A limp. A scuff. A cowardly heart.
Jane is a doll struggling with all these things. She and her friend Isabel, a blind stuffed kitten, spend their days in the corner of their shelf, watching the other toys in the shop play – and wishing they could be like them.
Why did the Toymaker create them flawed? Surely it was an accident. One day, Jane sets off to find his workshop, eager to be fixed, and to bring him back for Isabel. But the journey is hard and the road long. How can such a weak doll ever reach the Toymaker? And how will he respond if she does?
What Readers are Saying
“The Toymaker’s Doll was a beautiful, uplifting allegory that took me back to my childhood (which hasn’t be all that long ago, I’ll admit)! Bella has carefully crafted a sweet short story that showcases her talent and touches readers’ hearts. I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads this fantastic young author!”
–Grace A. Johnson, author of the Daughters of the Seven Seas Series
“The Toymaker’s Doll had an enormous impact on me, and I don’t say that lightly. The day I first read it, I was heartsore and weary after finally coming to terms with a serious injury, one that will probably affect me for the rest of my life. I had no idea as I opened it that the Lord would use it to comfort me. For through her story, E. G. Bella reminded me of God’s immense and unconditional love for me, His patience with and compassion towards my physical infirmities, and His good and sovereign plans to give me a hope and a future. As Jane learns, all may not be perfect in this life, but it is very good—and that’s why I will always treasure my copy of The Toymaker’s Doll.”
– Maribeth Barber, author of Operation Lionhearted
“E. G. Bella captures the hearts of her readers in her short story The Toymaker’s Doll, which tells the story of Jane, a doll who struggles to accept the way the Toymaker has made her. This allegorical story teaches spiritual truths about God using weakness to let strength and kindness shine through, and that God loves us and makes no mistakes. E. G. Bella addresses heart issues that every person can relate to in a sweet, simple, and classical style without diminishing the hurts that people experience. When readers of all ages see how carefully the Toymaker crafted Jane, they will see how carefully our Father has created us.”
–S. K. Jacklyn, author and blogger
“I used to dislike allegories, but stories like The Toymaker’s Doll are slowly changing my mind. It contains gripping characters, an engaging story, and beautifully woven themes—not to mention absolutely gorgeous prose. I’m definitely looking forward to more from E.G. Bella. “
– Emma Thrasher
“A beautifully told, poignant allegory. I’m excited to see what’s next from this author.”
– Kate Willis, author of Kiera and The Least of These
“I usually end a review with recommendations but….if you’re struggling with, what you believe to be, your flaws, shortcomings and weakness or you just need an encouraging, inspiring story full of uplifting truths and scripture, then I can’t think of a better story to turn to than this one.”
– Virginia Henderson, author, blogger, and book reviewer