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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maybelle in Stitches by Joyca Magnin Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Maybelle In Stitches
Abingdon Press (March 18, 2014)
by
Joyce Magnin



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A word from the Author:

I am the author of seven novels. Five adult novels and two middle grade readers. I never wanted to do anything else but write and every day I wake up astonished that I get to do what I always dreamed about. My days are filled with words and images along with the usual family stuff. I have three children, Rebekah who is married to Joshua. They have three of the most adorable boys on the planet, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren. My daughter Emily Kate is a lovely young woman anthropologist and my son Adam is fourteen and a student--he's a genius who loves frogs and lizards and fish and plants. He amazes me.

I have never eaten a scallop. I love cream soda. Drink way too much coffee. I do not like elevators but I do enjoy needle arts and of course books. I prefer jazz over country (no offense), milk chocolate over dark, but not roller coasters although my life has often resembled a roller coaster ride.


One of my life's desires is to meet Amy Grant so I can tell her she saved my life.

My Thoughts on This Book:
I really enjoyed reading this installment of the Quilts of Love Series. This story was a little different from the others I've read in regards to the 'love' part of the title. This starts you out with the main character Maybelle as already married to the love of her life Holden. Taking place during World War II, Holden is sent off to the war, while Maybelle stays behind and helps with the war effort by working in the local factory helping to weld ships for the war. 

As she waits for Holden's return she finds a crazy quilt in her mother's closet and her friends want her to finish it so she can have it when her husband returns. Maybelle, knowing she can't sew at all, finds herself helping with the quilt and using this time to not think of her husband so far away and potentially gone. This will pull at your heartstrings while the time period helps you remember the sacrifices America make during the second world war. A great read.. Loved it!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II.

Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family heritage, the project is suddenly much more important. Then word comes that Holden is missing in action, and with little else to do, Maybelle clings to the quilt as much as to the hope that her husband is still alive. As neighborhood friends gather around Maybelle to help her through the unknown days and nights ahead, it is the quilt that becomes a symbol of her unflagging belief that Holden will return—to her, to their home, and to their quilt-covered bed.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Maybelle In Stitches, go HERE.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

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