Friday, December 3, 2021

The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth

 The Memory Quilt
Book Summary

Running a historic Inn on beautiful Shadow Lake is a satisfying life for the Amish King sisters. Until love stirs a longing for more . . .
When Abigail King stumbles upon a man lying on the beach near her family inn, her every instinct says to help the stranger. With his memory gone, “Jonah” is reluctant to contact the authorities, so Abigail offers him shelter, despite her sisters’ reservations.  As she nurses him back to health, Abigail helps him recover his lost past, creating a quilt from images of the shattered fragments he recalls. But with every square Abigail adds, she wonders if she is falling for a man who can never truly be hers . . .
Jonah feels at home at The Shadow Lake Inn with the lovely Abigail, at peace with the Amish lifestyle she lives.  But as the pieces of his past are sewn together, the mystery only deepens—until he knows the only way forward is to turn himself in to the police, to finally discover the truth of who he really is.  For the one thing worse than not knowing his past, is not knowing what the future holds for him and Abigail . . .
My Thoughts
The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth takes us to the Shadow Lake Inn on the shore of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.  Abigail King is taking a walk along the shore when she spots a man laying motionless on the beach.  Abigail notices that he is bleeding.  She enlists her sisters’ help to get the man back to the guesthouse at the inn where she hides him from her parents.  The man awakens, but he cannot remember anything about himself.  As Jonah, as Abigail dubbed him, recovers, he remembers fragments.  Abigail sketches his disjointed memories which she begins making into a quilt.  The more time Jonah and Abigail spend together, the more the come to care for each other.  They both know it is not possible since they are from two different worlds plus Jonah does not know how he ended up injured in the lake.  The last thing Jonah wishes to do is bring harm to the King family.  How can Jonah discover the truth about himself?

The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth is a sweet story.  I thought the story contained good writing with developed characters.  We get to know the King family who run the Shadow Lake Inn.  Abigail’s parents have given Abigail the running of the inn because they have health issues.  I did find it curious how Abigail was able to spend so much time caring for Jonah when she was responsible for a busy inn.  There is a mystery regarding Jonah’s identity and how he ended up injured.  No one seems to be looking for him either.  There is some suspense near the end.  I wish there had been more clues for the reader so they could try to solve the mystery before the reveal (I love solving mysteries).  I would have liked a little more action as that would have increased the stories pacing.  There was also repetition of information.  I enjoyed reading about Abigail’s unique quilt. The King family were a close-knit unit with caring parents who wanted to make sure their daughters stayed on the straight and narrow.  They did not want to risk gossip about their girls or that one of them would jump the fence.  The descriptions of the area around the inn sounded beautiful.  It would be a wonderful place to go on vacation.  The Memory Quilt is a unique Amish novel with fragmented memories, considerate sisters, apprehensive parents, a compassionate maedel, an upsetting situation, and a sticky situation. 

The Memory Quilt is available from Amazon*.  You can find Lenora Worth's other novels here. Lenora has Christmas K-9 Protectors (a Love Inspired Suspense) out now.  Thank you for reading my review today.  Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on Petals and Poison.  It is the debut of A Flower House Mystery series.  I hope that you have a merry day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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