But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 5/20/2014
My Review: This is a wonderfully sweet story. It is not a very fast-paced story, and I found it a little hard to keep the time line straight as I was reading it, but overall it was well written and interesting. The characters are well-written. Florence is a relatable character, and her friends and aunt make the story more interesting. I wish we would have gotten to know what Will was doing while he was away, but you can tell he loves his wife very much when he is home. Florence and Will show very human like characteristics in their marriage and life. The little nuggets of Truth sprinkled throughout this book make it the best! I have little post-it note tabs throughout the book so I can go back and re-read some of them!
Overall, I enjoyed the story, even though the time line was a little hard to follow. It was interesting to see how Florence learned to cope with her husband leaving and how she kept her Faith intact while he was gone. If you want a sweet story about trials and testing your faith, this is it!
About the Author: Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including The Gift of Forgiveness and The Three Marys. She currently teaches "writing your life story" classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for A Stitch and a Prayer.