Litfuse Blog Tour: A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

A Stitch and a Prayer
by Eva Gibson
Copyright 2014
Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781426772528
The Story:
A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

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?

My Thoughts:
Historical fiction is my favorite genre -- it's where I got my start as a grown up reader decades ago. I threw out The Babysitter's Club and met Rhett Butler via Gone with the Wind. Ever since I picked up that first romance at my grandma's, I've been hooked. Fictionalized glimpses of the past often make the reader curious about what really took place during the time in which the novel is set. The best stories make the reader want to know more. Unfortunately with A Stitch and a Prayer I wasn't sucked into the world of Florence Harms. It was a struggle to finish the story, even though it rang in at a scant 197 pages.

From the back cover, I was expecting a tale of adventure and all that went with a lone woman struggling to set up a homestead in the Northwest in the absence of her husband. This story had little to none of that "pioneer" spirit. For someone in her 20s, the heroine came off as childish and needy. Granted she had an illness and a pregnancy that took a lot out of her, but she just came across as *too* dependent on those around her. I was hoping for a little more gumption on her part!

As much as Florence said that she loved her husband, the dialogue between the two felt forced. Maybe if the book had included more of Florence and Will's backstory and how they met or fell in love, I would have felt more of a connection to them. A Stitch and a Prayer had the potential to be an intriguing and interesting historical tale, but it ended up not being my style of book.

~ My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars ~

*I receive complimentary books for review from the publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

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Giveaway Details!
Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson. A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

Celebrate May's release by entering to win a Kindle HDX and RSVP for the Quilts of Love "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with the Quilts of Love authors.


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with Emily Wierenga, Loree Lough, and Tara Randel. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

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Happy Reading!


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