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Will pursuing Sadie’s dreams mean leaving a romance behind?   Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courts Will pursuing Sadie’s dreams mean leaving a romance behind?   Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courtship. He can’t seem to commit to a profession that would secure a future, and he is jealous of the time Sadie gives to her own pursuits. Is there really any reason to drag this courtship out? Only time will tell in this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.


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Will pursuing Sadie’s dreams mean leaving a romance behind?   Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courts Will pursuing Sadie’s dreams mean leaving a romance behind?   Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courtship. He can’t seem to commit to a profession that would secure a future, and he is jealous of the time Sadie gives to her own pursuits. Is there really any reason to drag this courtship out? Only time will tell in this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.

30 review for The Blended Quilt

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is an Amish Fiction/Clean Romance/Christian Fiction. This book is not like any other Amish Fiction book I have read in the past, and I loved it so much. I love that this book is a totally unique, and it covers the Amish in a different way. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters, and the way this book is written where you get to hear what the characters are thinking and how they are feeling. I loved it so much that I pre-order the Audiobook on CD for my Grandmother, and I This is an Amish Fiction/Clean Romance/Christian Fiction. This book is not like any other Amish Fiction book I have read in the past, and I loved it so much. I love that this book is a totally unique, and it covers the Amish in a different way. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters, and the way this book is written where you get to hear what the characters are thinking and how they are feeling. I loved it so much that I pre-order the Audiobook on CD for my Grandmother, and I know she is going to love it as well. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Shiloh Run Press) or author (Jean and Wanda E. Brunstetter) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    The Blended quilt took a different twist than what I'm used to in Amish books. This isn't a bad thing and in fact I loved it because the main character, Sadie Kuhns, reaches out beyond her capabilities to try something that most Amish ladies wouldn't a even consider. It wasn't an easy thing for her to accomplish and she faced a lot of challenges along the way, but giving up and quitting never entered her mind . The finished product was worth all the sacrifice and hard work that Sadie had poured The Blended quilt took a different twist than what I'm used to in Amish books. This isn't a bad thing and in fact I loved it because the main character, Sadie Kuhns, reaches out beyond her capabilities to try something that most Amish ladies wouldn't a even consider. It wasn't an easy thing for her to accomplish and she faced a lot of challenges along the way, but giving up and quitting never entered her mind . The finished product was worth all the sacrifice and hard work that Sadie had poured into it. Sadie had a steady boyfriend she had been dating for years. Wyman Kaufman is somewhat of an irresponsible guy, drifting from job to job. Never staying long in any one place. Sadie is beginning to see little potential in the relationship. Would he ever settle down and propose marriage to her? Wyman thought Sadie was too preoccupied in other things and didn't want to spend much time with him. Why couldn't Sadie be like other Amish girls instead of burying herself in some worthless project that had little to do with plain living? Maybe it was time to end the relationship and move on with his life. Readers of Amish Fiction and fans of Wanda Brunstetter and Jane Brunstetter will enjoy this book. The Blended Quilt is part of The Hawaiian Quilt series and readers will have the opportunity to catch up on their favorite characters from that series. I really enjoyed the flow and pace of this book and hope you will too. I'm glad I made it a part of my 2020 reading challenge. Book to be released on November 1 2020. I received an ebook ARC copy of The Blended Quilt from Netgalley and Barbour Publishing. Thank you! A favourable review was not requested. All opinions expressed here are my own. #The Blended Quilt#Netgalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Sadie Kuhns is a sensible young Amish woman. She visited Hawaii and now wants to make a quilt with Amish patterns and Hawaiian patterns to commemorate her time on the islands. She's also self-publishing a book. With all the time invested in these projects her relationship with her boyfriend suffers as he feels like everything she is doing is way more important than him. He also has some issues of his own as he can't find satisfaction in any of the jobs he has and Sadie worries he won't be able to Sadie Kuhns is a sensible young Amish woman. She visited Hawaii and now wants to make a quilt with Amish patterns and Hawaiian patterns to commemorate her time on the islands. She's also self-publishing a book. With all the time invested in these projects her relationship with her boyfriend suffers as he feels like everything she is doing is way more important than him. He also has some issues of his own as he can't find satisfaction in any of the jobs he has and Sadie worries he won't be able to support a family if they marry. As she gets deeper into her book promotion her relationship really suffers and he breaks it off with her though he doesn't want to. The book has a really great life lesson in it because we all have things that are important to us but at what price? The book makes you pause to think about your own life and what you are doing in it. It's all about balancing what's important to us with family obligations and spending time, not just time but quality time with the one's important to us. I love the life lessons I find in this author's books. They are not preachy but done in a subtle way so that you may not even realize they are a lesson but you'll be shaking your head in agreement as you read this book. Does Sadie find a way to balance what's important to her or is all lost ? Wonderful book and recommended! Published November 1st 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. I would certainly give it more I loved this book from the very start and couldn't put it down until I was finished with it. Sadie did certainly have a lot going on for her throughout this book. I must say I admired her very much and I loved her attitude through the book was awesome! I was so very proud of her! Wyman I wasn't so sure about and he proved me right on this account. He wasn't my cup of tea. In fact I felt sorry for him because he wouldn't/couldn't This book deserves more than 5 stars. I would certainly give it more I loved this book from the very start and couldn't put it down until I was finished with it. Sadie did certainly have a lot going on for her throughout this book. I must say I admired her very much and I loved her attitude through the book was awesome! I was so very proud of her! Wyman I wasn't so sure about and he proved me right on this account. He wasn't my cup of tea. In fact I felt sorry for him because he wouldn't/couldn't see past the end of his own nose! Family is supposed to mean everything right? I think in this case it's so very true. Family needs to stick together in whether it's a crisis, health, and prosperity as well. I thought this family did rather well. They had something most families don't. The Lord is good and He's there for all of us if we only let Him be. I love that Michael and Lovina is a strong and stalwart couple. They do set a perfect example for everything that holds a marriage together and I appreciate that aspect. They are by no means perfect and I liked that about them. Brunstetter has written a beautiful story one that I would reread again and again because of the wonderful characters that are portrayed in this book. It was really good to see some characters from the previous books and what they've been up to. I've really missed them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading about the Amish. This book is sooooo good! My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book and I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    linda hole

    For me it was hard to stay interested in the story. It was too much envy and i guess greed om this.book for me. It did not give med the calmness that amish books usually do. Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this e arc in exchange for an honest opinion

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    You always get an Amish story for the books with Brunstetter. She loves the Amish and spends much time with them so you get the idea of just how they live from her. The characters and the description's of the area is always spot on. Oh I don't want to forget to tell you about the fantastic recipe at the end of the story Sadie's Coconut Carrot Cake. You are going to want this book just for this recipe . I could eat the Coconut icing on everything. I gave this book 4 stars and I am waiting for the n You always get an Amish story for the books with Brunstetter. She loves the Amish and spends much time with them so you get the idea of just how they live from her. The characters and the description's of the area is always spot on. Oh I don't want to forget to tell you about the fantastic recipe at the end of the story Sadie's Coconut Carrot Cake. You are going to want this book just for this recipe . I could eat the Coconut icing on everything. I gave this book 4 stars and I am waiting for the next one to come. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Clipston

    A beautiful story of love, forgiveness, and friendship.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rae

    I love how this book is the continuation of the Hawaiian series. It was so much fun to catch up with the four friends with a particular focus on Sadie and her relationships. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This book is essentially about Sadie and Wyman’s long and sometimes stalled courtship. I found this book a little hard to read. There were a lot of unconnected things that didn’t add to the story and the male love interest, Wyman, was pretty boring and much like a large child that wanted everything his way. There wasn’t much of anything likable about him. The most interesting character in the book was Grace, Sadie’s mother. She had a very good outlook on life and seemed content with her life and This book is essentially about Sadie and Wyman’s long and sometimes stalled courtship. I found this book a little hard to read. There were a lot of unconnected things that didn’t add to the story and the male love interest, Wyman, was pretty boring and much like a large child that wanted everything his way. There wasn’t much of anything likable about him. The most interesting character in the book was Grace, Sadie’s mother. She had a very good outlook on life and seemed content with her life and truly loved her family. I read every word, hoping it would get interesting at some point but the main thing I found interesting was the quilting references. I like Wanda Brunstetter’s books but just found this one to be a little less compelling than most of her books I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Great Amish Romance I won this book on Goodreads. I just loved it. It wasn't your typical Amish Romance and I was never sure how it would turn out for this couple until the end. It takes getting right with God to know what you want in life. Great Amish Romance I won this book on Goodreads. I just loved it. It wasn't your typical Amish Romance and I was never sure how it would turn out for this couple until the end. It takes getting right with God to know what you want in life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    Creating a unique quilt, writing a book and learning about life in a complicated courtship causes concern at times for Sadie. Patience and trust are needed. Good story. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishing. No review was required.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa J

    Once again, I was totally enthralled by the work of Brunstetter. I am impressed with the level of imagination that goes into her books, and how they are so individually written. They truly are not easy to predict, and the characters are given such wonderful depth. I felt like I was right there in the midst of all of these incredible events. I also greatly valued the fact that even though both sides were clearly defined as conflicts occurred, I was able to fully see both sides of the conflict and Once again, I was totally enthralled by the work of Brunstetter. I am impressed with the level of imagination that goes into her books, and how they are so individually written. They truly are not easy to predict, and the characters are given such wonderful depth. I felt like I was right there in the midst of all of these incredible events. I also greatly valued the fact that even though both sides were clearly defined as conflicts occurred, I was able to fully see both sides of the conflict and feel like both sides needed to come together with more open minds. I found it hard to choose sides and paint one side as the one at fault. This story portrayed a young amish woman who inherited a lot of wealth (through an aunt). This brought opportunity to explore all of the emotions that friends and family members were forced to deal with. The one thing I was surprised was never mentioned was the bishop. While so many family troubles arose, the bishop and church were never brought into any of it. I would have thought that especially when the inheritance happened that brought about such jealousy (favoritism was clearly shown for one niece over the entire family), and the family struggled so hard to remain together, that the church would have presented other directions to the faith and life style of the plain community. This was the only thing that I felt the book lacked. However, this was not enough to raise any real concerns or to alter my very high opinion of this book or this set of authors. I think this is a writing team of Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law, if I remember correctly. If so, her daughter-in-law has definitely brought even more flavor and beauty to these books. I will absolutely be continuing to seek every book I can find by these authors! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Greene

    Another great book in the Hawaiian series written by these authors. We find Sadie Kuhns, being the last of the four friends who travelled to Hawaii, as the last to not be married and starting a family. She has been courting Wayman Kauffman and expecting him to propose at anytime, however, he doesn’t seem to be ready to settle down to any one job. He works a while, then quits and she is very hesitant to make a commitment. She creates a beautiful quilt that is blended from an Amish design and a Hawai Another great book in the Hawaiian series written by these authors. We find Sadie Kuhns, being the last of the four friends who travelled to Hawaii, as the last to not be married and starting a family. She has been courting Wayman Kauffman and expecting him to propose at anytime, however, he doesn’t seem to be ready to settle down to any one job. He works a while, then quits and she is very hesitant to make a commitment. She creates a beautiful quilt that is blended from an Amish design and a Hawaiian design. Others suggest she should use her creativity to write a book about the quilt and create other designs that are blended as well. Many things change substantially in her life, making this a very interesting book that you don’t want to put down until the end. I highly recommend this book. Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theodene

    Another Amish romance by Jean Brunstetter and Wanda E. Brunstetter!! In the past, I’ve reviewed Twice as Nice Amish Romance and A Heartwarming Romance Collection. I especially enjoy The Blended Quilt because it ties in my home state of Hawaii into it! Oh, I never realized there were similarities in Amish and Hawaiian quilting! The Blended Quilt by Jean Brunstetter & Wanda E. Brunstetter. Barbour Publishing, Inc. Release date: 11/01/2020. ISBN: 9781643526010 I’ve read a few books by these ladies an Another Amish romance by Jean Brunstetter and Wanda E. Brunstetter!! In the past, I’ve reviewed Twice as Nice Amish Romance and A Heartwarming Romance Collection. I especially enjoy The Blended Quilt because it ties in my home state of Hawaii into it! Oh, I never realized there were similarities in Amish and Hawaiian quilting! The Blended Quilt by Jean Brunstetter & Wanda E. Brunstetter. Barbour Publishing, Inc. Release date: 11/01/2020. ISBN: 9781643526010 I’ve read a few books by these ladies and I’ve enjoyed them all quite a bit. I really enjoy reading about the Amish. The Philadelphia Dutch is becoming familiar to read, if only I knew how to speak it! The Amish way of life is an enticing one that leaves out so much of our hustle and bustle of daily life rushing here or there and spending so much time with the benefits of electricity and the internet. Every time I read an Amish story I’m reminded of how privileged I am and I shouldn’t take advantage of it. This sweet romance story brought me personal realizations of selfishness. The main characters seem to both be selfish in their own situations. It’s always the other that’s selfish. Isn’t selfishness difficult to realize in ourselves? The way these characters treat others and how they carry themselves helped me to pay closer attention to my own words and actions. One issue I had with this story was that the main characters seemed to rush from feeling the other is selfish to suddenly ready for marriage. There wasn’t much of a transition that either felt their God and family should come before themselves. It seemed rushed to go from wanting what makes them happy to getting married. Otherwise, this is a lovely story. A digital copy of The Blended Quilt by Jean Brunstetter & Wanda E. Brunstetter was provided complimentary by Barbour Publishing, Inc. via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I give this book four our of five stars because of the self-reflection I found myself doing and the fact that the two main characters didn’t seem to be ready for marriage just yet.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is a lovely story. It is a continues the story of the four girls who took a cruise to the Hawaiian Island four and a half years ago in The Hawaiian Quilt. The Hawaiian Discovery is the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt and it tells Ellen’s story. While The Blended Quilt could be read as a standalone, I believe it is best to read the books in order. It will allow you to have a better understanding of the characters and their situations. I The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is a lovely story. It is a continues the story of the four girls who took a cruise to the Hawaiian Island four and a half years ago in The Hawaiian Quilt. The Hawaiian Discovery is the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt and it tells Ellen’s story. While The Blended Quilt could be read as a standalone, I believe it is best to read the books in order. It will allow you to have a better understanding of the characters and their situations. I thought this was a unique Amish book with our main character having an unusual occupation. Sadie Kuhns is the only one of the four friends who is still unmarried. She would love to marry beau, Wyman Kaufman, but he cannot seem to settle into a permanent job. Wyman gets bored with a job, quits, and then moves onto another one. Sadie worries that Wyman could not provide a steady life for a wife and family. Sadie is a gifted quilter who sometimes creates her own patterns. She decides to commemorate her trip to Hawaii with a quilted wall hanging that blends Amish and Hawaiian patterns. The quilt sounded lovely when finished and unique. This quilt leads to the suggestion that Sadie write a book. I thought Sadie and Wyman were developed characters. I liked Sadie who is a sweet, compassionate woman. I was not fond of Wyman was immature and selfish. I kept hoping that a new love interest would appear for Sadie. I liked that we got updates on Mandy, Barbara, and Ellen. We get to spend time with Mandy and Ken in Kauai as they suffer life’s ups and downs. The point-of-view alternates between Sadie, Wyman, and several other characters. I like getting a female and male perspective on situations. We get to see the characters face a series of challenges. Life is not smooth sailing even in fiction. I did wonder, though, why the author chose not to have the bishop or elders help the characters in their time of need. It would have added another touch of realism to the story. There were times when the Kuhnses and Kaufman families could have used some expert guidance and advice. I did feel the ending was a little rushed. I felt the changes were too sudden. I appreciated the epilogue that nicely wrapped up this sweet story. I enjoyed reading The Blended Quilt. It provided me with a lovely break from reality which I desperately needed. The Blended Quilt is a heartwarming Amish tale with quaint quilts, ennui employment, an astonishing abundance, faithful friends, a bored beau, and an unforeseen opportunity.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    The story of young Amish woman Sadie Kuhns and her quest to find love and independence in her life was a unique and uplifting story. She decides that the young man who is courting her, Wyman Kauffman, doesn’t really have an aim in his life, so he is not for her. Honestly, he was a very weak character who thought that flitting from job to job and borrowing money from his brother was the way to go in his life. Fortunately, Sadie saw right through his proclamations in love and decided to break it o The story of young Amish woman Sadie Kuhns and her quest to find love and independence in her life was a unique and uplifting story. She decides that the young man who is courting her, Wyman Kauffman, doesn’t really have an aim in his life, so he is not for her. Honestly, he was a very weak character who thought that flitting from job to job and borrowing money from his brother was the way to go in his life. Fortunately, Sadie saw right through his proclamations in love and decided to break it off with him. She dedicated herself to creating a unique quilt that combined her Amish heritage and her new found love for the Hawaiian islands that she visited. Her independent spirit is an anomaly in Amish fiction and I was delighted to read her story. The characters in the story were wonderful and very human. I enjoyed seeing the family support and love that held up Katie in her quest for love and a place in her world. Fans of Christian/Amish fiction will totally fall in love with this clean read! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    This book has several themes that are unusual in Amish fiction. Sadie Kuhns is a young Amish woman who took a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands with her Amish friends and Wyman Kaufmann is her easily bored boyfriend who doesn't keep a job very long. Yes, these seem foreign to the hardworking Amish culture that we're familiar with, but authors Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter make them work in this entertaining story that shows the conflicts they both face. Sadie would like to write a book This book has several themes that are unusual in Amish fiction. Sadie Kuhns is a young Amish woman who took a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands with her Amish friends and Wyman Kaufmann is her easily bored boyfriend who doesn't keep a job very long. Yes, these seem foreign to the hardworking Amish culture that we're familiar with, but authors Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter make them work in this entertaining story that shows the conflicts they both face. Sadie would like to write a book and it appears that she can pursue this goal when her aunt leaves her a substantial amount of money. Will this inheritance and her ambition drive Wyman away? Are her dreams of being a wife and mother completely destroyed? It becomes obvious that Sadie and Wyman are both guilty of allowing worldly influences to affect their relationships with each other and with God. They appear to have forgotten the simple life that is the backbone of Amish culture. Will they learn to once again be content with the simple things of life? The Blended Quilt is an intriguing story that shows the importance of faith, family, and friends, while subtly reminding us that following God's direction is the key to happiness and contentment. I received a copy of this book from the authors. A favorable review wasn't required and no monetary compensation was given. These are my own thoughts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kee Hoo

    The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter Reviewed by mrsboone4, Green Forest, Arkansas, USA 5 Stars Sadie and three other Amish young women went to Hawaii on a cruise ship for a vacation, several years ago.  Sadie has been mulling over the idea of blending some traditional Amish quilt patterns with traditional Hawaiian patterns.  As she tells her friends about her ideas, one of them encourages her to write a book about it.   Sadie's boyfriend, an Amish man named Wyman is provin The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter Reviewed by mrsboone4, Green Forest, Arkansas, USA 5 Stars Sadie and three other Amish young women went to Hawaii on a cruise ship for a vacation, several years ago.  Sadie has been mulling over the idea of blending some traditional Amish quilt patterns with traditional Hawaiian patterns.  As she tells her friends about her ideas, one of them encourages her to write a book about it.   Sadie's boyfriend, an Amish man named Wyman is proving that he is not trustworthy for a relationship, maybe not even marriage.  Wyman doesn't like any of the jobs he has tried, he likes them for a couple of weeks and then he gets tired of them or bored. Wyman doesn't like the idea of Sadie writing a quilt book, all that extra time she could be spending with him, she's busy with her book. Sadie must care for Wyman a lot, I don't think I would stay in the relationship, if I was in her shoes. An original story.  Keeps you guessing.  Highly recommended.  I am thankful to have received a complimentary copy of this book from Shiloh Run Press with no obligation to post a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Rating 3.5 Stars Sadie Kuhns and Wyman Kauffman have been courting for awhile. However, when Wyman was not forth coming on a decision that would affect their future together, Sadie knows that it might be best if they broke up until Wyman's priorities are more aligned with their future. They both love each other and know that a tough love must happen to make the changes they need to have a strong foundation. To set her mind off Wyman and their break up, Sadie turns to making a blended quilt which Rating 3.5 Stars Sadie Kuhns and Wyman Kauffman have been courting for awhile. However, when Wyman was not forth coming on a decision that would affect their future together, Sadie knows that it might be best if they broke up until Wyman's priorities are more aligned with their future. They both love each other and know that a tough love must happen to make the changes they need to have a strong foundation. To set her mind off Wyman and their break up, Sadie turns to making a blended quilt which leads to a dream that is not reachable for the Amish. However, when a aunt passes away, her dreams turn into a nightmare. Both Sadie and Wyman learn spiritual lessons of contentment. How contentment changes your priorities. What is interesting in their story they seem to flip. Distractions become key in their relationship and in their faith. Their families are supportive in learning this lesson along with what drives a community. You will be encouraged by what contentment means and how we live in contentment. A Special thank you to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    This Amish story is unusual as it intertwine a lot of the English world into the story. Sadie’s love for quilts gave way to an idea of blending her Amish heritage and her trip to Hawaii into a quilt. After all, her one close friend Mandy lived in Hawaii and Sadie’s dream was to return there one day. There were plenty of twists and turns with Sadie’s relationship with Wyman, as he had a tendency to be irresponsible if he was considering marriage. The ups and downs Sadie experienced after an inher This Amish story is unusual as it intertwine a lot of the English world into the story. Sadie’s love for quilts gave way to an idea of blending her Amish heritage and her trip to Hawaii into a quilt. After all, her one close friend Mandy lived in Hawaii and Sadie’s dream was to return there one day. There were plenty of twists and turns with Sadie’s relationship with Wyman, as he had a tendency to be irresponsible if he was considering marriage. The ups and downs Sadie experienced after an inheritance from her namesake aunt, brought new challenges as well as the connection to an Englischer that could assist her with her dream of publishing a book. Will Sadie be able to find what she really wanted in life after having a taste of being exposed to the English world? The Blended Quilt can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend readers read the Hawaiian Quilt series to have a better background of the characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was no obligation to post a review. I have shared my own opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Sluiter

    I enjoyed returning to the characters in the Brunstetter’s Hawaiian quilt books. They are characters written with warmth and depth. But I wondered if this meant another trip to Hawaii? I won’t tell, you’ll need to read the book. In The Blended Quilt we find Sadie who wants to marry Wyman, but he’s dragging his feet. As a gifted quilter, she decides to make an Amish quilt with a Hawaiian pattern, and one thing leads to another. I appreciate that this story isn’t all roses and rainbows as Sadie and I enjoyed returning to the characters in the Brunstetter’s Hawaiian quilt books. They are characters written with warmth and depth. But I wondered if this meant another trip to Hawaii? I won’t tell, you’ll need to read the book. In The Blended Quilt we find Sadie who wants to marry Wyman, but he’s dragging his feet. As a gifted quilter, she decides to make an Amish quilt with a Hawaiian pattern, and one thing leads to another. I appreciate that this story isn’t all roses and rainbows as Sadie and Wyman struggle to mature, and to discover what they really want in life. And yet it’s a positive, upbeat story that kept me reading. I was surprised by some of the things Sadie did as an Amish woman, but I realize that each group is different, depending on the bishop. If you enjoy books by Wanda Brunstetter you’ll enjoy this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol Allen

    The Blended Quilt is the new novel by Wanda E. Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter. It is a lovely book. It tells the story of Sadie Kuhns as she decided to writes a book about how she made a unique patterned quilt using a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern. She does this in honor of the time she spent in Hawaii with her friends. Sadie gets so involved in this venture that her relationship with Wyman Kauffman begins to suffer. Sadie has to make some serious decision The Blended Quilt is the new novel by Wanda E. Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter. It is a lovely book. It tells the story of Sadie Kuhns as she decided to writes a book about how she made a unique patterned quilt using a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern. She does this in honor of the time she spent in Hawaii with her friends. Sadie gets so involved in this venture that her relationship with Wyman Kauffman begins to suffer. Sadie has to make some serious decisions about what is important in her life. Being a famous author, wealth, or family and love. Follow Sadie as she learns what really is important to her and why. I was given an ARC by the authors and Barbour Publishing but was not required to give a positive review. The views are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sunnie

    Sadie and Wyman's relationship is a bumpy one. He can't commit to a job and Sadie is frustrated. She starts a personal project of a quilt combining the reminders of her past trip to Hawaii and her Amish heritage. There are some rough patches in their relationship as Sadie inherits a large amount of money, writes a book that takes her away from home as she promotes it and yet throughout, the relationship hangs by a thread. It is a clean read and interesting, as the relationship continues to strugg Sadie and Wyman's relationship is a bumpy one. He can't commit to a job and Sadie is frustrated. She starts a personal project of a quilt combining the reminders of her past trip to Hawaii and her Amish heritage. There are some rough patches in their relationship as Sadie inherits a large amount of money, writes a book that takes her away from home as she promotes it and yet throughout, the relationship hangs by a thread. It is a clean read and interesting, as the relationship continues to struggle. The story shows how patience and faith are sometimes important in life and that life does not always run smoothly but even the best relationships have issues to deal with and overcome. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Another great look into the Amish life and I loved the way it was blended well and showed similar comparisons to the Hawaiian culture. Sadie’s character was a great example of how a strong woman can overcome when she doesn’t have the support system she needs or craves. I liked that this book stepped outside the box and showed the realistic side of human nature whether Amish or English. I especially loved how Michael and Lovina handled their marriage problems and set an example for others. It was Another great look into the Amish life and I loved the way it was blended well and showed similar comparisons to the Hawaiian culture. Sadie’s character was a great example of how a strong woman can overcome when she doesn’t have the support system she needs or craves. I liked that this book stepped outside the box and showed the realistic side of human nature whether Amish or English. I especially loved how Michael and Lovina handled their marriage problems and set an example for others. It was interesting to watch the growth that Wyman experienced in his life. I really enjoyed the blending of the Brunstetter’s writing to create a beautiful gift for us to enjoy. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    The Blended Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is another delightful book by a favorite author and her daughter-in-law. I enjoyed the return of Sadie and her friends who readers were introduced to in The Hawaiian Quilt. Sadie has settled back home after the memorable trip to Hawaii and now is contemplating writing a book about Amish and Hawaiian quilts. She encounters pushback from Wyman, the man who wants to court her and her sisters too. The Brunstetter authors have put together a The Blended Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is another delightful book by a favorite author and her daughter-in-law. I enjoyed the return of Sadie and her friends who readers were introduced to in The Hawaiian Quilt. Sadie has settled back home after the memorable trip to Hawaii and now is contemplating writing a book about Amish and Hawaiian quilts. She encounters pushback from Wyman, the man who wants to court her and her sisters too. The Brunstetter authors have put together an interesting and contemporary look at the Amish as Sadie branches out from the traditional Amish female role. The main characters have depth and reality and their emotions, strengths, and foibles resonate well with readers. I did have a bit of a hard time with Wyman and his seemingly selfish outlook on Sadie and his relationship, but all ends well! At the end of the book, the authors have included a recipe and discussion questions. I do wish they had included the pattern for the Blended Quilt!! All in all, The Blended Quilt is not just another ho-hum novel about the Amish...it is one that reminds readers about the importance of family, faith, and hope. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Barbour Publishing, Inc. - Shiloh Run Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I could not relate more to a novel than I did The Blended Quilt. Every page put a smile to my face because in some way shape or form I am going through the same important tough life decisions as Sadie and Wyatt. Being a librarian and a future up and coming freelance writer and my marriage to my husband is the most This book was received as an ARC from Barbour Publishing, Inc. - Shiloh Run Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I could not relate more to a novel than I did The Blended Quilt. Every page put a smile to my face because in some way shape or form I am going through the same important tough life decisions as Sadie and Wyatt. Being a librarian and a future up and coming freelance writer and my marriage to my husband is the most important thing to me, I need to do whatever it takes to keep that strong as ever. Unlike the struggles of Sadie and Wyatt, my husband and I know that this will all be worth it in the end and we will stick together no matter the circumstances. It is always nice to read a book that is driven by a similar situation that you went through in which all the more reason to count your blessings. We will consider adding this title to our Christian Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Enjoyed this book a lot, especially the quilt aspect since it has influences from her trip to Hawaii as well as her working on her own book. It was something that was unique and different from the other Amish books I have read so far. Sadie's independent streak along with her steadfastness was fun to read. There were many nice twists and turns, definitely worth the read. Enjoyed this book a lot, especially the quilt aspect since it has influences from her trip to Hawaii as well as her working on her own book. It was something that was unique and different from the other Amish books I have read so far. Sadie's independent streak along with her steadfastness was fun to read. There were many nice twists and turns, definitely worth the read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

    "The Blended Quilt" is the continuing story of Sadie, one of four Amish friends who enjoyed a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. I loved this story, although it took me a little to get into the story at first. I liked how the story went into the feelings of envy and jealousy of her family, as well as, Sadie's own feelings after her inheritance was awarded. I liked how Sadie set her own path and followed her dreams mixing what she loves with her experiences in Hawaii. I also enjoyed how the rocky ro "The Blended Quilt" is the continuing story of Sadie, one of four Amish friends who enjoyed a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. I loved this story, although it took me a little to get into the story at first. I liked how the story went into the feelings of envy and jealousy of her family, as well as, Sadie's own feelings after her inheritance was awarded. I liked how Sadie set her own path and followed her dreams mixing what she loves with her experiences in Hawaii. I also enjoyed how the rocky romance didn't fully come full circle until the very end. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher and netgalley in return for my honest opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Continent78yahoo.Com

    I had a very difficult time staying in interested in this book. The combination quilt of Hawaiian and Amish designs was interesting especially since traveling from the mainland can’t be that common among Amish. I know there are a vast number of Amish groups but I wasn’t prepared for older adults still living at home and openly dating when normally that is left to the couples secrecy. Added to that, why date when one isn’t holding a job or ready to commit to marriage? There are a lot of good twists I had a very difficult time staying in interested in this book. The combination quilt of Hawaiian and Amish designs was interesting especially since traveling from the mainland can’t be that common among Amish. I know there are a vast number of Amish groups but I wasn’t prepared for older adults still living at home and openly dating when normally that is left to the couples secrecy. Added to that, why date when one isn’t holding a job or ready to commit to marriage? There are a lot of good twists in the story. By the end, I was honestly ready for the couple to go their separate ways for good. I know life is full of lessons, but I’m skeptical in a real life situation that the marriage would have lasted.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tena

    The Blended Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is an easy and enjoyable story. In typical Brunstetter style, we meet Sadie Kuhns and Wyman Kaufman, two Amish youth that can't seem to make a relationship work. However, unlike other Amish fiction, The Blended Quilt has more Englisch interference than normal. From cruises to Hawaii, publishing an Amish book, and inheriting a large sum of money, the story gives the reader a look at how Plain people handle worldly temptations. The downsi The Blended Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is an easy and enjoyable story. In typical Brunstetter style, we meet Sadie Kuhns and Wyman Kaufman, two Amish youth that can't seem to make a relationship work. However, unlike other Amish fiction, The Blended Quilt has more Englisch interference than normal. From cruises to Hawaii, publishing an Amish book, and inheriting a large sum of money, the story gives the reader a look at how Plain people handle worldly temptations. The downside of the book is the stilted dialogue. The conversations don't flow easily. This was distracting from an otherwise good book.

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