19 January 2017

Kindness & Friendship | The Sisters of Sugarcreek by Cathy Liggett


Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?

With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.

When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society―the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.

When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak―through grief and new chances at love―they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.


A tragedy of death and destruction changes many lives and brings three different women together in an unlikely yet heartwarming friendship. As this plot unfolds in Cathy Liggett’s The Sisters of Sugarcreek, Lydia Gruber, Jessica Holtz, and Liz Cannon all experience their share of heartbreaking grief in adapting to their changed lives. Yet, as they keep living and build their friendship, they also experience plenty of sweet romance, faith-filled hope, and a purposeful spreading of kindness. It’s a feel-good story that won’t disappoint interested readers (especially those who enjoy Amish elements and/or knitting). I enjoyed getting to know these characters and now recommend their story.


Thanks to Tyndale BlogNetwork, I received a complimentary copy of The Sisters of Sugarcreek and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Now, with the spirit of The Sisters of Sugarcreek, check out these resources for random (delicious) acts of kindness to bring a "stitch of hope" to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors... and more. Join the mission of the Secret Stitches Society today!


  1. Anonymous7/2/17 11:27

    This sounds like a book worth reading. I hope you're enjoying it. I'll be looking it up for sure.

    1. It is, and I did really enjoy it. I hope you get the chance to read and enjoy it, too, Ms. M!