Monday, March 31, 2014


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Maybelle In Stitches
Abingdon Press (March 18, 2014)
Joyce Magnin


A word from the Author:

I am the author of seven novels. Five adult novels and two middle grade readers. I never wanted to do anything else but write and every day I wake up astonished that I get to do what I always dreamed about. My days are filled with words and images along with the usual family stuff. I have three children, Rebekah who is married to Joshua. They have three of the most adorable boys on the planet, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren. My daughter Emily Kate is a lovely young woman anthropologist and my son Adam is fourteen and a student--he's a genius who loves frogs and lizards and fish and plants. He amazes me.

I have never eaten a scallop. I love cream soda. Drink way too much coffee. I do not like elevators but I do enjoy needle arts and of course books. I prefer jazz over country (no offense), milk chocolate over dark, but not roller coasters although my life has often resembled a roller coaster ride.

One of my life's desires is to meet Amy Grant so I can tell her she saved my life.


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 to 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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Maybelle In Stitches, go HERE.

My thoughts...

The Quilts of Love series are really good books. Joyce Magnin is such a talented writer, I've enjoyed all her books. In this series the books are written by different authors with a variety of topics. Set during WWII Maybelle's husband is MIA. She has an unfinished quilt started by her mother and together with other wives decide to finish it. There are many difficulties and bad news that arise, during each quilting session the ladies depend on each other for support.

So well written, the wives are trying to be strong through this horrible time, I felt their pain & grief. I enjoyed the book very much.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

Joyce is one of my favorite authors. I loved her Brights Pond books. I will definitely look for this one. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Her characters are loveable & quirky!