Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Litfuse Publicity: Quilted by Christmas (Quilts of Love series) by Jodie Bailey

on November 14, 2014

About Quilts of Love:

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:

A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.

Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches.

When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel Freefall and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home. While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle-schoolers to love writing as much as she does.

You can catch up with Jodie on her website, Facebook and Twitter.
My Opinion:

I’ve been enjoying the Quilts of Love series for some time now and when I saw the Christmas themed one, Quilted by Christmas I knew I had to add this one to my read pile.  I’ve never had the chance to read any of Jodie Bailey’s other titles but this one has me definitely wanting to check them out, right away we are introduced to Taryn McKenna who has carried around a secret for years and the townspeople who think she let a good one get away.  The book is a good example of why “words will never hurt me” is so wrong – words that are spoken in anger and spite and left to fester cause wounds that can’t be seen but must be healed as much as an seen wound.  As Justin Callahan arrives on the scene again and back into Taryn’s life she can’t seem to avoid him as her Grandmother keeps hiring to do odd jobs around her house – then Taryn finds the beginning of a quilt – and the mystery begins.

Quilts tell stories, they represent love, time and care – when one finds a quilt they don’t just find a blanket but they find something much more.  Family heritage, rites of passage, cultural stories retold, so when Taryn discovers the quilt her Grandma has been working on for a wedding to be given to the bride has been ruined she sets out to put the discarded, started quilt in the attic together.  Little does she know what that quilt symbolizes.  As she and Justin work together quilting this quilt for the upcoming Christmas time wedding, neither knows the unexpected turn their lives will take both literally and symbolically.  I recommend this book if you enjoy a good Christmas time book, a good romance or just a book about Christ’s healing love as it can work through others – it’s a good quick read for this holiday season!

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(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey. October’s QOL release is a warm Christmas tale of God’s steadfast love.

Enter to win a Kindle HDX, and RSVP for the “Merry Quilted” Quilts of Love Facebook party on December 9th.

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Two copies of Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey (One for you and one to give away as a gift!)
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
  • Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven

Enter today by clicking the button below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 16th. Winner will be announced November 17th at the Quilts of Love blog.

Wait! There’s more! RSVP for the “Merry Quilted” Quilts of Love Christmas Book Chat Party on December 9th and connect with some of the Quilts of Love authors. Jodie Bailey, Laura V. Hilton, Cindy Loven, Cathy Elliott, and Gina Welborn will be hosting a “merry” evening of book chat, Christmas traditions, prizes, and more!



RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on December 9th!


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