About the Quilts of Love series:
Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses 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.
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.
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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.
You can learn more about Joyce Magnin and her books by visiting her website.
I can sympathize with Maybelle, she can’t sew and she’s afraid of that evil machine sitting in the room, I still remember the day my son bumped my sewing table which moved my hand just enough that my thumb became part of my sewing project, then came the squad, the slightly ruined project (thankfully no blood!), and pain. Sewing instills a lot of fear and trepidation into women, not as much as long ago and more so now – but Maybelle was mortified by her teacher in front of the class and well that is just as bad as sewing your thumb to your project. Set during World War 2, Maybelle and her friend Doris, whose husbands are fighting overseas are helping out the war effort by working in the local ship making factory as welders. I didn’t know a lot about the home front during WW2, and some of it was sad like the women who had to leave their children in the care of others so they can earn an income to feed them. Others were slightly comical like the word bumbershoot, which my children learned awhile ago means umbrella but we rarely or at all hear it used today.
I got pulled into Maybelle’s story right away the book sweeps you up into and it’s a fast read, a great way to unwind after a long day of unpacking, or maybe just a rainy spring day. The conflict in the book comes from many different angles and I don’t want to give away too many spoilers – but suffice to say Doris receives bad news, Maybelle learns how to move one and live life and well new love blossoms between two unlikely characters. I found myself laughing, getting mad (like the jealous woman who corners Maybelle after she’s chosen to sponsor a ship) and rejoicing at the the outcomes in the story. Maybelle struggles with her faith in very realistic ways, questioning why bad things happen to good people and she also experiences anger towards the “war effort” because she just wants her husband home.
I’ve never read Joyce Magnin’s books before and I know after reading Maybelle in Stitches I will be trying to find her other books (she has written seven, two of which are middle grade readers) for both myself and my children because her writing is really good and she pulls you in. I think the only real thing I found annoying is the constant use of “gee” or “golly” but I assume that these words are commonly used back in that time period sort of like “LOL” or “I know right?” are used today – but maybe it was slightly more annoying since I was reading it versus speaking or typing them. Regardless, I really enjoyed this story of a time gone by and I even got a little bit of education while reading it – in my book that makes it a winner!
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Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin. 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.
Joyce is celebrating the release with a $200 Modcloth giveaway. Enter today for a chance to spruce up your spring wardrobe!
One winner will receive:
- A $200 ModCloth.com gift card
- Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
- A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
- Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 19th. Winner will be announced on April 21st on the Quilts of Love blog!