A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“It’s been more than fifty years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corps. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish. And fifty 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.”
A Promise in Pieces is just such a sweet and gentle story. I truly enjoyed the way the author easily, and without disruption to the story line, moved us back and forth from the present day events to Clara’s memories of the war and the years following the war. You can almost see her as the strong, capable and defiant Clara on the front lines of the European battlefields and then again fifty years later as the time-worn grandmothers sharing her story with her children and her grand-children while on their way to New Orleans to complete the final journey of the tread bear quilt that served as the centerpiece in her life.
This story is wonderfully written, you will not be disappointed with this book. Though perhaps sensitive readers should be aware that there is some description of war injured soldiers and a mother stricken at childbirth. In my opinion this was done with dignity and should not be seen as anything but what it is, part of the entire story.
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