Monday, April 7, 2014

"Maybelle in Stitches" by Joyce Magnin

A quilt, a woman who can't really sew, a military husband gone missing, and and interesting family history are all parts of this new book by Joyce Magrin. Is Maybelle right holding on to her belief that Holden will come back to her? 

Quilting was not something Maybelle thought she would do because she couldn't sew. But as she attempted to fill her time after her new husband went off to war, she went to the attic to explore. One of the things she found was an unfinished quilt and she decided it was time to try sewing. As her lonely nights stretched on, Maybelle found comfort in not only the quilting, but also in the story her family through the quilt. There were many things she didn't know. Will Maybelle hear anything good about Holden? Will the quilt remain the activity that keeps her sane? Come and learn more about Maybelle, Holden, and the family quilt.

Another wonderful book in the "Quilts of Love" series! I enjoyed the characters and story line, and I was constantly rooting for news about Holden. It was also fun to read about Maybelle's growth in sewing and the comfort it gave her. I have always loved quilting and these books bring the process alive. If you enjoy books that have a historical setting, with compelling characters, and the process of making it through the day by day struggle we all face, this book is for you. I received my review copy from Litfuse in exchange for participation in the blog tour.
Book Info

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the book: Maybelle Kazinzki can't sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother's house she gets the crazy idea to finish it---somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother's quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother's childhood, her grandmother's childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden's stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle's faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful---no matter what. And it'll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright's Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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