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Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias

The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family’s past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother’s Moses quilt.

As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

I find the art of quilting to be fascinating - the stories that go into the fabric pieces that make up the quilt are often historical for many reasons.  In "The Moses Quilt," a great-grandmother uses an old quilt that tells about the life of Harriet Tubman to help her granddaughter understand certain secrets about her own family - secrets that will make a difference in everyone's life when revealed.

Along with a sweet romance story, author Kathi Macias weaves the story of Harriet Tubman, the courageous woman who lead many slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Using the quilt to relate certain time periods in Tubman's life, the story follows the life of this brave woman - and it also brings the story to modern times as the main character Maizie learns more about herself and her family through the stories.

I enjoyed this story very much.  The only problem I had with it was the sections of the story set in Alabama.  The great-grandmother was from Prattville, Alabama - an area I know well from visiting family there for years - and some of the distances and places the author uses leads me to believe that she probably did not visit the area before writing this story.  It was a little distracting because I had to keep stopping to look at a map and say things like "why did she use the Selma airport instead of the Montgomery one - it's so  much closer!" 

Overall, this is a fine novel that is enjoyable and fans of inspirational fiction will find it pleasurable.

Multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias’s nearly 35 books include this “Freedom” series and the “Extreme Devotion” novels for New Hope Publishers. Her devotionals reach hundreds of thousands—through the Christian Civic League, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News, Christians in Recovery, and crosswalk.com. The Excellence in Media Angel Award, San Diego Christian Writers Guild fiction awards, Golden Scroll Novel of the Year (Red Ink), Carol Award finalist (Red Ink), Author of the Year BooksandAuthors.net, and an international writing contest grand prize are some of her credits. A popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, churches, and more, including TV and radio programs, Kathi also loves outreach to prison and homeless ministries, and praying for and aiding the persecuted church globally. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and husband, Al, live in California.

My thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion, and the author, for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Diane Estrella said...

This looks like an interesting book to read.

I'm hosting 7 giveaways at my site this week if you want to stop on over and enter. hope you have a great weekend!

Diane :O)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.