It has been some time since reading a book has made me cry. I’m talking about tears, runny nose – the whole experience. Emily T. Wierenga’s book A Promise in Pieces was the reason for my tears. The book is part of the Quilts of Love series. The story moves between the World War II era and the year 2000. The protagonist is Clara, who became a newly minted army nurse during World War II.
Clara is taking taking a road trip with her family: husband, children and grandchildren. Her grandson asks her about her earlier life and Clara tells her story. The story moves between the contemporary family road trip and Clara’s earlier life. I have read several works of fiction that are set in WWII but none have affected me as profoundly as this book. I have been trying to ascertain why this seemingly simple book made such an impression. I think that it is partly in the telling of the story. Clara tells it almost like a reporter objectively reporting the news. The simplicity of Clara telling her story makes an impression. A more emotional accounting would not have the same effect.
Wierenga is a skilled, beautiful writer and this book is crafted in a way that leaves a strong impression. There was much to think about. It is a book about a spiritual struggle, the beauty and loyalty of a deep friendship and the strength of family. But I think, most of all, this is a book about a life well lived.
I definitely recommend this book and I hope that Wierenga writes many more. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book:It’s been more than 50 years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corp. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish. And 50 years since that soldier’s young widow gave her the baby quilt—a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come. On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it’s time to share her story. But when the trip doesn’t go as planned, Clara wonders if anyone will learn the great significance of the quilt—and the promise stitched inside it. From the Quilts of Love series
About the Author:Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for “The Christian Courier,” and the author of “Save My Children,” “Chasing Silhouettes,” and “Mom in the Mirror.” Emily and her family reside in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.
Find out more about Emily at http://www.emilywierenga.com.