Monday, October 27, 2014

Quilted by Christmas Book Review

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?

My Review

This book took me by surprise and I ended up really enjoying it. I've read a few of these quilt books and some are great some are just ok. This book is obviously set during the holiday season which adds a certain charm to the story line. Taryn's life has been flipped upside-down and she has kept a secret for awhile. When her high school sweet heart returns home she is forced to think about the past and realize her own mistakes and forgive not only others but herself. The aspect I liked about this book is that the main character, Taryn, acknowledges that she made choices and understood her part in the pain from the past. She didn't push all the blame on someone else, nor did she wallow in self pity. I think she was written well and the author created a really good story line.

Highly recommend!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

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 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.

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1 comment:

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

I love Christmas stories! I'll have to keep an eye out for this one. (=