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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Maybelle in Stitches Review!!!

Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

Book Description:
About Quilts of LoveQuilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love seriesfocuses 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.

Maybelle in Stitches: 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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My Opinion:
A good read.  I really like the way Joyce writes.  Her humorous, expressive way with words is highly entertaining.  There where times that some of the sayings and words from the times got on my nerves, but that just tells me why The Good Lord didn't have me born in that day and age! LOL!  I REALLY loved the history throughout the book and learning about the women left behind during the war.  Tragedy strikes early on in this book and shocked me!  And Joyce continued to surprise me up to the end with her surprises and twists.  I love the characters and how they all fit together.  Especially Maybelle's best friend that lifts her up and has the kind of spiritual strength and faith that I admire!  Reading this book made me want to quilt! ;)  I LOVE the way things are all wrapped up in the end, and I really loved this book more towards the end especially chapter 17!!! ;)  Overall I think this is a great story that depicts the sacrifices and price for freedom.  

Songs: Some of these songs are mentioned in the book some are ones I think go with the books; 
"Stardust - Frank Sinatra Version" by Frank Sinatra, 
"Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, 
"May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You" by Perry Como, 
"Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep" by Bing Crosby, 
"Juke Box Saturday Night" by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, 
"The Stars And Stripes Forever" by US Army Band, 
"You Won't Let Go" Michael W. Smith,
"I Had The Craziest Dream" by Harry James, 
"I'll Be Seeing You" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra;Frank Sinatra, 
"Rock Of Ages" sung by Perry Como

1 Peter 5:6-7


*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, this in no affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings on Maybelle in Stitches. ~ASC


  1. This sounds like a good book. I used to sew but haven't in years. I still do hand sew holes in things but that's it. :)

    1. It is pretty good! :) It's so funny though, I LOVE to hand sew and don't care for my machine! Maybelle in the book views the sewing machine as a snarling beast and there are times I concur! LOL! It definitely made me want to pick up my needle and go to town!

      Hugs, ASC


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