Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Crosses and Losses Quilt Block and Events in Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards, Part II

Crosses and Losses Quilt Block
In the Quilters' Book Club this month, we're reading and discussing Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards.  Some of us are making a quilt block to represent each book we read in the book club.  I'm calling my quilt "Curl Up with a Good Book Quilt."  If you'd like to make a quilt block to represent one or more of the events in Wedding Ring, here are some suggestions to get you started.  Click the block name to see the pattern:

Dealing with Kayley's death:
Crosses and Losses Quilt Block
Memory Quilt Block

Memory Wreath Quilt Block
Tessa and Mack have dealt with their daughter's death in a tragic accident in two entirely different ways.  Losing a child is a blow from which many marriages can't recover.  What did each of them do that was helpful?  What was not helpful?  Could you empathize more with one's reactions to grief than the other's? 

Mack is so desperate for human contact that he almost makes a mistake that could cost him his marriage.  In this context, were you able to understand his lapse?

Tessa's desire for revenge is so strong that it almost costs her what's left of her family.  Could you imagine yourself in her position?  Could you have found a better way to make peace with Robert's part in her daughter's death?

Feel free to comment on one or more of the above questions.  By commenting, you are entering your name in a giveaway for Clare O'Donohue's book, The Devil's Puzzle, part of her Someday Quilts Mystery Series.  Plume Books has generously offered copies of Clare's book for TWO lucky winners this month.  Remember that if you are reading via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and to read the comments of others. 

The Quilters' Book Club selection for August is Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick.  Get the book so you can begin reading, discussing, and quilting with us next month!

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.


  1. I identified more with Mack's way of dealing. I felt Tessa should have sought outside help when she was unable to pull herself out of the quicksand of her situation. However, my heart empathized completely with Tess's pain & anger. I've always admired the forgiveness that some families have been able to extend to someone who has committed such a horrible deed. I want to think I would be able to find a way to forgive, but I'm not sure if I have that kind of strength.

  2. I felt that Mack was dealing with the loss in a more positive and healthy way. Although a great organisation that Tess joined, her obsession wasn't healthy and I feel made the loss of her daughter worse. You cannot say how you would deal with the same situation and I know that I would never be able to forgive. But I would hope that I would learn to deal with it and continue to live in a positive maner.

  3. Forgiveness is the ultimate way to healing. It is not easy and may take a long time, but it leads to personal wholeness again. It makes me sad when people feel that they need to grieve alone because no one can understand how they feel. We all need others to help us through hard times like these.

  4. What each of them did that was helpful was that they still loved each other enough to put up with the things each did. I do believe that Mack took a better approach than Tessa. I have been in the mindset of wanting revenge for the brutal murder of my sister. Until you have lived it, you can't second guess it. I know this is a fictional book but those of us that have lived through something like this get really tired and upset from others saying they know how we feel when there is no way possible they know unless they have lived through something similar themselves. I personally will never forgive the two people that murdered my sister. They themselves have no remorse whatsoever. They will continue to rot in prison until they die and the tax payers of California will pay for them. Thankfully they will never get out of prison alive. They are extremely proud of all the people they murdered. I don't think anyone would forgive that.


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