Abby Miller, a young Amish girl, has bright future ahead in The Quilter’s Daughter by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Abby, who runs a local quilt shop, is engaged to her teenage sweetheart, Lester Mast. Her mother sends Abby a letter announcing her pregnancy of twins. Her mother had wed a widower whose son had been kidnapped a few years back.
Wanting to help her mother, Abby leaves Ohio to travel to Pennsylvania. While Abby is in Ohio she leaves the management of her shop to her future mother-in-law. While Abby is away attending to her mother’s needs, she receives horrible news: her shop has burned to the ground and caused the death of her fiancé. Abby wonders if she will ever love again.
Along with Abby’s loss, we follow another family that is indirectly related. Jimmy is the little boy kidnapped from Abby’s step family. Jimmy and his mom Linda live under the assumption that he was adopted, but his father Jim holds the terrible secret to his kidnapping. Jim’s guilt is ruining his marriage to Linda.
This story has some strong moments of character interaction, but the author uses inconsistent language in her dialogue (sometimes reverting to dialect, other times not) and descriptions (at times giving scarcely any description and at other times giving far more than is needed). The story’s plot is drawn out, not having the serious action fully engage until half way through the book. For the readers, there is not much in-depth understanding of the characters nor deep analysis of their feelings, making the pain Abby suffers hard to empathize with.
The Quilter’s Daughter is a story of a family trying to become united with the pain and love each member has experienced. The story is an easy to read, but it’s not a page-turner. I would recommend this book for the female reader who likes romance and is not too critical of literary aptitude. – Khrista Beckmann, Christian Book Previews.com
Abby Miller leaves her successful quilt shop and patient fiance in Ohio to help her newly remarried and now pregnant mother in Lancaster County. While she's away, Abby's world is shattered in one fell swoop. How can God make anything good come out of this tragedy? With shaken faith, Abby is forced to look for answers away from friends and family. Will she find them in the ashes of the past, in her love of quilting, or in the heart of an overlooked Amish man? Can her faith withstand the flames of tragedy?