If you're looking to read a nice clean romance then Rebekah's Quilt is a great place to start. Sara Barnard weaves a beautiful tale of love and finding one's self in 1888 America. But not just America; we are immersed into the life of an Amish community and a twenty year old girl just back from her Rumspringa.
A series of events occur, both good and bad, that bring about some hard questions for Rebekah that she has to answer for herself, potentially cutting her off from everyone she considers family.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story. They are vibrant and alive, each having their own distinct voice and personality. I couldn't help but fall in love with the caring and kind Joseph who is always there for Rebekah or be just as excited as Rebekah as things in her life begin to change.
And then there is Rebekah. Sara writes her a strong, female lead while still keeping her conventionally Amish and in character to who she would be for the time and community. I'm sure this was no easy feat.
The community itself is described through daily life and conversation, bringing the reader in and immersing them in the story--showing the Amish life rather than just telling us about it. I felt as if I was walking through the town, sitting in the buggy, attending bible study.
Sara keeps true to the time and religious customs and avoids sex, bad language and violence. The story is about as sweet as one can get and I have no qualms about recommending it to even my twelve-year-old sister.
Rebekah's Quilt is a great read for an afternoon or evening. It doesn't take long to get through, an hour or two, and you'll find yourself smiling and feeling warm-hearted over the story.
5 out of 5 stars
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Genre: Romance Release Date: November 14, 2013 Digital ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-83-7 ISBN 10: 1-939217-83-0 Print ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-84-4 ISBN 10: 1-939217-84-9
Who can Rebekah trust when the line between English and Amish becomes blurred?
An Amish Settlement. An English stranger. The Blizzard of 1888.
Rebekah's mother, Elnora Stoll, is the finest quilter in all of Gasthof Village but it seems Rebekah has inherited none of her skill. It's not until the arrival of a mysterious English stranger that a lifetime of questions are answered and Rebekah, her special friend Joseph Graber, and the entire settlement of Gasthof Village learn the true meaning of what it truly means to be Amish.