Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Maybelle in Stitches - Joyce Magnin

Genre:  Books; Christian fiction
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Publication Date:  03/18/2014
Rating:  4 Stars

About the book (from the back cover):

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 the 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.

My Thoughts:

I can't imagine being alive during WWII and having a family member off fighting in the war.  Movies, books, and first hand stories have all shared in the emotion and feelings that people had at that time.  The thought that a "quilt" could bring any type of comfort to a person during these times is what generational hand-me-downs are all about!  Quilts, over time, have a way of connecting people together in a way like no other time can.

I loved the symbolism of the quilt, and the significant role it played in this story.  The Quilts of Love series is such an amazing concept, like the quilts themselves.  The books are all tied together as a series, with only the "quilts" being the connecting factors.  The characters in the different novels may never meet, but the stories that are handed down and the patchwork of the quilt pieces are enough to bring the readers back to each and every new story that unfolds!

I give this book 4 stars and would definitely recommend it to others!

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**I received this book in exchange for my honest review**

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