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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Maybelle in Stitches: A Quilts of Love novel by Joyce Magnin - Book Review

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 and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love site.

My Thoughts:

World War II-themed novels are becoming quite prevalent this year, and this charming novel about the brave women who took over while the men went to war is an inspirational novel, not only because of the faith-based story, but also with admiration for the service they offered that is often forgotten.

Joyce Magnin delivers a fast-paced story about the ladies who built the warships that helped to win World War II.  Magnin's characters are personable and realistic for the time period. And the story itself is historically accurate as well.  Not only do readers get a fascinating lesson about a stressful time in our country's history, but a gentle, faith-based story as well. 

I highly recommend it for historical fiction fans.

About The Author:

Joyce Magnin
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.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for providing the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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