A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson, a review

About the Book (from the back cover):

The frontier life isn’t easy -- especially when you’re alone and with child.

My darling, darling wife,

I wanted to wake you and tell you I was leaving. But I hate good-byes.  I am trying to keep the promise I made to you.  Hold on to this note until you receive a letter.  This is my promise to write as soon as I can.  

Your loving husband, Will

It seemed like just yesterday when Will had returned from the Klondike gold rush, when they had celebrated their wedding, and when they began their life together in the Northwest woods.  But now Florence’s husband was gone and only this note remained.  Where did Will go?  And why did he leave so abruptly?

As worry and fear threaten to overcome her, Florence is inspired to craft a quilt to grace the bed she knows she will once again share with Will.  The design of the quilt is a labor of love and each stitch is a prayer for her husband’s safe return.  But will Florence’s prayers be answered?  Will her husband keep his promise and come back to her before their baby arrives?

About the Author (from the back cover):

Eva Gibson is the author of six novels and sixteen nonfiction books.  This book is a fictionalized account of her grandparents’ lives in the northwestern frontier.

My thoughts on the A Stitch and a Prayer:

The story told in A Stitch and a Prayer is one of love, fear, loneliness and hope.  Florence is greatly in love with Will and she fears that he might not return... or at least not in time for their child’s birth.  There are times when she is also very lonely for her husband even though she is surrounded by others that she loves.  Her hope is that God will take care of her and that Will can keep his promise to her.

The story is beautiful.  It is that from a different time... when men worked the land and fought the elements and nature to provide for their families.  A time when women were called upon to work alongside their husbands and make do with what they had on hand.   It was also a time when family lived close to each other and helped take care of one another.... and when doctoring the sick was done by family as well as doctors, nurses, etc.

I did not care for Ms. Gibson’s writing style.  I can usually zip right through books  that are 197pages, but it took me what felt like forever to get through this one.  I’m not sure why, but I felt like I was trudging through thick unenjoyable dialogue.  Parts of the storyline seemed incomplete and honestly, I got really frustrated with the characters at times. There was no real connection between characters or for me. 

If I were you, I would give the book a try anyhow.  I believe in giving books a chance when a reviewer makes a negative comment (unless it’s content that I know I would not read, ie: sex/profanity, etc).  This book is filled with positives-- Scriptures, hope and God’s everlasting love.