A Word From The Author:
I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.
I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.
I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.
My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.
Although the primary focus of The Christmas Quilt is the young Amish couple Adam and Leah who are expecting their first children (twins), Adam’s sister Annie also has a major role in the story. Leah and Adam have experienced marital problems due to her pregnancy but premature labor forces Leah to spend an extended time in the hospital until the twins’ birth. As a trained nurse and close friend, Annie agrees to stay to help Leah through the difficult days ahead. To help pass the time, Annie and Leah work on the unfinished quilt Annie has started for Leah’s babies and decide to share a story featuring a fruit of the Spirit for each block.
To me, the stories that Annie and Leah shared were the pivotal portion of the book as they touched Leah’s heart and changed her attitude toward her husband. At the same time their enforced separation inspired Adam to spend more time seeking the Lord and reading his bible which also changed his attitude toward Leah.
The Christmas Quilt is Amish fiction but the truths it conveys applies to anyone who is a follower of Christ. A warm-hearted story with a timely message, The Christmas Quilt is the perfect book for the days that lead to the Christmas season.