I received an electronic copy of Maybelle in Stitches in exchange for my review. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
One of my favorite movies of all time on television is A League of Their Own? Have you ever seen it? It’s about the women’s baseball team that was formed when all the men were off fighting the war. That movie makes me laugh and I also cry.
That is exactly what I felt when I read Maybelle in Stitches.
I immediately fell in love with all the female and male characters in this story. Maybelle, bless her heart, can’t do a lick of anything. She can’t cook, can’t sew, and can barely clean a house. Then you meet some of the other ladies — like Doris. She totally reminds me of “All the Way May” on A League of Their Own. She is a sassy mouth and is not afraid to tell you like it is.
In the process of her and all the other women waiting for their men to come home from the war, they form a friendship over finishing a quilt that Maybelle finds. They make it their mission to teach her all that she needs to know when it comes to quilting.
When I first opened this book, I wasn’t for sure if I was going to like it or not, but after reading the first few pages, I just couldn’t put it down. I devoured it within a day. It was that good.
Here is a little bit about the book — I don’t want to share with you too many details, because that will give it away, but seriously — if you love strong heroine stories — you will love this one.
About the Book
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.
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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.
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