Another really good Quilts of Love story!
Funny story: My mother actually reviewed a Christmas novel by Joyce Magnin. She wasn’t even expecting to… It was a complete surprise to her when the box arrived in the mail – 7 books to review and only a few days to do it.
Needless to say, it was a rough couple of weeks.
In a way this has been a similar situation for me. Because this book was not precisely what I was expecting.
With Maybelle in Stitches, I knew I was getting a book about a woman who’s husband is off at war but I didn’t realize which war.
It’s very interesting, how Joyce brings the period to life – writing about the everyday little things you might not ordinarily glean from a history book, or even doing deep research of the period.
The story line of this book is filled with sadness but that’s not really surprising.
What is surprising is that it’s not depressing. It’s sad but it’s interesting and it pulls you in. You find yourself laughing with Maybelle and you find yourself wanting to reach over and give her a big hug.
If you enjoy books about the WWII era, this is definitely a book you would enjoy!
Give it a try.
And, if you enjoy her writing, you may want to check out some of Joyce Magnin’s other books as well.
Here are a few words about Maybelle in Stitches from the Quilts of Love website!
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.
For more about this title, click HERE to visit the Quilts of Love website.
Click HERE for the book page at Abingdon Press
And click HERE to visit Joyce Magnin‘s website.
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