relationship with God is so real and touches your own commitment. This story is amazing on many levels.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Different This is the first Amish book I've read by a male author. It is a fantastic book. The storyline is very interesting and complex. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. Different This is the first Amish book I've read by a male author. It is a fantastic book. The storyline is very interesting and complex. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deborah C. Fidderman

    This is a must read book. I loved the story of Jerusha and Reuben. It is a faith filled story and shows that we must keep our faith and belief in God. He will never leave or forsake us. This is a great read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Norma J.

    i as caught up in the plot of this book, and recommend it to others who enjoy Amish fiction. I am starting the 2nd book The Road Home. I am also reading The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    About the Book: Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig’s Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer’s journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it’s going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life—away from the memories of her dead daughter and her About the Book: Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig’s Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer’s journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it’s going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life—away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she gets caught in the Storm of The Century and Jerusha’s driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl. By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than money and blue ribbons. A beautiful story of loss…. and redemption. About the Author: Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next 26 years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in northern California and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren. My Review: Jerusha Springer taught to quilt by her grandmother as a young girl to quilt is not the only thing that Jerusha has learned to cherish after her grandmother's passing. Her grandmother's example and the wealth of knowledge and love shown and expressed to Jerusha is something she will always miss. In Patrick E. Craig's latest book the first in the Apple Creek Dreams Series the book begins with Jerusha incredibly hurt and angry at God. Angry with God about the cards she has been dealt. She was a happy child until her grandmother's passing and pretty much handled it as we all do when someone significant gets called "home". She moved on, got married to Reuben and they shared a child together, Jenna. In A Quilt for Jenna, Jerusha is making a quilt in honor of her daughter hoping to sell it at the Quilt Fair. In retaliation of her circumstances she has decided to leave the faith and start out again in a new place far from her memories that seem to still haunt. Until God intervenes during the storm of the century and takes her down a road she didn't expect to go down. **Disclosure** This book was provided to me at no charge for my honest review from Harvest House Publishers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: A QUILT FOR JENNA Author: Patrick E. Craig Publisher: Harvest House Publishers February 2013 ISBN: 978-0736951050 Genre: Amish Jerusha Springer’s Heart is broken . . . can it be healed? What if it takes a tragedy to mend it? Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple C Title: A QUILT FOR JENNA Author: Patrick E. Craig Publisher: Harvest House Publishers February 2013 ISBN: 978-0736951050 Genre: Amish Jerusha Springer’s Heart is broken . . . can it be healed? What if it takes a tragedy to mend it? Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in Apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life--away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she gets caught in the Storm of The Century and Jerusha's driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl. By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than money and blue ribbons. A beautiful story of loss....and redemption… A QUILT FOR JENNA is the first book in Mr. Craig’s Apple Creek Dreams series. I thought it sounded really good, so I couldn’t wait to read it. But it started out rather depressing, so I put it down for a long while… and finally picked it up again. It is still a very depressing story. It ends well, but there is a lot of storms (including the weather) to get through. The loss of a child… the abandonment of a spouse… other family deaths that were never accepted… The story is written in an engaging way. There is some attempt made to follow point of view, but it does slip out into the narrative’s point of view often. The part of the snow plow seemed to drone on and on… But it does cover an Amish man going off to war – which has become a somewhat popular topic in Amish these days, and it’s not your typical run of the mill Amish story. It is unique. Fans of Amish fiction might enjoy A QUILT FOR JENNA. It has a happy ending. Discussion questions are included at the end. $13.99. 304 pages. 3 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Fellure

    Patrick E. Craig has masterfully woven historical events such as the WWII Battle at Guadalcanal and The Storm of the Century into peaceful Amish life in Apple Creek, Ohio. Three people are being drawn in the same direction, called by name, and they each chose a different road on their journey away from that calling. Jerusha Springer, the most gifted quilter in the county, has devised an escape plan using her God-given talent to flee the Amish faith, community, and the God she blames for her daugh Patrick E. Craig has masterfully woven historical events such as the WWII Battle at Guadalcanal and The Storm of the Century into peaceful Amish life in Apple Creek, Ohio. Three people are being drawn in the same direction, called by name, and they each chose a different road on their journey away from that calling. Jerusha Springer, the most gifted quilter in the county, has devised an escape plan using her God-given talent to flee the Amish faith, community, and the God she blames for her daughter Jenna’s death. She also can’t forgive her husband Reuben for his legalistic decision not to seek the Englisch medicine that could have saved their little girl’s life. A five-day storm strands Jerusha in a car after a friend agrees to drive her to the Quilt Fair in Dalton, he crashes and leaves to find help in the blizzard. She takes her prize quilt with her and seeks shelter, then stumbles upon a child trapped in another crashed car in a frozen pond. Jerusha chooses to wrap Jenna’s quilt around the freezing girl and they fight for survival in a deserted cabin, waiting to be found. Reuben’s past choices haunt him to the core of his soul. He meets his friend Bobby Halverson during a period of rebellion that leads him to enlist in the US Marines where they fight together in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. The intensity of the story deepens through Bobby and Reuben’s flashbacks to the hell on earth that bonds them, even when Reuben returns to the Amish life only to flee again after Jenna’s death. Sacrifices and divine timing lead the three characters to an unforgettable rediscovery of God’s infinite mercy, the grace to forgive, and find redemption in surrender. A Quilt for Jenna is a powerful story that offers hope in the midst of heartache and tragic loss through an eternal weave of intercessory prayer, answered by God in unexpected ways.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Padgett

    I'm a little tired of Amish fiction so I opened A Quilt for Jenna with just a bit of trepidation. I was immediately captivated by Jerusha's pain and her need to quilt and flee her life and her grief. I loved the book! Another reviewer said, “Amish + Quilts = reader’s delight!” I concur. Jerusha and Reuben fell in love but Reuben wasn’t an Amish man in good standing with the community. Then he went off to fight in World War II. He came home a changed man, determined to live by the Ordung, and retu I'm a little tired of Amish fiction so I opened A Quilt for Jenna with just a bit of trepidation. I was immediately captivated by Jerusha's pain and her need to quilt and flee her life and her grief. I loved the book! Another reviewer said, “Amish + Quilts = reader’s delight!” I concur. Jerusha and Reuben fell in love but Reuben wasn’t an Amish man in good standing with the community. Then he went off to fight in World War II. He came home a changed man, determined to live by the Ordung, and return to his Amish roots. He and Jerusha marry and are happy. A few years later, Jerush and Reuben lose their only child, Jenna. Neither Reuben nor Jerusha can find their way back to the other. Reuben blames himself forJenna’s death. So does Jerusha. Reuben has left their Amish community. Jerusha has stitched a wonderful quilt that is to be her ticket out of Apple Creek. On Thanksgiving weekend 1950, a horrific storm blew through Ohio, capturing Jerusha and her quilt in its fury. A little girl in the back seat of another car is abandoned and left to die. The two find each other and take refuge from the storm. Patrick Craig is equally as good at both the male and female points of view. The battle scenes at Guadalcanal are as painstakingly crafted as Jerusha's quilting scenes. I liked how the backstory of what happened during World War II was interwoven with the 1950's events. Mr. Craig accomplished what I thought was impossible: weaving a compelling Amish/quilting story into a wonderful tale of love, loss, and redemption. I'll definitely read the next one in the Apple Creek Dreams series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This story takes place during a blizzard at Thanksgiving in Ohio. This story is about a quilt and how Jerusha intends to use it to help her leave the Amish life! Instead this quilt helps her learn that life isn't always as bad as it seems! This story does an excellent job weaving Jerusha's past into the present ( in her memories, the past is described). This is a great story of how bitterness and the inability to forgive can trap us into becoming something that we don't want to be! I love how the l This story takes place during a blizzard at Thanksgiving in Ohio. This story is about a quilt and how Jerusha intends to use it to help her leave the Amish life! Instead this quilt helps her learn that life isn't always as bad as it seems! This story does an excellent job weaving Jerusha's past into the present ( in her memories, the past is described). This is a great story of how bitterness and the inability to forgive can trap us into becoming something that we don't want to be! I love how the little girl became a gift at just the right time. Oh, the best part is the name of the little girl, I am going to quote the author and say this about her name, "maybe it was coincidence, after all, coincidence is just God choosing to remain anonymous ..." This book is a real story of forgiveness and healing that comes from sacrifice and reaching out to others in need. This book was a book chosen for an online book chat and Patrick E. Craig joined in on the discussion and as always when an author joins us the book comes alive and seems more real. I read this book in September and the characters have been screaming in my head, "read the other two books in this series so you can see what happened to us, you know it is bound to be just as exciting and life changing as the quilt story! I am pretty sure by now you know this book is getting five stars! I can't wait to get started reading the other 2 books in this series! I encourage you to invest your time in the stories of Apple Creek Dreams and you will be saying, what "Wunderbar gut stories as well ! This is the second time I have read this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    Just when I was ready to take a break from the Amish genre, I couldn't help but pick up a copy of "A Quilt for Jenna". I was utterly intrigued by the premise for the story, so I dove right in, and discovered a wonderful novel indeed! The author has cleverly interwoven a story told from multiple perspectives, of Jerusha struggling with the loss of her child and now caught in a life threatening snow storm, to scenes from World War II and her husband Reuben's struggle to forgive himself. The result Just when I was ready to take a break from the Amish genre, I couldn't help but pick up a copy of "A Quilt for Jenna". I was utterly intrigued by the premise for the story, so I dove right in, and discovered a wonderful novel indeed! The author has cleverly interwoven a story told from multiple perspectives, of Jerusha struggling with the loss of her child and now caught in a life threatening snow storm, to scenes from World War II and her husband Reuben's struggle to forgive himself. The result is a story that moves along at a fine pace, offering a fascinating backdrop to explore themes of loss and bitterness, grace and forgiveness. The book is well-written and filled with some beautiful moments between the characters. I also enjoyed the glimpse the author offers into the Amish community, showing the beauty of a group of people who draw together to serve the Lord, while also cautioning about the risk that the Amish face to become all about rules and legalism instead of freedom in Christ. Ultimately, A Quilt for Jenna is a story of hope, that God can take tragedy and loss, and by his grace turn it into something good. That is a message that we can all learn from! I was quite thankful to learn that this novel is but the first in a 3-novel series, and that I will be able to return to the world of these characters in Apple Creek. I strongly recommend this novel, and award it 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Harvest House, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB (taken from Amazon.com) Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life--away from the memorie BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB (taken from Amazon.com) Amish + Quilts = readers delight! And in this first book in Patrick Craig's Apple Creek Dreams series, readers will follow Jerusha Springer's journey out of tragic circumstances to a new life of hope. Jerusha has spent months making the most beautiful quilt anyone in apple Creek, Ohio, has ever seen, and she knows it's going to take first prize at the Quilt Fair in Dalton. The prize will be her ticket out of the Amish way of life--away from the memories of her dead daughter and her tormented husband. But on the way to the Fair, she get caught in the storm fo the century and Jerusha's driver crashes their car. While the driver goes for help, Jerusha is led by someone, or something, to the side of a lost little girl. By the time the storm clears, Jerusha finds there is a greater prize to be won than the money and the blue ribbons. A beautiful story of loss....and redemption. MY REVIEW I have been wanting to read one of Patrick's books for quite some time and finally got it accomplished. I think the book started out rather slow and confusing for me but I did get pulled in and enjoyed the last three fourths of the book. The part that kept me 'confused' did have to be told but I guess it was done in a way I don't enjoy reading. Like I said, I did enjoy the book and I am definitely going on to read "The Road Home" and "Jenny's Choice".

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    A Thrilling Read! A Quilt for Jenna is one of the best books in the Amish genre that I have read. I think why I found it so intriguing was because the author went back and forth from the past to the present in this story. Why is this different from what a lot of author’s do? The description of the events were so thorough and vivid that you were never lost to what was going on. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This story has the Amish people and English people very involved in the lives of each other. I tr A Thrilling Read! A Quilt for Jenna is one of the best books in the Amish genre that I have read. I think why I found it so intriguing was because the author went back and forth from the past to the present in this story. Why is this different from what a lot of author’s do? The description of the events were so thorough and vivid that you were never lost to what was going on. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This story has the Amish people and English people very involved in the lives of each other. I truly enjoyed turning the pages to find out what was going on with Jerusha, Reuben and Bobby. War is never pretty and we find this to be the case in this book. Will Reuben be able to put the horror behind him? Will Jerusha forgive him for his part that he played in the war? After all, Amish people do not participate in violence and war. How about Bobby? How did the war affect him? We find the characters in this book have a love/hate relationship with God. Why would someone hate God with every fiber of their being? What possible reasons would they have for rejecting God? Will Jerusha, Reuben, and Bobby be able to come to terms with their pasts? Can they survive their hurts, their unforgiveness, and put their trust in God? Will the miracles of God melt their hearts? I gave this book 5 stars and wish I could give it more. Author Patrick E. Craig has made a fan out of me. I can not wait to read The Road Home, book two in this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Sluiter

    The first book I’ve read by author Patrick Craig, I’m certain it won’t be my last. A fascinating read, Craig takes on tough subjects; the loss of a child, the breakup of a marriage, and the torment of war. Through it all shines hope. A horrible storm brings about the rescue of a child and starts the healing of hearts. Told so poignantly, I found myself hesitating to put the book down. Flashbacks throughout the story helps the reader to put together the pieces of the story in a way that will draw The first book I’ve read by author Patrick Craig, I’m certain it won’t be my last. A fascinating read, Craig takes on tough subjects; the loss of a child, the breakup of a marriage, and the torment of war. Through it all shines hope. A horrible storm brings about the rescue of a child and starts the healing of hearts. Told so poignantly, I found myself hesitating to put the book down. Flashbacks throughout the story helps the reader to put together the pieces of the story in a way that will draw you in. Craig is a skillful storyteller and I encourage you to read A Quilt for Jenna.

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