Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

quilted by christmas, Jodie Bailey, Quilts of Love

New from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series | Quilted by Christmas
A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.
Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle‑schoolers she teaches.
When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?
My take on this book:
I have read several of books in the Quilts of Love series and I must say this one was one of my favorites! Ms. Bailey is a new to me author, but her writing style certainly captured my attention from the get go! She creates compelling characters that one wouldn't mind spending time with in real life.Taryn is grappling with issues that are all to real. Being abandoned has allowed her to believe that she doesn't really matter.  It was so nice to see her character grow and change as the story progressed. Her grandmother Jemma is an interesting character, but like several other characters in the story she has a secret. Now her health is failing so she wants Taryn to help her finish a quilt.  I loved the story that revolved around the quilt, as the pieces of the quilt go together Taryn starts to realize several truths about herself. While I enjoyed to romance in the story, it was actually the family feel of the story that was my favorite aspect. Quilted by Christmas is a great addition to the Quilt of Love Series. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Jodie Bailey


Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel “Freefall” and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, “Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home.” While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle‑schoolers to love writing as much as she does.
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Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Quilted by Christmas byJodie Bailey. October’s QOL release is a warm Christmas tale of God’s steadfast love.
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  • A Kindle Fire
  • Two copies of Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey (One for you and one to give away as a gift!)
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
  • Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven
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Wait! There’s more! RSVP for the “Merry Quilted” Quilts of Love Christmas Book Chat Party on December 9th and connect with some of the Quilts of Love authors. Jodie Bailey, Laura V. Hilton, Cindy Loven, Cathy Elliott, and Gina Welborn will be hosting a “merry” evening of book chat, Christmas traditions, prizes, and more!


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