Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Review: The Sisters of Sugarcreek by Cathy Liggett

The Sisters of Sugarcreek by [Liggett, Cathy]

The Sisters of Sugarcreek 

From Amazon:

Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?

With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.

When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society—the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.

When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak—through grief and new chances at love—they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.

My thoughts:

Page after page I became caught up in The Sisters of Sugarcreek. I was so glad I decided not to hurry to read this book and make my usual deadline for a book review a week. I found myself relaxing and enjoying every word as I became entwined with the lives of these women.  

They each faced problems that we all can relate to.  Either we know someone or we have personally went through one of the struggles that the women are faced with.  In the midst of their upsetting trials they relied on God's help and the friendship they formed.  All three of the women were stronger than they knew.  

Then they banded together to bring joy and a some hope to people in need.  This was my favorite part of the book.  To think beyond your problems and give to someone else is beyond special. The gifts were not extravagant but they were thoughtful and that's what counts.  

After reading this book I immediately began to wonder how I could incorporate the mission of The Sisters of Sugarcreek into my life.   Then the very next day, I received an email from Tyndale helping me out with that very thing!   In the email. Tyndale sent additional resources for both you and me to use to spread hope and kindness.   These ideas can be used for Valentines day or any day of the year. It's the little things they can bring a ray of sunshine to someones day. I think this is such a lovely idea and I can't wait to surprise someone.

These are all PDF's 

·         Random Acts of Kindness Cards
·         Lemon Bars Recipe
·         Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
·         Blank Recipe Card

A Wonderful, Wonderful Read!  

I was gifted this book by Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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