Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Description: Despite her arthritis, Mary, an elderly grandmother, is determined to make one more quilt in order to pass along her spiritual legacy to her family and friends.
My thoughts: An oldie novella from one of the most versatile authors to ever write ChristFic.
This isn’t a story with a sermon or a come-to-Jesus moment stuffed into it to make it “Christian.” Rather, one woman’s soul-deep task of faith is the story here, along with the way she gently impacts the lives around her.
It’s a simple tale but not a shallow one. Heartwarming but not corny or oversweet. The style is almost rambling, but it’s an intentional ramble, taking its time to show the intricate nature of some imperfect, loving relationships between compellingly human characters.
Really, Mary’s relationship with her younger, middle-aged son, a bond that isn’t particularly sentimental but that’s still deeply felt on both sides… I could have read this book just for that.
It’s a poignant story—not the kind to reach for when you’re looking for an upbeat, happy ending for everyone. Rather, it’s for those contemplative moments when you feel like pausing to appreciate the blend of joys and sorrows that make up this priceless thing we call life.