Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jerry S Eicher's Little Valley Series- book #1"A Wedding Quilt For Ella"

A Wedding Quilt for Ella (Little Valley, #1)A Wedding Quilt for Ella by Jerry S. Eicher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First time I have read Jerry Eicher,s amish stories, Book #1 of Little Valley series "A Wedding Quilt for Ella"..
This story had so much sadness to it but still told a good story of Ella and how she learns to deal with grief.
almost from the beginning she loses her special friend Aden when he dies suddenly. Before she has learned to cope with this death another in the community loses his girl that was soon to be his wife.
A brother has a terrible barnyard accident and miracle when he survives.
Many young people in the comunity, have talk of seeing 3 angels in the sky and just know there will be three deaths to follow...
Aden had many plans for his life with Ella and saved money for a house to be built, after his death his brother wants Ella to have the house even though they had not married and both his and her families soon agree this should be, Daniel the brother of Aden soon starts the house and Ella goes many times to "help" the men working on it, I think she and Daniel become closer because of their shared grief and the working together.
another wrinkle in the fabric comes when a young bishop ask that Ella think of becoming his bride and they agree upon a 6 month period to let her get over her grief, she is sure at the moment, she will never marry again.
She is working on the quilt that she had begun for her wedding after her sister draws picture of a house that Ella feels drawn to make the centerpiece of the quilt.
Can Ella find healing through a house...a quilt...a community?

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