“Maybelle in Stitches” by Joyce Magnin, book review

“Maybelle in Stitches” by Joyce Magnin, Quilts of Love series, book review

World War II changed the US and the world forever. On a smaller scale, the small town where Maybelle lives, all residents have stepped up to support the war effort. With so many of the men off fighting, the women are now building the war ships. Maybelle and her best friend Doris are among the thousands of women who took very non-traditional jobs in the navel ship yard, welding seams to build war ships. Both of these women are holding down the home front while their husbands are overseas. The days are long and momentous. But Maybelle’s world is shaken when her mother dies in her sleep. As she works through the difficult task of sorting her mother’s belongings, she finds a quilt top, made from scraps of fabric from the family’s clothing. With the support of Doris and others at the Yard, Maybelle sets out to finish the quilt, that they affectionately call “The Hope.”

Throughout the months of sewing and chatting, the Yard girls support each other through the good and bad times associated with the war. More than sewing, the group learns to lean on each other and God to get through one of the most devastating times in history.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press. All opinions expressed are my own.


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Maybelle In Stitches

Abingdon Press (March 18, 2014)


Joyce Magnin


A word from the Author:

I am the author of seven novels. Five adult novels and two middle grade readers. I never wanted to do anything else but write and every day I wake up astonished that I get to do what I always dreamed about. My days are filled with words and images along with the usual family stuff. I have three children, Rebekah who is married to Joshua. They have three of the most adorable boys on the planet, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren. My daughter Emily Kate is a lovely young woman anthropologist and my son Adam is fourteen and a student–he’s a genius who loves frogs and lizards and fish and plants. He amazes me.

I have never eaten a scallop. I love cream soda. Drink way too much coffee. I do not like elevators but I do enjoy needle arts and of course books. I prefer jazz over country (no offense), milk chocolate over dark, but not roller coasters although my life has often resembled a roller coaster ride.

One of my life’s desires is to meet Amy Grant so I can tell her she saved my life.


Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II.

Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family heritage, the project is suddenly much more important. Then word comes that Holden is missing in action, and with little else to do, Maybelle clings to the quilt as much as to the hope that her husband is still alive. As neighborhood friends gather around Maybelle to help her through the unknown days and nights ahead, it is the quilt that becomes a symbol of her unflagging belief that Holden will return—to her, to their home, and to their quilt-covered bed.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Maybelle In Stitches, go HERE.


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