Saturday, April 12, 2014

Maybelle in Stiches Review

From the back of the book Cover: Maybelle Kazinzki can't sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother's house she gets the crazy idea to finish it---somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother's quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother's childhood, her grandmother's childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden's stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle's faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful---no matter what. And it'll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.
My Review: This book did not immediately capture my attention. I think it was difficult because I really had to wrap my mind around the fact that this book was set during WWII and history isn't always my favorite thing, but I love the Quilts of Love series, so I really wanted to read this. As I continued to give this a read, it did not disappoint. What I loved is how see see Maybelle, one of the main characters transform over the time period in which her husband comes home from the war. Throughout the story there are losses, heartbreaks and tears, but Maybelle and her friends get through each one. It really helped me to learn, discover and appreciate what life was like for families back then and for the hardship families go through now. I think through Maybelle's story we can realize if we trust God, he will always provide a way, it may not be our way or in our timing, but we have to put our faith and trust in him. In the end, it will all work out together for good. This book recieves 4/5 stars from me! Don't take my word for it, pick up your own copy and read it! 

To purchase your own copy of the book, go here! I was given a copy of this book through Abingdon Press and through Litfuse Publicity Publishing Group for my honest review. I was not compensated for a positive review.



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