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Could the past be a patchwork for mending the present?

When wild child Sophie Deiner - the daughter of an Amish bishop - is forced to return to Nappanee, Indiana, quilt-shop owner Jane Berger is one of only a few who welcome her back. It’s the last place she wants to be, but Sophie’s recent illness requires that she lay low for a while.

As Sophie recovers, she befriends a group of migrant workers and is appalled when one of them is detained and threatened with deportation. Sophie begins advocating on their behalf but soon finds herself opposed by an ex-boyfriend, who is the farm foreman.

As Sophie finds respite from the world in the quilt shop, Jane begins to tell her the story of her Amish ancestors who rescued survivors of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, many of whom were Irish immigrants. And Sophie is more convinced than ever that she needs to fight for the powerless. But when digging deeper makes conditions even worse, has she chosen a fight she can’t win?

©2021 Leslie Gould (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

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Loved this book, by Leslie Gould

I thoroughly enjoyed this story about this young girl, what she had endured with her illness and about her past history with her family. It was very moving. Also it was quite revealing of what the Chicago fire must have been like and what the people of that time must have experienced. God puts us in certain situations for a reason. Love and service to others is what it’s all about. It’s enjoyable listening to Stina Nielsen as narrator.

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Ok, Not her best

I purchased the book because the narrator is one of my favorites. Story fell short.