April 3, 2014

Review - Maybelle in Stitches



Maybelle in Stitches
Quilts of Love Series, Book16
By Joyce Magnin
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub. Date: March 18, 2014
ISBN: 978-1426752803
Pages: 240
Buy Link: Paperback
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/JMagnin

Review:

I have had the privilege to read several installments of the

Quilts of Love Series this year. No, I'm not a quilter, actually I don't even know how to run a sewing machine, but I have plenty of quilters in my family, so I do respect the hobby. I do love reading almost any kind of novel, which is one of the reasons why I first signed up to read the Quilts of Love Series.

The 16th installment, Maybelle in Stitches, is set during WWII and is centered on Maybelle Kazinski. Her husband, Holden, was called off to war, so she finds herself working at the Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock in Chester, Pennsylvania as a welderette. A woman working in a shipyard may seem a little odd at first for 1943, but many women during the war had to get jobs to support their family while their husbands were fighting overseas.

Her worst fears occur when she gets word that Holden is missing in action. To get her mind off her worries, she drags out an old unfinished quilt that was hidden in her mother's closet. She is surprised to learn that the scarps of material in the quilt can be traced back to her ancestors. With nothing else to do, she is determined to finish the quilt, as she hopes that her husband is still alive.

Maybelle in Stitches is a sentimental tale set during WWII, which isn't my favorite era to read about, though the story here did catch my interest within the first few pages. The plot does play out like a sappy Hallmark Presents television movie; somewhat predictable at times, but enjoyable in the very end.



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.



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.

Learn more about Joyce at: http://joycemagnin.blogspot.com

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