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About the Book: (Information taken directly from LitFuse Publicity's Promotions page.)
Genre: Christian, Historical, Fiction
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group book blogger campaign
Published: Abingdon Press / $13.99 / 2014 / ISBN:978-1-4267-5280-3
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Why I Read this Book: I've read two other books in the Quilts of Love series (Scraps of Evidence and A Sky Without Stars) and really enjoyed their heart-warming and endearing stories. I figured it would be safe to assume that Maybelle in Stitches would follow suit-and I was right!
What I Liked: I enjoyed that the setting of the book was during World War II, when the men were off fighting for our country, patriotism was still alive and well, and the women were "doing their part to help the war effort" by welding and working in the ship yards.
I also enjoyed the characters and their distinctive personalities: Doris-with her "can-do" attitude and Maybelle who is still struggling to find her way in the world. Roger was a doll having to put up with all of the women around him, and the other women in the book helped to add comic relief and a touch of camaraderie when things were tough.
I enjoyed the friendship of the quilting group and the stories that they shared with one another about their lives, hopes, fears, and dreams.
What I Didn't Like: I hated the sad parts of the story. Although I know they were a sad reality of the time period, I wasn't expecting some of them and I was blubbering on the couch like an idiot. (You'll just have to read the book to find out what I'm referring to in the story.)
Overall Impression: If you're wanting something to make you feel nostalgic for a time period in which communities banded together to help one another in times of need, then Maybelle and her quilting partners will share their stories with you--as long as you grab a needle and thread. I really loved this book and would like to read more by Joyce Magnin.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Let me know what you think! Happy Reading!