Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

Series: Quilts of Love (Book 16)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426752806
ISBN-13: 978-1426752803

My thoughts:

 Maybelle in Stitches was interesting in several ways: the historical aspect of WWII and the part women played in the war effort combined with Maybelle's personal story. Maybelle, a new bride, has become a welderette at the local shipyard while her husband, Holden, is  fighting in Europe. Magnin  pens a heartwarming story of Maybelle , her best friend, Doris, and several other women who do the best they can while their husbands are fighting the war. To keep themselves occupied after work, they begin to jointly work on a quilt that Maybelle's late mother started. At first it is just a "keep-busy" project but then it becomes a symbol for hope; hope that the war will end soon and that their husbands will come home safely.

I've read quite a few of Joyce Magnin's books and enjoyed them all.  She has a way of  getting the reader totally immersed in the characters and plot. It was easy to empathize with all the women in the story. Magnin uses the theme of strong women who are still vulnerable and have some obstacle to overcome and she does it very successfully.

Even though this is listed as Christian fiction, it is not "in-your-face" kind of writing. I like good fiction but I don't want to be preached to. 4****

Joyce can be found on  Goodreads and Facebook.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Netgalley/Abingdon Press
 in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. I like the WWII era and women played such a crucial role not just in the war effort but also at home. I'd like this book.

  2. I'm a fan of home front stories. This sounds pretty good!

  3. I would love this book. WWII is one of my favorite historical fiction topics.

    Learning about the roles of women would enhance it all.

    THANKS so much for your post and for sharing. I have never read a book by Joyce Magnin.

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  4. I havent read this book, it sounds really good! =)


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