The Wounded Heart: An Amish Quilt Novel
By Adina Senft
When a business offer turns into something more personal, an Amish woman is torn between what logic tells her is right, and the desire of her heart. A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband's business, but it's not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she's only too relieved to consider it-especially when it looks like Eli's interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it's difficult not to question God's will. If she pursues the treatment she believes in, she risks going under the bann. But how can she allow Eli to court her when she can't promise him a future? Includes instructions to make the quilt block featured in the novel.
Why the author wrote this book:
Some ideas haunt you. They’ll make an appearance in your head and pester you, and when they don’t get a response, they’ll go away. For a while. But they always come back. This idea—about a woman who is diagnosed with MS and finds out she has something else altogether—has been lurking in the back of my brain for years. If you’re like me, you know someone who is living with MS. Just in my own small circle, I’ve known five women who were diagnosed with it, one in my own family. What are the odds? Why has this disease become so common so fast?