Before the ceremony on the day of the wedding, Eliza's great-aunt Rose gives her a family heirloom quilt and tells her that she may use it to change one event in the past. Eliza appreciates the woman's heart, but she dismisses the strange conversation while keeping the beautiful quilt.
Several years later, mourning the loss of their third child, Eliza discovers her inability to deliver a healthy baby is genetic. Remembering her great-aunt's strange words, she decides that if she can go back in time and reject Jesse's proposal, she can save him the heartache of a childless marriage. Her sacrifice will allow him to marry someone else and raise a family. But once she puts her plan into action, she discovers the true impact of her decision--on Jesse and so many others within their community.
Yesterday’s Gone by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a unique Amish novel. I thought the story was well-written with gentle pacing. The characters are interesting and developed. We get a chance to know the Amish in the Appalachian Mountains. What makes this story unique is a family quilt that can change one event in a person's past. Eliza is grief stricken at the loss of her third child. Eliza only wanted to change one event in her past, but her decision causes a ripple effect on other events. There are good life lessons in the story. Yesterday’s Gone is a story that took me a little while to get into (about a quarter of the way in). I am glad that I did not stop reading after the first couple of chapters. Yesterday’s Gone is a thought-provoking, emotional novel that will have you staying up late to see how everything turns out.
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