Book Review: “Maybelle in Stitches” by Joyce Magnin

April 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Joyce Magnin in her new book, “Maybelle in Stitches book coverMaybelle in Stitches” Book Sixteen in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Maybelle Kazinski.

From the back cover:   A patchwork quilt holds together two hearts separated by miles of ocean and the Second World War.

Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in her mother’s closet, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden Kazinski, 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.

History, World War II, Quilting and Shipbuilding.  Quite a mix and, on the outside, it seems difficult to write a story combining all these elements.  Fear not, Ms. Magnin has captured them well and provided an excellent story. The men are off fighting but the jobs needed to be filled so the women stepped up to the challenge.  Maybelle becomes a welder at a shipyard.  She has never been a welder in her life however she is up to the challenge.  She has never sewn before either but accepts that challenge as well. This is a story about spiritual growth, about stepping out of your comfort zones and of relying heavily upon God.  All kinds of events happen and it takes a rock-hard foundation upon God to keep her grounded.  Maybelle and the rest of the characters are outstanding and wonderful to be with and learn about.  Ms. Magnin has done an outstanding job of bringing history to the table.  There is a lot in this book, much to think about and it just interesting and exciting as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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