The Healing Quilt Paperback – Jul 16 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Quilting has been a template for more than one novel, and Snelling uses this device fairly adeptly as she tells the story of women who fall into friendship while making a quilt to raise money for a new hospital mammogram machine. The quilt is set up at Kit Cooper's mostly empty house-her young daughter, Amber, has recently died of cancer, and Kit's husband, Mark, has been away on business for months, avoiding the pain of their loss. Kit now fears that her beloved Aunt Teza, another quilter and her confidant, will be the next cancer victim. As she stitches her fabric, Beth Donnelly shares with her friends that she desperately wants a baby after her miscarriage, but she also hangs on to a terrible secret. Rich, middle-aged Elaine Giovanni is used to taking charge in quilting and in life, but finds her litigation-happy neighbor is causing things to careen out of control. There are plenty of dogs, kids and marital troubles woven into the story to keep it realistic and grounded, and some lovely descriptive writing. However, while Snelling knows how to turn a good phrase, there are far too many of them-the novel is too long, and the second half lacks punch. Nevertheless, Snelling's treatment of loss mitigated with humor, wit and faith should help this novel have wide appeal in the CBA.
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About the Author
Lauraine Snelling is the author of numerous titles, including six best-selling Red River of the North historical family saga novels. She won a Silver Angel Award for her novel An Untamed Land and a Golden Heart Award for Song of Laughter. She is also the author of two best-selling series for young adults: High Hurdles and The Golden Filly. She and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and make their home in California’s Tehachapi Mountains.
Top Customer Reviews
Perhaps because of my daughter's age, I strongly identified with Kit's struggle with the loss of her daughter. The synergy of the quilting group brings each woman through her loss to healing. I might not make the same decisions--but the growth reflects the characters we come to know in the book. It made me long for a simpler lifestyle, where I could volunteer for community events and spend time with friends.
Read The Healing Quilt. You will meet yourself in one or more of the women.
"The Healing Quilt" is absolutely disappointing. The plot is irritatingly contrived. The conflicts are miniscule. (Elaine "deals with unforgiveness". And all that's happening is a petty feud with her neighbour over nothing!) The resolutions (when they actually occur)are simple and unrealistic. After disappearing for more than 7 months, Mark slinks into Aunt Teza's hospital room and Kit flies into his arms "I love you, honey. It's all okay!" There is no communication or real substance in this relationship. The book as a whole has very little depth and the clichéd emotion is predictable. I found the characters extremely unsympathetic and stereotypical. The character of Garth particularly was infuriating with his judgemental and tyrannical "I am the husband" attitude. And it must be nice to live in a world where no one has to go to work at a real job and has copious amounts of time to grow roses and quilt and sew all the day long. There are so many useless characters and situations. By the end of the book, one is left with a fistful of threads that were never woven into the plot but were just left to dangle. Whatever happened with Ryan? With Elaine and George's son and his girlfriend? What in the world is Healing Touch? Thomas' sister and father? What about the mammogramy unit? The research to be done? The women's center? Everything is left hanging out there without any resolution - we must just be expected to assume that it all works out in the end.
In terms of the book's Christian emphasis, the spirituality is unnatural and manufactured. It seems more like an afterthought with no realness or relevancy.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The Healing Quilt is an example of the healing power of forgiveness and how it can release bitterness, restore humility, renew one's joy. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Karen O'Connor
Snelling handles a difficult theme, losses of several types, with deftness, reality, and the tenderness of one who has been there. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Elsie
Reading The Healing Quilt gave me goose bumps. The characters I'm sure live on everyones street! I loved the fast pace that Lauraine Snelling is able to give us. Read morePublished on July 31 2002
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